The News

After appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on Jan. 10, Jonathan Torres, who was indicted for a series of attempted bombings throughout Beaumont in April and May 2018, has been deemed competent to stand trial.

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The Port Arthur Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying a theft suspect caught on camera. 

According to information from the PAPD, the woman is either Hispanic or light skin African American. She has committed several thefts at local businesses. 

Anyone with information should contact PAPD Detective Barboza at (409) 983-8650.

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After getting an ATV stuck in high water while traversing an area near CR 701 near Buna, an elderly man was killed but his female caretaker was able to survive nearly two days in the water.

According to information from Texas Parks and Wildlife, on Wednesday the pair became stranded in the high water caused by the elevated Neches River. The man drowned Wednesday, but the woman was able to hold onto the ATV until she was found Friday morning by a passing boater.

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Beaumont firefighters were kept busy responding to a blaze near Mariposa and South Street intersection Thursday evening, Jan. 17.

According to Beaumont Fire Department information, the structure was an abandoned home that was in a previously deteriorated condition. A partial collapse of the building had taken place prior to the fire and prevented firefighters from making entry into the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 17, that an oversized heavy transport will be making its way from SH 146 at Cedar Bayou, to SH 146 north of Interstate 10 on late Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday evening, Jan. 19.

According to a statement from TXDOT, the haul will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and is expected to last into the morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 19. It will park near the I-10 and FM 3180 intersection until continuing the move beginning 10 p.m. Saturday night. 

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