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“The Beaumont ISD Police Department is investigating allegations surrounding mismanagement of PTA funds at Amelia Elementary School,” Beaumont ISD spokesperson Nakisha Burns said. Little other information is available as the investigation is still in the early stages, Burns said, additionally noting that BISD employees cannot serve in a leadership role in campuses’ PTA.

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Officers with the Jasper Police Department, along with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Kirbyville Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, are investigating an apparently bogus bomb threat called into Parnell Elementary School on Feb. 8 and have identified a juvenile suspect in the threat, reports the department.

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The Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) have a suspect in custody relating to the Dec. 2, 2018 death of Scharonn Laroyce Cole. According to police information, he was found at about 2:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Fort Worth Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds after responding to a call about a shooting in the 400 block of Procter Street. 

Cole died of his injuries at the Southeast Texas Medical Center. 

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested a man in possession of 250 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop Feb. 5, reports Detective Janois Grizzaffi.

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The MdBio Foundation recently brought a hi-tech mobile laboratory to several Southeast Texas schools, teaching hurricane-impacted students about wildlife forensics, virtual reality and other STEM-related subjects by providing them with hands-on experience.

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A Port Arthur couple is seeking a refund for roof repairs from a convicted felon with a history of theft who is currently on probation in Jasper County for a financial crime reportedly related to stealing from former clients of an RV company he managed.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported an auto-pedestrian crash on South Broadway in China resulted in the death of 66-year-old Melton Sonnier, of Beaumont. 

DPS responded to the call around 7:30 p.m. Initial reports showed a 2004 Hyundai was driving northbound on S. Broadway when the passenger saw something in the roadway. The driver slammed on his brakes but was unable to avoid striking the object. The object turned out to be Sonnier lying in a fetal position on the road.

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A Beaumont police officer initiating a stop was able to apprehend a burglary suspect in a stolen vehicle with a stolen firearm.

According to the Beaumont Police Department, at about 3 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, an officer initiated a traffic stop of a silver Ford escape around Cardinal Drive and Martin Luther King. The driver was identified as Latoddrarick Lute, 19. At the time, he was in possession of numerous sets of keys from a car lot and a stolen handgun. 

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The Beaumont Police Department placed Morris Broussard, 48, under arrest after a woman told officers he refused to allow her to get treatment for a gunshot wound and sexually assaulted her on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

According to BPD information, the department responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Milam in referrence to a victim of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they detained a subject matching the description of the shooter given by the caller. Evidence on the scene showed a crime had occurred, however the victim was not at the location.

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