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Inmate with gun shuts down courthouse complex

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 2, 2007, 5:47am

Beaumont police officers secured the Jefferson County Courthouse after an inmate with a gun held corrections officers hostage at the adjacent city jail. An inmate with a gun at the Beaumont city jail caused a tense morning at the Jefferson County Courthouse Monday.


No time like the present to file suit

David Yates Jul. 3, 2007, 10:49am

Wasting no time, the very same day Michael Leidy and his children where in automobile collision, he filed a lawsuit against Timmy King, the driver who hit him, and King's employer, Great Guns.


Inmate used fake gun in courthouse drama

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 3, 2007, 11:22am

Andre David Leffebre Leading corrections officers to believe he had a gun, a federal inmate caused a shut-down of the Jefferson County Courthouse on Monday.


Habash loses haberdashery over leaky roof

David Yates Jul. 5, 2007, 11:31am

Issa Habash lost most of his clothing inventory when Hurricane Rita's waters leaked through his garments shop's porous roof, a condition he claims he asked his landlord to remedy before the disastrous storm arrived.


Legally Speaking: Summertime � The Silly Lawsuit Season

John G. Browning Jul. 5, 2007, 11:51am

Ah, summertime. For many of us, the very word conjures up images of fun and relaxation, a time of backyard barbecues and lazing by the pool, or enjoying the entertainment options provided by the local multiplex showing the latest and greatest in summer blockbusters and sequels galore.


Former Palms manager sues Pleasure Island Commission

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 6, 2007, 7:18am

The clubhouse of the Palms at Pleasure Island Golf Course Since it opened in 2003, the Palms at Pleasure Island Golf Course has had to deal with erosion along the greens of the back nine and recurring problems with a series of course managers. Now one of the latest management companies is taking the city of Port Arthur to court over its contract to operate the 18-hole, 72-par course.


Widow files $3.5 M suit against crane company

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 9, 2007, 7:39am

The wife of an iron worker crushed by a crane load says there is no way to determine the value of a "husband and good man," but she is seeking $3.5 million from the crane company that she claims is responsible for her husband's wrongful death.


Wrecked Hyundai sold as new leads to fraud suit

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 9, 2007, 7:42am

Ruthie Williams and Jo Beth Byerly purchased what they believed was a new 2006 Hyundai Sonata from Philpott Motors, which had obtained the car through a dealer trade with Billy Navarre Chervolet Honda Hyundai.


TB patient waives jury, agrees to stay in hospital

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 9, 2007, 8:51am

Lemone Yowman A Port Arthur man with tuberculosis waived a jury hearing set for Monday and agreed to remain in a hospital until his treatment is complete.


Daughter claims father is squandering mother's IRA

David Yates Jul. 9, 2007, 10:00am

Jennifer Turner More often than not, money is at the root of family conflict. That became evident in Jefferson County recently when a woman filed for a restraining order against her own father, whom she claims is squandering her incapacitated mother's retirement account.


Moms blamed for teen's injuries

David Yates Jul. 9, 2007, 10:59am

While out with friends, Mary Schuldt's teenage daughter was physically injured. Now Schuldt is suing the other girls' mothers for allowing the teens to be out past curfew.


Medical malpractice trial over premature surgery to begin Tuesday

David Yates Jul. 9, 2007, 11:13am

The medical malpractice trial of Darlene Spears vs. Dr. Carl J. Beaudry and Christus Health Southeast Texas is slated to begin in Judge Donald Floyd's 172nd District Court on July 10.


Dirty laundry aired in asbestos trial

David Yates Jul. 10, 2007, 3:21pm

Bryan Blevins While growing up, Joyce Myers helped her mother with the family laundry, a task that included washing the uniforms her father wore during his almost 20-year refinery career. From 1943 to 1965, Myers' father insulated pipes with asbestos at the Mobil Oil Refinery in Beaumont.


Truck repo causes man to sue for emotional distress

David Yates Jul. 10, 2007, 3:55pm

It's hard to separate a Texan from his pickup truck, and when Bryant Jarnagin's Ford F-150 was repossessed, the man claims he suffered "severe emotional distress." The incident has led him to sue Southern Ford (Central Ford Inc.), the dealership that sold him the truck.


City of Orange files for injunction against Transtar

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 11, 2007, 7:28am

City leaders in Orange are so fed up with an ambulance service that is operating without a permit that they are seeking a court order to have the company cease and desist.


Legally Speaking: Irish law -- Ahead of its time

John G. Browning Jul. 11, 2007, 8:00am

As a proud American of Irish descent, I pause now and then to reflect on the many gifts given us by Irish culture: the words of literary giants like Joyce and Yeats, the lilting music of The Chieftains, the stirring spectacle of "Riverdance" and of course the liquid wonder that is Guinness.


Medical malpractice trial over premature surgery settled

David Yates Jul. 11, 2007, 9:33am

The medical malpractice trial of Darlene Spears vs. Dr. Carl J. Beaudry and Christus Health Southeast Texas that was slated to begin in Judge Donald Floyd's 172nd District Court on July 10 was settled before the crop of 40 plus potential jurors could be narrowed down.