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Nikki Jones

Up to $40,000 is missing from CASA of the Sabine Neches Region in Orange and, while no one has yet been charged, Executive Director Nikki Jones was fired following the revelation that a CASA credit card was used for cash advances at casinos and to pay for a lavish cruise, luxury hotel stays and other extravagances.

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The week ends with no new contenders posted on Thursday or Friday for the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees election. However, The Examiner had learned that local philanthropist and businesswoman Mandie Peel is considering a bid for the At-Large post on the BISD dais.

Peel, along with husband Dr. Garrett Peel, is a parent to five – with students in public, private and home schools.

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Saturday, Feb. 4, the Houston Zoo welcomed the birth of a male Baird’s tapir. This is the first Baird’s tapir born at the Houston Zoo, and first baby for mother Moli and father Noah.

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David Barona (left) and Ivan Link

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested two men and seized approximately six kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop Feb. 7, Deputy Marcus McLellan reports. 

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Amina Gibic of Fort Worth (left) and Victoria LaFleur of Port Neches take a brea

Ten students of LU’s Reaud Honors College are taking on the spring semester with a new perspective thanks to their studies on sustainability in Belize over the winter break.

“It was really eye opening,” said Taylor Marshall, a junior biology major and Spanish minor from Saratoga. “The culture and the wildlife and the challenges that Belize faces were all so new to me, but those same issues affect a lot of people.”

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Joal Morgan Riley

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Joal Morgan Riley, 47, for aggravated assault upon a public servant, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office announced Feb. 8.

Riley’s indictment stems from an altercation Dec. 22. Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) reported a 911 call at 6:33 p.m. stating that an officer was being assaulted at Willow Lakes Apartments.

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Whether seeking an elected seat on the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees or an appointed seat on the same school district’s Board of Managers, those interested in sitting on the dais come May 2017 are now putting their intentions in writing as the deadline to file for either position quickly approaches.

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3535 Calder, Beaumont

Mobiloil Credit Union announced the acquisition of the three-story office building at 3535 Calder in Beaumont in a release Wednesday, Feb. 8. The property is at the corner of Phelan and Calder.

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Briseida Sanchez and Beatriz Sanchez, and Francisco Moreno (inset)

Francisco Moreno was just 18 when drunk driving led to the death of his friend, Fernando Sanchez-Garcia, 19. Speeding down a Port Arthur roadway, Moreno lost control of the vehicle he was driving – a truck belonging to Sanchez-Garcia – flipping the automobile multiple times, ejecting both teenagers, pinning one. It was this Dec. 12, 2015, wreck that killed the passenger and left the driver facing charges connected his friend’s tragic ending.

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