The News

Tony Pereira, research assistant professor in civil engineering at Lamar University, is presenting a free workshop on how to start an organic garden Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at Basic Foods in Beaumont.

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West Orange Police are still searching for the man who robbed the Firestone Community Federal Credit Union at 2101 Macarthur Drive in West Orange on Sept. 6. Witnesses describe the gunman as about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. During the robbery, the suspect wore dark coveralls, a maroon ski mask covering his face and head, sunglasses and gloves on his hands. Tellers gave the thief an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the scene.

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Former Chief of Police Rodney Pearson is suing the City of Jasper, citing “conspiracy of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.” The lawsuit includes civil action against Mayor James M. Tout, Rayburn Broadcasting, Debbie Foster and Joe Whitener.

Foster is the mayor’s longtime girlfriend and an employee of his radio station, and Whitener is personnel director for the city of Jasper.

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According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the ATF is investigating a “suspicious device” found on a dirt road at mile marker 778 on Highway 12 in Deweyville near Deweyville High School. Newton County Sgt. Josh Hancock said his office received a call from Samson Energy employees Monday morning, Oct. 15.

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The Orange Police and Fire Departments are investigating a fire that appears to be the result of arson at 98 John Ave. in Orange on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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