The News

John David Sean "Shawn" Johnson

A second suspect sought by police in relation to the April 29 capital murder of local convenience store clerk Mettha (Metthananda) Kuruppu has been captured, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to news release from BPD, 19-year-old John David Sean "Shawn" Johnson was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Spring, Texas at about 11:30 p.m. on May 8. 

Army Chinooks arrive at Port of Beaumont

Beaumont-based soldiers from the 842nd Transportation Battalion unloaded USNS Mendonca Thursday, April 23.

Betty Nellius is a former high school art instructor who holds weekly art classe

During National Volunteer Month in April, many volunteers are recognized for their continual efforts to better their community. Calder Woods honors its many volunteers during an annual recognition breakfast, and one special volunteer is revealed as “Volunteer of the Year.” 


An unattended pot on a stovetop of a local apartment is believed to be responsible for a fire at the residence on May 8, Beaumont Fire-Rescue reports.

According to a news release from Beaumont Fire-Rescue, at approximately 11:34 a.m., units responded to a reported structure fire in the 4900 block of Highland Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found an apartment building with heavy smoke coming from one apartment. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack and confine the fire to the kitchen of the single apartment.


The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset May 15 until a still-to-be determined time in July.

The closing date is based on samples collected by the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department using trawl, bag seine and other information gathered from the shrimping industry.