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In the 1950s, carhops were the waiters or waitresses who brought food to patrons in their vehicles at Sonic-like establishments, sometimes on roller skates. Fifty years later, criminals have corrupted the term, using “car hopping” to describe a troublesome criminal trend.


It’s after midnight. A young couple parks at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, a place considered by many as a safe haven, to talk and say their goodbyes before going their separate ways for the evening. Suddenly, their peace is shattered when four men, one wielding a handgun, approach the vehicle and accost the pair, stealing their cell phones, car keys and the SUV the youth were occupying.

Shylaih Prescott

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Shylaih Prescott, 20, on allegations of forgery and intent to defraud and harm after it was reported that she used cinematic prop money to purchase a 4-wheeler through the online marketplace app Offer Up.

Beaumont police have been warning local businesses about customers trying to make purchases with “movie money,” typically $100 bills, since late February, as previously reported by The Examiner.

Juan San Miguel

Monday, July 24, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was notified by the Beaumont Police Department that part-time Jefferson County Courthouse Security Officer Juan San Miguel was under investigation for sexual assault. It was planned that he would be placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, but San Miguel failed to show up for work Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. 

Beaumont Fire-Rescue photo

Tuesday, Aug. 8, around 8 p.m., firefighters were sent to the 550 block of Highland Drive for an apartment fire. When firefighters arrived they found a six-unit apartment building with heavy flames coming from an upstairs unit.

The initial crews on seen were concentrating on attacking the fire and helping the occupants out of the building. The fire was contained to one unit, but three units received damage from smoke and water.

The occupants all escaped the building without injury.