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Beaumont firefighters

The Ridgewood Retirement Community caught ablaze Saturday evening about 5:30 p.m.

Flames did not spread through the entire facility, but could be seen shooting from the 9th Street side of the complex about 6:30 p.m. 

BFD spokesman Brad Pennison said there were vagrants in the area when the fire started and several eyewitnesses said homeless people had settled in the largely abandoned facility. 

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FBI agents raided the homes of Naomi Lawrence-Lee and William "Bo" Kelley early this morning. 

Agents would not comment as they exited Lawrence-Lee's home, but loaded numerous boxes into a sedan before leaving. 

Lee is BISD's assistant director of finance/purchasing.

Agents were inside Lawrence-Lee's home from about 8:30 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.

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photos by Clay Thorp

Amid the buzzing and whizzing of tiny propellers and some not-so-small helicopter blades, it’s a bit hard to hear a pilot tell the story of their latest, greatest miniature flyer. At the gathering of the Beaumont Radio Control Club on Folsom Drive each Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., some of the aircraft are small. Some are large. All are big fun.

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Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams met with Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Timothy Chargois and Board of Trustee members Thursday, April 3, at the Region 5 Education Service Center. Williams scheduled time to speak with the school district representatives in the wake of a scathing financial audit report issued by the TEA on April 1 wherein investigators advised the TEA Commissioner to appoint a Board of Managers to take the place of the current elected Trustee members.

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Josh Manaway Jr. is still at large

Arrest warrants have been issued for three men accused of the theft and destruction of the statue “The Family,” a bronze work created by David Cargill that once stood at the Port Arthur Public Library.

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