Beaumont

United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the strategic Port of Beaumont during a naming ceremony at the port March 3. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, it is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet.

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A Beaumont woman was indicted for deadly conduct by a Jefferson County grand jury March 8 for allegedly firing a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson multiple times toward her ex-husband who, she told an officer, had "screwed her out of so much," according to a probable cause affidavit for her arrest. Lois Gayle Fontenot, 65, faces third-degree felony charges for the Feb. 7 incident, which she reportedly called "a crazy moment."

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A Beaumont man has been arrested and was indicted March 8 for his suspected role in a game room robbery that occurred Jan. 4, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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On Tuesday, March 7, about 12:20 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to the 5600 block of Forest Glade in reference to multiple calls of shots fired, Officer Haley Morrow reported.

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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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Acting United States Attorney Brit Featherston announced Feb. 23 that four Southeast Texas men have been charged in a federal robbery conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

According to complaints filed in federal court, Micah Ledell Johnson, 37, of Humble; Darrell Paul Williams, 36, of Beaumont; Gerrick Leon Wade, 36, of Houston; and Eric Ray Johnson, 36, of Houston, are alleged to be involved in a conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by robbery in Beaumont, Corpus Christi and the Houston metro area.

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One of the $100 prop bills now in the possession of BPD.

Beaumont police received six reports from local businesses this week about customers attempting to make purchases using cinematic prop money, all $100 bills, Officer Haley Morrow said.

Possession of prop money is not a crime, since it is clearly labeled “for movie use only,” Morrow explained. However, once someone tries to use the prop money as real cash, “it would be considered forgery, which is a third-degree felony,” she said.

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“I’ve always been interested in World War II, but I wanted to get a better understanding of what these guys really went through,” says 19-year-old Rishi Sharma of Los Angeles.

“About a year and a half ago,” he said, “I started riding my bike to senior homes to talk to veterans of World War II, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

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Beaumont election deadline arrives

Beaumont City Clerk Tina Broussard has rejected the application of would-be mayoral candidate Hani

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