The News

photo by Lauren Dodd

The city of Beaumont Streets and Drainage and Building Codes departments, Beaumont Fire and Rescue, and Beaumont Police Department responded to a building collapse Monday, Sept. 15 in the 2100 block of Irving Street.

The building, which last housed the old Club Signature — a nightclub that has been closed for several years and fell into disrepair — collapsed around 12:30 p.m, said Capt. Earl White from Beaumont Fire and Rescue. It was tagged as substandard by city officials in 2013, he said.

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Press release from the City of Beaumont:

Beaumont has been awarded Bronze Scenic City certification by Scenic Texas. Beaumont is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period.

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Staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas received accolades for their exceptional work from Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards ceremony on Sep. 10 in Washington D.C.

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Naomi Lawrence Lee

An indictment was issued for former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing director Naomi Lawrence-Lee on Wednesday, Sept. 10, charging the ex-school district employee with fraudulently obtaining money from the public entity’s coffers.

Lawrence-Lee, 43, was fired from BISD on April 8, but has been on administrative leave since January 2014.

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Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release that the July term Grand Jury has completed its investigation into the death of Stanley Leger and has voted to take no action against the officers involved.

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