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In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2012, as lounge owner Hieu Huynh and his wife Loan Tran exited their karaoke bar Nikki’s Lounge on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, a tragic turn of events transpired that would ultimately end Huynh’s life at 62 years old.

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Press release from the Beaumont Police Department:

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Convicted murderer Brandon Tran, 20, received a life sentence on Oct. 23 for the 2012 murder of Nikki's Lounge owner, 62-year-old Hieu Huynh. Tran was also ordered to pay $10,000.
A jury found Tran guilty of felony murder on Oct. 22. Tran was originally charged with capital murder for the crime.
Tran will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

See related story at http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/killer-faces-life-prison-parole-afte....

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Press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office:

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced today that Scott Allen Wills, Jr., 23, of Beaumont, has been sentenced to 70 years in prison following his conviction yesterday by a Jefferson County jury.

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Mike and Milly Dougay, or as their grandchildren affectionately call them, Boogie and Tootsie, have a reputation for bringing delicious cuisine and signature recipes to Southeast Texas. As the former owners of The Tamale Company and Willy Ray’s BBQ, these two know a little something about good food and fast service.

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Jefferson County announced the mailing of the 2014 tax bills Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Tax Office collects for 27 jurisdictions that include the county, cities, school districts and special districts located throughout Jefferson County. The 2014 tax levy for all 27 jurisdictions is $528,355,018. There are 152,823 different accounts on the tax roll.

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) joined by the Kountze Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, bike enthusiasts and community members Friday, Oct. 17, celebrated the opening of the long-awaited Hardin County Hike and Bike Trail.

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Leaders of CommunityBank made their rounds around Beaumont with fat checks for local charitable organizations in an effort to give back to the community that they say has supported their business throughout the years.

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Christus Health Southeast Texas hosted a Community Planning Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 14, ahead of the new period of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, set to begin Nov. 15 and last 90 days. The luncheon invited community leaders from all over Southeast Texas to learn about the Affordable Care Act, a national health reform law and federal statute passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama, how it works and how they can identify the uninsured and help them get covered.

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