Paul Lawrence Curtis (left) and Leonard George Curtis

Two arrests resulted from an incident in which an allegedly intoxicated driver with minor passengers in the vehicle struggled with police attempting to determine the man’s sobriety.

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Two former Beaumont Independent School District employees pleaded guilty in federal court April 14 to allegations of embezzling or conspiring to embezzle more than $4 million dollars from the local school district.

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Cody Jamar Lewis

UPDATE: At about 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, acting on a Crime Stoppers Tip, fugitive task force members located and arrested Cody Lewis in Pennington, Texas, about 157 miles northeast of Beaumont just off U.S. 287.

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UPDATE 3 – Mike Neil's comments: Current BISD Board Trustee Mike Neil said Monday, April 14, in a 12:50 p.m. press conference at the BISD Administration Building, “This is a huge victory. There is no reason to appeal; Putting a conservator in is exactly what needs to be done. I wish they would have come in sooner.

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In a press release, Texas Education Agency Director of Communications Gene Acuña attempted to “provide some perspective” regarding the tele-town hall meeting Thursday, April 10, April 10. The stated goal of the telephone-based town hall was to hear specifically from community members about issues surrounding the Beaumont Independent School District.

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