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Baytown Police are searching for a women who they believe keyed a disabled veteran's vehicle while it was parked in a handicapped parking space on June 9 at about 2:35 p.m.

The vehicle had proper placards displayed at the time of the incident, police say. She may be driving a silver Nissan Juke.

Approximately $1000 of damage to the veteran's vehicle was done.

Police uploaded store surveillance footage of the incident here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-Fbms5igNo

- Baytown Police Department

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Shavonskie Ardion and Douglas Martin

Earlier the morning of June 14, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies were in pursuit of two armed robbery suspects that had just robbed and shot up a convenience store in Batson Texas, and were headed into Jefferson County.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit, which ended on Clinton Road in Cheek, just outside of Beaumont.

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UPDATE: The Brush Island Bridge construction has been rescheduled, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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James Aubey, Linda Walker, Tanjila Tabassum, Nirmal Chandra Gope, Ruth Aubey

Beaumont’s Pride festival started in 2014 and had between 2,500 and 4,000 attendees annually, according to former volunteer chair Jacqueline Hays, but the nonprofit folded last year under the weight of financial difficulties, as previously reported by The Examiner on March 9.

But now a new event, Equality Fest has grown out of the movement, which included a march and street fair this past weekend.

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June 14 at about 4 p.m., deputies with the JCSO Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop on I-10 near Smith Road. The vehicle was being driven by 38-year-old Benina Villarreal of Rio Grande City, Texas. She had her 18-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old son as passengers.

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The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center, a Jefferson County Department, will celebrate 10 years of welcoming the world to Southeast Texas on Wednesday, June 21.

An after-hours event is being planned with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Visitors Center, located at 5055 I-10 South in Beaumont.

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A 23-year-old Eagle Pass, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced June 14.

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On June 13 at about 1:50p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a train crash near Hartburg Road in Newton County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.  

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Paul Latiolais

Lamar University will be hosting the CO2 Recovery and Storage Conference for the first time ever Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21. The first two days will feature the 2nd International Workshop on Offshore Geologic CO2 Storage. The third day will feature a Carbon Safe Workshop.

“We have about 25-30 scientists from across Europe attending and presenting their ideas,” said Paul Latiolais, director of Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE), where the conference is being held.

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More than one veteran police officer was released from duty at the Port Arthur Police Department within a week’s time. Mickey Sterling and Rickey Antoine were terminated from employment on consecutive Fridays amid allegations of impropriety. Both had been on administrative leave pending a final decision to terminate or to return them to work by PAPD Chief Patrick Melvin. 

Officer Darren Johnson, placed on administrative leave at the same time as Antoine, resigned.

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