The News

Fire and smoke billowing over downtown Beaumont’s dreary dark afternoon sky about 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21, caused citizen alarm and Lamar University to suspend classes. The emissions were generated from the ExxonMobil Beaumont Complex, according to company Public and Government Affairs Manager Lee Dula.

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A fake cop’s case in Beaumont has led to the indictment and arrest of a real law enforcement officer as the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has charged Liberty County Precinct 6 Constable John Joslin with perjury in covering up the crimes of accused cop impersonator Michael Gelagotis by lying in sworn statements to investigators.

Joslin was arrested in Liberty County and, while still in his constable uniform, was brought to the Jefferson County Courthouse to answer the allegations in front of Judge Larry Gist on Monday, Jan. 25.

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Joseph Leday, a longtime employee of the city of Port Arthur, was apprehended Friday, Jan. 22, in an operation that took four off the city’s streets for allegedly conspiring on what federal agents termed “multi-ounce” methamphetamines sales over the last year, the last transaction as recent as Jan. 20. Two were charged with federal crimes while two others were taken into state custody.

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More than a year after a forensic audit was first suggested to examine the hiring practices and financial management of the city of Port Arthur, a team commissioned to do the job has been given its marching orders, according to former city councilman and audit supporter Stephen Mosely.

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Steven Guidry (left), David Frank, Rabindra Nauth and Randle Davis Jr.

As the result of an ongoing corruption investigation in Port Arthur, four suspects were charged with felony theft Jan. 25 stemming from allegations they were involved in a gas-theft conspiracy. Those arrested include two former Port Arthur Public Works Department supervisors and two Port Arthur business owners, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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