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The Beaumont Police Department was called to a residence in the 600 block of Elgie in reference to shots fired on Friday, Oct. 18, just before midnight. When officers arrived, the found a gunshot victim deceased inside the residence. 

According to witnesses at the scene, a suspect entered the residence, shot the victim the fled in a silver, older model SUV. The victim was identified as 57-year-old Billy Joe Hayes, a Beaumont resident. 

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Over the weekend, the Port Arthur Police Department reported a number of violent crimes taking place involving firearms and resulting in the deaths of two individuals.

The first call reported by PAPD came in at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and advised that a subject had been shot at the Avery Trace Apartments. Arriving officers found a black male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the chest. 

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After more than five decades of service to the American justice system, heavily impacting not only the Jefferson County community he called home but also the nation, 78-year-old Judge Lawrence “Larry” Gist dies during the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 19. Services are pending. 

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On Oct. 17, BISD received an assortment of donations from various companies as the school district recovers from Tropical Storm Imelda.

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