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A former U.S. Congressman and one of his associates were indicted March 28 for their roles in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations. Some of the funds were used to illegally finance the politician’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his personal expenses and those of his associates. Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.

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Come Monday, April 3, the Ford Park Entertainment Complex will be under new management, according to contract amendments filed in Jefferson County Commissioners Court on Monday, March 27. The original terms during contract negotiations would have meant new venue management provider Spectra taking over the helm of Ford Park on March 31, but an extension was necessary pursuant to an agreement to give certain notice to outgoing management company SMG.

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Three Mid-County men have been indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury in separate cases on charges ranging from physical to sexual violence against children and, in one of the cases, against an intellectually challenged 20-year-old.

Charles Orlando Betancourt, 31, of Port Neches was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child March 29 stemming from accusations he sexually assaulted his 3-year-old daughter on multiple occasions.

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Alisa Boutte

According to Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland, a March 15 indictment on one count of third-degree felony theft has been dropped against Beaumont Independent School District special education teacher Alisa Boutte. Kneeland said the prosecuting agency came into information that caused the District Attorney’s Office to drop all charges the week of March 27.

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting potentially dangerous dealers and users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner features a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here each week.

1. Nathaniel Lee Allemang is a 22-year-old white male wanted for possession of controlled substance – $100,000 bond; unlawfully carrying a weapon – $2,000 bond; and possession of marijuana – $1,000 bond.

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Administration for Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Cancer Center of Southeast Texas and Altus Cancer Center announced in a press conference Tuesday, March 28, the consolidation of specialized radiation therapy, hematology and medical oncology services to expand and enhance regional cancer care in Southeast Texas. 

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Gift of Life Youth Council members Jabari Clark, 18; Naomi Raczkovi, 17; Chloe Raczkovi, 15; Taylor Terrell, 17; and Swann Nance, 18, hand out gift bags including sweet treats and important information about the negative effects of smoking cigarettes and vaping/e-cigarettes at Beaumont City Council on National Kick Butts Day, March 28.

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, Pioneering Women unveiled the honorees for the non-profit’s annual luncheon during a ceremony at the Beaumont City Hall on Tuesday, March 21. Those women pegged for the distinction in 2017 include Camille Briggs, Japera Levine, Allison Getz, Faye Woodsmall, Jane Hebert, Ingrid Holmes and Dee Richard.

Past honorees have included Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright, and many, many others over the more than 15 years Pioneering Women has been honoring local ladies.

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Students Fred Bush and Ella Williamson were the big winners

Who knows? One of these kids may be the next Itzhak Perlman.

At the 28th annual The Symphony League of Beaumont String Competition on Saturday, March 25, in the Rothwell Recital Hall at the Lamar University Music Building, two students stood out as grand prizewinners.

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The 2017 Citizen Of The Year for Beaumont's 69th annual Neches River Festival was announced to the public at 10 a.m. on March 30 at the Elegante Hotel.

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