The News

Joe Frederick Hawkins

UPDATE: Beaumont police have apprehended 26-year-old Joe Frederick Hawkins of Beaumont who was wanted as a suspect in a triple homicide that took place over the weekend. If convicted, Hawkins faces the death penalty for capital murder. A Port Arthur woman has been charged with hindering his apprehension.

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An accident involving a semi and a passenger vehicle claimed the life of a Louisiana woman this weekend, DPS reports.

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The historic Cow Bayou Bridge in Bridge City is closed as of Monday, March 17, until restoration is complete.

According to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), all traffic will be diverted to the taller Cow Bayou Bridge next to the historic bridge. North and southbound traffic will continue to flow on the taller bridge until the restoration of the historic bridge is complete, and no pedestrian traffic is permitted, according to the release.

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Beaumont firefighters doused a local residential fire on Thursday, March 13, but not before the home suffered significant structural damage.

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Alexander

Beaumont resident John William Alexander Jr., 45, has been sentenced to ten years in prison announced Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw.

Alexander previously pled guilty on February 10, 2014, to Failing to Stop and Render Aid causing death and felony Driving While Intoxicated.

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