Southeast Texas State Representative Joseph Deshotel announced on Monday, Nov. 26, that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will soon reopen its Port Arthur branch.

“We have been working with the Department of Public Safety regarding the long waits at the Beaumont office and limited hours of operation at the Port Arthur location,” Deshotel reported. “We are happy to announce the Texas Department of Public Safety will open the Port Arthur office back to normal business hours Dec. 11.”

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Orange police officers responded to a report of a major collision on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Community Christian Church on Nov. 26. According to information from Orange Police Department, an 18-year-old woman was driving southbound on Martin Luther King when she struck the back of a sanitation truck picking up waste containers. An employee working on the truck was seriously injured during the wreck and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont where he died from his injuries. The 18-year-old driver was also transported to the hospital for treatment.

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 The Vidor Police Department recently announced the donation of a ballistic vest for K-9 Officer Rocky, and thanked the organization that provided the protective gear, which was donated by Vested Interest in K-9s.

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On Nov. 21, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office fugitive warrant deputies arrested Mark Miller, 52, of Orange, at the Beaumont federal prison in relation to two charges of indecency with a child out of Harris County.

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On Nov. 21, just after 11 p.m., Beaumont police responded to a robbery that occurred in the 4400 block of Fifth Street. Officers were advised two victims were robbed at gun point and their vehicle was stolen by two suspects. Responding officers were able to locate the vehicle near Sarah and Fourth streets at which point the suspects attempted to evade officers.

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