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PAFD Captains Ricky Bodin and Richard Malone

At the request of the state of Florida and through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the state of Texas approved sending resources for disaster relief in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. These resources include Texas A&M Forest Service All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), which currently consist of 30 personnel and may be augmented as the situation develops.

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Police in Orange are investigating a deadly auto-pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an Ohio resident Oct. 9, Orange Police Department Lt. Garrold Keaton reports. 

According to a news release, officers were dispatched to the area of 2080 I-10 North Service Road shortly after 10 p.m. in reference to an auto-pedestrian traffic accident. Acadian Ambulance Service was called to the scene, but were unable to resuscitate the 44-year-old male victim, who had been struck by a vehicle still on the scene.

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Police in Beaumont are searching for the suspect who robbed the Fast Lane Convenience Store at 255 Dowlen Rd. Oct. 10, Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Sgt. Cody Guedry reports.

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Commissioner Everett “Bo” Alfred

Jefferson County Commissioners, in a 3-2 split vote, decided to go with a new management firm to breathe life – and revenue – into the multi-million-dollar publicly subsidized Ford Park Entertainment Complex, but that contract offer is in jeopardy as new questions arise and deadlines near.

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Ethel Marie Eulian
Christopher Jeffries Jr.

Ethel Marie Eulian, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering her boyfriend, 47-year-old Christopher Jeffries Jr., a former Port Arthur Police officer, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison Oct. 7.

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Beaumont Independent School District closed the $132,155,000 Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds Series 2016 transaction, effective Sept. 21.

This decision resulted in a cash flow savings to the district of $41,641,313, which is approximately $1,892,700 per year through 2038, according a statement from the district.

The district also estimates a net Present Value savings of $31,989,357 or 22.836%.

All of this “could reduce the future debt service tax rate for BISD taxpayers about $0.0185 through 2038.”

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Officers with the Beaumont Police Department Narcotics and Special Assignments Unit (SAU) made nine arrests for prostitution throughout the city on Oct. 6, reports Sgt. Cody Guedry. The operation targeted problem areas involving prostitution complaints. Two of the nine cases were upgraded due to previous convictions.

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Texas A&M alumni, friends and guests celebrated the Beaumont A&M Club’s 57th annual Classroom Teacher Awards Program and Dinner on Sept. 27, recognizing “Outstanding Teachers” for their service to the children they educate as well as the many contributions made by the panel of honorees to the community as a whole.

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Byron Bush

UPDATE: Oct. 7, another hung jury resulted in a second mistrial for Byron Bush.

A Beaumont man is on trial for the second time, facing charges after he fired upon two Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies during a 2014 incident in which he was shot.

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John Pat and Anya Parsons

The Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation kicked off La Soirée in grand style at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Pat Parsons Jr. on Oct. 4. 

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