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Federal prosecutors continued calling witnesses to the stand Dec. 9 as the trial alleging Calvin Walker of Walker’s Electric Company defrauded taxpayers and BISD of millions of dollars.

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BEAUMONT – Effective Jan. 1, 2012, Lamar Institute of Technology will become a tobacco-free campus, in an effort to maintain a healthy and safe environment for its students, staff, faculty and visitors.
The Texas State University System has asked for all its colleges and universities to have a tobacco-free policy in place by June 2012.
Smoking or the use of any tobacco product, including smokeless tobacco, will not be permitted in any facility or on the grounds of any LIT campus. The policy will apply to everyone who comes to the campus, including visitors, vendors, contractors, etc.

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Three more witnesses have taken the stand to testify in the federal prosecution of Calvin Walker since the jury returned from a lunch break on the fourth day of testimony in the proceedings. One was an employee for a subcontractor listed by Walker in documents submitted to various entities including a bonding company.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is warning residents across the state of a new e-mail scam is hitting inboxes.

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In the true holiday spirit of giving, someone from the Port Arthur City Hall leaked a rough draft of the city’s performance review to the media. The official, final copy of what is affectionately known as The Mercer Report is expected sometime in January, although there is an outside chance it could be finished and released before the end of the year.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to 297 Pug Road in Vidor to assist the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 with a house fire Tuesday night, Dec. 6. Once deputies arrived on scene, they were alerted that one adult was possibly still inside the burning residence completely engulfed in flames.

When the fire was extinguished, the body of homeowner Howard Asa Baker, 49, was discovered.

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Multiple witnesses took the stand to testify in the federal case alleging Calvin Walker of Walker’s Electric Company fraudulently overcharged the Beaumont Independent School District millions of dollars during the third day of presenting evidence in the proceeding.

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The trial of BISD contract electrician Calvin Walker continued Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Returning to the stand was FBI agent Tim Brewer, who executed a search warrant on Walker's home in 2010. He testified as to evidence collected from the residence before prosecutors called a document analyst to explain to the jury the significance of the materials collected during the seizure of items from Walker's home and business.

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The third day of testimony in the federal court case alleging Calvin Walker of Walker's Electric defrauded taxpayers and BISD began Dec. 7. Still on the stand from yesterday was Chris Rybacki of Summit Electrical Supply, the warehouse Walker reportedly purchased supplies from to complete numerous BISD projects.

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