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Classic Movie Nights have returned to the Jefferson Theatre after months of renovations. 

The city of Beaumont welcomed back the popular event with a showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Saturday, Oct. 26. 

Movies begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Various concessions are available and tickets are $5. 

“Frida” will be played Nov. 2 followed by “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Nov. 9

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A Vidor man has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter following a fatal June accident that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman, reports Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

According to Davis, 36-year-old Blake Travis Bowen was arrested the morning of Oct. 26 following the issuance of an indictment against him for intoxication manslaughter in Orange County.

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Damon Winters

Damon Winters, a 40-year-old Beaumont man, allegedly shot his stepson the early morning of Friday, Oct. 26. According to Beaumont Police Officer Haley Morrow, at 1:29 a.m. Beaumont Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Woodrow in reference to a victim of a shooting. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Winters and his 20-year-old stepson had a verbal altercation that turned physical, resulting in Winters shooting his stepson. Winters spoke with Detectives before being placed under arrest for aggravated assault- family violence.

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The victim of a shooting at a laundromat in Port Arthur has been identified as 56-year-old male Michael Lynn Thomas.

According to Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD), Thomas was a homeless resident of Port Arthur. At approximately 1:47 am on Oct. 24 dispatch received a call regarding a shooting victim at Fabric Care Washateria on 25th  Street. Upon arrival, officers located Thomas with a gunshot wound to the torso area.

He was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

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A conman impersonating a sheriff's deputy is calling county residents swindling money through threats of legal repercussions for those who refuse to pay, warns Detective Janois Grizzaffi of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Book signing

Elmo Willard Branch Library, at 3590 East Lucas Drive, will be hosting a book signing on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Authors Tristan Jackson and Desmond Alverez, both Lamar University Alumni, will be signing and selling their individual books. Jackson’s "Dream the Impossible: a personal memoir" and Alverez’s "Chance You’re Begging for Trouble" will be available for $10 from their respective authors.

Math tutoring

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(L to R) Moez Babubhai Maknojiya and Milkha Singh

As part of a joint investigation, officers with the Orange Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department executed three search warrants on Oct. 23 in the city of Orange, all related to gambling. The warrants were executed at convenience stores located at 1402 and 1415 16th St. and 3118 Edgar Brown. 

Two arrests followed:  Milkha Singh was arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity, gambling and owns both locations on 16th Street.

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In the very early morning hours of Oct. 24th, Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers responded to a shooting at a laundromat located at 2925 25th St. Upon arrival, officers located a 56-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the torso area.

The victim was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from the scene for emergency medical treatment; however, the victim’s injuries proved to be fatal. PAPD’s Crime Scene Unit was summoned to process and photograph the scene for evidence.

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Ship channel expansion on pace for 2019

Championing for the economic stability and growth of Southeast Texas, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick has been granted support and a tentative $800 million in funding for hurricane levee improvements and deepening the Sabine-Neches Waterway – a feat that will not only create a projected thousands of new, permanent jobs in Jefferson County but also spur ancillary growth anticipated to nearly double the waterway’s impact on the nation over the life of the project. 

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Nick Lampson

Nick Lampson’s stump speech highlights his accomplishments as a “successful public servant and businessman.” The fact check of his  résumé, however, reflects many things that differ from the impression of events that he boasts.

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