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Blake Everett Reed | Photo: Texas DPS

Blake Everett Reed, 32, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Jan. 21 in California.

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 Dana M. Pratt

On January 15, deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit received information regarding convicted sex offender Dana M. Pratt, 51, of Lumberton, TX, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

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Crack police work by an officer in Orange led to one man's arrest and the discovery of drugs secreted away in a strange hiding spot on the suspect's person, reports Officer Leslie Lovelace of the Orange Police Department.

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What started out as innocent teenage mischief ended in tragedy Jan. 21 with the death of a 14-year-old girl, Madalyn Gracie Griffin, known as Gracie to family and friends. 

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Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector, reminds citizens of Jefferson County that 2017 property tax payments must be paid by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 to avoid penalty and interest charges.

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Robert Sanders and Haven Iglesias

Saturday, Jan. 20, at approximately 12:02 a.m., Beaumont PD officers were patrolling the area of 1055 I-10 S. Officers attempted to stop  a silver Toyota Prius with two passengers. The driver fled and led officers on a lengthy pursuit. The pursuit ended near Laurel and First streets. The driver was identified as Robert Sanders, 25-year-old man from Santa Fe, Texas. He was arrested for evading in a motor vehicle and an outstanding parole warrant for a previous charge of felon in possession of a firearm.  He was then taken into custody without further incident.

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It’s Trash-Off time once again! The 23rd annual Community Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive in Orange. This year’s Community Trash-Off is again presented by Invista and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in collaboration with the city of Orange.

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Tyllher Moore and Terry Warren

Sunday, Jan. 21, at 8:26 am, Beaumont police officers observed a 2004 Cadillac Escalade make traffic violations in the 3200 block of Laurel Street. Officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Calder and IH-10. The driver, Tyllher Moore, a 31-year-old Beaumont man, and the passenger, Terry Warren, a 33-year-old Port Arthur man, were in the vehicle and in possession of over 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.

Both males were transported to Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

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Earth’s average global temperature from 2013 to 2017

Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. That is second only to global temperatures in 2016.

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Quang Van Mai

At about 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, deputies from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office were notified of an aggravated robbery and car jacking in Texas City. A white Kia Soul was taken during the commission of this offense, and deputies immediately set up to watch for the vehicle. Soon thereafter, a sheriff’s office sergeant observed a vehicle matching the description traveling north on State Highway 3 in Dickinson. He pulled in behind the vehicle and verified the license plate as the stolen vehicle.

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