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A packed house welcomed District Fire Chief John Seamans from the Houston Fire Department at the LIT Foundation’s 14th Salute to Real American Heroes on Sept. 11.

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The Beaumont A&M Club will honor four local teachers for exceptional educational accomplishments at the 55th annual Classroom Teacher Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Parish Hall of St. Jude Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys, Beaumont.Chairman of the Beaumont A&M Club’s Classroom Teacher Awards, Michael Wolf, announced the following honorees of the Club’s 2014 Outstanding Teacher Awards:

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Motorboat propellers can uproot submerged seagrass.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of a law passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature prohibiting the uprooting of seagrass with the propeller of a boat within the coastal waters of Texas.

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Beaumont Police responded to a reported robbery at the Family Dollar Store located at 1005 Washington Blvd. Wednesday night, Sept. 17 in Beaumont's South End.

At about 9:40 p.m., police arrived and spoke to the store's clerk, who told officers that a man entered the store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled the store on foot. Employees last saw the robber running westbound on Euclid Street behind the store.

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A statue in honor of the late Tim Cole (inset) was dedicated Sept. 17, 2014.

Twenty-eight years to the day after his wrongful conviction of rape, a statue in honor of the late Tim Cole, who was and died in prison in 1999, was dedicated Sept. 17, 2014. Cole, a former Texas Tech student and Army veteran, was granted a posthumous pardon for innocence in 2010.

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A 32-year-old Orange man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced.  

Jason Ryan Bickham pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Sept. 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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A 44-year-old captured fugitive has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal health care fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

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An automobile accident involving three vehicles in Newton County resulted in one death and several injuries, Texas Department of Public Safety reported.

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Police investigating a cell phone theft in Orange on Sept. 16 instead discovered crack cocaine in the possession of a teenage resident of the city, the Orange Police Department reports.

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with conspiring to illegally export laboratory equipment, including items used to detect chemical warfare agents, from the United States to Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday, Sept. 17. 

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