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Kristin Paris and Rockline Kennedy (inset)

UPDATE: A jury of seven men and five women in Judge John Stevens' court today sentenced Rockline George Kennedy, 65, to 18 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the Jan. 26 intoxication manslaughter of 18-year-old Nederland High School student Kristin Paris.

Paris's family addressed Kennedy directly at the sentencing. Her father said, "I think you are the biggest piece of s**t I have ever met in my life, and I hope you die."

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Shelby Romere
Lucy Fanette

Living to see 100 years of history is a milestone not everyone gets to experience, but several centenarians right in Beaumont have reached or are quickly approaching 100 years in age – and they were honored Aug. 24 with a birthday bash.

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Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Ron Reynolds reports that Back-to-School season in the district has been a success, with enrollment increasing daily and teacher vacancies dwindling. According to Reynolds, on the first day of classes, 18,073 students showed up to campuses throughout the district – a number that has swelled to 19,233 a little more than two weeks into the semester.

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Judge Kent Walston builds a playhouse for CASA in his workshop.

“Every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero,” said Christy Heisner, resource development coordinator for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc.

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Kristin Paris and Rockline Kennedy (inset)

Rockline George Kennedy, 65, pleaded guilty this week to intoxication manslaughter in the death of Kristin Paris, 18, on Jan. 26, 2015. He was intoxicated when he drove his pickup the wrong way down Interstate 10 near Ford Park.

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Joshua Jerrod Thomas

An appeal has been denied in the 2014 murder conviction for which Joshua Jerrod Thomas, 27, of Port Arthur is now serving a 60-year sentence.

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Solid Rock Community Church second annual Labor Day picnic

Solid Rock Community Church hosted its second annual Labor Day community picnic on Monday, Sept. 7, offering guests free food, fun, parting gifts and entertainment at the downtown Beaumont Civic Center. Doors opened at 10 a.m., with more than 1,000 meals served shortly thereafter before multiple musical acts took to the stage.

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Sears and Martin

Two Vidor men were arrested for possession of marijuana and burglary of a habitation in Vidor on Sept. 4, the Vidor Police Department reports. One of the arrestees told officers he was just "trying to do the right thing" and "clean up the yard next to my house," but police did not buy his dubious defense, and took both suspects into custody.

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A major traffic switch of the eastbound I-10 lanes at the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River will take place Friday night, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.. At that time, eastbound traffic will be moved to the new eastbound side of the bridge and the eastbound I-10 entrance ramp from downtown will be reopened.

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Derek Zagone and Bryan Winslow Phillips (inset)

A Beaumont man was shot and killed at a Texas City apartment complex September 7, reports Joe Stanton, captain with the Texas City Police Department, but before investigators could arrest the prime suspect in the murder, police say the gunman barricaded himself inside a Ke

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