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photo by Kevin King

The Leger family has retained the legal services of the Bernsen Law Firm following the shooting death of 80-year-old Beaumont taxidermist Stanley Leger at the hands of a Beaumont Police officer at Leger’s home June 24.

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Sharon Rigsby

Protests by members of the Fine Arts Matters student organization continued Monday, June 30, despite an attempt by Jefferson County 172nd Civil District Court Judge Donald Floyd to unseat the current Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees that was looking to address a budget shortfall with, among other things, cuts to fine arts programs.

No action was taken by Floyd, however, who was unable to secure replacements for the board.

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Former Vidor Independent School District teacher Sondra Reed now faces criminal prosecution for engaging in what prosecutors say was an improper relationship between the educator and a student.

The indictment was filed June 25 in the 128th District Court, and Orange County District Attorney John Kimbrough signed off that the case is ready for trial on June 26.

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Courtney Thibodeaux speaks with BISD Superintendent Chargois.

June 26 was the third and final day of the Special Education hearing concerning compensation for the alleged abuse and mistreatment of 6-year-old Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary special needs student Triniti Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a disorder that makes the young child unable to speak and causes seizures.

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An 80-year-old Jefferson County resident is dead after he drowned while mowing the law, investigators suspect.

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A witness has reported that they caught an Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy on tape speeding and recklessly passing vehicles in heavy Houston traffic on June 29.

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The Beaumont Police Department reports a suspect died after swallowing an unknown drug during a traffic stop.

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Melissa Ringhardt (right) and John “Johnny” Allen Read

Law enforcement officers are searching for 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt of Vidor after she allegedly violated the terms of her probation on charges of Endangering a Child resulting from an October 21, 2013 incident in which five-year-old John "Johnny" Allen Read fatally shot himself while Ringhardt, his babysitter, was asleep on the job, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Clint

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Jariot Culbert, 29; Demetrius Proctor, 23; and Nathan Rachal, 22

Wednesday, July 2, at 2:14 am, officers responded to a robbery at Walmart at 4145 Dowlen Road in Beaumont. Two black males entered the store, popped a secured drawer, removed a large amount of cash and threatened an employee. The suspects ran towards Kohl’s to a black Chevrolet Impala. A third suspect was in the drivers seat.

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast is holding an exciting event Wednesday, July 2, at which attendees will be taken on a journey back in time, according to a press release from the Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

The press release from Lamar State College-Port Arthur reads, "Twenty years ago, television viewers spent a surreal summer’s evening watching a white Bronco leisurely transport a fallen O.J. Simpson on a tour of the L.A. freeways while across the pond, the “Chunnel” connected England and France.

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