Derek Lee Williams

The Jefferson County Sheriff is asking the public's help in locating a probationer with a warrant out for his arrest. 

In a press release, the Sheriff's office said Derek Lee Wiliams, 27, is wanted on a motion to revoke his probation for felony burglary and theft of a firearm. 

"Mr. Williams is also wanted for questioning in several recent crimes," Deputy Rod Carroll said in the press release. 

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UPDATE: The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River in Beaumont was open as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, according to a Beaumont Emergency Management Department press release. The city hopes the bridge will stay passable; however, highways in Beaumont are becoming heavily iced.

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DSHS fish consumption advisory chart

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.

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Sanderson

Jim Sanderson, professor and chair of Lamar University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has recently published a new collection of short stories, “Trashy Behavior,” through the Lamar University Press.

Sanderson decided to produce the collection after winning the Texas Institute of Letters’ Kay Cattarulla Award for Short Fiction in 2012 for the short story, “Bankers.”

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Beaumont firefighters responded to three separate structure fires overnight from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2014.

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