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Two BASF manufacturing employees, Sheila Chickene (left), vice president of manu

Two BASF employees – Sheila Chickene, vice president of manufacturing, catalysts division, and Jacki Partain, site reliability engineer at the Port Arthur site – were among 130 women honored nationally by The Manufacturing Institute during the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards gala on March 26 in Washington, D.C.

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St. Mark Episcopal Church will host the Fighting Diabetes with Food Health Fair sponsored by the Southeast Texas Food Bank on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This new Southeast Texas Food Bank initiative will link those affected by diabetes or vulnerable to diabetes with health support services and give them the chance to go home with no cost food boxes consisting of food options that insure a diabetic-friendly diet.

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Michael Broughton of Port Arthur and Gerardo Chavez of Nederland

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced April 2 the indictment of 24 individuals who operated a major drug distribution ring and were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the Eastern District of Texas. 

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Phone scams have been spreading and infecting areas all over the country, according to reports from the FBI, the BBB and the IRS, and the Southeast Texas community has not escaped the effects. Prior reports from The Examiner have warned of the scams reported in Jefferson and Jasper Counties. Now, Orange County reports they too have numerous reports from victims of phone scams in which the callers represent themselves as a part of the county's law enforcement agency, the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Investigators with the Orange Police Department are searching for a suspect who reportedly robbed a Dollar General store located in the 3000 block of 16th Street in Orange on April 2.

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The Beaumont Police Department reports that detectives are investigating a domestic disturbance that occurred at a house in the 3300 block of Waverly in Beaumont’s south end on April 3.

According to a news release from BPD, at about 9 p.m. that evening, a 37-year-old female was involved in a disturbance with her 37-year-old estranged husband. The argument reportedly escalated, and the man used an unknown type of cutting instrument to slash the female, causing a laceration to her upper body.

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Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced April 3 that Trovoy Keith Jones of Beaumont was found guilty of the first-degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Judge John Stevens' Court. A jury took fifty minutes to deliberate before returning a guilty verdict following a four-day trial.

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Firefighters quickly doused a blaze that damaged a Beaumont law office on April 4, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue.

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Beaumont firefighters battled a residential blaze that investigators believe was caused by an electrical short on Easter Sunday, Beaumont Fire-Rescue reports.

According to a news release from the fire department, firefighters responded to the structure fire in the 5400 block of Combs Drive at approximately 5:45 p.m. Upon arrival at the location, they found the back wall of a home in flames. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and confine the fire damage to a small area, but there was significant smoke damage to the rest of the house.

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Investigators with the City of Orange Police Department are looking for the suspect who robbed Food Mart #2 in Orange on Easter Sunday night, reports OPD.

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