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Beaumont police officers are searching for the driver of car that struck and killed a man in a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident early Tuesday morning, May 24.

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A 28-year-old Orange pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in federal court May 20.  

Riley Rich Gibson, III, also known as Trae Gibson, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark after the judge ruled he was competent to stand trial.

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The Beaumont Police Department announced they have taken 19-year-old Jonathan Benitez into custody regarding the death of 16-year-old Central High School student Mandy Le. Benitez, the driver of the vehicle Le was a passenger in, was charged with manslaughter and was given a $150,000 bond. Benitez was already out on bond relating to an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Examiner previously reported:

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In honor of Memorial Day on May 30, Beaumont Animal Services, a division of the Beaumont Police Department will be honoring all veterans, past and present, with special adoption deals. Beginning May 23, and running through May 31, the adoption fee for cats and dogs will be waived for all veterans.

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Calvin Walker, left, shown here with his daughter

UPDATE:

After spending more than an hour behind closed doors discussing the contract between Walker's Electric and the Beaumont Independent School District, trustees voted to allow the school attorney, Melody Chappell, review invoices and other documents - tabling the issue of whether or not to suspend the relationship between the company and BISD.

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According to news from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday May 9, the agency received a call concerning an auto burglary at the Donut Hole located in the 6300 block of FM 1442.Upon arrival, Deputies met with the caller who reported that her truck had been burglarized and the suspect stole her purse from inside. Deputies were able to view the surveillance camera from the business and observed the suspect to be driving a white and red Ford F-250 truck.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has unsealed a 37-count indictment against Calvin Gary Walker, of Walker's Electric Company, alleging money laundering, fraud, interstate transfer of funds involving fraud and fraud involving an organization that receives federal funding.

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Beaumont police officers responded to a report of a deceased female Sunday morning, May 15, at about 3 a.m at the intersection of Fourth and Angelina streets. The girl was identified as 16-year-old Mandy Tient Le, a Central High School student. An investigation revealed that Le had been a passenger in an Escalade driven by 19-year-old Jonathan Benitez that had been in an accident at the Fifth and South streets intersection. She was partially ejected out of the vehicle and had been decapitated by the guide wire during the crash.

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The city of Orange's newly expanded council is losing long-time incumbent Jimmy Sims, now that he has been bested by challenger Annette Pernell in the race for representative of District 4. School boards in greater Orange made some changes, too. In the West Orange -Cove school district, Tony Dallas will fill a post as at-large representation currently held by Mary Fontenot Hardin, although incumbent Andrew Hayes will remain on board. Voters also elected to approve a bond initiative for a little over $6 million.

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Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.

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