Attorney

Former Beaumont ISD attorney Melody Chappell

While she says it isn’t set in stone – at least not for another month or so – former Beaumont ISD attorney Melody Chappell has tentatively announced intentions to run for the elected office that will be left vacant as Jefferson County 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd retires at the end of his current term.

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More than three years after a violent drunken-driving collision left several wounded and thousands of dollars in damages, Jefferson County attorney Dane Dennison was ordered this past week to begin serving a sentence handed down prior to the defendant exhausting his appeals process. 

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Deputies have arrested three suspects related to the May 8 kidnapping and burglary of Orange attorney Jim Sharon Bearden Jr., reported Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Captain Cliff Hargrave. 

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Port Arthur Police Department are investigating the reported kidnapping and robbery of an Orange attorney that is said to have occurred in the early morning hours of May 8, said OCSO.

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It’s been a year since Beaumont attorney Dane Dennison was sentenced to serve two years probation in lieu of 180 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,500, and report for seven days in jail after being found guilty of a misdemeanor DWI charge that resulted in a car crash injuring fellow motorists. Although the appeals process has kept the officer of the court from fulfilling the judicial order to date, in an opinion released Jan.

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The Jefferson County Grand Jury has indicted Beaumont attorney Kenneth Leigh Parker Jr. for tampering with a governmental record, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office reported Jan. 13.

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Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas will honor Pat and Tommy Frank.

At a City Council meeting Nov. 1, Mayor Becky Ames proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, “Harvest of Hope Day” in Beaumont and recognized Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas and its honorees Pat and Tommy Frank for their philanthropic efforts in the local community.

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Dane Dennison (left) with his attorney James Makin

A Jefferson County jury took less than 30 minutes to return a guilty verdict in the DWI trial of local attorney Dane Dennison on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Jan. 14 that a Beaumont attorney was sentenced to 12 months in prison for failing to file his federal income tax return.

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