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Dr. Rodolfo P. Sotolongo

Dr. Rodolfo P. Sotolongo, founder and board-certified interventional cardiologist at Southeast Texas Cardiology Associates (SETCA), epitomizes the American Dream. Born in Cuba in 1952, Sotolongo came to America in ’61 during the Cuban revolution.

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Glenda Blackwell and her grandchildren Connor and Abby, and Roy Ellis Holcomb Jr

There isn’t a day that passes that Beaumont nurse Brenda Garison doesn’t think about how distracted driving can cause horrendous consequences. In just the time it took for a driver to fiddle with his phone – allegedly sending pictures and surfing the Internet – she lost three members of her family in a five-car pileup that also claimed the life of another man.

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Several area law enforcement officers, including members of the Beaumont Police Department’s SWAT team, had the rare opportunity to train with world-renowned instructor Marcos do Val, the founder of the Center for Advanced Tactical Immobilization (CATI), who was in Beaumont on Sept. 28.

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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President of the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas John Paschall resigned, according to a statement issued by the Board of Directors on Sept. 19.

Paschall’s resignation was effective Sept. 13.

“John has served the organization faithfully since October 2011,” the board said in the release. “We want to thank him for the five years of dedicated service to the consumers and businesses of Southeast Texas.”

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Narcotics Task Force officers discovered 137 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on eastbound I-10 near mile marker 839 on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 12:09 p.m.

The white Chevrolet truck was pulled over for “following too closely” and “unsafe lane change” according to the statement. The officer conducting the stop noticed a strong scent of air freshener, which is “commonly used to mask the smell of marijuana.”

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Kim Snow and Kathy McCall enjoy the Lace, Grace, and Gears rally

Over a thousand bikers attended the Lace, Grace and Gears rally on Crockett Street the first weekend in October. The rally started on Friday, Sept. 30, and opened at 8 a.m. Their goal was to beat the world record for most women riders on motorcycles at one time, currently held by an Australian group of 1,002 riders.

Lace, Grace and Gears posted on its Facebook page Oct. 3 that the final count of 806 women and 62 bikes “was an amazing feat” and “watch out 2017!”

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Tuesday, Oct. 4 about 5:15 p.m., a passenger vehicle crashed into Texas State Trooper Kenneth Burman’s patrol vehicle on I-10 West near Vidor.

The officer had been investigating an accident when he was hit from the rear, according to the Beaumont Department of Public Safety’s statement.

He was transported by helicopter to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for treatment. DPS reported at 8:34 p.m. that his injuries are non-life threatening.

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Seven protestors gathered outside the Jefferson County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 29, to demand justice, stating that they have been cheated by Quanell X, a Houston community activist.

The press conference began with a prayer circle led by Beaumont activist Ricky Jason, once a colleague of Quanell X.

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Pine Forest City Councilman Robert Kremer submitted his resignation last week, stating to The Examiner his reasons for leaving were the “unethical and possibly illegal” actions recently taken by the Mayor and council members after a recent meeting. Mayor Cathy Nagel contends nothing unethical or illegal took place and says she has the recording to prove it.

Kremer expressed, “The reason I resigned is the unethical and possibly illegal actions going on by the city council members and the mayor.”

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