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An 80-year-old Jefferson County resident is dead after he drowned while mowing the law, investigators suspect.

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A witness has reported that they caught an Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy on tape speeding and recklessly passing vehicles in heavy Houston traffic on June 29.

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The Beaumont Police Department reports a suspect died after swallowing an unknown drug during a traffic stop.

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Melissa Ringhardt (right) and John “Johnny” Allen Read

Law enforcement officers are searching for 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt of Vidor after she allegedly violated the terms of her probation on charges of Endangering a Child resulting from an October 21, 2013 incident in which five-year-old John "Johnny" Allen Read fatally shot himself while Ringhardt, his babysitter, was asleep on the job, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Clint

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Jariot Culbert, 29; Demetrius Proctor, 23; and Nathan Rachal, 22

Wednesday, July 2, at 2:14 am, officers responded to a robbery at Walmart at 4145 Dowlen Road in Beaumont. Two black males entered the store, popped a secured drawer, removed a large amount of cash and threatened an employee. The suspects ran towards Kohl’s to a black Chevrolet Impala. A third suspect was in the drivers seat.

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast is holding an exciting event Wednesday, July 2, at which attendees will be taken on a journey back in time, according to a press release from the Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

The press release from Lamar State College-Port Arthur reads, "Twenty years ago, television viewers spent a surreal summer’s evening watching a white Bronco leisurely transport a fallen O.J. Simpson on a tour of the L.A. freeways while across the pond, the “Chunnel” connected England and France.

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photo by Kevin King

The Beaumont Independent School District’s proposed Reduction in Force (RIF) failed to garner support from the school district’s Board of Trustees when the matter of cutting more than 100 teaching positions came to vote Monday, June 30. One board trustee, Tom Neild, was out of town for the meeting.

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AUSTIN PRESS RELEASE – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has instructed the conservator overseeing the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) that the board of trustees will be required to get conservator approval for certain expenditures exceeding $10,000.

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Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw sent a message to the BISD board regarding potential violations of the Texas Government Code and the Texas Education in a letter dated June 30. In the correspondence, Crenshaw warns that the posted agenda for BISD's June 30 board meeting could potentially violate state law.

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AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has instructed the conservator overseeing the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) that the board of trustees will be required to get conservator approval for certain expenditures exceeding $10,000. The move is designed to safeguard taxpayers and students as the district works to approve a new budget while simultaneously reducing its workforce during a self-declared state of financial exigency.

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