Jeremiah Markeith Washington

Beaumont Police Detectives are asking for help in locating a person of interest in the robberies of Cigarette and More that occurred Sunday, September 16.

According to a statement by BPD, the person of interest is Jeremiah Markeith Washington, an 18-year-old Beaumont man. If anyone knows where BPD can locate Jeremiah they are asked to call the Beaumont Police Department at (409) 832-1234. To remain anonymous, call Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS or download the P3 TIPS app and use a smartphone or computer to submit the tip.

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Annette Edwards, H-E-B Area Community Coordinator, presented a $5,000 financial donation from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions to President Bill Smith and Vice-President Stephanie Spiller of the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc.

This donation will make it possible for the BPSF to continue to award innovative grants to students and staff in the Beaumont Independent School District, reports the foundation. Since 1993, the BPSF has awarded 390 educational grants totaling $277,867.64 for classroom projects that focus on excellence in education for all students in the BISD.

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At the end of nearly a week of testimony and evidence presented before a jury in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court in Jefferson County, 25-year-old Johnny Ray Matlock was found guilty of crimes connected to trafficking Southeast Texas women and children and forcing prostitution on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced the landmark decision, a first of its kind in Jefferson County, following Matlock accepting 60 years in prison in exchange for waiving all appellant rights.

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St. Michael Mediterranean Festival, affectionately known throughout the community at MedFest, draws thousands of attendees each year with the promise of delicious Greek cuisine and delightful cultural exhibitions. 

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A 33-year-old Beaumont woman pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced this week.

Ashley Haley pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right Wednesday, Sept. 19, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

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