Beaumont

A 75-year-old Beaumont doctor has been sentenced to federal prison for health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Dec. 18.

John Q. A. Webb, Jr., now living in Houston, pleaded guilty on July 23, 2014 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

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Jonathan Van Johnson

In October, The Examiner reported in-depth on the upward trend of use of the deadly drug phencyclidine in Southeast Texas. At the time, Beaumont Police Department Sgt. Bryan Baker said that PCP use has increased significantly in the area throughout the years.

“Drugs tend to follow a trend,” explains Baker. “They go in cycles.”

He said currently PCP use is up, and he and his fellow narcotics officers are seeing much larger quantities during busts.

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Fire in Beaumont

Beaumont firefighters battled an early morning structure fire in the 1600 block of Corley Street at about 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, reports Beaumont Fire and Rescue.

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Firefighters battled and beat a blaze on Blackmon in Beaumont on Sunday, Nov. 23 but not before the fire caused significant damage to a residence there, Beaumont Fire Rescue reports.

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City offices, including Water Customer Service and all library branches, for the City of Beaumont will be closed on Thursday, November 27, Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Mugshots of the five men charged with murder

Beaumont Police Department detectives have five suspects in the murder of two men that occurred in the 3300 block of Roland Road on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. All suspects are currently in the custody of BPD and will be booked in for murder, the department said in a press release.

Police say the murders occurred as the result of a drug deal that turned into a robbery attempt.

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Marquaize McChriston (left), Jacoby Joiner and Chad Slaughter

Two 19-year-old men have been charged with capital murder in connection with the Nov. 3 shooting of 26-year-old Chad Slaughter of Beaumont, according to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department on Nov. 19.

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Beaumont firefighters battled a structure fire in the 1600 block of Ives Street on Nov. 5.

According to a news release from Beaumont Fire Rescue, units were dispatched to the blaze at about 1 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the residence on Ives, they found the dwelling heavily involved with fire. The fire was quickly extinguished but caused major fire damage to the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The occupants returned home while firefighters were on the scene, and Red Cross was called to the assist them.

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Detectives are interviewing witnesses and searching for leads in a shooting that resulted in the death of 28-year-old Chad Slaughter of Beaumont, the Beaumont Police Department reports.

According to a news release from BPD, patrol officers responded to a reported shooting inside an apartment in the Timberlake Courts Apartments located at 125 Interstate 10 in Beaumont at about 10:01 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the 26-year-old man dead with a possible gunshot wound to his chest.

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A single-car crash Sunday, Nov. 2 claimed the life of a 68-year-old Jefferson County resident.

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