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Beaumont councilman fights gerrymandering, allegations of race baiting

Racial tension and city politics merged this week in Beaumont with Councilman Mike Getz bearing the brunt of the ensuing melee.

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A 37-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Curtis Duane Butcher pleaded guilty on April 19, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute between 100 and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison on Aug. 30, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Ronald Guilbeaux, 53 (born Feb. 11, 1959), last known addresses 902 Fulton in Beaumont and 450 Ozen St., St. Landry, La., was sentenced Friday Aug. 31, to a term of 50 years in the penitentiary in connection with his July 11, 2012, conviction by a jury of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the 2011 rape of a 5-year-old child at his Beaumont residence.

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Beaumont Police welcomed three new officers to the department Thursday, Aug 23: Yatara Martin, James Wesley Powell and John Woods.

Martin has previously worked as a juvenile corrections officer for the Texas Youth Commission and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Lamar University. Martin said she has always wanted to be a police officer.

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Aug. 31 has been a deadly day for some Southeast Texas motorists and very frustrating for many others.

Motorists headed to their destinations were forced to find alternate routes Friday morning after a fatal crash at the base of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge in Beaumont shut down Interstate 10 in both directions.

According to a Beaumont Police Department release, the driver of a GMC pickup truck heading eastbound in the westbound lane of I-10 collided head on with an 18-wheeler at 2:14 a.m.

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Keystone XL pipeline suggests a new course for Labor, Industry

When hundreds packed the convention center in Port Arthur last September for a State Department hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it wasn’t just oil industry functionaries urging government approval for the massive project. An impressive turnout of elected officials from both parties lent their voices to the effort along with workers who would benefit from the thousands of jobs the Keystone construction would create.

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With more and more reports of Southeast Texans doubling as victims of scams, and identity theft and manipulation, area agencies are taking the offensive – targeting scammers and thieves for prosecution, and assisting victims caught up in their webs.

Consumer beware

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Judges say photo ID requirement burden on the poor

 

A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.

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While a little over a hundred people noshed on cookies and water inside the Ozen High School gym for the retirement “Extravaganza” of Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas, some citizens elected to stay out in the heat instead and exercise their First Amendment right of free speech.

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The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, known for its extreme violence and blatant disregard for the law, is in a “state of disarray” thanks to the collective efforts of both state and federal agencies that have worked together to dismantle the statewide gang.

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