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Stephane Baril | Photo: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
Cocaine seized | Photo: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office

A Canadian citizen was arrested with $3 million of cocaine just inside the Louisiana border on I-10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

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Travis Spencer Smith | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A China man was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Nov. 15 for meth found during a traffic stop, according to court documents.

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars, and about as many man-hours, have been gifted through Beaumont’s Cathedral Church to help rebuild the community after Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey devastated the region – a full-time job for many, even as congregation members and volunteers themselves struggled to recover from flooded homes and destroyed property. 

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Cedric Madison

Cedric Dwight Madison to 99 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child Nov. 9 following a two-day trial during which jurors heard statements and considered evidence in the attack on a baby merely three months old.

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Vernon Pierce and Sallie Ranier

Residents returning to their flooded homes and normal routines have been asking why their electric bills have spiked post-Harvey.

Port Neches resident Kirk Hinson didn’t understand why his electric bill jumped from an average of $75 for the last eight months to a whopping $651.70 for the month of October.

He’s not the only one whose bills spiked after Hurricane Harvey.

Kandis Voth, who lives in Silsbee, owes $1,225.60 for October, only $31.54 of which is past due. 

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A dredge on the Sabine-Neches Waterway

Hurricane Harvey heavily impacted Southeast Texas and, according to information from the Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the storm’s influence reached well beyond the area, effectively costing consumers in the United States an estimated $4.3 billion in increased prices at the gas pump.

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A Roaring La Soiree will give a taste of the 20's for a good cause

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s annual gala, La Soirée, will be held Jan. 27, 2018 at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Guests who appreciate the nostalgia of days past will especially enjoy this year’s theme — A Roaring La Soirée — based on the Roaring ’20s, a decade that featured vintage cars, feathers, pearls and spotlights.

Music from the ’20s and fantastic food from Bando’s will keep the party going.

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Port Arthur City Manager Brian McDougal in spring 2016

For the second time in as many weeks, the Port Arthur City Council convened behind closed doors Monday, Nov. 13, “to discuss the duties, responsibilities, discipline, or dismissal of the city manager,” Brian McDougal, who was hired under a different make-up of elected city officials in 2015. The agenda item, requested by Councilmember Harold Doucet, had also been placed on the non-public executive session portion of the agenda for deliberation at the council’s Tuesday, Nov. 7, posted special meeting.

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Attorney Bob Thomas leans in to speak, sitting next to Mickey Sterling

A Port Arthur police officer terminated by the city is appealing his firing during an arbitration hearing this week, and although he is the one whose fate is being decided, some witnesses accused his former colleague of nefarious actions, including allowing a self-described psychic medium access to confidential information about cases and people.

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Caelan Carr, Curtis Jackson, Cindy Rodriguez, Stefhani Herrate, Benjamin Harris

Ozen forms Rotary Interact Club

Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School students and officers were installed into the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club on Nov. 9, 2017. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Ozen’s club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Beaumont and is recognized by Rotary International as a new charter club.

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