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Sending 88 Beaumont Independent School District employees to New Orleans for a meeting of the National Alliance of Black School Educators cost taxpayers more than $100,000, according to records obtained by The Examiner Newspaper.

But that does not include any sponsorships or fees paid by BISD that have not yet been released by the school district in response to a Texas Public Information Act request.

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The first-year boys’ basketball head coach of Hamshire-Fannett High School submitted his resignation just a few months into the school year after allegations arose claiming Coach Anthony DeCello had inappropriate contact with a female Hamshire-Fannett student.

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Christmas can be a rough time for children living in the foster care system. Being away from the family they’ve been with their entire lives and living in a new environment, most often temporarily, can be difficult for youngsters to adjust to. With that in mind, Arrow Child and Family Ministries went out of their way to ensure 14 children had a holiday celebration to remember.

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Update: After two full days of deliberations, jurors in the Calvin Walker case could not reach a verdict and were hung on all 37 counts.

Previous reporting:

It's been just over six-hours since the jury received the federal case against Calvin Gary Walker, alleging that he defrauded and stole millions of dollars from the Beaumont Independent School District through a scheme of using cut-and-paste documents to inflate contract invoices, and now they are telling the judge they are deadlocked.

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A 26-year-old Beaumont man is in custody and awaiting arraignment on an attempted capital murder charge after he fired a shot a Beaumont police officer who was chasing him on foot.

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Final statements have been submitted, instructions have been given to the jury and the future of Calvin Walker is up to the 12 persons now deliberating the federal case against Calvin Walker of Walker's Electric Company. U.S. Attorney Bob Rawls for the Eastern District of Texas asserts Walker defrauded taxpayers by falsifying invoices and requests for payment submitted to the Beaumont Independent School District for payment, and additional counts are pending for wire and mail fraud.

 

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Stacy Walker was excused from the witness stand at 11:10 a.m., and both sides rested their case. Closing arguments will be heard beginning at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 13. From earlier today

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Just after midnight Monday, Dec. 12, Beaumont police officers arrested 48-year-old Beaumont resident Roshen Jahmon for a number of crimes stemming from an aggravated robbery at CVS on Dowlen.

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Port Arthur police are looking for a man who punched a clerk at Willie's Washateria and then took money from the woman. 

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5 p.m. update: Walker's defense called expert witness testimony from a certified public accountant, who testified that he didn't detect evidence to show Walker overbilled the school district for projects performed. Under cross examination from the prosecution, however, the CPA told the court he hadn't comparison priced the materials Walker claimed to have used on questioned projects or reviewed the altered documents submitted into evidence.

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