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George Edwards III | Photo: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 
Joey P. Hanchett | Photo: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 

On Nov. 21, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake, the sheriff's office said in a release.

Kenion M. Boutte | Photo: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

On Nov. 22 at about 12:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation, the sheriff's office said in a release.

David Ray Gardner | Photo: The Office of the Texas Attorney General

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced in a statement Nov. 27 that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested David Ray Gardner, 57, of Brady, last week on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.


ExxonMobil put out an early morning fire at its Beaumont refinery crude unit Tuesday, Nov. 28. The fire was reported around 6 a.m. on the south side of the refinery.

"Onsite responders quickly extinguished the fire, and there were no injuries," said Ashley Alemayehu, Beaumont Area Public and Government Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil Corporation.

Initial air quality monitoring shows no off-site impact, Alemayehu said.

Arbitration hearing of Mickey Sterling

Fired Port Arthur Det. Mickey Sterling’s arbitration hearing continued into its third day Nov. 16. But with no end yet in sight, arbitrator Don Hays postponed the hearing, and time will be set aside for him to hear the rest of the story at a later date. Hays indicated he hopes he will get the whole truth, and he is taking measures to ensure that he does.