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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 28, No. 43 Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Cleveland Rape Suspect Pleads: Yesterday, Walter Jamal Harrison became the latest suspect in the notorious Cleveland gang rape case to enter a guilty plea before 75thDistrict Judge Mark Morefield. However, while most of the other adults have received 15-years in prison in exchange for their guilty pleas, Harrison was sentenced to 7-years deferred adjudication. Of the 20 known adult and juvenile suspects, only 3 are still awaiting trial. They are Devo Shaun Green, Carlos Bernard Ligons and Xavier King. Prosecutors have said there is a DNA sample from one of the crime scenes that could implicate a 21stsuspect. No further information on that person’s identity has been released.

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Collapsed Well: One of the three wells used to supply water to customers in the City of Dayton has failed. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the more than 45-year-old well collapsed last week and now must be replaced. The cost, according to the Dayton city manager is estimated to be in the $2.9 million range. He said the remaining two wells are more than sufficient, at this point, to continue to supply water. A high demand this coming summer could change that.

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Apply For Disability: Applying for disability benefits can now begin at home. Kim Richard of the Beaumont Social Security Office said it is now possible to start the benefits determination process by applying on line. Ms. Richard also reminded those who want to get to the social security web site to be sure and go to www.socialsecurity.gov. There are other web sites with similar names that are not affiliated with Social Security at all, so be careful. You can link to the social security web site by going to www.kshn.comand clicking on the government link. Another way is to call the Beaumont office toll free at 866-613-2864 or nationwide 800-772-1213.

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Elijah’s Place: Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas is expanding its child-oriented grief and loss program – known as Elijah’s Place.  AgriLife Extension Agent Alexis Cordova said this new group initiative will offer support to kid’s ages 5 to 18, free of charge, who are coping with the death of a parent or sibling.  It’s for families of all faiths. Liberty County families interested in having a child participate can call Alexis Cordova at (936) 334-3230. Volunteers are also needed.

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*LakeRelease: 1,000 CFSLibertyBridge: 5.96 ASL

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