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Twelve Southeast Texans were indicted and arrested on federal racketeering charges in connection with a “whites only” drug distribution ring, according to an announcement by U.S Attorney John M. Bales on March 11. Four of the defendants named in the indictment also face capital murder charges.

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There is an epidemic afoot in Beaumont, and it isn’t the seasonal flu.

Beaumont families from all walks of life are seeking out fast cash from payday and title loan companies. These companies promise easy, same-day money that some establishments market as a way of helping residents build their credit.

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The City of Beaumont recognized the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas Tuesday, Feb. 26, for 50 years of service to Southeast Texas businesses. “I want to compliment the Better Business Bureau,” said Councilmember W.L. Pate during the time allotted for councilmember comments. “They do a great job for our community and have really progressed over the last 50 years.” 

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Family Services of Southeast Texas recognized families and organizations that have had an impact on the community at their 11th annual luncheon Thursday, Feb. 28.

“This event is to honor families,” said Janet Walker, executive director at Family Services of Southeast Texas. “Our mission is to strengthen families, so we want to recognize people in the community that do work to do that.”

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Melanie Rider

Five women were arrested in Orange as the result of a prostitution sting operation carried out by the Orange Police Department Wednesday, March 13. Bertha Geral, 50, Precious King, 34, Shanna Meaux, 29, Irisha Dupree, 33, and Melanie Rider, 45, were arrested and charged with prostitution.

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