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On Wednesday, June 15, at 9:45 p.m.,  Beaumont police officers were called out to Washington Boulevard in reference to a robbery that had just taken place.

Dispatch told responding officers a shot had been fired, and  the suspects were reported to be armed with a pistol and a shotgun. A K-9 handler assisted with the investigation and got information that led to the suspects.

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Copies of secret settlement documents obtained by The Examiner from the Beaumont Independent School District show Superintendent Carrol Thomas has for years violated district policy by failing to seek approval from the Board of Trustees to pay several hundred thousand dollars in taxpayer money to settle lawsuits and legal complaints with parents and others complaining primarily about the district’s special education program.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was called out in reference to a missing person Monday evening, June 14, near the Jefferson County Remote Aircraft Field located off Highway 347. Officers were searching for 56-year-old Stephen Shoemaker, of Port Arthur, at the time. He was last seen at the airfield looking for a remote airplane that had crashed in the nearby woods and when he did not return home, a search was started.

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Winners of the Press Club of Southeast Texas' 20th annual Newsmaker of the Year and Excellence in the Media awards were announced Friday, June 3 at the annual media banquet. This year's banquet also featured the Newsmaker of the Decade award. For 2010 Newsmaker of the Year, Mike Getz was honored for his work in passing a Beaumont Independent School District petition to include a referendum on the May 2011 ballot to change the BISD board's electoral system from seven single-member districts to five single districts with two at-large positions.

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Shortly after midnight Friday, June 3, Beaumont police detectives received information that two capital murder suspects wanted in Frisco may be in the city. Detective acted immediately and went to a home in the 5700 block of Falcon where a vehicle registered to one of the suspects was seen in the driveway. The suspects, identified as 20-year-old Raymond Anthony Washington and17-year-old Daniel James Ramsour, both of McKinney were wanted as suspects for the shooting death of 30-year-old Andre Currier in front of a Wal-Mart in Frisco two days earlier.

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After meeting in closed session for nearly five hours Tuesday, May 31, Orange County Commissioners decided to close the county’s veterans service office until at least Tuesday, June 7, while an investigation is being conducted in the department. As revealed by the length of time needed to discuss the matter, closing the office - even temporarily - was no easy decision, County Judge Carl Thibodeaux told The Examiner.

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The city's Parks & Recreation Department will again hold its Summer Food Program for kids age 18 and younger. The program begins June 6 and runs through Aug. 12. There will be no service on Monday, July 4.

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On Saturday, May 28, at about 1 a.m., Beaumont police officers were called out to a reported aggravated robbery at the intersection of 10th and North streets. The victim, a 30-year-old man, said he was walking home from work and at the intersection a brown 90's model Delta 88 drove up beside him. Four black men jumped out of the vehicle and demanded his money. They then began to punch him as he tried to fight back. One suspect hit him with a handgun and the suspects then took his wallet and cash.

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God, family members and voters were all the big winners and thanked tremendously Tuesday morning when the Port Arthur City Council welcomed two new members to its chambers while welcoming back two incumbents.

In one of the larger City Council races in recent memory, 24 candidates competed for the six open City Council positions, and the four winners were honored with the swearing in by Port Arthur Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince in a ceremony held at the Council Chambers in City Hall and was followed up with a reception.

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It was a regular Thursday for Julie Gauthier and her family on May 19. Work, school and a dance recital for 4-year-old Claire in the evening were part of the day’s festivities.

But Thursday also had something special in store for bot h the citizens of Port Neches and the Gauthier family as the 34-year-old Port Neches native was only the second woman in the 102-year history of the city to be sworn in to the city council. Former mayor and city council member Frances Monk was the first woman to join the council according to Jamie Louviere, Port Neches City Secretary.

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