The experts of all things scary, Spirit Halloween, plans to raise $15,000 or more this year to purchase items to help ease the fears of children at Baptist Hospital’s Children Emergency Center in Beaumont.

The fundraising effort is part of the Spirit of Children program, which helps the hospital purchase laptops, iPads, arts and crafts, bubble machines, flat screen televisions, medical education dolls and other items to distract kids during what can be an extremely frightening experience.

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John Mason Broadway

A Groves man has pleaded guilty to murdering his close friend in a drug-fueled rage.

Cody Hokett died from a shotgun wound to the chest suffered at John Mason Broadway's former residence at 3131 Cleveland St. in Groves.

Broadway, 27, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 6, 2012, for first degree murder in Hokett's death.

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Kumer Das

Kumer Das, associate professor of mathematics, has been tapped as the director of the newly-established Office of Undergraduate Research. Reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, the research office is temporarily located in the Lucas Engineering building.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to have been selected for this position,” Das said. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working with our students and faculty.”

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A file photo shows a similar theft at Bingman Pre-K Center in Beaumont.

Copper thieves struck yet another area school over the weekend, police reported.

According to Chief Fred Hanauer III of the Pinehurst Police Department, a school official reported the crime Monday morning, Sept. 9, after arriving at the West Orange Elementary School at 2605 MLK Jr. Drive in Pinehurst and discovering the air conditioner was not functional.

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Jeanie Marie Smith Henges

A 38-year-old Beaumont woman has been sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Jeanie Marie Smith Henges pleaded guilty on Nov. 20, 2012 to seven counts of bank fraud and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison Sept. 5 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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