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Jason Satchell

On August 16 at about 2:00 a.m., a Chambers County deputy observed a motorcycle operated in an unsafe manner, westbound on I-10 near FM 3180 in Chambers County, Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne said in a release.

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Vernon S. Benoit

On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, of Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

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Following a recent series of violent incidents centered in the city of Beaumont, a federal grand jury in Jefferson County has indicted 32 individuals, many with alleged gang ties, on various charges, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston reported Aug. 15.

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Police arrested a Vidor man Aug. 14 after he reportedly struck a vehicle from behind, bolted from the scene of the accident and then assaulted a responding officer who followed a trail of car parts to find the fleeing suspect.

According to a report from the Vidor Police Department, a caller reported that while stopped at the intersection of Old Highway 90 East and the I-10 service road in his Ford F-150, a silver Nissan Versa struck his vehicle from behind and kept driving.

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James David Vosburgh

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted James David Vosburgh, 52, of China for alleged criminal mischief.

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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Friday, Aug. 11, the appointment of two new members to the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) Board of Managers. The seven-member board was reduced by the resignation of Dr. Jimmy Simmons, Lenny Caballero and Jack Carroll last month.

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While the district as a whole “met standard,” multiple Beaumont ISD campuses were rated as “improvement required” in the 2017 accountability reports released Tuesday, Aug. 15.Smith, MLK and South Park middle schools all require improvement. Vincent, Odom, and Marshall middle schools met standard.Caldwood, Pietzch-MacArthur, Blanchette, Martin, Jones-Clark, Charlton Pollard and Fehl elementary schools are all rated improvement required. Curtis, Fletcher, Guess, Amelia, Regina, Homer and Dishman elementary schools met standard.

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She was a pioneer at the Beaumont Police Department, the first woman police officer to make the force. She spearheaded the genesis of what would become the Special Crimes Unit at BPD, headed the ID Department, oversaw personnel, and spent decades in a role traditionally off-limits to the fairer sex – serving as a “she-ro” and role model for little girls who wanted to pursue the same.

Still, according to Ella “Faye” Ford Woodsmall, she never intended to make history – she just wanted to be able to support herself and her two young daughters.

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Photo by Eleanor Skelton

Several local groups gathered in the summer twilight outside Orange City Hall on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Shelby Smith, who kickstarted the Golden Triangle Indivisible group with the women’s march back in January, explained that the candlelight service commemorated “those who have died at the hands of racism” and also demanded justice for victims of hate after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where counterprotesters clashed with white nationalists and other right-wing groups Saturday, Aug. 12.

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The Vidor Lions Club is taking applications for veteran names to be engraved on the upright military granite stones at the Veteran’s Park “Fields of Freedom” through Sept. 15, and is offering the public other opportunities to honor beloved veterans at the park, Joanne Ledger says.

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