Wednesday, Jan. 18, just after 10:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Cartwright Street, Beaumont Fire-Rescue received a call for a house fire, Beaumont Fire Department Captain Jimmy Blanchard reported.

Beaumont Fire-Rescue personnel responded and found a single story home heavily involved with fire. The homeowner was on scene and reported being asleep when he was awakened by the fire. The home sustained heavy fire damage.

After investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental, being caused by a clothes dryer.


In his latest effort to protect Texans from the scourge of dangerous synthetic drugs, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Jan. 18 against the Dallas convenience store Hi Flamez and its owner, Mohamed Bakr, to stop the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.

Issac Lynn Williams

On Jan. 18, Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the human trafficking unit of his office for its work to help apprehend a suspect who fled the country after he was charged with using for sex trafficking of a teenage girl in Texas.


On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 2:45 p.m., Beaumont Police Department Special Assignment Unit officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of 10th Street, BPD PIO Haley Morrow reported.

Damarcus Deshun McGhee

Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:27 p.m., officers responded to The Anchor Church, at 6655 Highway 105, in reference to a male who stated he’d been shot in the face, Officer Carol Riley reported.

The subject, a 26-year-old Port Arthur man, had what appeared to be a single, small-caliber gunshot wound to his face. He told officers he was at theapartments on Alpine Circle when the incident occurred. He was transported by Beaumont EMS to St. Elizabeth's Hospital.


Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 12:29 p.m., Beaumont Police officers responded to the 4400 block of Magnolia Street in reference to a major vehicle crash, BPD Officer Haley Morrow reported.

There were two vehicles involved in the crash, a red Chevy Camaro and a green Cadillac Deville. The driver of the green Cadillac Deville died as a result of her injuries; she is identified as Linda Ramsey, a 75-year-old Beaumont woman.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time.

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Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.


The Women’s March on Washington grew overnight from a Facebook event started by a retired attorney in Hawaii to well over 200,000 attendees and supporters anticipated.

Locally, retired teacher Shelby Smith is leading a sister march in downtown Beaumont on Jan. 21 on the same day. 

“It’s basically a voice for the people. It’s not going to be a protest for just one thing,” Smith said. “It’s to show our solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington.”


Little Cypress Elementary received two grants from International Paper’s IP Giving Foundation last week. The first is for a refill kit for expendable materials used in the second grade’s Saxon Phonics program, worth $4,374.92.

Marcell Livings and Terry Booker

With help from K-9 Gus, police tracked down and arrested two men Jan. 16 after the pair allegedly fled the scene following an aggravated robbery at the Heritage Inn, 2850 I-10 East in Beaumont.