The News

The Beaumont Police Department reported two Harris County men were arrested for robbing a Lucas Street pawn shop on June 5.

At about 4:30 that day, Beaumont police officers responded to EZ Pawn in response to a panic alarm. An employee at the business told officers they had just been robbed by two black males.

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A 48-year-old Mexican national illegally living in the Beaumont area was sentenced to prison for federal immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Jose De Jesus Rocha-Perez pleaded guilty on Dec. 27 to illegal reentry by a previously deported alien and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on May 31 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.         

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Nederland Independent School District has announced Mrs. Natalie Gomez as the new Central Middle School principal. Central Middle School serves over 700 fifth through eighth grade students.

Gomez has 17 years of educational experience, all within Nederland ISD. The last seven years, she has served as assistant principal at Nederland High School. Gomez holds a masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University and has serves on numerous district committees. A seven-person committee assisted with interviewing Gomez amongst a large applicant pool.

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After responding to a call of a body floating in a private pond near Vidor's community pool, the Vidor Police Department (VPD) has released the identity of the man found.

Officers were reviewing all missing persons cases in the area as they awaited the medical examiner to make identification of the body.

An autopsy was conducted on May 30 and the examiner was able to establish the body belonged to 49-year-old Patrick Steven Wall, of Vidor.

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Officers with the Beaumont Police Department were dispatched to Parkdale Mall in reference to a robbery that had just taken place on May 30, at about 2:15 p.m. 

Arriving officers were told a black male suspect approached a victim as she left J.C. Penney. The suspect shoved a gun in the back of the victim and demanded her purse, resulting in a short struggle between the two. The suspect struck the victim in the elbow and managed to get the victim's handbag. He then entered a getaway vehicle that was being driven by a black feemale.

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