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As of Monday, Sept. 25, the American Red Cross has invested more than $100 million in Texas alone in the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, with roughly $12 million of those dollars going directly to aid residents of the Golden Triangle, according to Red Cross Regional Communications Manager Ekland Durousseau.

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A Beaumont mother is facing felony charges for DWI and evading arrest after police say they found her slumped over and passed out with her 3-year-old child unrestrained in her vehicle, just before she attempted flee from officers checking on her welfare.

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A 24-year-old Beaumont man is facing murder charges after he was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 20.

Police responded to the 3700 block of Grand Street in reference to a shooting victim at about 11 p.m. on June 29, according to the probable cause (PC) affidavit for arrest. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds lying in the grassy area near the apartment complex. Police identified the man as 35-year-old Cedathion Rashard Dill. 

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Robert Lewis, 62, of Beaumont, was indicted in Jefferson County for murder Sept. 20. Lewis was originally arrested for the crime on Aug. 11 after police responded to a report of a disturbance on Pine Street and found the suspect at the location with a man who had apparently been strangled.

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In Southeast Texas, “Our man Jack” was known as a devout family man and people’s politician whose name is so revered we’ve used it to adorn our federal courthouse as well as the Southeast Texas airport, but the late Congressman Jack Brooks is remembered with honor in other parts of the country as well.

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Brian Foley

As most Americans were sun-gazing during a rare solar eclipse, the cloak of darkness not only shadowed the sun but also emptied the Orange County Courthouse as a skeleton crew of staff and guests haunted the usually bustling halls of justice.

Then, while the moon’s shadow covered the sun and everyone looked to the sky, (now former) Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Foley looked into the eyes of Judge Mandy White-Rogers and pleaded guilty to allegations of indecent exposure.

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Julius Bell

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 17-year-old Julius Bell of Beaumont, Sept. 20, for engaging in organized criminal activity, a state jail felony, after police reportedly caught Bell and two others with items burgled from nearby vehicles last year.

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Tensions flared in the county courthouse during the Bevil Oaks City Council’s public meeting Sept. 19.

Residents interrupted the session with yelling and threats to sue the city if later they were unable to qualify for a FEMA buyout program not yet in place, despite repeated efforts by the city attorney Dru Montgomery to save public comments until the end of the session.

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Ward 1 Councilwoman Virginia Jordan

The Beaumont City Council unanimously denied a Specific Use Permit (SUP) that would allow gaming machines at a convenience store in a Neighborhood Commercial (NC) District on Sept. 19, but Ward 1 Councilwoman Virginia Jordan says the machines are already there.

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The 2017 Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, in the auditorium at Groves Elementary, 3901 Cleveland Ave., at 7 p.m. Tickets purchased at the Groves Chamber of Commerce office are  $10 for adults and $5 for students through 12th grade. At the door, tickets are $12 and $6.

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