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An automobile accident involving three vehicles in Newton County resulted in one death and several injuries, Texas Department of Public Safety reported.

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Police investigating a cell phone theft in Orange on Sept. 16 instead discovered crack cocaine in the possession of a teenage resident of the city, the Orange Police Department reports.

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with conspiring to illegally export laboratory equipment, including items used to detect chemical warfare agents, from the United States to Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday, Sept. 17. 

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A Rochester, N.Y., man has been charged with aiding ISIS and the attempted murder of members of the U.S. military among other charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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La’Tisha Jacobs-Vargas, an event planner with the folkloric ballet troupe the Golden Triangle Hispanic Association, invites the community to attend a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), the third annual Gran Festival Familiar, on Sept. 27 under the Pavilion in Port Arthur at 500 Procter St. Vargas’ dancers, various bands, numerous vendors and others will be at the event from 11 a.m. until about 10 p.m.

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U.S. Department of Labor press release:

HOUSTON — Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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A Beaumont man sustained minor injuries trying to fight a kitchen fire at his home on Campus Avenue Tuesday morning, Sept. 16.

Once he realized he could not extinguish the fire, he then drove to Fire Station No. 3 and reported to firefighters his house was on fire, Beaumont Fire and Rescue said in a press release. Fire suppression units responded to the home, where they discovered the kitchen on fire. They conducted fire suppression activities and were able to extinguish the fire within minutes.

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photo by Lauren Dodd

The city of Beaumont Streets and Drainage and Building Codes departments, Beaumont Fire and Rescue, and Beaumont Police Department responded to a building collapse Monday, Sept. 15 in the 2100 block of Irving Street.

The building, which last housed the old Club Signature — a nightclub that has been closed for several years and fell into disrepair — collapsed around 12:30 p.m, said Capt. Earl White from Beaumont Fire and Rescue. It was tagged as substandard by city officials in 2013, he said.

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Press release from the City of Beaumont:

Beaumont has been awarded Bronze Scenic City certification by Scenic Texas. Beaumont is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period.

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Staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas received accolades for their exceptional work from Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards ceremony on Sep. 10 in Washington D.C.

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