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On Saturday, April 9, at about 11:15 p.m. Beaumont police officers responded to a reported disturbance at a residence in the 1700 block of Lucille.

When officers arrived, they spoke to the victim, a 23-year-old Beaumont woman. The woman said a 31-year-old Beaumont man she is acquainted with came to her residence in the 1700 block of Regent and assaulted her. 

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Four members of the Beaumont Independent School District’s Board of Trustees; the district itself; Superintendent Carrol Thomas; Parsons, the company overseeing the district’s $388.6 million bond initiative; and HRE Inc. are being sued by L&L General Contractors claiming unlawful discrimination, saying it was not awarded a construction contract because its principles are white.

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When the magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated much of northern Japan on March 11, it was a human catastrophe of almost unimaginable proportion. But it was the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that potentially had the greatest implications for the United States and power companies including Entergy that generate significant electricity with nuclear power.

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Despite facing the impact of budget cuts by the Texas Legislature and publicly announcing that “no one in the district, not even the superintendent” would receive a raise this year, Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Jessie Haynes announced on Friday April 8 that she hired an assistant for the communications department.

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Beaumont Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at 110 S. 4th St. shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, to find a patch of wooded brush in the area fully engulfed in flames.

According to reports from the agency, when firefighters arrived, they found a pile of tires on fire inside of a vacant warehouse that was being torn down. A contractor company hired by Moore Supply to tear down an old building behind the business was apparently using a cutting torch and accidentally caught the pile of tires on fire, investigators contend.

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According to information from Orange Police Capt. Cliff Hargrave, on Friday, April 8, the suspect in the attempted murder of an Orange woman, Horace Dempsey, was arrested in Miami, Fl. 

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A 45-year-old man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Robert Emmet Horn, of Sour Lake, pleaded guilty Nov. 22, 2010, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

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The Rev. Mark Smith first met President Bill Clinton in the early ‘90s, when a group of youth led by the pastor performed a musical selection for a White House function while Clinton was still the leader of the Free World.

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On Wednesday, April 6, at about 6:30 p.m., the Beaumont Police Department received a call from a 28-year-old Hispanic male who said he was robbed. He was at the washateria on Pinkston in Beaumont when he said he was pulled into a silver 4-door Buick Century and a black handgun was placed to his head. 

The victim said the black male with the gun said to him "you know what time it is." Two of the black male suspects took the keys to the victim's vehicle and left. A third suspect left in the perpetrators' car.

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According to information from the Orange Police Department, on Wednesday, April 6, an arrest warrant was obtained for the suspect in the April 5 attempted murder case of 51-year-old Sylvia Vaughns.

Vaughns, who was transported to UTMB in Galveston by helicopter due to the severity of her injuries, was still recovering in the island hospital at press time and investigators say they are searching for the victim’s grandson as the aggressor responsible for her life threatening injuries.

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