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Beaumont police officers were called to the area of Franklin and Avenue C in reference to a robbery in progress on May 3, at about 5 a.m. 

Arriving officers located a 45-year-old victim who told them the suspect, identified as Frank Brown, 22, of Beaumont, had approached him while he was walking to work and threatened him with a firearm. The victim gave Brown his money with Brown promptly fleeing on foot. 

Brown was located in the vicinity, matching the description given to officers by dispatch. Discard clothing and a gun were also found. 

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The U.S. Attorney's Office presented two cases to the grand jury and on May 1, after hearing information presented, Bernard Bell, 26, and Brian Alfred, 43, were indicted for separate incidents. 

Bernard James Bell was arrested on Apr. 17, pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with felon in possession of a firearm. 

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A Silsbee man is behind bars in Hardin County after allegedly killing 39-year-old Marcus Elam, also of Silsbee.

Reginald Carvin Kyles is being held for shooting Elam after Silsbee police responded to a call at about 1:40 p.m. Monday, April 29 regarding a gunshot victim. Elam was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Kyles was arrested following the incident and, as of publication, is being held on a $750,000 bond.

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Orange County Parks is hosting public meetings on May 14 and 15 to gain valuable input from the community on possible improvements to several area parks.

The goal of the planning effort is to create an action plan for restoring and improving the parks of Orange County with the purpose of preserving and improving natural resources and wildlife habitats, as well as enhance recreational facilities and gathering places for park goers. 

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A wreck in Orange County shut down Interstate 10 after an 18-wheeler caught fire following the collision.

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Nearly one month after being convicted for conspiracy in the assault of her estranged husband, Jefferson County Judge Raquel West  signed an order allowing Kelly Daws to face a jury for a second time.

The Motion for New Trial submitted on April 25 alleges Daws' trial attorney, Glen Crocker, committed "ineffective assistance of counsel" by failing to ensure accomplice-witness instructions were submitted to the jury. 

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Port Arthur Independent School District's Memorial High School was evacuated Friday, April 26, after contractors working on the property struck a utility line causing the school to fill with gas.

Administrators quickly called for an evacuation of the building's 2,000 students and contacted parents. PAISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie said protocols regarding the evacuation were adhered to by students and staff, resulting in a quick and effective clearance of the property.

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The restored home at 1357 Broadway St. in Beaumont has been a labor of love in progress for over two years for designer Jeff McManus of McManus Company. McManus will be extending his hospitality to an old friend and artist Cathy Jeffers during “First Thursday” on Thursday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m., which is nestled behind the Mildred Building.

This evening is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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The family of a Beaumont man killed March 17 at a local night club is asking for the public to come forward with any information relating to their family member’s death.

Quincy Davis was at Bar 23 Social Lounge at about 3:40 a.m. when relatives say a domestic dispute occurred between acquaintances of Davis. His attempt to intervene ended with many shots being fired from multiple weapons and ultimately, with Davis killed and two others injured.

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Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham and Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary announced April 25 that a Jefferson County grand jury returned indictments on three individuals involved in the trafficking of a 12-year-old female. The indictments are the result of a joint investigation involving the Beaumont Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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