The News

At the first-ever meeting of Orange County leaders to decide on granting a “mass gathering” permit Tuesday, April 5, the group chose to allow the function continue with the blessing of the court.

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On Saturday, April 2, at about 4 a.m., Beaumont police officers were dispatched to the 4100 block of Jeanette in reference to a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers found Loretta Lynn Harris,  a 43-year-old black female, unresponsive. She had a stab wound to the chest and was transported by EMS to Christus St Elizabeth Hospital. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital around 4:45 a.m. 

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18-year-old Bucky Bean, son of Beaumont Police Sgt. Tim Bean, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and the Beaumont Police family is reaching out to the community to help the Beans raise money to help their ailing son.

As a result of Bucky’s illness, the family is making almost daily trips to Houston for medical visits. To help raise money, on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 am until they run out, the BPD will be selling baked potatoes filled with either BBQ brisket, loaded, or any combination in between. The fundraiser will take place at the BPD parking lot.

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The Little Cypress- Mauriceville Transportation Department has a long history of winning area and atate-wide Bus Road-E-O’s; and this year is no different, said district spokeswoman Sherry Combs. Although 2011 marks LC-M bus driver Stephanie Evans’ first year to vie in the competition, she earned third place and will be traveling to Galveston in June to compete at the state level. Combs said the district is proud of the employee and is excited to Evans continue on the road to success.

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In December of 2010, retired veteran and former Orange County Veterans Service Officer Ken Cavaretta said he would not rest until he saw justice served in the shooting death of fellow veteran Marine LCpl James Whitehead, and it is a cause he has continued to champion into the new year. Cavaretta worked with Whitehead in the months prior to the former serviceman’s death while serving in the county’s Veterans Service office and, according to him, the fun-loving guy he had come to know and care about didn’t deserve the fate that awaited him.

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