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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday, April 27, 2018, that a grand jury issued indictments against three candidates from the 2016 Jefferson County sheriff’s race for criminal violations for fraud related to campaign contributions in the primary or general election.

A grand jury in Chambers County indicted 52-year-old Zena Collins Stephens on one count of tampering with a government record, a state jail felony, and two counts of accepting cash contributions exceeding $100, class A misdemeanors. Stephens was elected sheriff of Jefferson County in November 2016.

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Michael Fuljenz, president of Univeral Coin & Bullion, poses with historical gol

All that glitters may be gold — if you’re at the Dallas National Rifle Association convention. Michael Fuljenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, is bringing more than $5 million of sunken treasure as an exhibit to the Dallas NRA convention from May 4-6.

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Orangefield ISD Board of Trustees

Elected officials of the Orangefield Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a measure this week that would allow for employees to be armed on its campuses for “safety and security.”

At the regular meeting of the board scheduled for Monday night, April 23, the group agreed to approve a resolution that would begin the process of stationing armed personnel at its campuses through the district’s School Marshal Program.

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New Beaumont fire chief Earl White addressed City Council.

The city of Beaumont selected retired firefighter and Pct. 1 Constable Earl White as its new fire chief during a City Council meeting April 24. White was selected as the top choice out of more than 80 applicants.

White retired from Beaumont Fire-Rescue after 35 years of service to the community as a firefighter and arson investigator, and he then continued to serve Southeast Texas in another capacity. White took the oath of office as the Pct. 1 constable in March 2016 shortly after his win in the Democratic primary.

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Citizens took a stand, and city and county officials took heed of constituents’ opposition when the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced plans to eliminate the Brooks Road overpass as part of ongoing widening projects on Interstate 10.

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Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham

Fines, forfeitures, pesky court dates for misdemeanor crimes and municipal tickets, permitting processes and police raids … all have failed to deter casino-style game room gambling sites from popping up all over Beaumont. But the fight is far from over, according to those tasked with upholding law and order, evidenced by a recent felony indictment for what typically carries misdemeanor charges.

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34-year-old Western lowland gorilla Zuri

The Houston Zoo is mourning the loss of 34-year-old Western lowland gorilla, Zuri. The elderly gorilla was under treatment for severe gastrointestinal disease for the past few months, and after a full assessment of his quality of life, and the worsening of his disease despite treatment, the gorilla team and the veterinarians made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the nearly 400-pound ape, the zoo announced April 21.

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Before 7 a.m. Thursday morning, April 26, Beaumont police and emergency first responders were called to the Starbucks on Dowlen Road in Beaumont to investigate a suspicious package located at the coffee shop.
According to a report from the scene, a Starbucks employee found a letter reading “die USA” upon opening an unattended package left at the store earlier in the week. The package, which was sealed “Priority Mail” and left unopened inside the coffee shop for almost two days, reportedly contained other unidentified material as well.

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The Houston Astros Shuttle Crew and their mascot Orbit are coming to Southeast Texas on Saturday, April 28, thanks to Neches Federal Credit Union. 

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Pine Street from Marina Street to the IH-10 feeder road will be closed Thursday, April 26, to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to construction at the water plant.

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