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The city of Beaumont discussed changes to its animal care ordinance Jan. 10, and Jan. 31, City Council approved several ordinance amendments, including making pet sterilization mandatory for adoption and increasing pet limits.

The Animal Care Advisory Committee, a state-mandated committee appointed to assist in improving animal care in Beaumont, recommended changing the adoption fees at Beaumont Animal Services from $30 to $90 for cats and $120 for dogs, with the new fees including spaying or neutering and vaccinations.

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An old scam involving bad checks and bogus job opportunities has claimed a new victim, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Many Lumberton residents got a nasty surprise over the weekend when a water pump repair caused their tap water to turn brown, while some had already been experiencing discoloration for weeks stemming from the initial pump failure.

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Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush

A series of car break-ins in Nederland and Port Neches over the last several months have prompted action from some of the residents.

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“Electricity” is a new exhibit at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, on loan from the Franklin Institute, museum curator Sarah Bellian said in a release.

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A man once sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter was up for a new trial Monday, Jan. 30, after the Ninth Court of Appeals found a trial court error. Prior to a new trial commencing, according to Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Kim Hobbs Pipkin, the defendant accepted a plea agreement for 18 years in prison.

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Former Beaumont water utilities director Dr. Hani Tohme, ousted from the position in 2015 after an audit allegedly uncovered deficiencies in the department, including in oversight and payroll spending, has applied for candidacy to run against longtime Mayor Becky Ames in the coming May election.

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Police are investigating a Feb. 2 report of an aggravated kidnapping in Beaumont and a possible connection between the assailant and two victims, who were found unharmed following the incident, reports Officer Haley Morrow. 

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James Dishman Jr.

CommunityBank of Texas announced Wednesday, Jan. 25, that James Dishman Jr. is joining the bank as an advisory director. Dishman is currently operations manager with Stallion Oilfield Services and has over 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

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On Thursday, Feb. 2, at approximately 2:57 p.m., Port Arthur police officers responded to the 3900 block of Memorial Boulevard in reference to an auto/pedestrian accident, City of Port Arthur PIO LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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