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‘Joy Luck Game Room’ after being raided and subsequently closed down

The Beaumont City Council continues to live up to the words of some of its representatives, who have said they will never again allow a gaming site to set up shop in their fair city.

In a unanimous vote Aug. 28, the council denied a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for a gaming facility in a Commercial-Manufacturing District located at 6470 Washington Blvd., just half a mile from Kelly High School.

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) raided a Vidor game room June 4 after receiving numerous complaints from area citizens sick of the gambling den, reports OCSO Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi.

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Police in Beaumont are working to track down two suspects in the latest of a recent rash of game room robberies plaguing Southeast Texas, Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Sgt. Cody Guedry reports.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred Jan. 13 at the Fun Time Game Club located at 1425 College St.

According to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department, officers responded to the game room at about 7:15 p.m. in reference to a robbery in progress. When officers arrived, they were told that at least two black male suspects entered the business wearing all black and armed with handguns. The suspects demanded money from patrons and the business owner, witnesses described. After taking the money, the suspects fled the business on-foot.

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Photo: Chambers County Sheriff's Office

Undercover investigators seized several gambling machines and $15,000 in cash at a gas station game room in Baytown, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a release.

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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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A Port Arthur man arrested during a warrant search at a gaming site at 2680 Washington Blvd. in Beaumont was indicted Aug. 23 for possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found a rubber ball containing “liquid weed” inside the man’s jacket.

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Beaumont City Council members took a firm stance against allowing a new game room to operate near residential neighborhoods on East Lucas.

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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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Port Arthur police officers were dispatched to a "strong arm robbery" at the Ideal Washateria and Gameroom at 1039 10th Avenue on Dec. 12 at 9:37 a.m.

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