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Teual Harper

A gun-wielding bandit targeting West End Beaumont convenience stores in the early morning hours of Oct. 11 was apprehended by Beaumont police who arrived to catch the suspect hiding behind a store that was just the target of an armed robbery.

According to information filed at the BPD, 46-year-old Teual Lashawn Harper was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated robbery connected to two West End Beaumont robberies committed within minutes of each other.


The Port Arthur Fire Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Day on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 3 p.m.

PAFD will be giving out free hot dogs and beverages while supplies last as well as offering residents free smoke alarms. Free flu shots will be available for kids, $10 for adults.

Fire Prevention Day will be held at 3401 Cultural Center Drive.


Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting that occurred at French Road Apartments Oct. 9.

According to information from the Beaumont Police Department (BPD), officers responded to the emergency room of a local hospital in response to a shooting victim. Investigating officers reportedly learned that a male subject had been shot at the apartment complex at close to midnight. The male was Life-flighted to a Houston hospital for treatment.


Police in Orange are looking for information surrounding the death of 29-year-old Gretta Danielle Franks of Iowa, La., whose body was discovered in a ditch along Interstate 10 on Oct. 8, reports Capt. Robert Enmon of the Orange Police Department. 

Officers responded to a call reporting a deceased person in the 2400 block of S. Lutcher Drive at about 10:55 a.m. 

PAFD Captains Ricky Bodin and Richard Malone

At the request of the state of Florida and through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the state of Texas approved sending resources for disaster relief in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. These resources include Texas A&M Forest Service All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), which currently consist of 30 personnel and may be augmented as the situation develops.