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Vidor police arrested one man for strong-arm robbery on June 1 after he allegedly assaulted a security officer attempting to prevent the suspect from shoplifting at Wal-Mart. A customer of the store assisted in detaining the suspect until police arrived.

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Police arrested a 22-year-old Vidor resident on May 31 after finding a small amount of methamphetamine hidden in the man's sock, officers report.

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Press release from TxDOT:

Beginning Monday, June 9, the Texas Department of Transportation will host a series of 25 statewide public meetings to welcome citizens’ feedback on a long-range plan for the state’s future transportation needs. A meeting will be held in Beaumont Tuesday, June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission.

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Valero presented Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School with a $20,000 donation Monday, June 2, to assist with the school’s rebuilding efforts following a March 18 fire that devastated the facility.

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A Port Arthur man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of his aunt.

Lawrence James Jr., 44, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury May 17, 2012 for murder, a first-degree felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police discovered the body of Bettye Loretta Davis in a state of decomposition inside her home on March 30, 2012.

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Two Southeast Texas companies, ExxonMobil and Invista, were hit with fines for air pollution violations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) amounting to a combined total of $100,626.

This was part of a larger statewide effort by the TCEQ. According to the agency, a total of 42 regulated entities were fined $540,711 for a variety of violations.

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Commissioners proclaimed June “Men’s Health Month” in a Monday, June 2, meeting of the Orange County Commissioners Court.

Representatives from Gift of Life visited the court to promote their prostate cancer initiative, which raises awareness and offers free prostrate cancer screenings among other health screenings to eligible men in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange.

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Jefferson County Commissioners honored Deputy in Corrections John Austin who, after more than 26 years of dedicated service to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, is retiring.

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The city of Beaumont has encountered a few snags in their ongoing road projects, at least one of which could result in a lawsuit against the engineering firm, who did not include sidewalks that were compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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A group protesting the reduction in force (RIF) currently underway in the Beaumont Independent School District rallied at Roger’s Park on Wednesday, June 4, to try to bring a stop BISD administration trying to address the current school district deficit by eliminating roughly 300 educator jobs.

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