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Police officers in Pinehurst arrested a registered sex offender living in the city after receiving reports that the man was exposing himself to passersby outside his residence in the 600 block of 28th Street on Friday, April 11, at approximately 6:30 p.m.

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Cody Jamar Lewis

UPDATE: At about 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, acting on a Crime Stoppers Tip, fugitive task force members located and arrested Cody Lewis in Pennington, Texas, about 157 miles northeast of Beaumont just off U.S. 287.

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From left to right, Cory Crenshaw, Cory Kneeland and Judge John Stevens

Jefferson County's newest prosecutor was sworn in inside Jefferson County's Criminal District Court Monday, April 14. 

Cory Kneeland, a 10-year prosecutor and 2003 Texas Tech University law grad, began his career as a criminal attorney in Hale County, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. 

Soon after, Kneeland was in Hardin County where he presented cases to a grand jury. 

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Jefferson County Bar Association seal

Thursday, April 24, the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association will host a legal workshop for parents of autistic and special needs children. The workshop at The Shorkey Center, 855 S. Eighth St., from 6-8 p.m. is open to the public, and free babysitting services will be provided. The event is sponsored by a grant from the Jefferson County Bar Association Foundation. Local parents, educators and attorneys are welcome to attend free of charge.

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Devin McCraney and Sharika Allison

Two former Beaumont Independent School District employees pleaded guilty in federal court April 14, 2014, to embezzling or conspiring to embezzle more than $4 million  from the local school district.

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Beaumont was in for some heavy wind and rain Monday, April 14.

The sudden change in weather came as The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a wind advisory for Jefferson County until 9 p.m.

Reporters on the ground covering TEA's takeover of BISD experienced sideways rain and rapidly dropping temperatures about 1 p.m. Monday.

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Xavier Jud Sinegal

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrant Division is requesting the assistance of the public in locating a dangerous wanted fugitive, Xavier Jud Sinegal, 26.

Sinegal is 5-feet-10 and weights about 195 pounds

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UPDATE 3 – Mike Neil's comments: Current BISD Board Trustee Mike Neil said Monday, April 14, in a 12:50 p.m. press conference at the BISD Administration Building, “This is a huge victory. There is no reason to appeal; Putting a conservator in is exactly what needs to be done. I wish they would have come in sooner.

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In a press release, Texas Education Agency Director of Communications Gene Acuña attempted to “provide some perspective” regarding the tele-town hall meeting Thursday, April 10, April 10. The stated goal of the telephone-based town hall was to hear specifically from community members about issues surrounding the Beaumont Independent School District.

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photo by Kevin King

Southeast Texas fairgoers had the opportunity to witness the first-ever South Texas State Fair Kart Challenge on Saturday, April 5, as the YMBL partnered with Golden Triangle Race­way Park to feature up-and-coming stars in the world of kart racing at the Ford Arena.

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