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Police in Orange arrested a man at Flying J’s Monday morning for public intoxication after the man reportedly caused a disturbance at the Denny’s located at the truck stop. According to the report, once police were on the scene the man shouted at them, warning of a pending “doomsday.”

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Andrew Greg Pedraza

Andrew Greg Pedraza, a 43-year-old Beaumont man who pleaded guilty to continued molestation of a family member younger than 10 years old, was back in court Monday, March 4.

This time, the young girl’s father appeared in Criminal District Court before Judge John Stevens to hear the sentencing and to make a statement to the court.

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Police in Orange are still searching for a suspect in a burglary Saturday, even though the perpetrator was caught on tape by the victim's neighbor.

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Police in Orange are still searching for a suspect in a burglary Saturday, even though the perpetrator was caught on tape by the victim's neighbor.

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Joann Boutte, 70, speaks with her attorney at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

A 70-year-old Beaumont woman was sentenced Monday, March 4, for shooting another woman in an argument over a bag of shrimp. 

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Joseph Perry, 26

A homeowner and his wife woke up to a surprise visitor Saturday night, March 2, when they found a transient inside their Nome home.

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The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas will host "Shred It & Forget It" on Saturday, April 20, at Central Mall as part of an effort to reduce identity theft. 

Shred-It will provide mobile shredding trucks for the one-day event. The BBB invites consumers to bring documents to be shredded for free, such as credit card statements, old checks, I.R.S. tax returns, and anything that lists personal information. Bring up to five (5) boxes per vehicle. (Box size is limited to a standard banker's box, approximately 10 x 12 x 15 inches.)  

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Standing Ovation

Lamar University president Dr. James M. “Jimmy” Simmons has become the first president emeritus in Lamar history.

Chancellor Brian McCall made the announcement Saturday night, March 2, during halftime of the Cardinals’ basketball game at “A Standing Ovation for Jimmy and Susan Simmons” in the Montagne Center.

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Teachers and staff at Charlton-Pollard Elementary School in Beaumont are encouraging their students to perform "Acts of Kindness" and then recognizing the good deeds of their young charges.

According to Counselor Earline Mitchell at the school, “At Charlton-Pollard Elementary School, we know that one small thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day. Kindness is contagious and we want to pass it around. We are teaching our students that their greatness is measured by their kindness.”

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Mayor Becky Ames with Susan and Jimmy Simmons

Jimmy Simmons Boulevard officially became part of the Lamar University landscape Friday, March 1, 2013, with the unveiling of street signs and a tribute to Simmons and his wife, Susan, in the historic McDonald Gym.

The Pep Band and national-champion Cheerleading Team added Cardinal Spirit to the occasion, while two rows of Simmons children and grandchildren – including three new grandchildren in strollers – brought proud introductions from the stage. 

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