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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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The Beaumont Foundation of America recently awared $75,000 to the Southeast Texas Food Bank to help strengthen its mission of feeding the hungry in Southeast Texas. The funds were specifically awarded to help improve access to nutritious food for low-income residents in underserved communities in the eight counties within the food bank’s service territory.

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Marshall Middle School in Beaumont has evacuated its faculty and students due to high levels of carbon monoxide. The following report comes from Beaumont Police  Community Relations Officer Carol Riley:

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