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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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A Beaumont man who allegedly committed more than a dozen thefts over a nine-month period has been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury and will face 14 charges of felony theft.

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On May 19, Beaumont police officers were called to EZ Pawn located on College Street in reference to an aggravated robbery. 

During the crime, it was reported three black male suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas covering their faces entered the business. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. After committing the robbery, the suspects fled in a black, four-door, newer model vehicle - possibly a Lincoln MKZ with paper plates. 

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Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to a business located on Jefferson Drive on May 17 in reference to an auto burglary. 

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A Jefferson County grand jury indicted a Beaumont man for burglary of a habitation after breaking in and assaulting his ex at her home.

According to the probable cause affidavit of Beaumont Police Officer A. Garcia, the Beaumont Police Department was dispatched to a home located on Lawrence Drive on Saturday, March 31. Dispatch told responding officers Ronnie Arline was chasing his former girlfriend through her residence with a firearm. By the time officers arrived, the perpetrator had left the home. 

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An 18-year-old LaPorte man pleaded guilty to robbing a Liberty bank on May 16.

Aaron Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the charge of bank robbery by force or intimidation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.

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At about 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, the Beaumont Police Department was called to a fatal collision involving a motorcycle on Interstate 10 near the Magnolia overpass. 

Witness statements showed the motorcycle was operating at a very high rate of speed when he struck the concrete retaining wall on the inside eastbound lane. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle into the oncoming westbound traffic, where he was struck by several vehicles. 

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Orange County Emergency Management is currently monitoring the weather situation; the amount of rainfall that was predicted to be spread over a three day period fell overnight with 6 to 8 inches severely saturating the soil. We continue to have the risk today through Saturday of another 2 to 3 inches with some isolated areas receiving up to 6 inches. There are several road closures due to flooding throughout the County please take precautions and be aware of barricades.

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The Port Arthur Police Department reported the Narcotics Unit, assisted by SWAT officers, executed a search warrant at a residence in the Louis Manor Apartment complex located on Joe Louis Avenue. 

A search of the property resulted in the discovery confiscation of approximately 185 gramd of ecstacy and an unknown amount of marijuana. The 36-year-old Port Arthur man was arrested on scene and charged with possession of a controlled substance - penalty group one.

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