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In November 2016, the United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit agreed with a jury decision that awarded $2.5 million in damages against Orange County for the wrongful death of an inmate held in the county jail’s detention “bubble” for days on end as the mentally ill man died of renal failure in a pool of uneaten jail food and human waste.

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Photos courtesy of Detective Joe Paul and the PAPD

Two recent accidental shootings in Port Arthur suggest some residents don’t how to safely handle weapons, and the number of new gun owners grows all the time. This year alone, the FBI recorded 185,713 background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background system for Black Friday purchases in the U.S., 400 more than 2015, Business Insider reported Nov. 28.

Although they’re often given as presents, firearms are not toys. Mishandled, they can lead to injuries that range from embarrassing to life threatening.

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Officers Haley Morrow and Todd Jackson

“Our hero!”

Shouts from volunteers at Some Other Place, who were handing out gifts to local family’s during the charity’s Christmas Giving Program Dec. 22, rang out as Officer Todd Jackson of the Beaumont Police Department walked through the door of the nonprofit’s storage warehouse after he found and returned 13 bicycles that had been stolen from the facility overnight.

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As 2016 comes to a close, Jefferson County has yet to ink a deal with a new management firm to oversee the Ford Park Entertainment Complex. After months of negotiation, a contract to secure the services of a management firm for the publicly subsidized entertainment complex is held up as lawyers review the proposition on the table, according to county purchasing agent Deborah Clark.

Under the tenure of SMG, Ford Park has run at a nearly $2 million annual deficit – a deficit charged to taxpayers of Jefferson County.

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A toxic national trend of pharmaceutical drug abuse is leaving a wide swath of death in its wake, and Southeast Texas is no exception, according to authorities.

“Oh, it’s here,” Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office investigator Marcelo Molfino told The Examiner. “Interstate 10 is a pipeline for drugs.”

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Christopher Morgan

Christopher Morgan, 31, of Vidor has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after a fatal auto-pedestrian crash on Concord Road in Orange County on Dec. 26, according to a release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A blood specimen has been submitted to the crime laboratory and toxicology results are pending, DPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported Dec. 28. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Exciting things are happening at the Main library in downtown Beaumont. The Main library downtown located at 801 Pearl Street will be getting new carpet and selected shelving on the upper levels for the new year!

Starting Jan. 3, 2017, the library will be closed for a minimum of two months for the renovation. Any and all materials at the library will be inaccessible to the public. All other circulating branches will be open for business as usual.

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West African Kora

A special performance on the West African Kora by Sean Gaskell will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Elmo Willard Branch Library.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 8:55 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a one vehicle crash on East Hamshire Road in Jefferson County.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2001 Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on East Hamshire Road when the driver suffered a heart attack and drove off the roadway. The vehicle continued off the road and struck a utility pole.

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On Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 at 9:08 a.m., Beaumont police officers responded to an aggravated robbery in the Goliad Game Room at 2900 block of Goliad, BPD Officer Carol Riley said in a statement.

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