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The Press Club of Southeast Texas presented the 2013 Excellence in Media Awards and announced the Newsmaker of the Year at its 23rd annual banquet Friday, June 6, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.

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photo by Brandi Haskett

More than 200 children participated in the first-ever Mini-Mudder Romp as part of Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown’s Great Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 21.

Children had a chance to have fun and get dirty as they ran through 23 obstacles including the Saloon Scurry, the Washday Whirlwind, and the Derrick Splash.

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports emergency responders evacuated some local residents after a business alerted them of a natural gas leak on Wednesday, June 25, at about 8:45 a.m.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at about 7:29 p.m., Beaumont Police Department patrol officers responded to the 3100 block of E. Lucas at Galveston to a reported aggravated assault. A female called the BPD 911 Communications Center and advised that a man had just shot at her. Officers arrived to speak with the female, who told them that the man had fired a shot at her as she was in front of a residence in the 3100 block of E. Lucas. The female said that the man shot at her from a house in the 4800 block of Galveston. He fired the shot across E. Lucas Street toward the female.

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Close to 2,000 people attended Orange County’s 20th annual Cops N Kids Picnic at Claiborne Park on June 20 for some summer fun, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports. Children at the event were treated to tours of emergency vehicles, shown tactical equipment used by SWAT, allowed to get up close and personal with some alligators, a snake and even a tortoise, and had plenty to eat and drink from various booths set up on the park grounds.

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Since last summer, scammers have continued to target Entergy customers in Texas and surrounding states. The con artist calls and tells the customer their electric bill payment is past due, and that service will be disconnected within the hour if payment isn’t made.

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Pinehurst firefighters battled a blaze caused by a lightning strike on Tuesday afternoon, June 24.

According to a news release from the Pinehurst Police Department, dispatch received a call regarding lightning striking a tree and causing a fire in the 3700 block of Whippoorwill Street at about 12:40 p.m. The Pinehurst Fire Department arrived quickly and extinguished the fire before it could spread to nearby structures, police report. 

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In an effort to combat traffic violations reported by numerous citizens, Port Arthur Police are proclaiming the month of July "Zero Tolerance Month," and no traffic warnings will be issued to drivers disregarding traffic laws - only citations.

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Police in Beaumont are still searching for a suspect in an overnight stabbing that occurred over the weekend and left a Beaumont man with minor injuries.

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Patrol officers quickly apprehended three suspects in a reported early morning robbery on June 21, according to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department.  According to the release, at about 4:35 a.m., a complainant phoned the 911 Communications Center to report that several men had just assaulted him and stole his vehicle.

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