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Chad Perron of Groves signed for about approximately 50 grams of THC base.

Jan. 10, 2018, the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force developed information that a package of narcotics was being delivered to 3152 Main, Groves. A search warrant was signed for the package and it was discovered to hold approximately 50 grams of THC base in assorted packages. Some of the packages contained the THC in the form of “Butter” (in white jar), “Shatter” (brown flat substance), Vape sprays and thick liquid in syringes.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred Jan. 13 at the Fun Time Game Club located at 1425 College St.

According to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department, officers responded to the game room at about 7:15 p.m. in reference to a robbery in progress. When officers arrived, they were told that at least two black male suspects entered the business wearing all black and armed with handguns. The suspects demanded money from patrons and the business owner, witnesses described. After taking the money, the suspects fled the business on-foot.

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At approximately 1:45p.m. on Jan. 13, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near mile marker 876 in Orange County. The crash involved three motorcycles and a passenger vehicle.

Preliminary reports indicate that there was traffic congestion in the westbound traffic lanes of the interstate due to an earlier crash. A Dodge minivan was stopped when it was rear-ended by two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. A third Harley-Davidson motorcycle failed to control its speed and became involved in the crash.

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Debbie Bridgeman with members of Press Club of Southeast Texas

Debbie Bridgeman of Beaumont has been elected the 2018-19 president of the Press Club of Southeast Texas. Bridgeman has served since 2016 as community relations specialist for the Beaumont ISD.

Other Press Club officers are Marilyn Tennissen, freelance writer/photographer, vice president for finance and membership; Farrah Severs-Young, Total Home Health, secretary; Mike Tobias, Beaumont Enterprise, vice president for programs and special events; Sharon Brooks, The Examiner, vice president for public relations; and Brian Sattler, Lamar University, vice president for development.

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Beth Krueger

The Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center is hosting a nonprofit summit on Jan. 23 at Lamar University as a satellite host for the Texas Nonprofit Series sponsored by OneStar Foundation, Executive Director Deborah Drago announced.

“The day-long event will join nonprofit professionals, board members and other community leaders from across Southeast Texas to provide networking opportunities and expert nonprofit management guidance and resources,” she described.

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William Boutte pictured with unfinished construction

In last week’s edition of The Examiner, the newspaper exposed two situations in which contractors failed to finish work on Southeast Texas homes. One of those contractors highlighted in last week’s story — silent at first — now wants to answer some of the charges levied against him, and the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD), warning the public about citizens’ ongoing difficulty with construction contractors, is explaining the difference between civil and criminal complaints.

Contractors answer claims

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Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas announced the grand opening of a brand-new, Regional Media Center on Jan. 11 at the downtown Beaumont police station. According to Crime Stoppers Board Chairman Larry Crumpton, the new media center will offer Crime Stoppers affiliated law enforcement agencies a way to enhance video, create public service announcements (PSAs) and much more.

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Terry Miles

Cell phones in the Houston area lit up Jan. 1 with an Amber Alert for two missing girls from Round Rock: Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Magret, 7, and Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith, 14.

The girls were taken by Terry Allen Miles, who was a person of interest in their mother’s death, Round Rock police explained in news releases and press conferences.

The Amber Alert advised the public to look for a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate number JGH9845.

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City of Galveston Police Badge

Six people are dead in two separate murder-suicides that occurred within days of each other, and a Galveston officer is sending heartfelt sympathy to victims’ friends and families left behind by the sudden acts of violence.

Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a rural residence in the city of Thrall at about 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 3. They discovered a woman, killed by a single gunshot wound, and a deceased male with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators immediately suspected it was a murder-suicide.

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District Court Judge Layne Walker

After ultimately heading the state’s investigation into four current and former officers of the Jefferson County Courthouse, special prosecutor/attorney pro tem Josh Schaffer is attempting to collect his fees. However, County Commissioners are refusing to pay the bill – with an attorney for the elected officials citing case law as to why the county has already overpaid for the work that’s been performed.

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