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A Rochester, N.Y., man has been charged with aiding ISIS and the attempted murder of members of the U.S. military among other charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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La’Tisha Jacobs-Vargas, an event planner with the folkloric ballet troupe the Golden Triangle Hispanic Association, invites the community to attend a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), the third annual Gran Festival Familiar, on Sept. 27 under the Pavilion in Port Arthur at 500 Procter St. Vargas’ dancers, various bands, numerous vendors and others will be at the event from 11 a.m. until about 10 p.m.

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U.S. Department of Labor press release:

HOUSTON — Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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A Beaumont man sustained minor injuries trying to fight a kitchen fire at his home on Campus Avenue Tuesday morning, Sept. 16.

Once he realized he could not extinguish the fire, he then drove to Fire Station No. 3 and reported to firefighters his house was on fire, Beaumont Fire and Rescue said in a press release. Fire suppression units responded to the home, where they discovered the kitchen on fire. They conducted fire suppression activities and were able to extinguish the fire within minutes.

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photo by Lauren Dodd

The city of Beaumont Streets and Drainage and Building Codes departments, Beaumont Fire and Rescue, and Beaumont Police Department responded to a building collapse Monday, Sept. 15 in the 2100 block of Irving Street.

The building, which last housed the old Club Signature — a nightclub that has been closed for several years and fell into disrepair — collapsed around 12:30 p.m, said Capt. Earl White from Beaumont Fire and Rescue. It was tagged as substandard by city officials in 2013, he said.

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Press release from the City of Beaumont:

Beaumont has been awarded Bronze Scenic City certification by Scenic Texas. Beaumont is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period.

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Staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas received accolades for their exceptional work from Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards ceremony on Sep. 10 in Washington D.C.

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Naomi Lawrence Lee

An indictment was issued for former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing director Naomi Lawrence-Lee on Wednesday, Sept. 10, charging the ex-school district employee with fraudulently obtaining money from the public entity’s coffers.

Lawrence-Lee, 43, was fired from BISD on April 8, but has been on administrative leave since January 2014.

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Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Sept. 11 press release that the July term Grand Jury has completed its investigation into the death of Stanley Leger and has voted to take no action against the officers involved.

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Port Arthur Police Department

On Wednesday, Sept 10, at 11:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 2310 Birch St. in reference to a missing person. Family members reported the disappearance of a 16-year-old male who was last seen leaving the residence on a motorcycle. Officers searched throughout the night without finding the missing person.

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