The News

The U.S. Department of Justice has unsealed a 37-count indictment against Calvin Gary Walker, of Walker's Electric Company, alleging money laundering, fraud, interstate transfer of funds involving fraud and fraud involving an organization that receives federal funding.

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Beaumont police officers responded to a report of a deceased female Sunday morning, May 15, at about 3 a.m at the intersection of Fourth and Angelina streets. The girl was identified as 16-year-old Mandy Tient Le, a Central High School student. An investigation revealed that Le had been a passenger in an Escalade driven by 19-year-old Jonathan Benitez that had been in an accident at the Fifth and South streets intersection. She was partially ejected out of the vehicle and had been decapitated by the guide wire during the crash.

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The city of Orange's newly expanded council is losing long-time incumbent Jimmy Sims, now that he has been bested by challenger Annette Pernell in the race for representative of District 4. School boards in greater Orange made some changes, too. In the West Orange -Cove school district, Tony Dallas will fill a post as at-large representation currently held by Mary Fontenot Hardin, although incumbent Andrew Hayes will remain on board. Voters also elected to approve a bond initiative for a little over $6 million.

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Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.

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Although the municipal elections in Beaumont included mayoral and city council candidates the most watched issue on the ballot Saturday, May 14 had to do with the Beaumont Independent School District and a movement to change the representative system from seven single-member districts to five single-member districts with two at-large positions - a plan similar to what is in place with the Beaumont City Council.

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