The News

Friday, June 29, at 10:52 p.m. Beaumont police received a call from Baptist hospital on College Street in reference to victim of a shooting who had just been dropped off. The driver of the vehicle that transported the victim was seen hiding items in the hospital parking lot. Officers quickly located the vehicle and detained two occupants.

James Viltz Thomas

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that State District Judge Raquel West of the 252ndDistrict Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced James Viltz Thomas, 40, to 10 years in prison. 


Luis Fernendo Argueta, a 19-year-old male, died from gunshots fired by a Galveston police officer.

According to a press release by Galveston County Sherriff’s Office, the morning of Monday, June 25, at approximately 3 a.m., the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office received a request from Galveston Police Department to assist in the investigation of an Officer involved shooting at the 5300 block of Ave. L. 

Beaumont Fire-Rescue photos

Ginger, a 3- to 4-year-old pit bull, is in high spirits after being rescued by Beaumont Fire-Rescue from a house fire and revived.

According to a statement, on Monday, June 26, Beaumont Fire-Rescue responded to multiple calls of a house on fire in the 1300 block of Evalon. Fire department crews arrived within three minutes of the first 911 call.


A Beaumont man, possibly the victim of a drowning, was pronounced deceased Saturday, June 23.

According to Officer Haley Morrow, Beaumont Police responded to Lancaster Cornwall Apartments at 6650 Prutzman, in reference to assisting Fire and EMS with a possible drowning victim. The victim, identified as Arnold Smith, a 39-year-old Beaumont man, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. 

At this time, it does not appear to be foul play.