Van’s Grocery on Avenue A (top), Shanghai Amusement and Lala Gift Shop

As five Beaumont businesses prepare to answer charges related to illegal gambling following an October 2014 raid, other local proprietors charged with violating a Beaumont ordinance are saying they had no idea the ordinance applied to them or, in some cases according to the city attorney’s office, that such an ordinance even existed at all. 

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Two capital murder cases at the Jefferson County Courthouse this month offer an instructive look at how such cases are handled here.

Dr. John Frossard

What do you know about BISD’s past and how it will help you move forward?

I think I need to understand it to move forward, but a lot of it is in the area of finance, and the Board of Managers has been working on that over the course of the past year, and I’ll certainly continue with that.

We need to get the finances stabilized so we can develop our strategic plan and align our plan to move forward.


UPDATE: The Port Arthur Police Department has released the identity of the woman presumed to have jumped off the Rainbow Bridge in the early hours of May 19.

The victim was 57-year-old Rosalynd F. Casey of Orange. 


The body of a woman presumed to have jumped off the Rainbow Bridge early this morning has been recovered. 


U.S. Attorney John Bales announced Thursday, May 14, that a 66-year-old Hammond, Indiana, resident, who had lived in Vidor, has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations committed while in the Eastern District of Texas.

Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to shatter into hundreds of icebergs.

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

Unidentified suspect and witness in Pinehurst robbery, May 17

The Pinehurst Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect of a robbery Sunday evening, as well as the witness to the crime.

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The pace of strategizing, power plays and legislative sleight-of-hand grows more intense with each passing day as the Texas House and Senate confront the stark discipline that the calendar will impose when June 1 rolls around and, by law, the 84th Legislature will end in Austin.

1676 Pauline

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 1676 Pauline. When firefighters arrived, they found flames visible in one room of the home. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the front portion of the house. No one was home when firefighters arrived, and there were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire has been determined to be deliberate, and a suspect has been identified. The investigation is continuing at this time.

Vernon Butler with a Martin Elementary School student

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF)happily surprised several teachers and an Ozen High School student with academic grants they had requested for innovative classroom projects during the nonprofit’s spring caravan event May 1.