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Paying tribute to the fallen heroes whose sacrifices paved the way for America’s freedom and who have given their lives to protect this nation and its citizens is important to Southeast Texans as evidenced by the many Memorial Day community celebrations across the area commemorating those brave souls.

Beaumont

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Julius Bell

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 17-year-old Julius Bell of Beaumont, Sept. 20, for engaging in organized criminal activity, a state jail felony, after police reportedly caught Bell and two others with items burgled from nearby vehicles last year.

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The meeting was held at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
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Tensions flared in the county courthouse during the Bevil Oaks City Council’s public meeting Sept. 19.

Residents interrupted the session with yelling and threats to sue the city if later they were unable to qualify for a FEMA buyout program not yet in place, despite repeated efforts by the city attorney Dru Montgomery to save public comments until the end of the session.

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Ward 1 Councilwoman Virginia Jordan

The Beaumont City Council unanimously denied a Specific Use Permit (SUP) that would allow gaming machines at a convenience store in a Neighborhood Commercial (NC) District on Sept. 19, but Ward 1 Councilwoman Virginia Jordan says the machines are already there.

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The 2017 Pecan Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, in the auditorium at Groves Elementary, 3901 Cleveland Ave., at 7 p.m. Tickets purchased at the Groves Chamber of Commerce office are  $10 for adults and $5 for students through 12th grade. At the door, tickets are $12 and $6.

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Area doctors from varying cultural backgrounds worked together to overcome physical barriers to provide local residents and first responders with tetanus vaccinations desperately needed following Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding.

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Thursday, Sept. 21, around noon, a fire was reported in the 2900 block of Victoria. The caller said an apartment was on fire but when the fire department arrived, they found a two-story house with fire coming from one of the windows upstairs. The first fire engine on scene, Engine 10, made an interior attack. Fire damage was contained to the second floor. Smoke and water damage were sustained through the rest of the house. All occupants made it out of the residence prior to the fire department arriving but one family pet, a dog, perished.

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hristopher Duane Cartlidge

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly discovered more than 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and “assorted drug paraphernalia” after stopping a man for failing to use his turn signal Sept. 18.

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After allegedly striking another driver in the head with a lug wrench, a suspect fleeing from the road rage incident then reportedly attempted to run over the Vidor police chief, who was directing detoured traffic following an 18-wheeler fire on I-10 Sept. 11.

The suspect’s story was that whiskey and a woman were to blame for his erratic behavior.

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