The News

After Pinehurst city leaders unanimously decided to suspend Fire Chief Grady Gray on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, from his duties in the volunteer fire department and as the city’s code enforcement officer, both posts were in need of staffing. It wasn’t until this month, however, that those positions were filled.

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The Beaumont Police Department Training Room was filled with officers, media reps and well-wishers as 25-year veteran Beaumont police officer Kenneth Karr accepted a promotion to sergeant during a ceremony held in his honor Feb. 23.A montage of photos from Karr’s days on the force welcomed in guests, and the man of the hour regaled the group with stories of his years with the department and his lofty ambitions for this new post.

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Beaumont police have arrested Keith Allen Fowler in connection with a burglary that took place Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the 2800 block of South Sixth Street.

According to police, Fowler and another individual allegedly burglarized a residence and later tried to sell the stolen property back to the owner. The owner set up a meeting with the two alleged thieves at the car wash on Sixth Street, but the pair got spooked and fled in a silver Cadillac.

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A dissenting group of Southeast Texas Tea Party Patriot members have taken their displeasure with the direction of the local movement headed by President Ralph McBride to the courtroom by filing a lawsuit against McBride for his handling of the group’s finances and how the group is currently constituted.

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Cupid wasn’t the only one showing love on Valentines Day.

In a display of local and federal cooperation Monday at a joint press conference held at the Port Arthur Police Substation, Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton, Port Arthur Mayor Bobbie Prince and John Ross from the United States Attorney’s Office spoke about the impact Operation Time Machine is having on violent crime in Port Arthur in removing violent, repeat-offending criminals off the city’s streets.

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