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BEAUMONT, Texas -  Two East Texas women have been charged with federal income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   Elizabeth Gayle Bailey, 56, of Spurger, Texas, was indicted on Nov. 16, 2011, and charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and 14 counts of preparing false tax returns.

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A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was convicted on Dec. 1, of racketeering and firearms charges related to his role in the 2009 shooting of a man in Jefferson County.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office unveiled the V-100 Fox armored vehicle Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Lamar Institute of Technology. The new tool will help with emergencies ranging from hostage situations to rescue operations. The sheriff’s office has had the vehicle for a few years, but there were some additions like a battering ram, turret, and slide-out steps on the side and on the back that were added by the students in LIT’s welding class as part of a joint project between the sheriff’s office and the institute.

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“Be a Santa to a Senior” is now underway in the Golden Triangle with trees set up in nearly 100 locations across Southeast Texas. The purpose of the program is to bring in gifts that will give good tidings and cheer to seniors who might otherwise go without this holiday season.

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For 64 area nonprofit agencies, Christmas came a little early this year as Entergy Texas bestowed them collectively with nearly $309,000 to be used for various endeavors.

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Grocery store patrons are most often concerned with the products they intend to buy and utilize themselves, sorting through meats and dairy products for the most recently packaged, or passing over the dented canned good for one that is easier to open. But that can lead one to wonder of what happens to these items that aren’t as desirable. Depending on the store, it oftentimes ends up in the hands (and bellies) of those who are unable to purchase the product.

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A major accident on Hwy. 105 just east of Sour Lake has closed down the highway in both directions after a tractor trailer carrying a load, of what emergency officials believe was crude oil, burst into flames as it broke apart from contact with a concrete culvert.

A sheriff's deputy and fire fighters at the scene said there were no fatalities resulting from the collision, which actually took place a few hundred feet west of the fire. The deputy said the truck driver tried to save the rig from overturning but it hit a ditch and then slammed into the culvert.

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The Examiner would like to congratulate Mel Hebert of Port Neches, who was the winner of our Cirque du Soleil ticket giveaway. Hebert and a guest will attend tonight's showing of the famous Las Vegas style show at Ford Park, courtesy of The Examiner Newspaper and Epontoday.com..

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A privately owned ambulance service that serves as the contracted emergency responder for rural areas of Jefferson County is facing an investigation by the FBI and other federal agencies over allegations of improper billing, improper patient transports and possible Medicare fraud, according to information obtained by The Examiner.

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