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Continuing its ongoing investigation into allegations of wrongdoing related to a $388.6 million bond initiative passed by voters in 2007, two agents with the FBI and a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Texas were at the Beaumont Independent School District administration building this week to retrieve a computer for FBI analysis, The Examiner has confirmed. Additionally, several staff members have been questioned by federal authorities.

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The fate of Dwyndell Perrault is resting with the jury after two days of testimony concluded around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Perrault was charged with the August 2010 shooting of 12-year-old Ivan Perez, who was a passenger of a vehicle Perrault shot at in what police described as a case of extreme road rage.

The 12-member jury was selected Monday, and prosecution called a number of witnesses Tuesday and Wednesday. Prosecution showed jurors what was reported the night of Aug. 10.

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A number of local law enforcement agencies are currently assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the execution of search warrants of Calvin Walker of Walker's Electric located in Beaumont.

The Examiner first broke the news of the FBI's investigation into Walker over a year ago.

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The Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering fielded two teams: the Remote Image System Acquisition Space Camera 4 team (LURISA) and the Lamar Electric Propulsion (LEP) team.

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"He told him 'I'm going to kill you,' and then he killed my friend."

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Reposted From The Oct. 14 edition of The Examiner

Amid allegations of wrongdoing and shortly after a battle with an elected city of Vidor councilwoman, Vidor Police Chief Charles Eric Foerster has officially resigned his post as head of the municipality's police department.

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Editor's Note: The Examiner has obtained a copy of the 38-page document filed by Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell outlining the findings of his internal investigation into the shooting death of James Whitehead, a decorated U.S. Marine by off-duty police captain Robert Arnold, following a verbal disturbance. Kittrell's report has been reprinted in its entirety in order to provide readers with an accurate sense of what occurred on the day the unarmed man was killed.

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On Friday, Nov. 5, around 3:30 a.m. Beaumont police officers responded to the intersection of South 11th Street and Hollywood in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, they found two men, a 25 and 26 year old both from Beaumont, suffering from gun shot wounds and had them transported by EMS to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The 25 year old was taken into surgery. The 26-year-old man died at the hospital and was identified as Damon Terrell Walker.

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A 32-year-old Woodville man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

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"This is a very exciting find," recounted Bruce Lockett, director of the Texas Archaeology Study Association (TASA) and president of the Vidor Historical Society, referring to a wreck site discovered by the group months ago.

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