The News

Port Arthur Police Department

On Wednesday, Sept 10, at 11:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 2310 Birch St. in reference to a missing person. Family members reported the disappearance of a 16-year-old male who was last seen leaving the residence on a motorcycle. Officers searched throughout the night without finding the missing person.

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Batiste Joseph Breaux

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release, that a Beaumont man has been found guilty of Capital Murder in the Aug. 5, 2008, shooting deaths of two brothers following a four day trial in the 252nd District Court of Jefferson County. 

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Jefferson County issued a beach advisory for McFaddin Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Water samples collected at the point of the beach closest to the entrance of the National Wildlife Refuge found elevated levels of the Enterococcus bacteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers anything over 104 colonies to be unsafe.

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In an effort to combat prescription drug abuse and addiction, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is taking measures to increase penalties associated with illegal use of certain prescription medications and to make it easier for people to dispose of their unused medications after discontinuing use.

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In an Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Sept. 8, commissioners voted to approve a pay raise for Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt, a pay raise for which Merritt has been fighting for about three years.

Orange County uses the Matrix system, a pay system that charts county salaries and divides officials into terms based on the longevity of service. The system determines pay rates and pay raises.

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