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TEA Commissioner Michael Williams and BISD teacher Alisa Courts

By Alisa Courts

Special to The Examiner

Monday, July 21, The Examiner gave me the opportunity to meet with Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Education Michael Williams alongside various local media outlets. After receiving our clearance to visit with him, we were ushered to the fifth floor of the Edison Plaza building. Moments later, Commissioner Williams entered the room, joined us at the table where we were seated, and greeted us.

Interim Jefferson County DA Cory Crenshaw speaks at a recent Rotary meeting.

Interim Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, continuing to create change and call for action against public corruption and other crime across the county, addressed two separate groups over the course of two days to outline both the necessity of additional requested resources in his office, and on July 23, announcing upcoming BISD

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After a week of intense and exciting enlightenment of all things marine at the Port of Port Arthur’s Camp Seaport, 15 area teens graduated Friday, July 11, at a ceremony held at the Port Arthur International Seafarers Center in Port Arthur.

Stevie Blaschke Hanke

A Beaumont man was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for sexual assault of a child.

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a press release that Stevie Blaschke Hanke, 40, was found guilty and sentenced by Senior Criminal District Judge Larry Gist for the March 2, 2012, sexual assault of his nine-year-old stepdaughter.  The jury returned the verdict after less than 15 minutes of deliberation.

Matthew Cherry

Saturday, July 19, the U.S. Marshals Service, acting on information forwarded by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrant Division, located fugitive Matthew Cherry in Rotan, Honduras. In a press release, the sheriff’s office said Cherry had fled the country in an attempt to elude prosecution on the charges of failure to comply with sexual offender registry and two counts of indecency with a child.