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A Beaumont woman was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on two counts of attempted burglary Sept. 9 after she allegedly tried to break into multiple residences, one occupied a woman and children, reports Officer Carol Riley of the Beaumont Police Department.

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Beaumont Police Department Chief Jimmy Singletary welcomed three new officers into his law enforcement “family” during a ceremony at the downtown station Sept. 9. Joshua Hall, Demond Janise and Willie Melancon were sworn-in as BPD officers, all taking an oath to protect and serve the community they now represent.

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On Thursday, Sept. 8, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a reported of a motor vehicle crash on I-10 near Smith Road in Jefferson County.  The crash involved one vehicle which was a truck tractor semi-trailer.

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At approximately 5:20 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety reported a three vehicle crash Thursday, Sept. 8 on Highway 62 near I-10 in Orange County.

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Hearing no opposition, the Beaumont City Council is set to vote on annexing nearly 80 acres of West End real estate at the end of September. The move, according to city Planning and Community Development director Chris Boone, has been in the works for a long time, and was approved by the city’s zoning commission in May.

“We started this back in May,” he said. “But there’s still a lot that we have to do.”

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Michael Turner and Shalala Fletcher

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Michael Turner on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for shooting at a vehicle leaving the Express Mart at 2920 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur on July 2 following an alleged theft. Two men entered the store, grabbing several cases of beer and exiting to a parked car. Shalala Fletcher was waiting in the parked vehicle.

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The Mexican Heritage Society’s 48th Annual Fiesta is set for Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Center is at 3401 Cultural Center Drive off Texas 73 in Port Arthur, with festivities running from 9:30 a.m. to midnight.

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Western Son

Vincent Messina Jr. grew up in a liquor store. His father, Vincent Sr., owns and operates Messina’s Liquor Store on Magnolia Street in Beaumont, and his uncles own Debb’s Liquor stores on College and Phelan.

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IEA supporters JoAnne and Mike Bonura, Bob Thewman and Dora Nisby

IEA-Inspire, Encourage, Achieve recently hosted the closing ceremony and luncheon for Camp Bright Star (CBS) at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church to celebrate student progress and success of 33 young people this summer. Attending the event were more than 150 program supporters, volunteers, participants and family members.

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Jimmy Duriso was taken into federal custody along with 41 lbs of synthetic pot.

Beaumont narcotics detectives and officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have reportedly recovered 41 pounds of what they believe to be synthetic marijuana hidden inside a local auto repair shop and arrested one suspect in connection to a federal search warrant executed Sept. 7, Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley reported. 

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