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Port Arthur resident Vanessa Ann Davis, 54, was indicted by the Jefferson County Grand Jury for intoxication manslaughter and two charges of aggravated assault on July 20, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. The indictments stem from the fatal motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Pamela Fields, 51, also a resident of Port Arthur, and the injuries caused to the other passengers in Davis’ vehicle. 

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In another recent attack against law enforcement officers, an assailant carrying an assault rifle and a pistol, with a backup assault rifle reportedly hidden in his car, shot and killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on July 17 before he was taken down.

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Jefferson County, looking at a roughly $4 million shortfall between budget requests and revenues, could use some more money in the coffers. While raising taxes may be one way to accomplish that feat, according to Tax Assessor/Collector Allison Getz, another way to raise funds would be for delinquent property owners to pony up their fair share of taxes.

“About 98 percent of taxpayers pay their taxes,” Getz said. “It’s not fair to them not to go after the 2 percent that doesn’t.”

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A woman presenting a fake ID and someone else’s checkbook to a cashier at a local department store barreled through loss prevention personnel, injuring two store employees, reports Sgt. Burt Moore of the Beaumont Police Department. Now, police are searching for the suspect, 28-year-old Katrina Casey Rossow of Highland, who they identified from video surveillance footage and who currently has five outstanding felony warrants for forgery and robbery.

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Reaud Guest House Executive Director Brooke Morrow

Whether it’s two in the morning or two in the afternoon, trips to the hospital are tiring, not only for the patient but also for those who are there to offer support to their loved one in a time of need. Waiting-room chairs and sofa beds stationed in busy lobbies and crowded hospital rooms leave little escape for the patient support group wanting some long-awaited shuteye or a refreshing shower.

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If Jefferson County departments budget requests are fully funded this year, according to County Auditor Patrick Swain, the county is looking at a $4 million shortfall. Among the requests for increased funding are various capital improvement projects throughout the county, increases to cover healthcare premiums, and more than a half-million dollars in requested additions for the SMG-managed and county-owned Ford Park Entertainment Complex, which already loses more than $2 million annually.

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Dr. Seuss books come to life during summer camp

The Christus Southeast Texas Wilton P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center will once again offer Dr. Seuss Week to the youth of Southeast Texas. The camp will offer teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and fun while providing recreational, motivational and engaging adventure for all.

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Orangutans not only share 98 percent of our DNA, but they are also treasured and beloved animals – and they need help in order to survive the decline.

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The Aug. 20 meeting for the community and prospective candidates interested in running for the Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees has been canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled, and the public will be notified as soon as an alternate date has been established. The meeting will be hosted by Region 5 Education Service Center and held at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont. 

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The Charlotte Division of the FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for murdering a Fort Bragg soldier. A federal warrant for murder (18 USC 1111) was issued for 27-year-old Jason Earl Armstrong Jr., on July 8, 2016.

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