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Sheriff Mitch Woods and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office proudly promoted four outstanding deputies at a ceremony on Feb. 5 subsequent to the retirement of one of their own, Major Brad Lowe.

Sheriff Mitch Woods stepped up to the podium and greeted the crowd of family, friends and fellow law enforcers, then requested that Pastor Randy G. Vaughn of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church stand to bless the ceremony.

"These are the things I do that I enjoy most," Woods said of the promotions.

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The Beaumont Police has announced the Great Texas Warrant Round Up will begin in Jefferson County on Feb. 23 and run until March 1.

Several law enforcement agencies within Jefferson and Hardin Counties are joining forces to host the warrant round up to target citizens who have failed to resolve their violations. 

Officer Carol Riley said that anyone who does not take advantage of the 3-week grace period, starting Monday, Feb. 2, could face arrest anywhere including while driving, at home or even at his or her job.

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Beaumont Police officers responded to a report of a shooting the evening of Feb. 5 that left a local resident with a wound to her thigh.

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Robinson after his arrest in 2013 (left) and Nick Rosen

A 25-year-old Beaumont man was indicted for the 2013 murder of 22-year-old Nicholas Rosen of Bridge City, who was shot and killed in what police at the time called a drug deal gone bad. Derek Robinson, previously arrested for the murder in May 2013 but later released, was criminally indicted on Feb. 4 and transported to the Jefferson County Jail on Feb. 5, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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Police in Orange are searching for a suspect involved in an aggravated robbery on Feb. 4.

According to a news release from OPD, on Feb. 4 at 11:00 p.m., officers with the Orange Police Department were dispatched to 1402 16th Street, Star Stop # 3, in reference to an aggravated robbery. The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a hoodie style jacket and a dark ski mask, brandishing a pistol.

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Brandon Paul Pay (inset) was arrested with more than 20 pounds of cocaine.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly arrested a 23-year-old Florida man and recovered more than 20 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Feb. 5.

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It's tax season and the scammers are out in full force, out to steal taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. The IRS and the BBB warn that IRS impersonators are calling around the area, trying to cash in by purloining people's personal information and using threats to divert vulnerable victims' cash into the fraudsters' own pockets.

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The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do so. One of the most commonly used last year and this year is a phone impersonation scam.

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A 57-year-old Rialto, California woman living in Port Arthur has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales on Feb. 5.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, Angie Dang pleaded guilty on Oct. 2, 2014 to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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USW members and supporters protest at Marathon Petroleum in Texas City.

The United Steelworkers Union (USW), which represents workers at 65 U.S. refineries that produce approximately 64 percent of the oil in the U.S, called for work stoppage at nine U.S. refineries Sunday, Feb. 1 following failed negotiations in a national oil contract that expired at midnight Saturday night.

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