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CenterPoint Energy leaders thanked Beaumont Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Ocnaschek and the team he assembled during Hurricane Harvey flooding to stop a gas leak under the churning, muddy waters of the Neches River, and presented the city with a donation of $50,000 during a council meeting Sept. 26.

CenterPoint District Manager Gary Chalk said his company has been working with the city for “many years,” and has been in Beaumont for more than a century.

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During a not-so-happy hour at a Beaumont bar, a local man’s truck was stolen from the parking lot while he was inside.

Police say, as is the case with many car thefts and other varying crime in the city, it could be drug-related since car thieves and other drug users are prone to trading vehicles for drugs, a practice so common it has become known in some circles as “a rock for a ride.”

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A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted 39-year-old Walter Cobey Wilson of Beaumont, who goes by the nickname “Mudd,” for injury to an elderly person after he allegedly assaulted a 68-year-old woman in her apartment April 30 of this year.

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The city of Bevil Oaks opened its public meeting at the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont with a prayer that they would “conduct business in a sensible and manageable way” to be “fair to all in the community.”

The last meeting Sept. 19 had ended in citizens screaming at their officials and overrunning the three minutes allowed for individual comments.

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A 26-year-old Beaumont man arrested for killing a homeless woman in June has been indicted on capital murder charges by a Jefferson County Grand Jury Sept. 26.

Brandon Julian Coleman has been charged with the capital murder of 54-year-old Catherine Dungan, who was found bound at a local park and who had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.

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