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Applause echoed through the Vidor City Hall on April 10 as Sgt. Aleta Cappen again shattered a glass ceiling at the Vidor Police Department when she was promot - ed to captain – the first female captain on the city’s police force.

Before she was the first female captain, Cappen was the first female sergeant at the department, and before that, its first female officer in 1978.

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A newborn red river hog has made his debut at the Houston Zoo. The tiny hoglet was born April 9 to first-time mother Vidalia. The red river hogs at the Houston Zoo share a habitat with two troops of western lowland gorillas in the Gorillas of the African Forest, which opened in 2015. Though gorillas and red river hogs share the same forest lands in Africa, this is truly a unique experience as you won’t see them together in a shared habitat in any other zoo.

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Joshua Teague

At approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on Highway 62 in Orange County. The crash occurred near Daily Road.

Initial reports indicate that a Toyota Tundra pickup truck was traveling southbound on Highway 62. A pedestrian was walking southbound near the roadway when he was struck by the pickup truck.

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Charlene and Bud Leanord
Bob Rogan
Gethrel Williams-Wright

Nutrition and Services for Seniors is set to host its seventh annual Deliver the Difference Luncheon on Thursday, May 3, at the downtown Beaumont Event Centre at 11:30 a.m. The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the nonprofit’s Meals on Wheels Program.

The heart of Nutrition and Services for Seniors lies in the home delivered meals program (or Meals on Wheels). Since 1983, this service alone has provided over 5 million hot noon meals to hungry seniors and homebound, disabled adults in Jefferson and Hardin counties.

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Photo courtesy of DPS

A truck tractor semi-trailer was involved in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County. According to a press release, The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene after the crash occurred near mile marker 860. 

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Photo by Kevin King

A train derailed in Vidor on Sunday morning, April 15. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the train derailment could be heard form their office; upon arrival they could see the train laying on its side, with what was later identified as corn spilled out. Because of the derailment, the North Main crossing was shut down for approximately two hours.

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A thief who stole a Dakota travel trailer from an intersection in Mauriceville stopped near a popular gambling spot sometime following the theft, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) who returned the trailer to its rightful owner after it was recovered near Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. 

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Police in Orange are searching for a man who stabbed a woman in the neck April 17, reports Lt. J. E. Baggett of the Orange Police Department (OPD).

OPD reports, officers responded to the 2300 block of Pacific in Orange at 9:44 p.m. on April 17 in reference to an aggravated assault. During the investigation, they determined the victim was a 33-year-old Hispanic female who had suffered a laceration to her neck area. The victim was in stable condition but was flown via AirMed to St Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont for medical treatment.

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C.L. "Sonny" Sherman

C.L “Sonny” Sherman, a loving, generous husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, businessman and active member of the Beaumont community, passed away April 10, 2018, surrounded by close friends and family.

Sonny was born Sept. 10, 1931, to Chester L. Sherman Sr. and Lucy Bienvenu Sherman. He was the middle of three children, his sister Gloria being the oldest and brother Wayne the youngest.

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Following a loss in the Republican primary March 7, Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton announced April 13 that he would be resigning from his judgeship on Sunday, April 22, to take a position as executive director for the Texas Medical Board in Austin.

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