John Thomas Bebeau

John Thomas Bebeau, 60, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. He was born Dec. 12, 1956, to Dr. Eugene Russell Bebeau Sr. and Grace Kouns, in Beaumont. John Thomas was delivered as a package deal along with his twin sister, Charlotte Anne.

As a child, he was constantly motivated to keep his eight brothers and sisters smiling. Whether the jokes involved silly pranks or jumping on mattresses past bedtime with his older sister, Cathy, it was no doubt that John loved the sound of laughter.


The Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division offered a reward on Feb. 27 of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in the shooting of eight year-old De'Maree Adkins.

The award offered by the Governor’s office, combined with the Houston Crime Stoppers award of $5,000 will bring the total amount to $15,000.

Following a car crash around 2:00 A.M. on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Houston, an unknown gunman opened fire on the vehicle De’Maree was traveling in, resulting in her death.


Police are searching for a suspect in the aggravated robbery of the Chevron Food Mart located at 2323 Lutcher Dr. in Orange Feb. 25, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

Jamie Butler, Tyrohnda Saffold and Eddie Melton

On Monday, Feb. 27, at about 12:30 a.m. Beaumont Police conducted a traffic stop in the 5100 block of I-10 S.

During the stop, officers located about 23 grams of suspected MDMA (Ecstasy) and about 17 ounces of suspected marijuana, Officer Haley Morrow reported.

The three occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. They were transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

The suspects are identified as Jamie Butler, 24, Eddie Melton, 36, Tyrohnda Saffold, 26, all from Clarksdale, Mississippi.


The section of Old Dowlen Road crossing Northwest parkway, which is currently under construction, is being temporarily reduced to a single lane of traffic for two days this week as contract workers install drainage utilities across Old Dowlen Road, the city's Public Works/Engineering department announced.


Feb. 26 about 1:15 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to an eight vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County. The crash occurred on the Neches River Bridge.


An Examiner investigation has uncovered information that sources say led to several recent suspensions at the Port Arthur Police Department.

During an exclusive interview with The Examiner, a woman who says she was victimized by PAPD officers revealed the details of her complaint, which is purportedly one of several issues under investigation.

The press release


Update, Feb. 27:

The inmate who was rushed to the hospital after reportedly being found hanging in her cell Feb. 24 has died, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

According to an update from Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Grizzaffi, Rosa Bonilla, 35, was pronounced deceased at Christus St. Elizabeth’s hospital on Sunday, February 26, at approximately 12:29 p.m. Bonilla had been transported to the hospital Friday night after she was discovered.


Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Feb. 24 that Ramon Anthony Montoya, 31, of Beaumont, Texas, was found guilty by a jury for the first-degree offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The jury assessed Montoya’s punishment at 99 years confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and Montoya was formally sentenced by Judge John B. Stevens, Jr.