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A Jefferson County grand jury returned indictments against Danyell Seawright, 17, of Lufkin, in the shooting death of Olajuwon Vaughns on Wednesday, Dec. 5.According to the probable cause affidavit, Beaumont police officers responded to Autumn Oaks apartments on Eastex Freeway on July 24. Upon their arrival, they found 23-year-old Vaughns suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Responding Beaumont EMS pronounced Vaughns dead at the scene.

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An 18-year-old Port Arthur man has been indicted for murder Dec. 5 related to the March 4 shooting death of 18-year-old Kevonn J. Washington.

Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) arrested James Earl Holloway Nov. 13 and charged him with Washington’s murder. Washington was found deceased at the Lakeview Palms Apartments, located at 5200 Gulfway Dr., having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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At approximately 10 p.m., on Nov. 30, in Jefferson County, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper attempted to stop a Subaru passenger vehicle on Interstate 10 for a traffic violation when the driver fled from law enforcement.

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A 20-year-old Port Arthur man was transported to a local hospital the evening of Monday, Dec. 3, due to a gunshot wound to his lower extremities, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

According to PAPD, officers responded to the 1400 block of Florida Avenue after receiving a call about a shooting. After arriving the victim was found by police officers and transported to a local medical facility for treatment. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police have not released the name of the victim.

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A 40-year-old Houston man has been convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Dec. 4.

John D. Leontaritis, owner and operator of Vanderhall Exotics of Houston, and former owner operator of Global Motorcars of Houston, car dealerships that specialize in exotic, luxury automobiles, was found guilty by a jury Dec. 4 following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

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Many people in the Beaumont community worry about where their next meal will come from. LongHorn Steakhouse is working to give those in need some relief. Every week, the LongHorn Steakhouse in Beaumont gathers unused, surplus food and prepares it for donation to Some Other Place.

Items like steak, fish, potatoes, honey wheat bread and vegetables are donated.

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An unsuccessful “smash and grab” is being investigated after a pick up truck backed into the doors of a Walgreens on the corner of College and 11th around 5 a.m. on Nov. 30. 

According to Beaumont Police, the unsuccessful crime involved multiple suspects who are suspected of trying to rob the location of its ATM by making entry through the collision. The suspects fled the scene before officers arrived. 

Anyone with information on this crime can call Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-TIPS (8747) or BPD at (409) 832-1234.

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A 41-year-old, male gunshot victim was pronounced deceased the early morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, according to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department.

The victim was found after Port Arthur Police responded to the 400 block of Procter Street in reference to a shooting. After arriving they found the victim in the 400 block of Fort Worth Avenue, from there he was transported to The Southeast Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased due to his injuries. Port Arthur Police Detectives are currently handling the investigation. 

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Saturday, Dec. 1, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputies were called to assist a game warden who had encountered a suspicious male near McFaddin Beach. When the game warden approached the male, he fled in his vehicle. The game warden later located his vehicle near the waters edge and saw the man flee into the water. He was last seen approximately 200 yards out in the surf. JCSO Marine Unit Deputies responded to the scene as well as the JCSO helicopter. Attempts to locate the male in the water were unsuccessful.

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A Jefferson County jury rejected a 71-year-old Lumberton woman's claim of self-defense in the shooting of her boyfriend, 58-year-old Larry Wayne Atwood of Vidor, convicting the elderly defendant of first-degree murder in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court Nov. 29.

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