The News

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was called out in reference to a missing person Monday evening, June 14, near the Jefferson County Remote Aircraft Field located off Highway 347. Officers were searching for 56-year-old Stephen Shoemaker, of Port Arthur, at the time. He was last seen at the airfield looking for a remote airplane that had crashed in the nearby woods and when he did not return home, a search was started.

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Winners of the Press Club of Southeast Texas' 20th annual Newsmaker of the Year and Excellence in the Media awards were announced Friday, June 3 at the annual media banquet. This year's banquet also featured the Newsmaker of the Decade award. For 2010 Newsmaker of the Year, Mike Getz was honored for his work in passing a Beaumont Independent School District petition to include a referendum on the May 2011 ballot to change the BISD board's electoral system from seven single-member districts to five single districts with two at-large positions.

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Shortly after midnight Friday, June 3, Beaumont police detectives received information that two capital murder suspects wanted in Frisco may be in the city. Detective acted immediately and went to a home in the 5700 block of Falcon where a vehicle registered to one of the suspects was seen in the driveway. The suspects, identified as 20-year-old Raymond Anthony Washington and17-year-old Daniel James Ramsour, both of McKinney were wanted as suspects for the shooting death of 30-year-old Andre Currier in front of a Wal-Mart in Frisco two days earlier.

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After meeting in closed session for nearly five hours Tuesday, May 31, Orange County Commissioners decided to close the county’s veterans service office until at least Tuesday, June 7, while an investigation is being conducted in the department. As revealed by the length of time needed to discuss the matter, closing the office - even temporarily - was no easy decision, County Judge Carl Thibodeaux told The Examiner.

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The city's Parks & Recreation Department will again hold its Summer Food Program for kids age 18 and younger. The program begins June 6 and runs through Aug. 12. There will be no service on Monday, July 4.

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