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The Literacy Center will be hosting a citizenship naturalization service and a new advanced ESL class at the Main Library downtown in the next few weeks, City of Beaumont spokesperson Rosanna Mojica said in a statement.

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Arlington Wood (left) and James Hoffpauir of Vidor

This morning around 1:50 a.m., Jefferson County deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Boondocks Road, Deputy Marcus McLellan said in a release. The caller saw a truck pulling a trailer loaded with an excavator, and moving machinery after dark is unusual.

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Wednesday, Aug. 9, just after 11 a.m., a car hit a building at 7102 Phelan, injuring one person.

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Police in Beaumont arrested three juveniles for auto burglaries Aug. 10 after a police K-9 tracked the young suspects to a garage, Officer Haley Morrow reports.

According to Morrow, officers responded to 1450 N. Major Dr. at about 3:30 a.m. in reference to a possible auto burglary in progress. While en route, the complainant advised that multiple juveniles had fled the scene in a red Dodge Charger, allegedly a stolen car.

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After pulling the trigger in two fatal shootings in less than a year’s time while sworn to protect and serve as an officer of the Beaumont Police Department, Chase Welch exited the ranks of the local law enforcement agency early in 2017. San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is now under their employ, but he was not in the office Wednesday, Aug. 9, allegedly because he was under review for involvement in yet another officer-involved shooting at his new job.

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More than 1,100 Port Arthur ISD stakeholders turned up to vote on a tax increase proposed by the school district on and in advance of Election Day — Saturday, Aug. 5. With more than 57 percent of the vote, or 654 ballots, the tax increase passed.

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In the 1950s, carhops were the waiters or waitresses who brought food to patrons in their vehicles at Sonic-like establishments, sometimes on roller skates. Fifty years later, criminals have corrupted the term, using “car hopping” to describe a troublesome criminal trend.

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It’s after midnight. A young couple parks at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, a place considered by many as a safe haven, to talk and say their goodbyes before going their separate ways for the evening. Suddenly, their peace is shattered when four men, one wielding a handgun, approach the vehicle and accost the pair, stealing their cell phones, car keys and the SUV the youth were occupying.

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Shylaih Prescott

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Shylaih Prescott, 20, on allegations of forgery and intent to defraud and harm after it was reported that she used cinematic prop money to purchase a 4-wheeler through the online marketplace app Offer Up.

Beaumont police have been warning local businesses about customers trying to make purchases with “movie money,” typically $100 bills, since late February, as previously reported by The Examiner.

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Juan San Miguel

Monday, July 24, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was notified by the Beaumont Police Department that part-time Jefferson County Courthouse Security Officer Juan San Miguel was under investigation for sexual assault. It was planned that he would be placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, but San Miguel failed to show up for work Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. 

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