Former Beaumont Independent School District superintendent Carrol Thomas was at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, but the out-of-towner wasn’t there to vote. Instead, Thomas bypassed the polling booths and headed straight to the elevators where he went to the third floor grand jury room.

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K. Broussard, J. Broussard, Clevenger

Even after numerous public intoxication arrests of suspected phencyclidine users in Orange, the steadily rising trend of the deadly drug’s use within the city shows no signs of slowing. Police officers with the Orange Police Department made three arrests of suspected PCP users in two separate incidents over the course of two days, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, according to incident reports.

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The Examiner had the unique and exciting opportunity Friday, Oct. 17, to visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation Houston Division office and speak to new Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner. FBI Director James B. Comey named Turner SAC of the Houston Division in July. The Houston field office covers 40 counties and includes five satellite offices, known as resident agencies; Beaumont is one of them.

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More than 60 officers from the Beaumont Police Department, the Port Arthur Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies were dispatched Wednesday, Oct. 29, to serve search and arrest warrants at five local gaming rooms and the home of the head of those establishments, who is alleged to have committed felony acts in connection to ongoing criminal enterprises.

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Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall L. Fluke and Christopher T. Tortorice secured a nearly 20 year prison sentence for Ronald Seabridge Sr., the 60-year-old owner of Lumberton’s Brass Dragon Karate, who was found guilty by a jury Feb. 27, 2014, of receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.

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