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Beaumont ISD

More than a year after reports of widespread, educator-sanctioned cheating on standardized tests at the Beaumont Independent School District were submitted to the Texas Education Agency, the governmental entity has yet to release findings from any investigation into the matter. Also under review for just as long are reports of BISD staff committing attendance fraud to rake in millions of dollars in unwarranted state and federal funding, with teacher-supplied evidence handed over to the TEA to assist in its investigation.

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Detectives with the Orange Police Department are still investigating a stabbing that took place Oct. 20 at the Sabine Park Apartments at about 8:15 p.m., according to a news release from OPD.

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Press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office: U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Oct. 21 that the current head of the Mexican drug trafficking organization, the Gulf Cartel, or Cartel del Golfo, has made an initial appearance in the Eastern District of Texas on drug trafficking charges.

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A Jefferson County resident was injured when his leg was impaled by a tree limb while brush hogging, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports.
According to a news release from JCSO officers were dispatched to the 6000 block of Steinhagen Road in Labelle on Oct. 20 after receiving a call from the injured man. He advised that a tree limb had impaled his leg after being propelled by the brush-hog. Members of the Labelle/Fannett Fire/EMS and JCSO deputies responded to the scene..

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Fire damaged two units at Waterfall Apartments in Vidor.

Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 responded to a fire Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Waterfall Apartments in Vidor.

About 2:12 p.m., the department received a call of a fire at a duplex apartment on Luther Circle and was on the scene at 2:17 p.m. The fire was extinguished around 20 minutes later, said Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 Fire Chief Bryant Champagne.

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The City of Vidor continues its efforts to collect a decade's worth of outstanding fines owed to the city. This week, police are asking for assistance in locating the following persons owing more than $1000 in fines to the city:
1. Derrick Doran Cane, B/M, Age 50, 3 traffic warrants totaling $1,629.00
2. Patricia Diane Carlton, W/F, age 43, 1 traffic warrant totaling $1,020.00
3. Linda Chaison, W/F, age 43, 2 traffic warrant totaling $1,322.00
4. Cody Michael Chartin, W/M, age 29, 4 traffic warrants totaling $1,761.00

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Press release from the Jefferson County Bar Association:
The Jefferson County Bar Association will celebrate the sixth annual National Celebrate Pro Bono Week on Oct. 20 – Oct. 24, 2014.

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Orange resident on Saturday, Oct. 18, after busting him with more than 5 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

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A Vidor policeman was released from the hospital and is recovering from injuries after being struck by a motorist following the Vidor homecoming football game Friday night, Oct. 17.

About 10:28 p.m. Friday, Vidor Police officers were directing traffic at the intersection of South Main and Orange streets. Three officers were in the intersection, wearing reflective gear and using flashlights.

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