The News

After a brief court appearance, a 25-year-old Bronson man charged in the intoxication manslaughter death of Amber Roussel was taken back into police custody after he failed a drug test Monday, Jan. 28.

Derek Wesley McBride was indicted by a grand jury in November 2012 for the July 30, 2012, collision that killed Amber Roussel, 31, and injured her husband, Ryan Roussel, 36, both of Louisiana.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call late on Sunday, Sept. 16, indicating there was a large snake near the roadway on Highway 365 by the entrance to Gator Country. Upon arrival, deputies and owner of Gator Country, Gary Saurage, identified the snake as Banana, the 16-foot albino Burmese python reported missing April 30, 2012. Gary Saurage said, “She appears to be in good condition.” He’s glad to have her back, he added.

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Beaumont Independent School District officials announced the opening of a new Adult Cosmetology class next month dependent upon enrollment participation. The announcement followed two days of community outcry after Thomas Amons, Taylor Career and Technology Center principal, closed the district’s long-standing night-class program this week.

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Local musician and band member of The Kingdom Mafia, James Phelps, 29, was assaulted Saturday on Crockett Street in Beaumont, police said. A friend of Phelps took him to his father’s house that night, according to Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley.  Phelps was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth’s Hospital the following morning and has remained in ICU for treatment of his injuries.

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The United Way held a campaign kickoff luncheon Thursday, Sept. 13, to begin this year’s fundraising efforts.  Those who attended the kickoff were treated to a big, rich gumbo from Big Rich Courville’s Catering’s.

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