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Michael Fisher

Former educator Michael Fisher was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years probation and anger management classes for punching a student while he was employed as a math tutor at Beaumont Independent School District’s Smith Middle School in November 2013. Fisher maintained his innocence throughout his trial, but video surveillance of the incident and witness testimony, including testimony from two fellow educators, convinced a jury otherwise.

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DA Bob Wortham speaks at a parental workshop Judge Brad Burnett held.

Monday and Tuesday, April 6 and 7, Judge Brad Burnett, Precinct 7 justice of the peace, held a free parenting seminar to help “Tackle Truancy.”

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Chris Tucker

Comedian Chris Tucker is scheduled to perform at Ford Arena on Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $57-$37 and can be purchased at the Ford Park box office or at Ticketmaster outlets including ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. This is the show originally scheduled for Feb. 14 that was postponed. Tickets from that show will be honored.

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Mary Ann Reid, Estrelda Sonnier, Mary Simon and Carol Fernandez

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Pioneering Women picked the last day in March to reveal the 2015 Leading Ladies honorees to be featured at the non-profit’s annual luncheon, hosting dozens of supporters, members and past honorees during a celebration held at a packed Beaumont City Hall.

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Two BASF manufacturing employees, Sheila Chickene (left), vice president of manu

Two BASF employees – Sheila Chickene, vice president of manufacturing, catalysts division, and Jacki Partain, site reliability engineer at the Port Arthur site – were among 130 women honored nationally by The Manufacturing Institute during the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards gala on March 26 in Washington, D.C.

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St. Mark Episcopal Church will host the Fighting Diabetes with Food Health Fair sponsored by the Southeast Texas Food Bank on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This new Southeast Texas Food Bank initiative will link those affected by diabetes or vulnerable to diabetes with health support services and give them the chance to go home with no cost food boxes consisting of food options that insure a diabetic-friendly diet.

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Michael Broughton of Port Arthur and Gerardo Chavez of Nederland

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced April 2 the indictment of 24 individuals who operated a major drug distribution ring and were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the Eastern District of Texas. 

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Phone scams have been spreading and infecting areas all over the country, according to reports from the FBI, the BBB and the IRS, and the Southeast Texas community has not escaped the effects. Prior reports from The Examiner have warned of the scams reported in Jefferson and Jasper Counties. Now, Orange County reports they too have numerous reports from victims of phone scams in which the callers represent themselves as a part of the county's law enforcement agency, the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Investigators with the Orange Police Department are searching for a suspect who reportedly robbed a Dollar General store located in the 3000 block of 16th Street in Orange on April 2.

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