The News

Port Arthur City Attorney Valecia “Val” Tizeno was threatened with contempt of court charges and sanctions in Judge Larry Gist’s Drug Court on Monday, July 24, for failing to turn over evidence to a defendant’s legal counsel as had been ordered by the court. However, Tizeno says misdirected electronic communication was the impetus of the problem she has every intention of clearing up as soon as possible.

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Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright speaks with Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames

As one councilperson’s tenure as mayor pro tempore ends, another has been chosen to act in that capacity for the city of Beaumont. At-large Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright will take over as mayor pro tem for Ward 4 Councilwoman Robin Mouton. Mouton continues to serve on city council.

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As of 8:30 the morning of Tuesday, July 25, the Port Arthur Fire Department terminated the emergency incident at German Pellets. This incident has been ongoing since April 15, and PAFD has had personnel on-site 24/7. The remaining silo temperatures are in the normal range and cleanup of the site continues. PAFD will continue to attend daily meetings and monitor the site until the remaining silos are empty. This incident is one of the longest in PAFD history lasting 102 days.

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More than three years after a violent drunken-driving collision left several wounded and thousands of dollars in damages, Jefferson County attorney Dane Dennison was ordered this past week to begin serving a sentence handed down prior to the defendant exhausting his appeals process. 

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United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County distributed nearly $2 million between 19 local partner agencies at an allocation award ceremony on Tuesday, July 18 at the Foundation for Southeast Texas.

The money was raised during United Way’s annual campaign. The money comes from donors, individuals who live and work in the community, as well as corporate donors, said John Rollins, public relations/community impact director for the United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County.

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