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Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County Voter Registrar, has announced that individuals who wish to vote in the Nov. 6 election must register or make necessary corrections to their name and/or address, on or before Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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From the Jefferson County District Attorney's office: Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Monday, Oct. 1, that Judge Raquel West sentenced Clifton Cisco, 35, to 20 years in prison for Possession of Child Pornography.

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According to the Public Information Officer with Port Arthur Police Department, on Sept. 29, at approximately 10:22 p.m., officers were dispatched to a major accident in the area of 1700 T.B. Ellison on Pleasure Island. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive victim within a vehicle that had struck a guardrail at this location, later identified as Khoa Dang Nguyen, 33, of Nederland. Nguyen sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Sgt. C. Billiot with the Port Arthur Police Department stated that on Sept. 28, at approximately 6:30 am, members of the Port Arthur Police SWAT and Narcotics units executed a search warrant at a residence in the 8400 Block of Davis Avenue in Port Arthur. A 41-year-old male Port Arthur resident was the target of the investigation. This subject had just left the residence prior to the search warrant being executed leaving behind in the residence and elderly female, a pregnant female and a young child.

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Davis Walters

According to Officer Haley Morrow with the Beaumont Police Department, on Sunday, September 30 at 12:16 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to a disturbance at 3155 French Rd. While Officers were in route, dispatch advised that the suspect, later identified as Davis Walters (a 36-year-old Beaumont resident. Pictured below) was stabbing the victim in the parking lot. As officers arrived, they observed the suspect attempting to leave in a vehicle. Walters was taken into custody at the scene. Beaumont EMS responded and pronounced the victim, 23-year-old Kiana Joubert, deceased.

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Corey Jamahl Spencer Jr. spent his 16th birthday in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail, held on bonds in excess of $1 million for capital murder, attempted capital murder, and armed robbery. Spencer didn’t spend his birthday alone, though, as his father, also named Corey Jamahl Spencer and also with a criminal record of causing someone else’s death, was likewise being held at the county jail for his own set of felonies.

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To help women to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirit, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is holding its 1st annual Women’s Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The expo is free and open to the public.

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A representative from Payless confirmed that the shoe store chain will be reopening their location on MacArthur Street in Orange.  

The store has been abandoned since August 2017 due to flooding from Harvey.

Payless’ real estate department could not yet provide a date for the reopening, but persons interested in applying for employment are urged to visit https://stores-payless.icims.com/jobs.

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A resurfacing project in Orange that began in July will finally be completed, allegedly, by January. Once again rain is being blamed for the hold up.

According to Sarah Dupre with Texas Department of Transportation, the project runs from the Orange/Newton County line to I-10 and its ultimate goal is to repave the entire stretch.  Paving is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving with the overall project completed in January.

Work started July 9 and is estimated to cost $3.2 million.

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Photo by Kyle Swearingen

A barbecue benefit lunch is being held Friday, Sept. 28, at the Beaumont Fire headquarters. The benefit is being held for Assistant Fire Chief for Beaumont Fire and Rescue Christian Singler in his fight with cancer.

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