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After three drug arrests in less than three months, Kristopher Wade, 26, of Beaumont, was sentenced by Jefferson County Judge Larry Gist to serve 20 years in prison.

According to information from Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney's office, Wade was first stopped Oct. 22, 2017 and was found to be in possession of both crack and powder cocaine, methamphetamine, Promethazine and marijuana.

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Jefferson County commissioners are seeking public input relating to funds for a home buyout/acquisition program for property owners who had damage from Hurricane Harvey.

The county has been alloted approximately $2.5 million for the program. Under General Land Office guidelines, the program has allowed for two options: allow the county to purchase the property according to a pre-storm fair market value, or under the acquisition portion of the program, allow the county to purchase homes for their post-Harvey values.

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Beaumont Fire Department responded to a house fire around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the 1300 block of Caldwell Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames coming through the roof in the attic area. After getting the fire under control, firefighters found the body of a man inside the residence.

Nearby business owner Xavier Williams said the man who lives at the residence with his wife had been there for more than 20 years. Williams stated that the man was retired and bedridden, and his wife had left for work for the day. 

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A Port Neches-Groves former student facing a third-degree felony charge of making a terroristic threat in April 2017, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor terroristic threat charge and was sentenced to two years probation. Miller was 17 at the time, and was accused of plotting a "Columbine-style" shooting at the Port Neches-Groves High School. Miller was a junior at the time, as well as an honor student.

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Let It Shine Winter Wonderland 2018 showcases some of the best Southeast Texas businesses at the MCM Eleganté on Monday, Dec. 10, 5 – 7 p.m.

Hosted by Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, the free and open to the public holiday extravaganza gives new members of the Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to “shine” by showcasing their company’s products and services in a fun and festive atmosphere. 

MCM Eleganté is located at 2355 IH-10 South in Beaumont.

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