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The city of Port Arthur and the Port Arthur Police Department have placed two officers on administrative leave "pending the results of an adminstrative investigation," city spokesperspon Risa Carpenter revealed in a news release Monday, May 15. No other details have been released. 

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Deputies have arrested three suspects related to the May 8 kidnapping and burglary of Orange attorney Jim Sharon Bearden Jr., reported Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Captain Cliff Hargrave. 

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Patrick Grandchampt

Saturday, May 13, at about 12:35 a.m., Beaumont police responded to the 4600 block of Eastex Freeway northbound in reference to a single vehicle crash of a black Ford Focus, Officer Haley Morrow said in a release.

Prior to officers arriving, several passersby stopped to check on the initial crash, but the driver had already fled the scene.

During that time, a white Ford F-150, driven by Patrick Grandchampt, 33, of Nederland, entered the wreck scene and struck one of the Good Samaritans who had stopped to help.

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UPDATE: On May 14, 2017 at about 7:00 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Park Street, in reference to a victim of a shooting, Officer Haley Morrow said in a release. When officers arrived, they discovered a deceased male, identified as Devonta Lamell, a 24 year old Beaumont man.

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Spindletop Center’s Heather Champion

Although nearly 20 percent of all American adults experience mental illness in any given year, talking about mental health is still taboo in most circles. And often, in hushed tones, it’s whispered that only “certain” people are affected by mental health issues, but Southeast Texas mental health provider Spindletop Center’s Heather Champion says that’s simply not true.

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