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Signature Industrial Services filed a $56 million lawsuit in July 2014 against I

A Jefferson County jury awarded Signature Industrial Services $122 million in a breach of contract ruling against International Paper on Thursday, June 1. The verdict was delivered after seven hours of deliberation with the trial lasting three weeks in Judge Justin Sanderson’s court.

Signature Industrial is a general contractor providing general maintenance, new construction, call out, and turnaround services. The business is based in Beaumont and is owned by Jeff Ogden.

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Numbers are still not finalized for 2016. However, preliminary information available nationally suggests most cities have seen a spike in the number of violent crimes committed, according to information compiled at the Department of Justice. And Southeast Texas is no exception.

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The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has arrested multiple suspects in separate burglaries plaguing a refinery, two convenience stores and the North Hardin Water Corporation.

“Each case is separate,” Sheriff Mark Davis said in a statement July 3.

North Hardin Water Corporation

April 26, the main office of the North Hardin Water Corporation, located on FM Highway 92, north of Silsbee, was burglarized. The suspects took property from inside and caused damage to the building.

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Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst uses the city’s reinvestment zone map to describe

City Manager Mike Kunst and Vidor’s Planning and Zoning Commission are working on a plan to implement zoning in the city and, in preparation, are asking for public input on the matter and for information about businesses operating in residential neighborhoods around the city.

With the Pride and Progress initiative and other programs recently implemented to promote business and residential development in the city, Vidor is changing, said Kunst, and so are its needs.

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Andrew, Kera and Alaya Teel

Thursday, July 6, the family of murder victims Kera and Kyndal Teel are entering into litigation against the apartment complex where the mother and her yet-unborn daughter fell victim to a gunman’s bullets.

Surviving family, Kera’s husband Andrew, and the couple’s daughter Alaya, are among the plaintiffs alleging owners of Beaumont’s Sienna Apartment Homes failed to maintain adequate security measures that could have deterred or prevented the death.

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On Tuesday, June 27 at 6:58 p.m., Beaumont Police responded to the northbound service road in the 2100 block of Eastex Freeway, in reference to a major crash, Officer Haley Morrow reported.

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Liberty Police made two arrests in reference to a late night assault that took place on June 30, according to a news release from the department. Police responded to the 5000 block of Briar Grove in the Ridgewood subdivision shortly after 1 a.m. in reference to an assault. 

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On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at about 1:15 a.m., Beaumont Police located a stolen vehicle exiting a gas station at the corner of Eastex Freeway and Lucas Drive, Officer Haley Morrow reported. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Vidor man after a family dispute allegedly erupted in violence on July 4, reports Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. 

According to Carroll, police dispatch received a call at 8:17 p.m. that night in reference to a shooting in the 100 block of Carla Street in Vidor. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, identified by police as Gregory Paul Goldsmith, being treated by medics from Acadian Ambulance Service. The medics were unable to revive Goldsmith and declared him deceased at the scene.

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After discovering kilos of cocaine and bundles of marijuana along the shoreline at the beach, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office warned people celebrating the July 4 holiday on the waterfront to call law enforcement if they see any of the drugs and to beware of dangerous toxins possibly seeping from the potentially perilous packages.

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