The News

The Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has opened a criminal investigation into an apparent identity theft ring that is claiming to be either a governmental or debt collection agency in an attempt to steal state residents’ personal information and identities.

Shauwn Williams

A former employee of the City of Port Arthur has been indicted on two counts of felony theft by a public servant, Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced on Dec. 16.

Jonathan Van Johnson

In October, The Examiner reported in-depth on the upward trend of use of the deadly drug phencyclidine in Southeast Texas. At the time, Beaumont Police Department Sgt. Bryan Baker said that PCP use has increased significantly in the area throughout the years.

“Drugs tend to follow a trend,” explains Baker. “They go in cycles.”

He said currently PCP use is up, and he and his fellow narcotics officers are seeing much larger quantities during busts.

Mauriceville Elementary

A fire alarm at Mauriceville Elementary alarmed some local parents and other citizens after confusing information was circulated via social media, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD reports.

Fire in Beaumont

Beaumont firefighters battled an early morning structure fire in the 1600 block of Corley Street at about 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, reports Beaumont Fire and Rescue.