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Sheriff Mitch Woods campaigns for re-election in 2012.

Since 1996, Sheriff Mitch Woods has been a steady hand enforcing justice for the benefit of the citizens of Jefferson County. This week he announced he would not seek re-election.

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At a meeting of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers held Thursday, Aug. 27, roughly a half dozen citizens signed up to speak on the sale of district property currently up for proposals. However, due to a board policy currently in place, only one of the attendees was allowed to address the topic of concern.

That needs to change, Board of Managers President Dr. Jimmy Simmons said the following day.

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A 20-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to federal child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Sept. 3.

Keith Dwayne Marks, Jr. pleaded guilty to production of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday, Sept. 3, that a jury of the Drug Impact Court found Elliott Oville Jr. guilty of cocaine possession.

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Former Beaumont Independent School District auditor Gayle Botley

Former Beaumont Independent School District auditor Gayle Botley is answering allegations he was deficient in auditing the finances of the school district.

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Christine Johnson, mother of Baby Faith, was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

A jury handed down a 65-year sentence to Christine Johnson, mother of Baby Faith, in a case that rocked the courthouse with what experts called one of the worst cases of child abuse they had ever seen where the young victim lived.

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Check presentation, expansion unit, and Huntsman Corp. control room

Huntsman Corporation chairman, founder and billionaire philanthropist Jon Huntsman, along with his son and company president Peter Huntsman, treated U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, Huntsman Corp. board member and Beaumont philanthropist Wayne Reaud and other local dignitaries like Lamar University president emeritus Dr.

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At about 7:19 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, officers with the Beaumont Police Department arrived in the 2200 block of Sweetgum Lane in response to a reported disturbance involving a man shooting a handgun. Upon arrival, officers learned from witnesses involved in the disturbance that the shooter, 36-year-old Gerald Downs of Beaumont, was nearby in the vicinity.

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A tire blow-out caused a head-on collision near Warren early this morning, sending an elderly man to the hospital.

Just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, a 17-year-old male was driving himself and a 13-year-old passenger to school in Warren in a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver was traveling westbound on FM 1943 when approximately four miles east of Warren, a tire blow-out on his truck caused the driver to veer into the eastbound traffic lane, colliding head-on with a 2006 Ford pickup truck.

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