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The annual Texas Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup is scheduled for this Saturday, September 26, 2015 at McFadden Beach, from 9 a.m. to noon. The program, which relies heavily on volunteers, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches.

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Kerry Hampshire

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:39 p.m., an off-duty officer working security at Classic Chevrolet on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont heard loud banging inside the new construction area, according to a press release.

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Investigators with the Orange Police Department are looking for the man who robbed the Qwick Stop #4 on 16th Street on Sept. 22, OPD reports.

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Michael Garrett rode to the top of the flagpole using a city bucket truck.

City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation employees changed out the old, faded city and U.S. flags for new, vibrantly colored ones at Delia Harrington Park in downtown Beaumont. Tony Lasalle; Michael Garrett, rode to the top of the flagpole using a city bucket truck; and Troy Landry worked as a team to ensure the U.S. flag never touched the ground. The national symbol that has long flown above the park in downtown Beaumont will be given to a local Boy Scout troop to be properly retired.

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This Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) invited the public come to one of the almost 5,000 collection sites around the nation to return all unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe and anonymous disposal during the the agency's 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in the past five years. 

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Pinehurst residents and law enforcers gathered at the Pinehurst police station on Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, to honor and pray for law enforcement officers during a period when violence against police regularly makes national headlines, reports Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer.

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The Beaumont Police Department and Beaumont Animal Services are teaming up with Crime Stoppers to combat animal abuse and neglect.

The reorganization and enhancement of Animal Services, with Crime Stoppers on board, will give citizens a better resource for reporting animal cruelty and abuse anonymously. A unit is being assigned to caring and adopting out animals, while another will be strictly tasked with addressing animal abuse complaints, with a detective designated specifically to investigating these crimes. 

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Investigators with the Orange Police and Fire Departments are investigating a Sept. 20 fire at a vacant residence on Decatur Avenue that they believe was the result of arson, OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave reports.

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Boll Weevil

The state of Texas has taken the fight to the enemy and on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, announced a victory over its foe — boll weevils.

In a press release, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller reported that the West Texas Maintenance Area has been declared eradicated, and the Northern Backlands, Southern Backlands, Upper Coastal Bend and South Texas Winter Garden zones have been deemed functionally eradicated. Texas ranks No. 1 nationally for cotton production, and this announcement comes as a milestone in the efforts to eliminate the boll weevil from Texas.

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David Slaughter, 21; Robert Edward Fregia, 50; and Koice Bryan Grubbs, 47

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at 10:44 p.m., officers were dispatched to Raceway at 4205 College in reference to a robbery. Officers were advised that three men beat up and robbed a 48-year-old male victim.

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