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Hurricane evacuations

Hurricane Rita devastated the Gulf Coast and caused billions of dollars in damages in Texas when it swept through in 2005. Beaumont and Jefferson County were hard hit with hundreds displaced, and it has cost millions locally to repair damages and to rebuild Southeast Texas.

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Members of the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron work through the night.

While many have a difficult time remembering individual storms that have affected Southeast Texas over the years, others have them seared into their memories forever.

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Rita struck in the dead of night Sept. 24, 2005, shrouded in darkness that would perpetuate in Southeast Texas for what felt like an eternity when hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses went lights-out.

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BPD has scheduled its annual Trunk or Treat for Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main Street, Beaumont, from 3-5 p.m.

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Robert Charles Broussard

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at 10:38 a.m., police officers responded to a disturbance at Candyland Auto Sales, 1163 S. 11th St. in Beaumont. The caller told dispatchers that Robert Charles Broussard was in the office throwing things and behaving irrationally.

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At approximately 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a helicopter crash in Tyler County. The helicopter went down in a field on County Line Road in Tyler County, just off of Highway 190 and approximately 12 miles west of Woodville, Texas.

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The annual Texas Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup is scheduled for this Saturday, September 26, 2015 at McFadden Beach, from 9 a.m. to noon. The program, which relies heavily on volunteers, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches.

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Kerry Hampshire

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:39 p.m., an off-duty officer working security at Classic Chevrolet on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont heard loud banging inside the new construction area, according to a press release.

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Investigators with the Orange Police Department are looking for the man who robbed the Qwick Stop #4 on 16th Street on Sept. 22, OPD reports.

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Michael Garrett rode to the top of the flagpole using a city bucket truck.

City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation employees changed out the old, faded city and U.S. flags for new, vibrantly colored ones at Delia Harrington Park in downtown Beaumont. Tony Lasalle; Michael Garrett, rode to the top of the flagpole using a city bucket truck; and Troy Landry worked as a team to ensure the U.S. flag never touched the ground. The national symbol that has long flown above the park in downtown Beaumont will be given to a local Boy Scout troop to be properly retired.

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