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Judge Larry Thorne, Democratic Party Chairman Cade Bernsen and  Judge Kent Walst

Jefferson County Judge Larry Thorne’s 317th Civil District Court was filled to capacity Friday, June 10, as the Democratic Party welcomed new chairman Cade Bernsen with the oath of office. A time of celebration and congratulations, the event was not without an underscored purpose – to bring together a party that recently completed primary races that, by their very nature, can divide a unified force.

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Reginald Boykin Sr. pins his son’s badge.

The Beaumont Police Department added three new officers to its ranks at a swearing-in ceremony held at the police station June 10.

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Clifton “JR” Barkin

UPDATE: Not guilty: Jury accepts self-defense rationale in Mother’s Day stabbing

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A Beaumont woman police and prosecutors say murdered her fiancé over a bad Mother’s Day gift in 2012 was in court this week claiming she acted in self-defense rather than out of malice.

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The Joint Terrorism Task Force associated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont has made an arrest in the bomb threat made at ExxonMobil on Wednesday, June 15.

A 23-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.  

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On June 11, a gunman opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring another 53 before being gunned down by police after holding hostages inside the club for hours.

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Carol Hodges and Christy Leblanc present West Brook senior Mary Kim with the 201

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to four BISD senior students. In addition to making grants available to staff and students for innovative learning ideas, the BPSF administers two endowed scholarships.

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Edward James Jr. is 56 years old. He has no permanent address and lives in a tent in the woods. James says he is lucky to have the tent, the only steady roof he has had over his head for the last two years after he lost his job in construction. He does not stay in the tent city located in a separate area of Beaumont because he prefers his solitude, but the mosquitoes cause him some discomfort at his hidden campsite, as do the heat and his medical issues.

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Photo by Kevin King

The ExxonMobil Downtown refinery issued a shelter-in-place Wednesday, June 15,  after the refinery received a bomb threat.

"ExxonMobil received a bomb threat shorty before 11 a.m.," said Patrick Trahan, Manager, Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil. "We contacted the authorities."

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

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At approximately 12:15p.m. Wednesday, June 15, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of an 18-wheeler on fire in the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County near mile marker 871. An International truck tractor semi-trailer towing live chickens experienced a tire blowout that sparked a fire.  At the time of the crash, the vehicle was transporting approximately 6,000 chickens.

About 2,000 chickens died in the fire.

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Police in Beaumont have identified a suspect in a series of armed robberies of international Lamar University students that occurred between March 12 and April 18, Sgt. Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) reports.

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