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Police in Orange are searching for suspects who shot and killed the victims’ dog during a robbery Sept. 24, reports Capt. Charlie Stephenson of the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Annette Edwards, H-E-B Area Community Coordinator, presented a $5,000 financial donation from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions to President Bill Smith and Vice-President Stephanie Spiller of the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc.

This donation will make it possible for the BPSF to continue to award innovative grants to students and staff in the Beaumont Independent School District, reports the foundation. Since 1993, the BPSF has awarded 390 educational grants totaling $277,867.64 for classroom projects that focus on excellence in education for all students in the BISD.

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The Little Caesar's Pizza place in Orange called police Sept. 23 after receiving counterfeit currency as payment for a purchase, reports Officer David Vaughn. 

According to a police report written by Vaughn, the officer responded to 2421 16th St. in Orange in reference to the discovery of the fake money. The manager told the officer that a customer had come in and paid with a counterfeit $50 bill. The customer service representative took the bill and provided change to the customer, who then left with food and some of the store's real cash. 

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An officer in Orange arrested a Columbia, Tennessee man after discovering heroin inside his vehicle during a traffic stop, reports the Orange Police Department. 

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At the end of nearly a week of testimony and evidence presented before a jury in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court in Jefferson County, 25-year-old Johnny Ray Matlock was found guilty of crimes connected to trafficking Southeast Texas women and children and forcing prostitution on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced the landmark decision, a first of its kind in Jefferson County, following Matlock accepting 60 years in prison in exchange for waiving all appellant rights.

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