Harvey recovery continues

AG says 127 Texas businesses gouged

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division sent notices of violations to 127 Texas businesses accused of price gouging during the state of disaster declared for Hurricane Harvey. All of the cases involve consumer complaints against gas stations that allegedly charged $3.99 or higher for a gallon of unleaded gasoline or diesel.

Armon "Lee" Tillery

When 48-year-old Armon “Lee” Tillery was arrested and charged with 18 counts of felony criminal activity, including possession and promotion of child pornography, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, following a grand jury indictment, it wasn’t the first time this year the laid-off welder was arrested on suspicion of lewd behavior with children.

In fact, Tillery has been out of jail on bond since February for separate criminal charges alleging the sale, distribution or display of harmful material to a minor.

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“My name is Katie, and I’m staying in the Family Services Women & Children’s Shelter with my four children this Christmas. Here’s why …

“My father routinely beat my mother. I saw and heard these beatings, and so it became my normal. It’s not surprising that at 32, I was in an abusive relationship.


A 67-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Nov. 2.

Cody Edward Drawhorn

A 27-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Nov. 2.

Cody Edward Drawhorn pleaded guilty on Mar. 20 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

Sal Guerrero and Bob Wortham

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation held its annual Fiesta Breakfast at Casa Olé in the Target Shopping Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and, thanks to support from the community, met its fundraising goal of $20,000.

Susie Roebuck Mammography Center

Christus Southeast Texas unveiled the Susie Roebuck Mammography Center on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at its Southeast Texas Outpatient Center – Mid County location.

Willie Paul Rideaux | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Handgun seized during investigation | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 1 around 11 a.m., narcotics detectives from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigated a narcotics complaint in the 4300 block of Houston Street in Beaumont.

Detectives conducted surveillance in the area near a specific house. Detectives stopped a vehicle leaving the house for a traffic violation on Marie Street.

During the traffic stop, Detectives observed a semi auto handgun in the vehicle. The driver was identified as Willie Paul Rideaux, 38, of Beaumont. Rideaux is a convicted felon and prohibited by law to be in possession of a firearm.

Photo: Chambers County Sheriff's Office

Undercover investigators seized several gambling machines and $15,000 in cash at a gas station game room in Baytown, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a release.


Starting at 7am Oct. 25, 11th Street at Fannett Road will have one lane closed to all northbound traffic, the City of Beaumont announced.

The right turn lane on Fannett Road heading southwest will also be closed to traffic.