Texas

CommunityBank of Texas and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded $10,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Legacy Community Development Corporation on Feb. 28 to benefit affordable home development.

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Although Beaumont City Clerk Tina Broussard was required to remove mayoral candidate Hani Tohme from the municipality’s elections ballot due to concerns over voter registration, incumbent Mayor Becky Ames drew competition for the elected post from Jude Paredez and Christopher Jones.

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David Barona (left) and Ivan Link

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested two men and seized approximately six kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop Feb. 7, Deputy Marcus McLellan reports. 

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Deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 36-year-old Kevin S. Edwards of Orange Feb. 5 and charged him with attempted first-degree murder following a shooting that severely injured a Louisiana man who was still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) recovering from surgery Feb. 6, reports the sheriff's office.

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Governor Abbott toured the U.S. - Mexico border with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and discussed the importance of strengthening border security on Feb. 1. During their tour, Governor Abbott reiterated his commitment to be a partner with the administration in efforts to secure the border.

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A Jefferson Count Grand Jury indicted a Port Arthur woman for burglary Jan. 25 following an incident last year during which police allege the woman stole her ex-husband's shotgun, threatened him and others with the weapon and then crashed the golf cart she was operating into a ditch in front of his house.

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A large ring of conspirators syphoned millions of dollars from families of federally incarcerated inmates, promising reduced prison sentences in exchange for hefty payments, according to an indictment that names a Port Arthur man as one of the actors.

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According to information from Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Brit Featherston, a 42-year-old Beaumont-based federal prison chaplain pleaded guilty to bribery on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Eric S. Patrick, of Nederland, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with bribery of a public official before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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Sunday, Jan. 8, Gov. Greg Abbott met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Gov. Greg Abbott met with Her Excellency, Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Houston on Sunday, Jan. 8, to discuss energy, trade relations and commercial ties between Taiwan and the state of Texas. Gov. Abbott and President Tsai discussed ways to increase trade relations with Taiwan, particularly in the exchange of natural gas and agricultural products, of which Taiwan is a major consumer.

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Officers with the Beaumont Police Department Criminal Interdiction Unit discovered 71 bottles of the dangerous drug Promethazine during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 Jan. 5, reports Officer Haley Morrow. 

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