The News

The Beaumont City Council voted March 21 in favor of an ordinance declaring three properties public nuisances for accumulating excess litter and thereby providing shelter and  a breeding ground for rodents and mosquitoes. The owners of three properties must clean up their yards within 10 days. If they don’t, the city is going to do it for them, and the owners will have to pay for the cleanup efforts or face civil action, like having liens placed on the properties.

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The city of Port Arthur has reinstated two of several Port Arthur Police Department officers recently placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the department, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter.

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Alisa Boutte

Wednesday, March 21, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office released the indictment handed up by a grand jury March 15 alleging Beaumont Independent School District special education teacher Alisa Boutte committed third-degree felony theft by taking money from the parents of students at Central High School while acting in an official capacity.

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The City of Port Arthur held a ribbon cutting for the Pavilion and People's Park on March 21.

“We’re excited about the possibilities that it brings to Port Arthur,” City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said.

The city believes the Pavilion and Peoples Park are “key elements that will help to ignite and sustain downtown re-development,” Carpenter said in a press release.

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Joseph Colone

On trial accused of murdering a woman and her teenage daughter because one of his victims had fingered him in a then-pending gameroom robbery case, Joseph Colone sits in Judge Raquel West’s Jefferson County 252nd District Court shackled to the floor under the constant watch of Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies. Starting Monday, March 20, Colone was brought to court to begin the long and arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the defendant’s capital murder case.

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