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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), in collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Beaumont Health Department, Beaumont Animal Services and the Texas Department of Transportation, are hosting a Summer Safety Kickoff event on June 3 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The event will be held at the Beaumont Health Department, located at 3040 College St. in Beaumont.

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Officers with the Beaumont Police Department report an accident between a passenger car and a dump truck claimed the lives of two Beaumont Independent School District students May 19.

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Ellen Ochoa

A veteran NASA astronaut joined the ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Friday, May 19.

Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to travel to space and current director of the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, brings the total number of space explorers honored in the hall of fame to 95.

Bob Cabana, 2008 hall of famer and current director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, presided over the ceremony at Kennedy’s visitor complex to welcome the new inductees.

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Both lanes of US 69 southbound between Highland Avenue and MLK (Spur 380) in Beaumont will be closed with traffic detoured to the frontage roads from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday and Monday nights, May 21 and 22, as crews install concrete traffic barrier, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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Officer Rickey Antoine has become the face of PAPD traffic enforcement.

Although Port Arthur “traffic-policing juggernaut” Rickey Antoine is famous for being the kind of hard-hitting lawman that even wrote his own mother a speeding ticket, according to allegations that sparked an investigation currently underway, he is also the kind of officer that would set aside those tickets if the price – or shoe size – is right.

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Trading on the Internet can be a wild experience with deals on practically anything and everything one can imagine just a click away. But some online sellers in the Houston area learned this week that illegal sales of wildlife products can become high ticket items.

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Police and SWAT team officers in Port Arthur peacefully negotiated a hostage situation at a residence there May 18 and arrested one man, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

According to a statement from spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter, officers conducting a burglary investigation identified, detained and arrested a suspect, 38-year-old Christopher James Simpson. Officers reportedly witnessed the suspect carrying a television into the residence at 2426 11th St. and secured the perimeter of the property.

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Police in Vidor arrested a woman May 12 for possession of a controlled substance after reportedly finding three liquid-filled syringes believed to contain methamphetmine, a tablet of suspected ecstasy and other drugs during a traffic stop, according to Vidor Police Department Officer Matthew Custer. 

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Jerry McDaniel, Eric Hernandez and Anthony M. Gants

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Seven men were arrested May 17 during a warrant search in Jefferson County that reportedly turned up marijuana, alprazolam/Xanax and firearms, reports Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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