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Amanda Brown, whose stepfather and sister are currently sitting in Calcasieu Parish Jail for kidnapping and battery charges stemming from an attempt to get Brown assistance for her drug use and mental health issues, is mostly free, roaming through Southeast Texas cities as she proudly displays her habits of drug use and prostitution through her social media accounts.

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Karl Rove, a Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, will speak at Blowout 2019, the Texas Energy Museum’s annual sponsorship event, on Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

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The Golden Triangle Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (GT-TAME) Divisional STEM Competition was held on Saturday, Feb. 9, hosting 79 students from Beaumont, Groves, Hamshire-Fannett, Orange and Port Arthur at Lamar University for the meet.

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The Orange Police Department responded to a call of a shooting on Monday, Feb. 11 just before 6 p.m in the 900 block of Cooper. Upon their arrival, officers found an 8-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder. 

Statements given to law enforcement said the child was shot by a 4-year-old male with a handgun. The boy was not initially located at the scene but was found in a nearby vehicle. The handgun wasn't located.

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The Port Arthur Police Department was called to the 1900 block of Marshall Avenue in reference to an aggravated robbery on Feb. 9 at about 6 p.m.

When they arrived, officers found a 52-year-old black male Port Arthur resident was assaulted and money taken from his pockets by three unknown black male suspects. The suspects then fled the scene in a silver passenger car.

The victim did not have any life-threatening injuries and was treated at the scene. The case is being investigated by PAPD's criminal investigations division.

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The Newton Independent School District announced over the weekend that classes will be cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, through Wednesday, Feb. 13, due to an employee being treated for meningitis symptoms. 

Verification of the type of meningitis has not been confirmed, however, following precautions, the district opted to cancel classes through Monday, Feb. 18. Thursday and Friday were previously scheduled school holidays. 

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On Saturday, Feb. 9, Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at Claiborne West Park off Interstate 10 regarding shots fired. 

Deputies learned a custody disagreement between a mother and father resulted in a suspect accompanying the mother firing shots into the ground at the child's birthday party.

OCSO said there was no custodial paperwork showing the father had sole custody of the infant. The mother reportedly left with the child and the pair have been safely located. CPS is looking into the matter.

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A 35-year-old Colombian national has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Friday, Feb. 8. 

Esmir Colorado-Cuero pleaded guilty on Oct. 22, 2018, to conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to money launder, and illegal reentry by a previously removed alien.  Colorado-Cuero was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Amelia Elementary School

“The Beaumont ISD Police Department is investigating allegations surrounding mismanagement of PTA funds at Amelia Elementary School,” Beaumont ISD spokesperson Nakisha Burns said. Little other information is available as the investigation is still in the early stages, Burns said, additionally noting that BISD employees cannot serve in a leadership role in campuses’ PTA.

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