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A former BISD employee who helped to oversee the district's finances is returning
BEAUMONT - A man familiar with the Beaumont school district will now assist the new board of managers to crunch numbers.

Leroy Saleme will join BISD as a school finance consultant on a part time basis to assist in the area of finance and budget preparation.

Saleme was employed in BISD as the assistant superintendent for finance from 1997 to 2000.

The Beaumont ISD board of managers is advertising for a full-time chief financial officer.

Meanwhile, Saleme will oversee all phases of the financial operation of BISD on a part-time basis as a consultant.

Saleme will assume his official duties immediately.

Hotel Beaumont has a new owner
BEAUMONT - Hotel Beaumont has a new owner.

After pushing back the vote last week, Beaumont City Council approved the sell of the to Garden Street Holdings, L.L.C.

The California-based company offered just over $1 million for the old hotel.

Hotel Beaumont was an assisted living residence before closing down in 2011.

Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who represented Calvin Walker in federal case, talks with KFDM News about Jefferson County grand jury indictment of Walker

JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Scott Lawrence

KFDM News spoke by phone with Dick DeGuerin, the well known Houston attorney who represented Calvin Walker in his federal case, for reaction to Tuesday's indictment of Walker by a Jefferson County grand jury. We spoke with DeGuerin just before Walker posted bond and was released from jail.

"I am still representing him," DeGuerin told KFDM News. "I'm sure we'll talk about this as soon as he posts bail and is released. It's the same crap the federal government tried and failed to convince a jury was fraud. The evidence in that federal trial was that BISD didn't rely on any of those invoices. The money they paid was on work that was done and BISD was completely satisfied. This is nothing but sour grapes. I've seen the indictments. It's the same allegations in the federal trial we tried almost two years ago. The evidence was very clear that BISD was satisfied with the work, got dollar for dollar value for what they were billed, and did not rely on any fake invoices. If this case goes to trial, Calvin Walker was hired by BISD to do extensive work, particularly following all the damage to BISD campuses from the hurricane, but also to make new installations. He did that work, did a great job, and he was paid for it. It should be the end  of the story. I might add, BISD was completely satisfied with his work. He was released on a personal recognizance bond in federal court on exactly the same cases. It's chicken---- if you ask me."

When told about District Attorney Cory Crenshaw's vow to go after corruption in BISD, and when told a new D.A. will take office following the November election because Crenshaw was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to fill the unexpired term of Tom Maness, who retired, Deguerin said, "January 1 can't come soon enough for me."

 

 

Jefferson County jury set to sentence man to 12 years for assaulting teenaged girl
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A Jefferson County jury was set Tuesday to sentence a man to 12 years in prison for sexual assault of a child.

The jury was about to begin hearing evidence in the case when 37-year-old Rodney Adams entered a guilty plea.

According to offense reports, a teenage girl was assaulted by Adams several times.

When Adams was confronted about the assault, he denied it but later admitted to sexually assaulting the girl.

Adams must serve at least half of his sentence before being considered for parole.

When he is released, he must register as a sex offender.

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