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At the April 5 meeting of the Bridge City Council, Mayor Kirk Roccaforte announced the city will be foregoing elections this year, as all the candidates up for re-election are unopposed.

According to Bridge City attorney Paul Fukuda, Place 1 representative Kevin Mott, Place 3 representative Robert Simonton and Place 5 representative Richard Savoy were all uncontested in their bids for office, and the city election is thereby unnecessary.

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Former Beaumont City Councilwoman Bobbie J. Patterson is now spearheading a drive she calls “Operation One Vote,” which is an outreach mission encouraging citizens to register to vote and to actually go to the polls and cast a ballot in coming elections.

In conjunction with a host of other entities, the group is sponsoring a “Meet-the-Candidates Forum & Voter Registration Drive,” which is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Hall located at 3390 Sarah Street in Beaumont.

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At the first-ever meeting of Orange County leaders to decide on granting a “mass gathering” permit Tuesday, April 5, the group chose to allow the function to continue with the blessing of the court.

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   TYLER, Texas – Two men have been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay restitution for their roles in a health care fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

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A 35-year-old Stone Mountain, Ga., man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Marvin "Red" Smith Jr. pleaded guilty Nov. 4, 2010, to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone on April 4.

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UPDATE: Vinh Thana Le of Groves has been identified as the male victim in Monday night's murder-suicide, Port Arthur Police Sgt. Scott Gaspard released in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

34-year old Anna Tran is dead and so is a 52-year-old male friend of hers after what Port Arthur Police believe is a murder-suicide.

According to Sgt. Scott Gaspard of the PAPD, Port Arthur Police were called to Tran's house in the 3400 block of 8th St. around 10 pm last night after Tran's sister discovered the bodies in the house by looking through the window.

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At the first-ever meeting of Orange County leaders to decide on granting a “mass gathering” permit Tuesday, April 5, the group chose to allow the function continue with the blessing of the court.

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On Saturday, April 2, at about 4 a.m., Beaumont police officers were dispatched to the 4100 block of Jeanette in reference to a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers found Loretta Lynn Harris,  a 43-year-old black female, unresponsive. She had a stab wound to the chest and was transported by EMS to Christus St Elizabeth Hospital. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital around 4:45 a.m. 

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18-year-old Bucky Bean, son of Beaumont Police Sgt. Tim Bean, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and the Beaumont Police family is reaching out to the community to help the Beans raise money to help their ailing son.

As a result of Bucky’s illness, the family is making almost daily trips to Houston for medical visits. To help raise money, on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 am until they run out, the BPD will be selling baked potatoes filled with either BBQ brisket, loaded, or any combination in between. The fundraiser will take place at the BPD parking lot.

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The Little Cypress- Mauriceville Transportation Department has a long history of winning area and atate-wide Bus Road-E-O’s; and this year is no different, said district spokeswoman Sherry Combs. Although 2011 marks LC-M bus driver Stephanie Evans’ first year to vie in the competition, she earned third place and will be traveling to Galveston in June to compete at the state level. Combs said the district is proud of the employee and is excited to Evans continue on the road to success.

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