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While most children are spending their summer vacations building sandcastles at the beach or earning achievements on their favorite video game, two Beaumont youth are working to make a difference in the lives of kids at Buckner Children’s Village.

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Sharon Rigsby, planetarium teacher at the Murray J. Frank Planetarium, was removed from the latest Beaumont Independent School District Reduction in Force (RIF) list. Rigsby’s name was not called when a notice of proposed termination due to financial exigency was announced at a BISD Special Meeting July 28.

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The city of Beaumont voted to approve a resolution at a Tuesday, July 29, council meeting authorizing an earnest money contract for the sale of Hotel Beaumont to Garden Street Holdings, LLC, of California for $1.175 million.

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Orange police have arrested a 28-year-old Orange resident who they say admitted to having sex with a juvenile runaway who was staying at his home but said he did not know she was underage. While police concede that may be true, his Facebook page tells a story of its own, revealing a man on the prowl for sexual satisfaction.

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A Corpus Christi man was found guilty of felony possession of marijuana following a two-day trial in Judge Larry Gist’s Drug Impact Court, Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a press release Wednesday, July 30.

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First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge (right) and Matthew Block

The Texas Attorney General’s Office recognized Matthew Block, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Beaumont office, for his commitment to Texas children. Block was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Tyler region, which covers 43 counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Block on Tuesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

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U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Wednesday, July 30, that 23-year-old Christopher M. Carmon Thomas of Houston pleaded guilty to a Beaumont bank robbery on July 29, 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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A 44-year-old Galveston man has been sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales in a Tuesday, July 29 press release.

Brett Maurice Disiere pleaded guilty on Dec. 11, 2013, to bank robbery and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Two auto burglary suspects were admitted to St. Elizabeth Hospital after fleeing the scene and crashing their car into a responding patrol unit, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

The two officers suffered minor injuries and are recovering at home.  At about 3:44 a.m. this morning, several residents in Beaumont’s West End reported burglaries of their vehicles. 

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A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual assault of a child, Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Tuesday, July 29 press release.

A Jefferson County jury was about to begin hearing evidence in the case when Rodney Adams, 37, entered a guilty plea in the 252nd District Court. 

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