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Joshua Melvin Harper

Update:

Police in Orange have apprehended a man who fled from custody early Sept. 26. Police arrested Joshua Melvin Harper at about 10:24 a.m. after he escaped from the back of a patrol car over eight hours earlier.

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Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker is claiming through attorney Dick DeGuerin that the prosecution he now faces in allegations of fraudulently overbilling the school district and the city of Port Arthur amounts to double jeopardy. Furthermore, according to Walker’s attorney, the close ties shared between the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Beaumont U.S.

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Justin Book and Treyvon Cunningham

Beaumont Police believe they have found the men responsible for a string of more than 70 Beaumont metal thefts.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I have a problem. I love barbecue. I love it so much I travel around the state of Texas, most of the time with my kids in tow, to the legendary and not yet legendary barbecue joints around this great state. Planning vacations around dining at places that mainly serve lunch has its challenges, especially when you try and hit multiple locations in one day, but it is more than worth it. If that is not enough, on weekends I’m not traveling, I’m either cooking or judging barbecue.

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By Brandi Haskett and Lauren Dodd

Richard’s Café will warm your soul and fill your belly. Near downtown Beaumont, Richard’s is just a couple blocks south of Interstate 10 on Magnolia Street. They offer made-from-scratch dishes that will transport you back to grandma’s kitchen.

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photo by Kevin King

CNL Healthcare Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on senior housing and healthcare facilities, has acquired a portfolio of two specialty hospitals and three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals for approximately $131.1 million — including Victory Medical Center in Beaumont.

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Beaumont has been awarded Bronze Scenic City certification by Scenic Texas. Beaumont is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period.

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In February 2012, by a 97 percent majority vote, the congregation of Beaumont’s First Baptist Church chose to sell their historic property in downtown Beaumont and relocate to Beaumont’s West End. June 2014 the church broke ground at their new acreage at Folsom and Major Drive. The week of Sept. 29, the church lays a new physical foundation for its fifth major building enterprise in the church’s 142-year history.

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Deranza M Guillory

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Beaumont Police officers responded to a reported shooting at 1075 Pinchback. According to a press release, officers located a 31-year-old Beaumont resident lying in the grass near a parking lot with one gunshot wound to the lower side of his waist.

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One man is dead and another has been booked in the Jefferson County Jail on charges of murder following a confrontation gone too far at the Port Arthur Townhomes, located behind Central Mall, Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 23.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Port Arthur Police were dispatched to 3500 Turtle Creek Drive, The Port Arthur Townhomes, in reference to a fight in progress. While officers were en route, additional calls came in advising that a subject had been shot, Port Arthur Police stated in a press release.

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