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The Port Arthur Fire Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Day on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 3 p.m.

PAFD will be giving out free hot dogs and beverages while supplies last as well as offering residents free smoke alarms. Free flu shots will be available for kids, $10 for adults.

Fire Prevention Day will be held at 3401 Cultural Center Drive.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting that occurred at French Road Apartments Oct. 9.

According to information from the Beaumont Police Department (BPD), officers responded to the emergency room of a local hospital in response to a shooting victim. Investigating officers reportedly learned that a male subject had been shot at the apartment complex at close to midnight. The male was Life-flighted to a Houston hospital for treatment.

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Police in Orange are looking for information surrounding the death of 29-year-old Gretta Danielle Franks of Iowa, La., whose body was discovered in a ditch along Interstate 10 on Oct. 8, reports Capt. Robert Enmon of the Orange Police Department. 

Officers responded to a call reporting a deceased person in the 2400 block of S. Lutcher Drive at about 10:55 a.m. 

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PAFD Captains Ricky Bodin and Richard Malone

At the request of the state of Florida and through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the state of Texas approved sending resources for disaster relief in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. These resources include Texas A&M Forest Service All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), which currently consist of 30 personnel and may be augmented as the situation develops.

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Police in Orange are investigating a deadly auto-pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an Ohio resident Oct. 9, Orange Police Department Lt. Garrold Keaton reports. 

According to a news release, officers were dispatched to the area of 2080 I-10 North Service Road shortly after 10 p.m. in reference to an auto-pedestrian traffic accident. Acadian Ambulance Service was called to the scene, but were unable to resuscitate the 44-year-old male victim, who had been struck by a vehicle still on the scene.

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Police in Beaumont are searching for the suspect who robbed the Fast Lane Convenience Store at 255 Dowlen Rd. Oct. 10, Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Sgt. Cody Guedry reports.

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Commissioner Everett “Bo” Alfred

Jefferson County Commissioners, in a 3-2 split vote, decided to go with a new management firm to breathe life – and revenue – into the multi-million-dollar publicly subsidized Ford Park Entertainment Complex, but that contract offer is in jeopardy as new questions arise and deadlines near.

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Ethel Marie Eulian
Christopher Jeffries Jr.

Ethel Marie Eulian, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering her boyfriend, 47-year-old Christopher Jeffries Jr., a former Port Arthur Police officer, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison Oct. 7.

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Beaumont Independent School District closed the $132,155,000 Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds Series 2016 transaction, effective Sept. 21.

This decision resulted in a cash flow savings to the district of $41,641,313, which is approximately $1,892,700 per year through 2038, according a statement from the district.

The district also estimates a net Present Value savings of $31,989,357 or 22.836%.

All of this “could reduce the future debt service tax rate for BISD taxpayers about $0.0185 through 2038.”

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Officers with the Beaumont Police Department Narcotics and Special Assignments Unit (SAU) made nine arrests for prostitution throughout the city on Oct. 6, reports Sgt. Cody Guedry. The operation targeted problem areas involving prostitution complaints. Two of the nine cases were upgraded due to previous convictions.

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