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Several area law enforcement officers, including members of the Beaumont Police Department’s SWAT team, had the rare opportunity to train with world-renowned instructor Marcos do Val, the founder of the Center for Advanced Tactical Immobilization (CATI), who was in Beaumont on Sept. 28.

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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President of the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas John Paschall resigned, according to a statement issued by the Board of Directors on Sept. 19.

Paschall’s resignation was effective Sept. 13.

“John has served the organization faithfully since October 2011,” the board said in the release. “We want to thank him for the five years of dedicated service to the consumers and businesses of Southeast Texas.”

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Narcotics Task Force officers discovered 137 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on eastbound I-10 near mile marker 839 on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 12:09 p.m.

The white Chevrolet truck was pulled over for “following too closely” and “unsafe lane change” according to the statement. The officer conducting the stop noticed a strong scent of air freshener, which is “commonly used to mask the smell of marijuana.”

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Tuesday, Oct. 4 about 5:15 p.m., a passenger vehicle crashed into Texas State Trooper Kenneth Burman’s patrol vehicle on I-10 West near Vidor.

The officer had been investigating an accident when he was hit from the rear, according to the Beaumont Department of Public Safety’s statement.

He was transported by helicopter to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for treatment. DPS reported at 8:34 p.m. that his injuries are non-life threatening.

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Seven protestors gathered outside the Jefferson County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 29, to demand justice, stating that they have been cheated by Quanell X, a Houston community activist.

The press conference began with a prayer circle led by Beaumont activist Ricky Jason, once a colleague of Quanell X.

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Pine Forest City Councilman Robert Kremer submitted his resignation last week, stating to The Examiner his reasons for leaving were the “unethical and possibly illegal” actions recently taken by the Mayor and council members after a recent meeting. Mayor Cathy Nagel contends nothing unethical or illegal took place and says she has the recording to prove it.

Kremer expressed, “The reason I resigned is the unethical and possibly illegal actions going on by the city council members and the mayor.”

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Saturday, Nov. 5, The Golden Triangle Rose Society is hosting its Fall Rose Show. The show is open and free to the public and will be held at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens from 2-3 p.m.

The Beaumont Botanical Gardens is at 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive.

For further information, call (409) 886-4616.

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Jefferson County’s deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County voter registrar, announced in a release that anyone who wishes to vote in the upcoming presidential election Nov. 8 must register or correct their name and address before that date.

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Saturday, Oct. 8, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will be hosting a free Fall Festival from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Two local bands, the Providence Band and Fishbait, will be performing live.

The church will be serving free hotdogs and giving out prizes throughout the evening. The festival will also hold informational booths and activity stations. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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