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Dead man walking.

That’s how doctors in Houston described Ronnie Patteson after he somehow survived a savage beating on a Friday night in Port Arthur in February, and then managed to cobble together an improbable series of events that led to a Houston hospital room where the 52-year-old Port Acres man was taken off life support and pronounced dead a mere 96 hours later on Valentine’s Day.

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A contract entered into by the Beaumont Independent School District with HRE Inc. of Houston has been essentially voided by U.S. Judge Ron Clark, who entered a permanent injunction enjoining the district from doing any further construction work on the West Brook High School field house.

The order came after Judge Clark found BISD did not follow its own guidelines and competitive bidding laws by skipping over the No. 1 company assessed by its review committee to hire HRE, the No. 4 company.

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In May 2010, Keller Williams Realty hosted its first local RED Day of service event at Buckner Children and Family Services, where the agency succeeded in the complete renovation of the receiving facility at the shelter in one day.

For this year’s event, the group returned to Buckner to finish what they had started, only this time they brought friends — and more than doubled their workload.

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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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