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Fire and smoke billowing over downtown Beaumont’s dreary dark afternoon sky about 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21, caused citizen alarm and Lamar University to suspend classes. The emissions were generated from the ExxonMobil Beaumont Complex, according to company Public and Government Affairs Manager Lee Dula.

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A fake cop’s case in Beaumont has led to the indictment and arrest of a real law enforcement officer as the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has charged Liberty County Precinct 6 Constable John Joslin with perjury in covering up the crimes of accused cop impersonator Michael Gelagotis by lying in sworn statements to investigators.

Joslin was arrested in Liberty County and, while still in his constable uniform, was brought to the Jefferson County Courthouse to answer the allegations in front of Judge Larry Gist on Monday, Jan. 25.

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Joseph Leday, a longtime employee of the city of Port Arthur, was apprehended Friday, Jan. 22, in an operation that took four off the city’s streets for allegedly conspiring on what federal agents termed “multi-ounce” methamphetamines sales over the last year, the last transaction as recent as Jan. 20. Two were charged with federal crimes while two others were taken into state custody.

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More than a year after a forensic audit was first suggested to examine the hiring practices and financial management of the city of Port Arthur, a team commissioned to do the job has been given its marching orders, according to former city councilman and audit supporter Stephen Mosely.

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Steven Guidry (left), David Frank, Rabindra Nauth and Randle Davis Jr.

As the result of an ongoing corruption investigation in Port Arthur, four suspects were charged with felony theft Jan. 25 stemming from allegations they were involved in a gas-theft conspiracy. Those arrested include two former Port Arthur Public Works Department supervisors and two Port Arthur business owners, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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The Beaumont Foundation of America recently awared $75,000 to the Southeast Texas Food Bank to help strengthen its mission of feeding the hungry in Southeast Texas. The funds were specifically awarded to help improve access to nutritious food for low-income residents in underserved communities in the eight counties within the food bank’s service territory.

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Marshall Middle School in Beaumont has evacuated its faculty and students due to high levels of carbon monoxide. The following report comes from Beaumont Police  Community Relations Officer Carol Riley:

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Beaumont native Jay Bruce, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, presented The Arc of Greater Beaumont with a check for $81,000 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Foundation for Southeast Texas.

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Suicide wings and a Santos

When Wings To Go made the move to Port Arthur in November 2015, many of the restaurant’s wing-loving regulars wondered how the new location would pan out for the franchise, which opened in Beaumont in 2002. Franchisee Danny Partin says he is happy to report that Wings To Go is better than ever in its new Port Arthur location, which has better parking, better traffic access, more seating room, and even a party room for special occasions.

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A two-vehicle auto collision Thursday morning, Jan. 28 in Honey Island, has left one man dead and another injured.

At approximately 6 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of FM 1293 and FM 1003 in Hardin County.  The crash occurred in the small community of Honey Island.

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