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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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Two of four current and former Jefferson County officials who were indicted in May for alleged involvement in courthouse corruption have been reinstated to their upper echelon positions at the Sheriff’s Office, according to information from the governmental agency.

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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis reports a two-vehicle crash in Newton County Sept. 6 injured a Vidor man and a 10-year-old boy.

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas John M. Bales announced Tuesday, Sept. 6, that a now former Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy has pleaded guilty to being part of a scheme to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in ill-gotten HUD housing proceeds in Jefferson County.

Tuesday, 47-year-old Chad Hogan pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin for his role in the crime.

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Kirbyville resident James Steven Dominy, 41, died as the result of injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident in Jasper County on Sept. 3, reports Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis. Dominy was not wearing his seatbelt, stated Davis in a news release. 

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BISD's Early College High School

“We’re just a few days in, but I’d say it’s going great,” Beaumont Independent School District Early College High School (ECHS) principal Kristi Fusilier said of her fledgling campus – the first new high school to emerge in the district since Clifton J.

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