Clay Thorp

Jamaal Bush (left) and Lenora Denise Reese-McNair (right)

A Beaumont woman charged with financially exploiting her long-time boyfriend while he was in a coma has plead to a lesser theft charge.

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From left to right, Cory Crenshaw, Cory Kneeland and Judge John Stevens

Jefferson County's newest prosecutor was sworn in inside Jefferson County's Criminal District Court Monday, April 14. 

Cory Kneeland, a 10-year prosecutor and 2003 Texas Tech University law grad, began his career as a criminal attorney in Hale County, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. 

Soon after, Kneeland was in Hardin County where he presented cases to a grand jury. 

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Beaumont was in for some heavy wind and rain Monday, April 14.

The sudden change in weather came as The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a wind advisory for Jefferson County until 9 p.m.

Reporters on the ground covering TEA's takeover of BISD experienced sideways rain and rapidly dropping temperatures about 1 p.m. Monday.

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In the dark and cluttered lobby of The Ridgewood Retirement Community, pictures of former residents and their families lay strewn across a dirty, trash-ridden floor.

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Beaumont firefighters

The Ridgewood Retirement Community caught ablaze Saturday evening about 5:30 p.m.

Flames did not spread through the entire facility, but could be seen shooting from the 9th Street side of the complex about 6:30 p.m. 

BFD spokesman Brad Pennison said there were vagrants in the area when the fire started and several eyewitnesses said homeless people had settled in the largely abandoned facility. 

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photos by Clay Thorp

Amid the buzzing and whizzing of tiny propellers and some not-so-small helicopter blades, it’s a bit hard to hear a pilot tell the story of their latest, greatest miniature flyer. At the gathering of the Beaumont Radio Control Club on Folsom Drive each Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., some of the aircraft are small. Some are large. All are big fun.

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Brittany Crosson

A mother charged with intoxication assault and a host of other charges stemming from a May 2013 collision appeared in court Monday, Feb. 10. 

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Ruby Gunner (left) with her attorney, Paul Darrow

A veteran educator in Port Arthur was exonerated Wednesday, March 12, after a jury found her not guilty of injuring a former student.

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Russel Ray Bergeaux

Russell Ray Bergeaux, 63, of Groves, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Aug. 11, 2011, for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.

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Lawrence James

A Humble man charged with murdering his aunt in Port Arthur is set to appear for trial later this month.

Lawrence James Jr., 44, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury May 17, 2012 for murder, a first-degree felony.

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