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Paying tribute to the fallen heroes whose sacrifices paved the way for America’s freedom and who have given their lives to protect this nation and its citizens is important to Southeast Texans as evidenced by the many Memorial Day community celebrations across the area commemorating those brave souls.

Beaumont

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Port Arthur early voting for the runoff election between incumbent Derrick Freeman and challenger Thurman Bartie ended Tuesday, June 18. 

Of the more than 30,000 registered voters eligible to vote in the runoff election, nearly 2,500 turned up June 10-18 to cast their ballots for their preferred candidate. The number shows a significant interest from the community in the outcome of the Saturday Runoff, as the number of early voters falls just 500 votes behind the May Election Day.

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A woman who reportedly passed fake money at McDonald's in Vidor found herself in real trouble after an officer reportedly discovered methamphetamine and more counterfeit currency inside her purse on June 13.

Vidor Police Department Officer Eric Meineke reported being dispatched to McDonald's on Main Street in Vidor after midnight, at 12:39 a.m., in reference to a customer passing a counterfeit bill at the drive-thru. When he arrived, he questioned the woman trying to pay with the faux dough and identified her as 45-year-old Tiffany Michelle Cleckley. 

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After two years in Beaumont, K-Bob’s American Kitchen at 6455 Phelan Blvd. has closed its doors. Co-owner Morgan Booth is saying goodbye to what he called “the toughest market” he’s ever seen and to online critics who he feels dealt a deathblow to the business.

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The Port Arthur Police Department is requesting help from the community in locating Christopher Jones, 40. 

According to PAPD information, Jones has an active felony warrant for burglary and is also the person of interest in several other burglaries that have taken place throughout Port Arthur.

Anyone with information relating to his whereabouts is asked to call the PAPD at (409) 983-8600, or Southeast Texas Crime Stopperse at (409) 833-TIPS (8477). Tips submitted through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

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On June 16, at about 3 a.m., Beaumont police officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Royal Street in reference to a disturbance. Dispatch received a call from a third party advising a woman was inside the residence was being assaulted by her husband. Officers were also informed there were two young children inside the home at the time. 

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called to the scene to help make entry and check teh woman and children's welfare. Negotiations with the suspect were unsuccessful and SWAT was forced to make entry. 

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The Beaumont Police Department is searching for drivers of two vehicles involved in a May 24 auto-pedestrian collision.

At about 10:30 p.m. that day, Beaumont police responded to a major crash int eh 3700 block of West Cardinal Drive southbound. Through traffic investigators' inquiry, it was determined a vehicle traveling southbound in the left lane struck a bicyclist who entered the roadway. 

The bicyclist, identified as 44-year-old Darrell Henderson, was pronounced dead at the scene by Beaumont EMS. 

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Orange police officers responded to EZ Pawn located at 1100 16th St. on June 15 in reference to an aggravated robbery. 

Responding officers were told two black males entered the business, one brandishing a firearm, and numerous pieces of jewelry were taken. The two left the store as officers approached the area and one officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. 

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Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were called out to the 3500 block of S. Highway 82 on Pleasure Island in reference to a head on collision. 

Arriving officers found a Ram truck and Nissan Armada at the scene. The driver of the Armada was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the truck were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The wreck is currently being investigated by PAPD's Advanced Accident Investigation Team.

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