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On Thursday, Sept. 8, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a reported of a motor vehicle crash on I-10 near Smith Road in Jefferson County.  The crash involved one vehicle which was a truck tractor semi-trailer.

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At approximately 5:20 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety reported a three vehicle crash Thursday, Sept. 8 on Highway 62 near I-10 in Orange County.

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Hearing no opposition, the Beaumont City Council is set to vote on annexing nearly 80 acres of West End real estate at the end of September. The move, according to city Planning and Community Development director Chris Boone, has been in the works for a long time, and was approved by the city’s zoning commission in May.

“We started this back in May,” he said. “But there’s still a lot that we have to do.”

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Michael Turner and Shalala Fletcher

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Michael Turner on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for shooting at a vehicle leaving the Express Mart at 2920 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur on July 2 following an alleged theft. Two men entered the store, grabbing several cases of beer and exiting to a parked car. Shalala Fletcher was waiting in the parked vehicle.

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The Mexican Heritage Society’s 48th Annual Fiesta is set for Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Center is at 3401 Cultural Center Drive off Texas 73 in Port Arthur, with festivities running from 9:30 a.m. to midnight.

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Western Son

Vincent Messina Jr. grew up in a liquor store. His father, Vincent Sr., owns and operates Messina’s Liquor Store on Magnolia Street in Beaumont, and his uncles own Debb’s Liquor stores on College and Phelan.

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IEA supporters JoAnne and Mike Bonura, Bob Thewman and Dora Nisby

IEA-Inspire, Encourage, Achieve recently hosted the closing ceremony and luncheon for Camp Bright Star (CBS) at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church to celebrate student progress and success of 33 young people this summer. Attending the event were more than 150 program supporters, volunteers, participants and family members.

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Jimmy Duriso was taken into federal custody along with 41 lbs of synthetic pot.

Beaumont narcotics detectives and officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have reportedly recovered 41 pounds of what they believe to be synthetic marijuana hidden inside a local auto repair shop and arrested one suspect in connection to a federal search warrant executed Sept. 7, Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley reported. 

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At approximately 10:15 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Rose City in Orange County.

The crash resulted in I-10 westbound traffic lanes being closed for 45 minutes to an hour, according to Sarah Dupre, public information officer for Texas Department of Transportation. The crash occurred near Boomtown USA RV Resort.

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A Beaumont Independent School District special education teacher is on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into allegations that she absconded with student money meant for extracurricular activity purposes. The teacher was placed on leave Friday, Sept.

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