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Staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas received accolades for their exceptional work from Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards ceremony on Sep. 10 in Washington D.C.

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Naomi Lawrence Lee

An indictment was issued for former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing director Naomi Lawrence-Lee on Wednesday, Sept. 10, charging the ex-school district employee with fraudulently obtaining money from the public entity’s coffers.

Lawrence-Lee, 43, was fired from BISD on April 8, but has been on administrative leave since January 2014.

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Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release that the July term Grand Jury has completed its investigation into the death of Stanley Leger and has voted to take no action against the officers involved.

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Port Arthur Police Department

On Wednesday, Sept 10, at 11:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 2310 Birch St. in reference to a missing person. Family members reported the disappearance of a 16-year-old male who was last seen leaving the residence on a motorcycle. Officers searched throughout the night without finding the missing person.

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Batiste Joseph Breaux

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release, that a Beaumont man has been found guilty of Capital Murder in the Aug. 5, 2008, shooting deaths of two brothers following a four day trial in the 252nd District Court of Jefferson County. 

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Jefferson County issued a beach advisory for McFaddin Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Water samples collected at the point of the beach closest to the entrance of the National Wildlife Refuge found elevated levels of the Enterococcus bacteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers anything over 104 colonies to be unsafe.

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In an effort to combat prescription drug abuse and addiction, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is taking measures to increase penalties associated with illegal use of certain prescription medications and to make it easier for people to dispose of their unused medications after discontinuing use.

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In an Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Sept. 8, commissioners voted to approve a pay raise for Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt, a pay raise for which Merritt has been fighting for about three years.

Orange County uses the Matrix system, a pay system that charts county salaries and divides officials into terms based on the longevity of service. The system determines pay rates and pay raises.

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The city of Beaumont approved a resolution adopting the Beaumont Riverfront Reinvestment Zone Project Plan, which will encourage development along the Neches riverfront at a Tuesday, Sept. 9, meeting of the Beaumont City Council.

The riverfront development, which has been a goal of the city for many years, was made possible with the removal of around 9,300 feet of railroad track between Riverfront Park and the Beaumont Civic Center by the Port of Beaumont.

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Beaumont Fire Rescue will host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 11:00 a.m. at number one fire station, 747 College Street in Beaumont. Beaumont Police and EMS personnel will also participate, as well as military personnel. "This is a time to pause and remember the events of 9/11/2001 and also recognize our local first responders and military," the news release from Beaumont Fire Rescue reads.

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