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As a result of the recent rain, effective Wednesday Aug. 19th at 2 p.m., Jefferson County lifted its burn ban. In a press release, the county asked residents to watch wind conditions while conducting outdoor burning and never leave an outdoor fire unattended. Also, when burning brush piles, make them into smaller, more manageable piles.

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An Orange man died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 73 Saturday afternoon after he was reportedly rear-ended by another driver who fell asleep behind the wheel.

At approximately 1 p.m. Aug. 15, a 2009 Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound in the outside lane on Highway 73. According to Trooper Stephanie Davis, it is believed that the driver of the Ford pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and rear-ended a 2010 Dodge pickup truck. The impact of the collision caused both vehicles to drive off the roadway and roll over.

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A Beaumont residence sustained heavy fire damage Monday afternoon from a blaze caused by a pot left on a burning stove. 

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Authorities believe that a seizure caused the drowning death of a 42-year-old Florida man competing in a Sabine Lake fishing tournament this weekend.

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A man who was shot in self-defense after he reportedly opened fire on a Beaumont residence died Saturday night.

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A man was reportedly stabbed by his girlfriend in Beaumont Saturday afternoon. 

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Joshua Murray (inset) drowned at Boomtown USA in Rose City

At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, Orange County deputies responded to possible drowning at Boomtown Waterpark and RV Resort at 1495 W. Freeway in Rose City. When deputies arrived, they learned that 14-year-old Joshua Murray and several juvenile boys were swimming in the lake when two of the young men observed Murray struggling in the water. The two boys swam over to reach him in an attempt to pull him up, but they were in water over their heads.

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A search warrant executed in Newton County on Aug. 11 resulted in the discovery of powder and crack cocaine, methamphetamine and firearms, reports the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Eden Jones at the Winners Lounge, where Dominique Sinegal (left) was injured.

A criminal trial last week at the Jefferson County courthouse stretched over three days as jurors considered a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – in this case, a shoe.

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