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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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 The Vidor Police Department recently announced the donation of a ballistic vest for K-9 Officer Rocky, and thanked the organization that provided the protective gear, which was donated by Vested Interest in K-9s.

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On Nov. 21, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office fugitive warrant deputies arrested Mark Miller, 52, of Orange, at the Beaumont federal prison in relation to two charges of indecency with a child out of Harris County.

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On Nov. 21, just after 11 p.m., Beaumont police responded to a robbery that occurred in the 4400 block of Fifth Street. Officers were advised two victims were robbed at gun point and their vehicle was stolen by two suspects. Responding officers were able to locate the vehicle near Sarah and Fourth streets at which point the suspects attempted to evade officers.

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As a reminder of the dangers that increase during the height of shopping during holiday season, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has released some safety tips to help shoppers remain safe. 

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Port Arthur Police officers with the help of the Jefferson County warrant division arrested 69-year-old OC Thomas on Nov. 21, for the October murder of Michael Lynn Thomas, 56 of Port Arthur. 

Information from PAPD shows Michael Thomas was shot in the torso Oct. 24 at Fabric Care WAashateria on 25th Street in Port Arthur. At the time, he was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Bond for OC Thomas is set at $1.5 million.

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The Beaumont Police Department responded to a call regarding a shooting Saturday, Nov. 25 at approximately 11:15 p.m. at the Eleganza Event Center. Upon arrival, officers discovered two separate wedding receptions were taking place when an altercation occurred. Five people were reportedly injured when an unknown suspect fired a shotgun into the fighting party-goers.

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