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Multiple Southeast Texas law enforcement agencies worked together to execute an operation that led to the apprehension of four bank robbery conspiracy suspects, one of whom is a Beaumont resident wanted in Jefferson County for murder, the Beaumont Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas have reported.

The Beaumont Police Department first gave news of the arrest of the four men, identified as Micah Johnson, 37, of Humble; Eric Johnson, 36, of Houston; Gerrick Wade, 36, of Houston; and Darrel Williams, 36, of Beaumont.

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When the halftime shows end at the close of football season, competition season begins for the Nederland Westernaires drill team. There is little time to waste when preparing to go up against some of the largest schools in the Houston area at Regionals. The team of 44 Nederland High School students practice and polish routines ranging from Pom, Kick, Military, Jazz, Ensembles and more and then show off their precision, technique, choreography and grace to a panel of judges. Some schools at these Regionals have more than 100 dancers on their teams.

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NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

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Beaumont City Council approved rezoning

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Beaumont City Council approved a resolution of support for establishing a new, municipal management district that could lead to residential and retail development on property at the corner of Dowlen and Delaware. The council also approved rezoning that will lead to the development of a new shopping center and residential area on Major Drive near Village Drive.

New municipal management district

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CommunityBank of Texas and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded $10,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Legacy Community Development Corporation on Feb. 28 to benefit affordable home development.

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After a few withdrawals from the race for Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees, district election coordinator Georgia Antoine announced Feb. 24 that a “final list” of candidates has been forged. According to Antoine, Feb. 24 marked the “last day for a candidate to withdraw” for the upcoming May 6 election.

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Gayle Botley

“Dishonesty” and “a lack of fitness” are just some of the reasons the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy contend former Beaumont ISD auditor Gayle Botley should have his Texas CPA license revoked, pay administrative costs of at least $14,669, and pony up an additional $25,000 administrative penalty. 

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“The death is on our hands,” Orange County Judge Brint Carlton said.

Carlton was speaking about the death of inmate Robert Montano, who was held in the county jail “observation bubble” on suspicion of bath salts intoxication for four days in 2011 until he died of renal failure. Carlton confirmed that no evidence has even been produced to show that Montano was ever under the influence of any intoxicant, but he was instead a diagnosed mental health patient without prescribed medication.

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Representatives of the City of Vidor surprised Vidor police Sgt. Aleta Cappen at the Vidor City Council meeting Feb. 23 when they honored her by naming the city’s new radio tower after the officer, who worked diligently to secure grants for the project.

City Manager Mike Kunst said they got Cappen to attend the meeting but didn’t tell her she would be recognized at the assembly.

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Helen Louise Cox

Hardin County grand jurors indicted former Lumberton band booster treasurer Helen Louise Cox for a second-degree felony theft. This new indictment replaces the original, lesser third-degree felony charge. 

A second-degree felony conviction can result in two to 20 years of imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

The indictment filed Feb. 16, alleges that Cox stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from the band booster club’s account from May 25, 2016, to Oct. 18, 2016.

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