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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 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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During an operation by the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force, in partnership with the Criminal Interdiction Team, on May 7, a Houston woman was arrested.

A uniformed deputy conducted a stop on a white Chevrolet Malibu after observing several traffic violations. The deputy immediately recognized the female driver from a previous stop, which had resulted in the discovery of a large amount of currency and drugs. A K-9 unit was called to the scene and displayed a positive narcotics response on the vehicle.

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In the early morning hours of May 7, Beaumont police officers received a call to Bedford Townhomes regarding a shooting.

Arriving officers found a man inside the apartment suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was transported by Beaumont EMS to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. 

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An Orange woman was killed May 3 after stepping into the path of an oncoming truck.

The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 62 and FM 105. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were called to the scene in reference to an auto-pedestrian accident.

The initial reports show a GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound on Highway 62. A pedestrian, identified as Cindy Williams, 56, was standing in the turn lane and walked into the path of the truck. The driver was unable to avoid hitting her. 

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