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Six years ago, streets in Port Arthur weren’t much different than what you might find at your local race track – people driving fast with little to no regard for the law. Now, with the advent of the Traffic Unit in 2006, last year’s traffic accidents were 200 fewer than in years’ past and the number of traffic fatalities last year – five- is the lowest number in decades.

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Officers from the Beaumont Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Wall Street on Friday morning, Jan. 20, on reports that a victim was shot in the area.

Patrol Division Officers arrived to the location to find a 49-year-old Hispanic male victim suffering from a superficial gunshot wound to the left side of his neck. Officers summoned Beaumont EMS, who responded and transported the victim to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The victim was ultimately treated and released from the emergency room. 

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Carrol Thomas has served at the helm of the Beaumont Independent School District for the past 16 years but this next year will be his last, as he announced just after 10 p.m. Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the first semester of the 2012 school year.

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randall L. Benoit, 41, was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, following a head-on collision on Highway 27. The 18-year veteran of the department was on duty at the time of the accident.

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In the past week, two transient gold buying operations have been found in violation of a new Texas law requiring businesses and individuals to register and obtain proper licenses before they purchase gold and other precious metals.

Both THR & Associates, operating under one of its aliases Mississippi Valley Gold & Silver Refinery from Springfield, Ill.; and Mason and Davis Metals of Percy, Ark. were found by The Examiner to be operating in violation of the new law – a Class B misdemeanor.

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From the Beaumont Police Department this morning...

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BEAUMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
 
Regular Meeting – January 19, 2012
7:15 p.m.
Board Room – Administration Building
3395 Harrison Street
Beaumont, TX. 77706
 
 
 
I.
Roll Call
Woodrow Reece, President
 
 
Janice Brassard, Vice President
 
 
Terry Williams, Secretary
 
 

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Each year, as the time comes to conduct the annual performance review of Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas, there are rumors it will be his last year in the district. But this year the rumors are much louder, and there’s a twist – Thomas is supposedly shopping a $1 million contract buyout.

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The official announcement will be made Tuesday morning but Southeast Texas EMS is closing its doors and leaving residents in rural parts of Jefferson County, The Examiner has confirmed. And county officials have been scrambling for the past 24-hours to ensure residents will have ambulance service when they need it.

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