It’s July 30, 2008. Port Arthur native Damon West is sitting in his apartment in Dallas on the phone with his dealer trying to score some meth. He’s “high as hell” and telling his associate he’s feeling the heat; he’s worried the police are onto him, that they know about his illicit activities.
At the stroke of midnight on Sept. 30, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas John Malcolm Bales will bid his office farewell, and while he has cherished serving, he says he is ready to start enjoying his hard-earned retirement.
At least another week will tick by while Jefferson County’s elected commissioners and County Judge Jeff Branick ponder the management of the publicly-subsidized and privately-run Ford Park Entertainment Complex. The matter was set to be finalized by Oct.
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