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Duayne Deandre-Devon Smith

Detectives are investigating an attempted robbery of D’s Gift Shop in which one of the suspects was killed.

At about 9:03 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, patrol officers responded to a reported aggravated robbery of D’s Gift Shop, a game room in the 3600 block of East Lucas. A clerk in the game room told officers that three men attempted to rob him at gunpoint. Sometime during the robbery attempt, the owner retrieved his handgun and exchanged gunfire with the robbery suspects. After the exchange of gunfire, all three suspects fled on foot.

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A clerk was pistol whipped by a black male brandishing a firearm in an aggravated robbery Sept.16 in Port Arthur.

The incident happened at the Top Dollar thrift store at 1908 Ninth Ave. Monday night at 7:43 p.m., according to a PAPD police report.

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Kumer Das

Kumer Das, associate professor of mathematics, has been tapped as the director of the newly-established Office of Undergraduate Research. Reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, the research office is temporarily located in the Lucas Engineering building.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to have been selected for this position,” Das said. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working with our students and faculty.”

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A man in Orange was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after being reported as suspicious for running between hotels while wearing a "LCM girl's track hoodie," police reported.

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