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Structure fire at 3550 Houston St.

On Oct. 3, at approximately 11 p.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire at 3850 Houston Street.  According to a press release, when firefighters arrived they found the home heavily involved with fire. No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The home was heavily damaged by the fire and a house next door also suffered some damage. Evidence at the scene indicates the fire was deliberately set, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Melissa Ringhardt, the babysitter on duty at the time of 5-year-old Vidor resident John “Johnny” Read’s accidental shooting death in October 2013, has been located and arrested by deputies of the Pope County Sheriff’s Department in Russellville, Arkansas, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Beaumont Police Department

At about 9:29 p.m. last night, patrol officers responded to a reported shooting at the Lancaster Cornwall Apartments located at the corner of Dowlen Rd. and Phelan Blvd. According to a press release, when officers arrived, they found two 18-year-old brothers suffering from non-life threatening injuries they claim occurred in an alleged robbery attempt.

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The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans

In a decision by Judge Jennifer Elrod, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit lifted the district court’s injunction Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, allowing HB 2 to immediately go into effect.

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Curtis Breaux, Kaylee Breaux, Alex Breaux and Lisa Breaux

The Crime Stoppers of Jefferson and Hardin counties awarded Kaylee Breaux with the 2014 Larry Beaulieu Scholarship.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 1, at approximately 10:53 p.m. officers responded  to 1650 W. Cardinal (Express Mart #29) in reference to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred.

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Beaumont Fire and Rescue

Update: At approximately 1:15 PM, Centerpoint Energy was able to stop the natural gas leak on Pine Street near the Beaumont Country Club. The evacuation of the country club has been lifted.

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Rugg (Texas State Bar photo)

Political commentary by Don Dodd

His campaign signs and advertisements always label Tom Rugg a Republican, and he often proudly wears the signature “Republican red.”  He poses with his fellow Republican candidates with the hope of fooling the red party faithful.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Thursday, Sept. 30, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.

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Since 1984, the Ben Rogers Employment Training Facility in Beaumont has functioned as a place for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire valuable work skills and learn a work ethic essential to becoming productive members of society.

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