Jimmy Singletary

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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How many pets makes too many? And how do you reduce the number of unwanted pets?

The Beaumont City Council is considering making some relatively major changes to the city’s animal care ordinance, and some minor ones, as well. During a work session following the city council meeting Jan. 10, the council addressed some of those changes, including name changes and increases in pet limits and adoption fees.

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A local man is concerned with the potential lack of police presence at Parkdale Mall this holiday season after the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) pulled out of its substation earlier this year. But police say the closing of the substation has not negatively impacted crime in the shopping center as patrolmen are always close at hand and extra units are currently assigned to protect Christmas shoppers and others.

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In another recent attack against law enforcement officers, an assailant carrying an assault rifle and a pistol, with a backup assault rifle reportedly hidden in his car, shot and killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on July 17 before he was taken down.

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that an average of 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported in September 2015 that an estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S.

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Michael R. Siebe, the central figure in the worst scandal in the history of the Beaumont Police Department, is scheduled to be released from federal custody Nov. 1.

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