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A car was stolen the evening of Nov. 28 at a Kroger in Beaumont located at 3845 Phelan Boulevard. 

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Beaumont continues to close the gap on becoming a no-kill city after Beaumont Animal Care reported an overall save rate of 87 percent at the animal shelter for the month of October. This percentage consists of an 85 percent rate for dogs, an 89 percent save rate for cats and an 89 percent save rate for wildlife. 

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The Beaumont Police Department responded to a call regarding a burglary suspect vehicle stopped in the roadway around Broadway and Sixth streets on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Officers attempted to make contact with the driver, later identified as John Foutz, 35, of Beaumont, when he fled in the vehicle. 

Foutz lost control of the vehicle in the 4900 block of Pine Street and then attempted to evade officers on foot. He was quickly apprehended and placed under arrest for evading detention in a motor vehicle and evading arrest on foot.

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On Nov. 28, the Port Arthur Police Department received a call from a citizen regarding a black male displaying a firearm in the parking lot of Judice's French Market at approximately 12:30 p.m. Shortly after, officers received information of a vehicle traveling on Procter Street which had been struck by a bullet, resulting in the front passenger of the vehicle sustaining a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her leg.

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Hit up Beaumont Classic Movie Nights’ showing of the holiday favorite, “Elf,” on Friday, Nov. 30, and get there early for a contest that could earn free tickets to future showings while letting off a little steam (gas).

The 7:30 p.m. showing introduces the audience to Buddy (Will Ferrell), who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. 

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Letters come down at the "Butch"

Thursday, Nov. 29, work was underway at the Beaumont Independent School Memorial Stadium, with workers removing the old Carrol A. “Butch” Thomas signage to erect new lettering.

According to district spokesperson Nakisha Burns, the change is being made in an effort to bridge divisions within the Beaumont community. 

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that, two Greek shipping companies, Avin International LTD, and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Beaumont to charges stemming from several discharges of oil into the waters of Texas ports by the oil tanker M/T Nicos I.V., announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney Joseph D. Brown for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Southeast Texas State Representative Joseph Deshotel announced on Monday, Nov. 26, that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will soon reopen its Port Arthur branch.

“We have been working with the Department of Public Safety regarding the long waits at the Beaumont office and limited hours of operation at the Port Arthur location,” Deshotel reported. “We are happy to announce the Texas Department of Public Safety will open the Port Arthur office back to normal business hours Dec. 11.”

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Orange police officers responded to a report of a major collision on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Community Christian Church on Nov. 26. According to information from Orange Police Department, an 18-year-old woman was driving southbound on Martin Luther King when she struck the back of a sanitation truck picking up waste containers. An employee working on the truck was seriously injured during the wreck and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont where he died from his injuries. The 18-year-old driver was also transported to the hospital for treatment.

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4-year-old heart transplant patient Griffin Barnett

Shopping local doesn’t have to stop with what you pay for food and clothes. As the season of buying, and of giving and receiving, quickly approaches, also consider the disposable income you put into charity — and whether those funds could be used in the community you call home.

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