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Jamie Smith is sworn in as Jefferson County District Clerk.

After a tight race battling Republican Charlie Wiggins and a subsequent recount, new District Clerk Jamie Smith was finally sworn into his hard-won office Jan. 8 in the Jury Impaneling Room at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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Murder victim Amber Guillory, suspect David Smith and his wife, Mayra

Amber Nicole Guillory was discovered floating in the water near Pleasure Island in December 2012.

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The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) presents story time set to music for the next concert in its Classics Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont. “Musical ‘Tails’ Remixed” features a traditional presentation of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.

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The employees of ExxonMobil raised more than $940,000 for the United Way Beaumon

Through various fundraising events and a traditional campaign, the employees of ExxonMobil raised more than $940,000 for the United Way Beaumont and North Jefferson County, and a corporate contribution of $500,000 brought the total donation to $1.4 million in 2014.

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United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Jan. 14 that a Beaumont attorney was sentenced to 12 months in prison for failing to file his federal income tax return.

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Two of four vehicles affected by an oil spill caused by a vehicle's faulty crankshaft collided after hitting the slick roadway on Interstate 10 West at Brush Island Road on Jan. 9 at about 3:50 p.m. causing the westbound lanes to close for hours, reports Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis.

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A 29-year-old Kirbyville man was killed Jan. 9 when he was struck by a 2007 GMC truck as he crested a hill on F.M. 252 about one mile north of Kirbyville.

According to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis, Derek Smith was traveling in the northbound traffic lane of F.M. 252 when he was hit by the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

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Troy Len Battise, 46, of Orange was arrested for public intoxication on Jan. 12.

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Chasity Lynette Barks and Pablo Riojas Jr.

A man and woman were arrested in Orange after a traffic stop led police to the discovery of methamphetamine inside the vehicle on Jan. 11, reports the Orange Police Department.

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Dunisha Baker

A woman who allegedly showed up drunk for a CPS hearing was arrested in Orange on Jan. 9, police report.

According to a police report by Orange Police Department Officer Brice Due, 24-year-old Dunisha Baker of Orange was arrested under suspicion of public intoxication after a state investigator called police and reported the woman had shown up at the office, apparently under the influence of something, for a hearing pertaining to her children.

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