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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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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received confirmation that many have suspected for months - the skeletal remains found in a field near Highway 365 are those of 15-year-old Sharon West.

Autopsy results have not been released yet however. 

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Vidor Junior High School staff and students were bused to nearby Vidor Middle School after an early morning bomb threat was called into VJHS administration. According to school district spokeswoman Sally Andrews, students will be fed and kept safe at the middle school and parents are not being asked to pick up their student at this time.

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A Memorial High School secretary, Emma Hardy, 57, remains in the Jefferson County Jail Monday Afternoon in lieu of a $75,000 bond for Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a second degree felony, after she was arrested Sunday evening by Port Arthur Police. According to a press release from the department, at 7:58 p.m. Sunday, an officer "observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the Seawall near downtown Port Arthur. The officer approached the vehicle and saw a male and a female engaged in sexual activity inside the vehicle."

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At least Renaissance Hospital is paying somebody.

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UPDATE:The man shot and killed after he opened fire on Beaumont Police Officers Thursday morning at his residence on Harriot Street has been identified as 37-year-old Lee Adam Dixon (DOB 10-18-1974) of Beaumont. Dixon, was no stranger to police, having been arrested more than 30 times with, at least, five convictions for evading detention, unlawfully carrying a weapon, theft, possession of a controlled substance and reckless conduct.

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday, Jan. 6, revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape, which will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide, he said. The new definition is more inclusive, better reflects state criminal codes and focuses on the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape.

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One of the largest transient gold buying operations in the country – THR & Associates – was forced to shut its doors late Thursday evening after Beaumont Police officers entered the temporary gold buying operation set-up at the Courtyard by Marriott near Washington Boulevard and informed them they were in violation of a number of state and local laws.

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