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One Friday, Feb. 15, Jefferson County deputies, with assistance from a K-9 officer and the Jefferson County crime scene unit responded to two reported burglaries that took place in the 2700 block of Tyler Avenue in Nederland. 

Photos showing a suspect vehicle used in the burglaries were obtained from neighboring home videos. Soon after the release of the photos, calls came into Crime Stoppers helping identify possible suspects.

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Police say an autopsy report recently released revealed that an inmate found dead in a cell at the Jasper City Jail on Jan. 30 died of a drug overdose.

According to a news release from the Jasper Police Department (JPD), a coroner deemed the death accidental and the autopsy report from the Jefferson County medical examiner’s office indicates 28-year-old Steven Mitchell Qualls’ died as the result of methamphetamine/amphetamine toxicity.

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The Port Arthur Police Department responded to a wreck in the 6100 block of West Port Arthur Road around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. 

According to department information, arriving officers found both drivers died in the wreck. There were no passengers in either vehicle. The drivers were identified as Arron Breed, 48, of Port Arthur and Mark Anthony, 47, of Port Acres.

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A felony indictment of tampering with a governmental record against Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was dismissed following a hearing in the 344th Judicial District Court on Thursday, Feb. 22.

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The Beaumont Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on Friday, Feb. 22, at about 3 a.m. The caller said the vehicle was possibly casing the parking lot of the Comfort Suites on Walden Road. Officers quickly arrived and located a black male juvenile exiting the window of a vehicle and quickly detained him. Several suspects were seen exitinga  stolen grey Volkswagen Jetta close by, fleeing on foot. 

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On Friday, Feb. 22, two separate incidents caused Oak Forest Elementary to locked down and Mauriceville Elementary to initiate a lockout temporarily.

Vidor Independent School District announced the elementary was placed on lockdown because of two suspicious individuals were spotted walking on district property. The school went into a precautionary lockdown as seccurity and law enforcement investigated. The two were arrested on outstanding warrants and the lockdown was lifted.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, that Shane Gotte, 50, was sentenced to an additional 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Based on a plea agreement between Gotte and the state, he was previously sentenced to 60 years on another charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, 20 years for three charges of indecency with a child by contact, 20 years for three charges of promotion of child pornography and 10 years for one charge of indecency with a child by exposure.

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The Orange Police Department has identified Yovahnis Rogue, 26, as the man responsible for the Tuesday, Feb. 19, stabbing death of his 2-year-old daughter. 

According to information from OPD, officers responded to a call from a neighbor in reference to a possible death. They arrived on the scene within two minutes and discovered the girl dead inside the residence. 

An investigation showed Rogue was responsible for her death and Rogue was charged with capital murder. 

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Beaumont police officers on patrol in the 2000 block of Earl Street observed two suspicious vehicles at an abandoned residence on Monday, Feb. 18. Along with the vehicles, officers also spotted several individuals in the yard of the home at 2220 Earl Street. 

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The Beaumont Police Department responded to Star Bowling on Pinkston Drive on Sunday, Feb. 17, around 11:30 a.m. in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon officers' arrival, they found a red truck next to the woodline separating the bowling center and the Home Depot parking lot. Officers attempted to make contact with the occupants of the vehicle; however, the driver pulled onto Pinkston driving towards Eastex Freeway. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot, which resulted in the vehicle attempting to evade police.

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