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Southeast Texas’ coldest weather of 2014 might be tapering off as the weekend progresses, but the havoc brought about by temperatures that dipped below 25 degrees in some areas is still being felt by law enforcement agencies tasked with keeping the area’s icy roads and bridges safe from speeding motorists.

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Derek Lee Williams

The Jefferson County Sheriff is asking the public's help in locating a probationer with a warrant out for his arrest. 

In a press release, the Sheriff's office said Derek Lee Wiliams, 27, is wanted on a motion to revoke his probation for felony burglary and theft of a firearm. 

"Mr. Williams is also wanted for questioning in several recent crimes," Deputy Rod Carroll said in the press release. 

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An auto-pedestrian accident claimed the life of an elderly woman in Orange over the weekend. According to a police report, 86-year-old Faye Williams Bounds of Orange was struck and killed Jan. 26 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of F.M. 3247 while crossing the road after retrieving her mail.

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A second suspected case of arson over the last week has left a Beaumont family without a home and has fire investigators looking for suspects.

Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 3755 Treadway. When firefighters arrived, they found the home heavily involved with fire. The family was not at home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The fire caused extensive damage to the home.

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Firefighters responded to yet another structure fire in Beaumont on Monday.

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After the 2:30 p.m. National Weather Service call Tuesday, Jan. 28, Jefferson County made the decision to reopen all its offices at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. If conditions do not improve enough Wednesday morning for roads to properly clear, then that 1 p.m. opening could change, the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security said in a press release.

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Port Arthur Police are investigating two incidents from the evening of Sunday, Jan. 26, that they believe are related. While responding to the first call regarding shots fired in the 300 block of 9th Street at approximately 10:13 p.m., PAPD received a second call about a shooting victim in the 900 block of 10th Street.

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UPDATE: The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River in Beaumont was open as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, according to a Beaumont Emergency Management Department press release. The city hopes the bridge will stay passable; however, highways in Beaumont are becoming heavily iced.

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UPDATE: Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology will reopen at 1 p.m.

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Cory Crenshaw (center)

In a short ceremony in the presence of family and friends, Cory Crenshaw was sworn in as Jefferson County's newest district attorney after the office was vacated late last year. 

The news came Monday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2014, and soon thereafter, Crenshaw was sworn in, with the oath of office administered by Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens. 

Crenshaw was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas under John M. Bales before being appointed as Jefferson County's interim district attorney. 

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