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A memorial fund to assist the family of Orange County Sheriff's Captain Tom Ray has been set up at the Gulf Credit Union, 4721 Texas Hwy 87, Orange, TX 77630. Capt. Ray died unexpectedly Oct. 20 of an apparent heart attack leaving behind a wife and two sons.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force discovered approximately 3 kilos (6.6. pounds) of cocaine during a traffic stop Oct. 24, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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When the new Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin addressed the Press Club of Southeast Texas on Oct. 20, he said he wants to “engage the community,” especially young people. He also referred to current tensions involving police, explaining how he hopes to help officers combat stresses and provide resources for dealing with mental health concerns like PTSD.

Speaking at Café del Rio in Beaumont, he began with his past experiences in Arizona and in traffic enforcement in Washington, D.C. He said he “learned a lot from the Salt River community.”

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Summer Lydick

Jack Brooks Regional Airport unveiled three new paintings Thursday, Oct. 27, that feature Janis Joplin, George Jones, Bubba Smith, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Tex Ritter and Bum Phillips — what the city of Beaumont calls “homegrown luminaries.”

Local artist Summer Lydick, commissioned to create large portraits of famous Southeast Texans, has been working on the project over the last few months.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reports a one vehicle rollover crash on FM 1005 in Jasper County Tuesday, Oct. 25 around 7:00p.m. The crash occurred approximately a half mile north of FM 252.

A 1998 Ford pickup truck was traveling westbound on FM 1005. For an unknown reason, the driver left the roadway. The vehicle rolled over several times before coming to rest in the ditch.

The driver of the Ford, 58-year-old Marshall Glenn Cooper of Magnolia Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Mike Smith. Cooper was the only occupant in the vehicle.

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