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photo by Lauren Dodd

The city of Beaumont Streets and Drainage and Building Codes departments, Beaumont Fire and Rescue, and Beaumont Police Department responded to a building collapse Monday, Sept. 15 in the 2100 block of Irving Street.

The building, which last housed the old Club Signature — a nightclub that has been closed for several years and fell into disrepair — collapsed around 12:30 p.m, said Capt. Earl White from Beaumont Fire and Rescue. It was tagged as substandard by city officials in 2013, he said.

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Press release from the City of Beaumont:

Beaumont has been awarded Bronze Scenic City certification by Scenic Texas. Beaumont is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period.

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Staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas received accolades for their exceptional work from Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards ceremony on Sep. 10 in Washington D.C.

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Naomi Lawrence Lee

An indictment was issued for former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing director Naomi Lawrence-Lee on Wednesday, Sept. 10, charging the ex-school district employee with fraudulently obtaining money from the public entity’s coffers.

Lawrence-Lee, 43, was fired from BISD on April 8, but has been on administrative leave since January 2014.

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Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release that the July term Grand Jury has completed its investigation into the death of Stanley Leger and has voted to take no action against the officers involved.

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Port Arthur Police Department

On Wednesday, Sept 10, at 11:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 2310 Birch St. in reference to a missing person. Family members reported the disappearance of a 16-year-old male who was last seen leaving the residence on a motorcycle. Officers searched throughout the night without finding the missing person.

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Batiste Joseph Breaux

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release, that a Beaumont man has been found guilty of Capital Murder in the Aug. 5, 2008, shooting deaths of two brothers following a four day trial in the 252nd District Court of Jefferson County. 

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Jefferson County issued a beach advisory for McFaddin Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Water samples collected at the point of the beach closest to the entrance of the National Wildlife Refuge found elevated levels of the Enterococcus bacteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers anything over 104 colonies to be unsafe.

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In an effort to combat prescription drug abuse and addiction, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is taking measures to increase penalties associated with illegal use of certain prescription medications and to make it easier for people to dispose of their unused medications after discontinuing use.

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In an Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Sept. 8, commissioners voted to approve a pay raise for Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt, a pay raise for which Merritt has been fighting for about three years.

Orange County uses the Matrix system, a pay system that charts county salaries and divides officials into terms based on the longevity of service. The system determines pay rates and pay raises.

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