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Beaumont office Jared Ty Smith remembered
BEAUMONT - Family and friends gathered to remember Beaumont Police Officer Jared "Ty" Smith.
Officer Carol Riley was at the gathering at Broussard's Mortuary in Beaumont and said the police department is extremely grateful for all of the support it has received.

Smith died after a two year battle with leukemia.

The 37-year-old's funeral is tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11 a.m. at North End Baptist Church in Beaumont.

Next Wednesday (Sept. 9) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Beaumont Police Officers Association will hold a cookout benefit for Smith's family. It will be held at the Beaumont Police Station at 255 College St.

The funds raised will help Smith's widow pay his medical bills.

Remembering Officer Ty Smith

BEAUMONT - From Broussard's Mortuary

Officer Jared "Ty" Smith, 37, of Lumberton, died Monday, August 31, 2015, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. He was born on March 24, 1978, in Port Arthur, to Joni Lewis Smith and Jared Smith, and was a lifelong resident of the area.

Ty was an athlete his entire life. He ran Track and Cross Country at Lamar University. After graduating from Lamar University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Ty went into a career in law enforcement. He first worked as a probation officer for Hardin County, and later became an officer with the Beaumont Police Department, where he served almost 6 years on the Special Response Team. Ty had a love for Jeeps and was a member of the Southeast Texas Jeepers Club.

Survivors include his wife, Alicia Smith of Lumberton; mother, Joni Hanley and her husband, Mitch, of Winnie; father, Jared Smith and his wife, Diane, of Nederland; brother, Colt Smith and his wife, Kara, of Nederland; grandmother, Jesslyn Lewis of Nederland; stepbrothers, Officer Mitch Hanley, Jr. and his wife, Yvain; and Shae Hanley and his wife, Amy; stepsisters, Mallory Pagan and her husband, Anthony; and Carly Block and her husband, Bryant; nephews, Koby Smith, Cooper Smith, Ethan Rascoe, Hagan Rascoe, Wyatt Rascoe, Dexter Hanley, Dutch Hanley, Seth Hanley, Weston Block, Coen Pagan, and Bryson Pagan; nieces, Aliina Rascoe, Olivia Rascoe, Kaia Hanley, and Gracie Hanley; father and mother-in-law, Tim and LeeAnn Rascoe; brothers-in-law, Eric Rascoe and his wife, Christie; and Brandon Rascoe and his wife, Chrissy; a host of friends, and numerous men and women in blue.

A gathering of Officer Smith's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2015, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015, at North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaumont Police Benefit Association, P.O. Box 22722, Beaumont, Texas 77720.          

Jasper police, deputies, community show respect for Deputy Goforth

JASPER ( and Rayburn Broadcasting Company) -- As thousands of people gathered in Houston late Friday morning for the funeral of murdered Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, thousands of law enforcement officers across the state paid their respects at exactly 11:00 by following Governor Greg Abbott’s request to activate their emergency lights and observe a moment of silence.

Here in Jasper County, both the Jasper Police Department and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department did just that.

Additionally, many citizens wore blue clothing on Friday, and others stopped on the sides of roads and highways and turned on their emergency blinkers as a show of respect.

Goforth was ambushed and shot 15 times while fueling his patrol car at a Houston gas station during the pre-dawn hours on Friday, August 28th. Investigators later arrested and charged 30-year-old Shannon Miles, of Houston, with Goforth’s murder.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman has linked the shooting to anti-police rhetoric from the “black lives matter” group.

N.C. State study: Southern dialect is a language barrier in college

SWANNANOA, N.C. (WLOS) -- In the idyllic setting of Warren Wilson College, many feel close to Appalachian roots.

But according to a study, some students in the South feel alienated from college because of how they speak.

Video: Southern dialect is a barrier

"They are continuously stereotyped and seen as not being intelligent because of the way that they're speaking," says Julie Shepherd-Powell, a cultural anthropologist who teaches Appalachian studies.

North Carolina State University researchers did an in-depth study of how rural Appalachian dialect can impact the college experience. They concluded that sometimes the result is a language barrier.

"So, a lot of students, as the study indicates, do not feel [comfortable] speaking up in class or [giving] oral presentations or are made fun of," Shepherd-Powell explains. "Luckily, in my classes at Warren Wilson I have not experienced that."

Some feel they must adjust to classroom environments and make dialect harder to detect.

"I think accents are very dynamic," says student Mollie Donihe of Roanoke, Virginia. "If I'm in certain situations, such as an academic setting, I've taught myself to speak with a more standard English dialect."

Fellow student Lyn May of West Virginia says what we say should be far more important than how we say it.

"It's connecting with people on a human level," May says. "Not trying to put everyone on the same standard."

Shepherd-Powell hopes the research leads to a bigger lesson.

"Just because you speak with a dialect it does not mean you are not intelligent and it doesn't pertain to your education level," she stresses.

She encourages students to embrace diversity and respect every voice, because without that respect students like Donihe feel they have to hide part of who they are.

"It reminds me that it is not acceptable," she says. "My accent is being noticed over the content of what I'm saying."

Toddler dies of overdose after mother brings her to drug deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) -- A toddler died after her mother took the child along for a drug deal and the 14-month-old girl ingested a lethal amount of heroin and another drug, police said.

Police have now charged Erica M. Barley, 31, with involuntary manslaughter and endangering children for the death of Annabella Sagsetter on May 27.

Barley turned herself in at Columbus Police headquarters Thursday with her attorney, Mark Collins.

"She has done some acts that are horrific, in terms of what a parent thinks about this type of situation," Collins said. "However, she is starting to take responsibility for her limited role in the situation."

Paramedics responded to the 100 block of Columbian Avenue on May 27 after someone told a 911 dispatcher their friend's child wasn't breathing.

Barley originally claimed she noticed her daughter was lifeless while driving on a highway and stopped in the West Side neighborhood to check on her, police said.

However, she eventually told detectives she had taken her child to a nearby house to buy drugs, police said.

Barley stated the child was buckled in a car seat and out of her sight for only a few moments, police said.

Detectives haven't explained how they believe the child ingested drugs.

The Franklin County coroner ruled the toddler died from an overdose of heroin and Fentanyl.

A judge set Barley's bond at $30,000.

Barley has battled addictions for the last six or seven years, Collins said.

She was not in court Friday for her arraignment because she was in the hospital, but Collins said he could not confirm why.

"She is mentally and emotionally devastated. She's dealing with that," Collins said. "Erica is doing what she supposed to do."

Her 5-year-old child was placed in the custody of Franklin County Children's Services, Collins said.

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