Hurricane Rita devastated the Gulf Coast and caused billions of dollars in damages in Texas when it swept through in 2005. Beaumont and Jefferson County were hard hit with hundreds displaced, and it has cost millions locally to repair damages and to rebuild Southeast Texas.
Rita struck in the dead of night Sept. 24, 2005, shrouded in darkness that would perpetuate in Southeast Texas for what felt like an eternity when hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses went lights-out.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at 10:38 a.m., police officers responded to a disturbance at Candyland Auto Sales, 1163 S. 11th St. in Beaumont. The caller told dispatchers that Robert Charles Broussard was in the office throwing things and behaving irrationally.
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