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Jimmy Singletary, a fixture of Southeast Texas law enforcement for the last 41 years is now the top cop in Beaumont, a department he served for 30 years.

In a packed ceremony at the Beaumont Civic Center, outgoing Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coffin welcomed Singletary back to the ranks as a Beaumont police officer and then swore him in as his replacement. 

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Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas had to leave a parents luncheon early Thursday in order too make a flight that would bring him to Washington D.C. where he was a guest of the White House as it announced major changes to the current No Child Left Behind Act.

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TYLER, Texas – After a lengthy four year investigation a 77-year-old Cherokee County, Texas licensed deer breeder was sentenced for illegally transporting wildlife in the Eastern District of Texas and then lying about it to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

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SAN ANGELO, Texas — At a hearing today in a U.S. District Court in San Angelo, Texas, U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings sentenced convicted Brownwood, Texas, dentist, James Crow, 67, to 70 months in federal prison on multiple offenses related to a healthcare fraud scheme he ran, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. He must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on or before October 26, 2011.

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Department of Public Safety troopers were on the scene of a vehicle collision that claimed the lives of three Orange County teens in the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 18.

According to information from the investigating agency, there was a two-vehicle crash on Highway 62 shortly after 3:30 a.m. involving a 2008 Mazda 4-door driven by 17-year-old Grey C. Smith and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 30-year-old Clinton Lloyd. Two passengers were with Smith, and one with Lloyd.

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Five men were arrested over the weekend for engaging in organized criminal activity at a home, after a dispute that started at Central High School. Just after midnight Saturday, Sept. 17, Beaumont police reports say a vehicle pulled up to a residence on Buffalo Avenue and three passengers got out of the vehicle and approached the home, asking two people sitting on the porch where a resident was. When the men didn't get a response, one of the suspects believed to be 37-year-old Gregory Robinson pulled out a pistol and shot once, hitting the house.

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Shortly after midnight Friday, Sept. 16, Beaumont police officers were called out to an address on Forrest Street in Beaumont.

When they arrived, they found a Hispanic man lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He was transported to the hospital where he was reported in critical condition.

Detectives are investigating and The Examiner will report more information as it becomes available.

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The City of Orange Fire Department responded to a report of a bedroom on fire at 604 Morrell in the Navy Park addition Wednesday, Sept. 14, around 10:20 p.m.

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After spending three days in trial, Tanjia Colleen Smith pleaded guilty to charges of intoxication manslaughter stemming from a July 2010 accident that claimed the life of 55-year-old Dudley Butaud.

Butaud was on his way home to celebrate his 30th anniversary with his wife Kathy when the accident occurred on Highway 365.

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The agenda for Thursday's Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees regular meeting is listed inside and the attachments, which a majority of trustees voted to keep secret from the public, have been provided. The Examiner obtained copies of the attachments that BISD officials wanted to keep from the public and has placed them above the meeting agenda.

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