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In December of 2010, retired veteran and former Orange County Veterans Service Officer Ken Cavaretta said he would not rest until he saw justice served in the shooting death of fellow veteran Marine LCpl James Whitehead, and it is a cause he has continued to champion into the new year. Cavaretta worked with Whitehead in the months prior to the former serviceman’s death while serving in the county’s Veterans Service office and, according to him, the fun-loving guy he had come to know and care about didn’t deserve the fate that awaited him.

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After spending a day contemplating whether James Cody Geudry, a Beaumont police officer who was convicted of official oppression for tazing Derrick Newman twice during a traffic stop, would in fact, get a new trial after a guilty verdict was handed down from a jury in December. Judge John Stevens announced his decision Friday - that Guedry would have the opportunity to go before jury again.

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A natural gas drilling rig caught fire a little before 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the southeastern corner of Village Creek Park in Hardin County near Lumberton There are no known injuries, the state park remains open for business, and the fire is contained and under control, with experts coming to try to extinguish the burning rig.

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Waiving signs and banners that proclaimed messages such as “No Excuse for Child Abuse,” a stream of Southeast Texans clad in blue shirts took to the streets surrounding the Jefferson County Courthouse to make a statement that could be not only be heard, but seen by every motorist, employee and guest of Beaumont’s central downtown area.

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The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Collection Event next Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student parking lot of the Vidor High School at 500 Orange Street in Vidor, the agency recently announced.

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A May-December romance that went on for somewhere between three to six years depending on who you ask has turned sour and now a Port Arthur City Council candidate is defending himself against a former girlfriend’s accusations while past criminal convictions are brought to light.

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58-year-old Johnny Williams of Groves was killed by the blast yesterday at the KMTex Plant in Port Arthur that also injured three other workers.

According to Rod Carroll, Public Information Officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the explosion appears to have been caused by welding on a pipeline inside the plant where coal-tar solvent was also being used. The explosion sent two workers by medevac to UTMB-Galveston, one with head trauma and the other with a broken femur. A third injured worker was taken to St. Mary's Christus.

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A 24-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a string of robberies in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Robert Lee White pleaded guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act robberies and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence today before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Port Arthur Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service were all called out to an explosion at the KMTEX refinery on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur.

JCSO reported that upon arrival they found three injured victims and one deceased. The injuries included a concussion, fractures of lower extremities, burns and one victim with head trauma who was life-flighted to UTMB.

According to witnesses, a worker was welding on a pipeline containing coal tar solvent when the incident occurred and PAFD found there wasn't a hazmat incident.

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A 19-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for gun violations as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

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