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Body found is Chris Reich, authorities said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has identified the body discovered by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday, Feb. 3, as 35-year-old Chris Reich, who was last seen on Jan. 17, 2014. The reported cause of death, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office press release, is drowning.

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Officer Mike Dempsey celebrated his retirement from the Pinehurst Police Department on Jan. 29 in the Pinehurst council chambers. 

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A Little Cypress-Maruiceville school bus was struck in an early morning accident Jan. 30. 

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Two Port Arthur ISD students crossing the road while walking to school were struck by an SUV Thursday morning, Jan. 30.

Around 7:45 a.m. PAPD officers were dispatched to 1300 Freeman Ave. in reference to an auto-pedestrian accident involving two Abraham Middle School students who were struck by an SUV in front of Washington Middle School, at the corner of 12th Street and Freeman Avenue.

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Leanne Johnson (right) is sworn in by Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht

In November 2013, Leanne Johnson became the first woman to be appointed to Texas’ 9th Court of Appeals.

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Firefighters with Beaumont Fire and Rescue battled a total of seven structure fires over the last week between Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, at least two of which appeared to be the result of arson while the others could have been associated with severe winter weather.

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Law Enforcement Explorer Scouts

Police Chief James Singletary recognized several officers, citizens, organizat

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Lindsey Scott

After Jefferson County’s 252nd Criminal District Court was vacated by Judge Layne Walker, who announced his departure late in 2013, Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 34-year-old Lindsey Scott,  one of many criminal prosecutors currently working at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, to the position.

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Cory Crenshaw (left) with Judge John Stevens

With one of the most important seats in the Jefferson County criminal justice system vacated, Gov.

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Southeast Texas’ coldest weather of 2014 might be tapering off as the weekend progresses, but the havoc brought about by temperatures that dipped below 25 degrees in some areas is still being felt by law enforcement agencies tasked with keeping the area’s icy roads and bridges safe from speeding motorists.

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