Beaumont

Police in Beaumont are searching for masked suspects who robbed a group playing dice at a local residence May 24, reports Beaumont Police Department (BOD) Officer Carol Riley.

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State District Judge Larry Gist of the Drug Impact Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced John Toran, 40, to 25 years in prison on May 22, announced Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham.

Information presented in court indicates that on April 5, 2016, Beaumont Police Officers R. Dommert and C. Wier were conducting a routine traffic stop in Beaumont. John Toran, the defendant, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Pursuant to a consensual search of the vehicle, the officers discovered 34 grams of concealed cocaine. 

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Returning Beaumont City Council members welcomed a new member to the council during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on May 16 during which each took the oath of office, assuming responsibility for their constituencies and promising to faithfully serve the municipality in which they live.

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ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery at 1795 Burt St. in downtown Beaumont

During a meeting May 9, the Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s industrial district agreement with ExxonMobil and approved abatements requested by the company for new local expansion.

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Mandie Peel celebrates with family at Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country.

Seeking – and garnering – re-election in the city of Beaumont were At-Large Council members Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright and W.L. Pate, and Mayor Becky Ames.

New to the City Council dais will be Ward 1 representative Virginia Jordan, who handily took a majority vote from incumbent Claude Guidroz.

Guidroz said his good-byes during Beaumont City Council on Tuesday, May 9. All incoming and re-elected Beaumont City Council members will be sworn into office May 16.

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In celebration of Law Day, which is celebrated nationally each year on May 1, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Jefferson County Young Lawyers' Association honored the achievements of local attorneys and friends of the profession, including Beaumont Police Department Chief Jimmy Singletary, who received the Liberty Bell Award during a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse Jury Impaneling Room on May 5.

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Tom Arrington

John Thomas “Tom” Arrington, 78, died April 17, 2017.

From a humble beginning in the hills of Fayette County, West Virginia, Tom Arrington’s early life mirrored that of Homer Hickam’s in the movie “October Sky,” with one notable exception: Tom’s father did not want him to follow his footsteps into the coal mine, and he actually encouraged him to further his education. So Tom pursued his interest in science and mathematics, claimed Mountaineer status, and earned a chemistry degree.

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Marcus McLellan reports deputies in the department are investigating an apparent self-inflicted shooting that occurred May 4.

According to McLellan, JCSO responded to a call of a self-inflicted gunshot at 3410 North Twin City Hwy. in Nederland. Upon arrival, deputies found a male subject on the floor of the residence with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound. The male subject was transported by Acadian EMS to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont where he remains in critical condition. 

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At approximately 7:19 p.m. on April 28, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 2070 Oakland. When firefighters arrived, they found the structure fully involved by flames. Firefighters made a defensive attack and were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes. The building appears to have been vacant with no utilities connected. The fire appears to be deliberate, and the building is a total loss.

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Joseph Colone Jr. asserts he’s an innocent man in search of justice, but Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Pat Knauth outlined a case before 252nd District Judge Raquel West’s court on Tuesday, April 25, set to invoke the death penalty as the preferred outcome of justice in this case. Testimony is still ongoing, and will proceed into next week.

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