The News

Investigators looking into a blaze at a local apartment believe a child playing with a cigarette lighter was the likely culprit responsible for initiating the fire.

Beaumont firefighters were dispatched to a reported apartment fire in the 900 block of Florida Avenue at approximately 3:40 p.m. on May 9, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue. When they arrived, they discovered a bedroom on fire in the upstairs apartment. According to a news release, firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire.

Roxanne Reinhardt, Facebook photo

Police in Port Neches have discovered the identity of a woman killed in an auto-pedestrian accident May 9, reports the Port Neches Police Department.

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.”