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District Attorney Bob Wortham announced June 12 that Allen James Hancock, 32, of Beaumont has been found guilty of capital murder by a jury in the Criminal District Court, The Honorable John B. Stevens presiding.

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Police in Orange are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Orange County at about 9:25 p.m. on June 12, reports Captain Robert Enmon. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident. 

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As Temple Emanuel’s new orchard for the homeless opened with a dedication ceremony in May, guests and their children walked through looking at the blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and several citrus and nut trees planted in what used to be a vacant lot across from the Temple.

Temple president Allison Nathan Getz recognized the work of the social justice committee members who she said have “made this happen.”

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Beaumont’s Pride festival started in 2014, but the non-profit folded last year due to financial difficulties, as previously reported by the Examiner on March 9.

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Update: By June 10, donations to Crime Stoppers increased the reward for information leading to arrest in the capital murder of Kera Teel to $14,500.

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The reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for the capital murder of Kera Teel, a 19-year-old pregnant mother who was shot to death June 6, has been increased to $10,000 after local businesses and concerned citizens donated monies to increase the amount in order to encourage members of the public to come forward if they know anything. 

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Amber Woods, Spindletop Center director of Crisis Services, shares anxiety disor

Spindletop Center provided Mental Health First Aid training for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont Police Department and Lumberton Police Department officers Wednesday, May 24, at the BPD training room.

Approximately 24 police officers participated in the training, part of an ongoing effort to bridge the gap between mental health providers and law enforcement and concentrate the expertise of both to best treat individuals with mental health problems.

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On June 5 at about 9:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.

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The Richard Industrial Group (RIG) Foundation donated a total of $10,000 to two local nonprofits in separate check presentations held Thursday, June 1, and Monday, June 5. The foundation donated $2,000 to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas on Thursday and $8,000 to Adaptive Sports for Kids (ASK) on Monday. The funds were raised by the company’s 12th annual bass tournament, which was held Saturday, April 8, at Toledo Bend.

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Dennis Reeves

A temporary restraining order has been granted to the family of Dennis Reeves, the Kirbyville High School principal found dead of a gunshot wound on the school’s campus May 23 with his foot on the brake pedal of his still running truck. Reeves’ family is seeking the court’s intervention to prevent the destruction of evidence they allege could shed light on what transpired in the time leading up to the death, according to court documents.

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