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NASA has selected a science mission

NASA has selected a science mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, which is the cosmic material found between stars. This data will help scientists determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in our Milky Way galaxy, witness the formation and destruction of star-forming clouds, and understand the dynamics and gas flow in the vicinity of the center of our galaxy.

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When Beaumont Police Officer Michael Jones responded to a routine call reporting suspicious persons lurking in the dumpster area of a closed business near Interstate 10 in the wee morning hours of March 15, it didn’t take long for the public servant to decipher that at least one of the persons of interest was indeed participating in criminal behavior.

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The Beaumont City Council voted March 21 in favor of an ordinance declaring three properties public nuisances for accumulating excess litter and thereby providing shelter and  a breeding ground for rodents and mosquitoes. The owners of three properties must clean up their yards within 10 days. If they don’t, the city is going to do it for them, and the owners will have to pay for the cleanup efforts or face civil action, like having liens placed on the properties.

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Port Arthur police badge

The city of Port Arthur has reinstated two of several Port Arthur Police Department officers recently placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the department, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter.

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Alisa Boutte

Wednesday, March 21, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office released the indictment handed up by a grand jury March 15 alleging Beaumont Independent School District special education teacher Alisa Boutte committed third-degree felony theft by taking money from the parents of students at Central High School while acting in an official capacity.

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The City of Port Arthur held a ribbon cutting for the Pavilion and People's Park on March 21.

“We’re excited about the possibilities that it brings to Port Arthur,” City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said.

The city believes the Pavilion and Peoples Park are “key elements that will help to ignite and sustain downtown re-development,” Carpenter said in a press release.

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Joseph Colone

On trial accused of murdering a woman and her teenage daughter because one of his victims had fingered him in a then-pending gameroom robbery case, Joseph Colone sits in Judge Raquel West’s Jefferson County 252nd District Court shackled to the floor under the constant watch of Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies. Starting Monday, March 20, Colone was brought to court to begin the long and arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the defendant’s capital murder case.

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Games wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) chased a group on four-wheelers at Sea Rim Park on March 22 and later apprehended a suspect in the crime. The next day, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Aviation Unit deputies found a stolen four-wheeler that had been involved in the chase while looking for bundles or marijuana along the shore.

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Calvin Walker (right) and his trial attorney in the federal case, Dick DeGuerin

Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker, under state indictment for allegedly defrauding and illegally collecting millions of dollars from BISD and the city of Port Arthur, has challenged the constitutionality of the pending state criminal prosecution to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

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The Jefferson County Narcotics Taskforce, with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspector, conducted an controlled delivery operation March 22 that uncovered a large quantity of mail order drugs and arrested a Port Neches woman during the sting, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

According to JCSO, investigators identified a package they believed contained synthetic drugs that was to be delivered to a residence in Port Neches. Investigators tested the contents of the package, and they tested positive for the chemicals used in the synthetic drugs.

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