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Beaumont Police Department (BPD) released a statement Tuesday, Dec. 18 warning Southeast Texans of a scam phone call. According to the statement, BPD was made aware of a scam in which the victim received a phone call from someone who identified themselves as a Beaumont Police officer calling in reference to warrants.

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Interstate 10 at Hamshire Road will be moving down to one lane the night of Monday, Dec. 17, starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. The closure is due to the I-10 widening and reconstruction project. 

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On Dec. 15 at about 7:40 p.m., Liberty County deputies responded to a report of an auto-pedestrian accident in the 8200 block of FM 1960. Upon arrival, deputies found a 10-year-old Regina Howell Elementary student had been struck by a Dodge Ram that had been traveling westbound on FM 1960. 

The child had reportedly run out into the roadway, into the oncoming path of the Dodge, when he was struck. He was air lifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was pronounced dead.

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Three teens from the Nederland area were killed in an early morning wreck just inside Woodville city limits. Around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, a vehicle carrying five passengers including Nicholas Breaux, 17, Natalee Merriman, 17, and Waylon Paul, 15, veered off Highway 287, flipped, striking multiple telephone poles, according to information from the Woodville Police.

Emergency responders used the jaws of life to extract a number of victims. Breaux, Merriman and Paul were pronounced dead at the scene. 

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The Beaumont Police Department announced downtown Beaumont restaurant, Tacos La Bamba, was robbed Saturday, Dec. 15, at about 9:30 a.m. 

Through witnesses, officer deteremined two suspects entered the business armed with handguns. One of the suspects held the clerk at gunpoint demanding money while the other suspect ran to the back of the business where Barri Financial is located. 

The second suspect struck one of the victims on the head with the handgun and took a large amount of cash prior to fleeing the scene with the first suspect.

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On Thursday Dec. 14, the Port Arthur Police Department  conducted an operation focusing on gaming establishments throughout the city. Through the course of numerous inspections, officers discovered numerous city ordinance violations, resulting in a total of 63 individual charges.

The PAPD stated joint gaming operations involving PAPD, Port Arthur Fire Department and city of Port Arthur Inspections Department will continue regularly.

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Kelby Daigle (Left) and Tommy Ford (Right)

Two alleged Beaumont burglars were busted after the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office investigated a burglary in the 11000 block of West Clubb Road that was reported Monday, Dec.10. 

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Nicholas Ray Smith (Left) and Rolanda Deandre Jackson (Right)

Two men were arrested after police responded to a tip about suspicious activity in the 4600 block of Collier in Beaumont. 

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Starting around 12:30 p.m., the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) began receiving calls from various businesses, churches and entities in regards to bomb threats that had been emailed to them. The threats against Beaumont organizations appears to be part of larger nationwide series of threats, according to BPD Officer Haley Morrow.

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Part of Interstate 10 will be going down to one lane with alternating lane closure starting Friday, Dec. 14, at 9 p.m. and ending Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. The closures will be from Hamshire Road to FM 365 and come as part of the I-10 widening and reconstruction project. 

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