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A 41-year-old, male gunshot victim was pronounced deceased the early morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, according to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department.

The victim was found after Port Arthur Police responded to the 400 block of Procter Street in reference to a shooting. After arriving they found the victim in the 400 block of Fort Worth Avenue, from there he was transported to The Southeast Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased due to his injuries. Port Arthur Police Detectives are currently handling the investigation. 

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Saturday, Dec. 1, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputies were called to assist a game warden who had encountered a suspicious male near McFaddin Beach. When the game warden approached the male, he fled in his vehicle. The game warden later located his vehicle near the waters edge and saw the man flee into the water. He was last seen approximately 200 yards out in the surf. JCSO Marine Unit Deputies responded to the scene as well as the JCSO helicopter. Attempts to locate the male in the water were unsuccessful.

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A Jefferson County jury rejected a 71-year-old Lumberton woman's claim of self-defense in the shooting of her boyfriend, 58-year-old Larry Wayne Atwood of Vidor, convicting the elderly defendant of first-degree murder in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court Nov. 29.

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A head on collision took one life and left several others injured the evening of Nov. 29 on SH 326 in Hardin County, roughly 2 miles from Kountze, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Initial reports indicate that a Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling northbound on SH 326, while a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Dodge crossed the center diving line and collided head-on with the Chevrolet pickup truck.

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Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School’s Student Council and Christmas Club will sponsor “Cookies with Santa,” a free family event, on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Kelly Cafeteria. Families can decorate a Christmas cookie, enjoy hot cocoa and have a picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Those attending are encouraged to bring a donation to benefit the senior residents of Lucas House in Beaumont.

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School is located at 5950 Kelly Dr. in Beaumont.

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The Elmo Willard Branch Library will be ending 2018 with a bang by throwing a New Year’s Eve Celebration for Families on Monday, December 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The party will have fun and games including a scavenger hunt, limbo and Pictionary. Family photos will be taken and karaoke will also be available. Snacks will be provided during the last hour of the party & door prizes will be drawn during the last half hour. The event will end with a countdown that will start at 2:55 p.m.

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After a tumultuous year of Harvey recovery, its effects are still being felt throughout the community, not only as families and businesses rebuild, but also in the lack of charitable donations that are usually forthcoming from the generous Southeast Texas community.

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According to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety, FM 365 northbound and southbound are currently closed approximately five miles north of Interstate 10 following a three-vehicle wreck. The crash took place at approximately 2:15 p.m. and involved three commercial vehicles. 

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A car was stolen the evening of Nov. 28 at a Kroger in Beaumont located at 3845 Phelan Boulevard. 

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Beaumont continues to close the gap on becoming a no-kill city after Beaumont Animal Care reported an overall save rate of 87 percent at the animal shelter for the month of October. This percentage consists of an 85 percent rate for dogs, an 89 percent save rate for cats and an 89 percent save rate for wildlife. 

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