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Local pastor James Arthur McAbee, known as “the Pistol Packing Preacher,” faced judgment Aug. 20, not the preacher’s final judgment in the eyes of the Lord but judgment by a Jefferson County criminal court on marijuana charges stemming from an April incident in which officers reportedly discovered him with drugs and a gun.

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A police officer is assaulted every nine minutes in the United States, and on average, 53 are murdered each year.

These disturbing statistics, cited in the Tactical Edge magazine article “Learning from tragedy: Preventing officer deaths with medical interventions,” remind how important it is for law enforcement to not only receive the proper training for medical emergencies, but also to have the proper live-saving equipment needed to deal with such dire situations.

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The Big Thicket Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting the first annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, Sept. 6. The rally will begin and end at the Lower Neches Valley Association Saltwater Barrier boat launch at the end of Bigner Street in Beaumont.

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Jourdan

American Red Cross announced Monday, August 18 that Chester R. Jourdan, Jr. has been selected as the new executive director of the Beaumont and Orange County Chapters.  Jourdan assumed his new responsibilities on Monday. 

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Beaumont Public Library

The City of Beaumont and the Miller Community Fund will honor Ben Woodhead for his years of service to the Miller Library on Thursday, Aug. 21.

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Five people were arrested at a Vidor apartment last week after Orange County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant and found about 40 grams of methamphetamine, OCSO reports.

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Detectives are attempting to determine if a Beaumont motorist was stopped by a man falsely claiming to be a police officer, Beaumont police report.

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Detectives are attempting to determine if a Beaumont motorist was stopped by a man falsely claiming to be a police officer, Beaumont police report.

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A 24-year-old Orange resident has been arrested in connection with an Aug. 2 robbery of a pizza delivery driver, and police believe he may be connected to other recent crimes in the area, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department.

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Beaumont Fire and Rescue

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on August 14, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire at 1303 Johns Street. According to a press release, when firefighters arrived, they found a vacant dwelling heavily involved with fire. Firefighters made a defensive attack and controlled the fire within 20 minutes. The house was vacant with no utilities connected and the fire appears to be deliberate. One firefighter sustained an injury to an arm. He was transported to St.

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