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The Ridgewood Retirement Community caught ablaze Saturday evening about 5:30 p.m.

Flames did not spread through the entire facility, but could be seen shooting from the 9th Street side of the complex about 6:30 p.m. 

BFD spokesman Brad Pennison said there were vagrants in the area when the fire started and several eyewitnesses said homeless people had settled in the largely abandoned facility. 

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FBI agents raided the homes of Naomi Lawrence-Lee and William "Bo" Kelley early this morning. 

Agents would not comment as they exited Lawrence-Lee's home, but loaded numerous boxes into a sedan before leaving. 

Lee is BISD's assistant director of finance/purchasing.

Agents were inside Lawrence-Lee's home from about 8:30 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.

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photos by Clay Thorp

Amid the buzzing and whizzing of tiny propellers and some not-so-small helicopter blades, it’s a bit hard to hear a pilot tell the story of their latest, greatest miniature flyer. At the gathering of the Beaumont Radio Control Club on Folsom Drive each Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., some of the aircraft are small. Some are large. All are big fun.

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Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams met with Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Timothy Chargois and Board of Trustee members Thursday, April 3, at the Region 5 Education Service Center. Williams scheduled time to speak with the school district representatives in the wake of a scathing financial audit report issued by the TEA on April 1 wherein investigators advised the TEA Commissioner to appoint a Board of Managers to take the place of the current elected Trustee members.

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Josh Manaway Jr. is still at large

Arrest warrants have been issued for three men accused of the theft and destruction of the statue “The Family,” a bronze work created by David Cargill that once stood at the Port Arthur Public Library.

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Dominique Reed

UPDATE: Detectives do not feel the shooting death of Dominique Reed was a random act, Beaumont Police said in a press release, adding that Reed and her unidentified killer likely had a "prior connection." 

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A tractor trailer traveling on Interstate 10 was severely damaged in accident, according to Beaumont police officers at the scene of the incident that occurred near the Downtown exit from Interstate 10 going into Beaumont at approximately 2:45 a.m.

The driver was unhurt, but reportedly told police he was driving on the interstate and struck a road sign. One officer said they are still investigating and do not yet know where the big rig collided with the road sign on the highway.

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Connor Bordelon-Ross (center) performs in the Lamar Drumline.

Junior music major Connor Bordelon-Ross always keeps the beat. His long fingers constantly tap out a tune as he talks about his passion for percussion and his experiences in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University.

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Sondra and Chad Reed

The Board Of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District took action against two educators formerly employed by the district at its regular meeting Thursday, March 27. The board unanimously voted to approve the termination of former elementary school teacher Sondra Reed and the resignation of her husband, junior high school teacher Chad Reed, whose terminations were approved by the board Jan.

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