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Orange police officers responded to EZ Pawn located at 1100 16th St. on June 15 in reference to an aggravated robbery. 

Responding officers were told two black males entered the business, one brandishing a firearm, and numerous pieces of jewelry were taken. The two left the store as officers approached the area and one officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. 

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Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were called out to the 3500 block of S. Highway 82 on Pleasure Island in reference to a head on collision. 

Arriving officers found a Ram truck and Nissan Armada at the scene. The driver of the Armada was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the truck were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The wreck is currently being investigated by PAPD's Advanced Accident Investigation Team.

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Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order June 13 to extend the activity of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners past its set expiration of September 1, 2019. Governor Abbott utilized Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, which allows the Governor to suspend provisions of regulatory statutes prescribing the procedures for the conduct of state business if strict compliance would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with a disaster.

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On June 8, at about 12:30 p.m., the Beaumont Police Department was called to the 800 block of Porter in reference to a shooting victim. 

Officers' preliminary investigation revealed an ongoing disturbance between several individduals in the area led to an exchange of gunfire.

During the incident, a female bystander was struck in the shoulder. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

BPD reports the investigation is ongoing.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a single vehicle accident took place June 9 at about 4 a.m. on FM 1135 in Orange County.

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The Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force made an arrest on June 5 following an anonymous tip.

After receiving the tip, members of the task force conducted a traffic stop on the reported vehicle. Further investigation during the traffic stopped proved the driver was found to be in possession of narcotics.

The driver was identified as James Vosburgh, 53, of China. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and trasnferred to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

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The Beaumont Police Department reported two Harris County men were arrested for robbing a Lucas Street pawn shop on June 5.

At about 4:30 that day, Beaumont police officers responded to EZ Pawn in response to a panic alarm. An employee at the business told officers they had just been robbed by two black males.

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A 48-year-old Mexican national illegally living in the Beaumont area was sentenced to prison for federal immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Jose De Jesus Rocha-Perez pleaded guilty on Dec. 27 to illegal reentry by a previously deported alien and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on May 31 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.         

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Nederland Independent School District has announced Mrs. Natalie Gomez as the new Central Middle School principal. Central Middle School serves over 700 fifth through eighth grade students.

Gomez has 17 years of educational experience, all within Nederland ISD. The last seven years, she has served as assistant principal at Nederland High School. Gomez holds a masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University and has serves on numerous district committees. A seven-person committee assisted with interviewing Gomez amongst a large applicant pool.

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After responding to a call of a body floating in a private pond near Vidor's community pool, the Vidor Police Department (VPD) has released the identity of the man found.

Officers were reviewing all missing persons cases in the area as they awaited the medical examiner to make identification of the body.

An autopsy was conducted on May 30 and the examiner was able to establish the body belonged to 49-year-old Patrick Steven Wall, of Vidor.

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