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Malcom Muse | Beaumont Police Department photos

U.S. Marshals found 2.5 pounds of marijuana and five firearms at a house in Beaumont and arrested a New Orleans man on a murder warrant on Nov. 7, Beaumont Police Officer Haley Morrow said in a release.

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Sean Milton Crooks | Photo: Beaumont Police Department

Police say they have arrested a person of interest in two cases of indecent exposure in Southeast Texas.

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Frankie Lee Bell Jr. | Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Frankie Lee Bell Jr., 29, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward of up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture.

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A 35-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Nov. 9.

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Fuel spill on US 96 | Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

Diesel fuel spilled on US 96 near the Neches River Bridge Nov. 9 around 9:45 a.m. when a tire blew on a trailer, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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A Beaumont jury sentenced 42-year-old Cedric Dwight Madison to 99 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child Nov. 9 following a two-day trial during which jurors heard statements and considered evidence in the attack on a baby merely three months old.

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Fitz and Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20.

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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Joseph R. Batte and Christopher T. Tortorice

The U.S. attorney general recognized 202 department employees for their distinguished public service in late October at the 65th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony. Nineteen other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work. The department presented a posthumous award to Deputy Commander Patrick T. Carothers for exceptional heroism in the line of duty during a fugitive apprehension in Allenhurst, Georgia, on Nov. 18, 2016, where Carothers was mortally wounded.

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Fire Chief Anne Huff, Mayor Becky Ames and City Manager Kyle Hayes present Beaum
Jimmy Singletary, Becky Ames, Kyle Hayes and Carol Riley

 

The Beaumont City Council recognized 21 employees for long-term loyalty to the city Nov. 7, presenting each with an award signifying their years of service to Beaumont and its citizens.

Two employees received awards for 40 years of service. Yolanda Duriso from Water Quality Control and Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson were both recognized for four decades of employment with the city.

Beaumont Police Detectives JoAnn Jacobs and Lisa Jardine were awarded for 30 years of service, as was Joyce Tanner of Code Enforcement.

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port bond results

Nov. 7, Jefferson County voters said yes to Proposition A, voting to approve $85 million in General Obligation Bonds to fund a portion of three major components for the Port of Beaumont’s Capital Improvement Project.

The three improvements are adding a new modern dock to replace outdated docks that have collapsed, a rail yard interchange track and a new overpass from Carroll Street into the South End of the Port. 

The proposition passed with 66.68 percent voting yes (1,631) on the Proposition and 33.32 (815) percent voting no.

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