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Monday, Sept. 9, officers with the Port Arthur Police Department responded to the 5000 block of Tremont Street in reference to a welfare check. Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased 81-year-old man. The victim was found with signs of blunt force trauma to the upper portion of his body.

Officers also found a relative of the victim was present at the location at the time of the welfare check. She was transported to the police department for questioning. She was later identified as Kelli Diedre Sartin, 53.

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Officers with the Orange Police Department were called out to respond to two separate robberies over the weekend and are now seeking a suspect caught on camera.

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On Aug. 31, at about 2:30 p.m., officers from the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to B.J.'s Corner Store located at 1201 Seventh St. in reference to a stabbing that had just occurred. 

Officers arrived on scene and an investigation revealed that the subject and the victim were involved in a dispute. During the dispute, the suspect began cutting the victim. The victim sustained a large laceration to the arm and apuncture wound in the shoulder. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is listed in stable condition.

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Following an extensive investigation, the Beaumont Police Narcotics and Special Assignments units were able to identify individuals suspected of delivering narcotics in and around the 4000 block of Buffalo. Investigators were able to obtain a search and arrest warrant for 4030 Buffalo that named three Beaumont men, which they executed Aug. 23, at about 10 a.m.

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A traffic stop by the Beaumont Police Department resulted in one arrest and the seizure of 45 kilos of cocaine.

On Aug. 23, at about 2 a.m. Narcotics Interdiction Officers with BPD were working a criminal patrol on I-10 when they observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A BPD K-9 responded to the traffic stop and gave a positive alert to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. 

During the search, officers located 45 kilograms of suspected cocaine hidden inside the door frames of the vehicle.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a multi-vehicle wreck at about 3 p.m. on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County. The crash was approximately three miles east of the Jefferson-County Chambers County line.

The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicated that a 2011 Kia SUV was traveling westbound on I-10 at an unsafe speed for the wet road conditions and lost control. The Kia struck a concrete wall and spun into a semi-trailer and another vehicle. A total of seven vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash.

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On Aug. 27, at about 9:30 a.m., Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer was attempting to locate a man wanted on an outstanding felony warrant at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Fourth Street. As Hanauer drove into the parking area for the complex, he spotted a a white male he recognized as the wanted man. The police chief made contact with the suspect, who immediately got into his vehicle and fled the area.

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The body of a Beaumont woman who went missing Aug. 21 was found days later, the Beaumont Police Department said.

Mina Jean Hamm, 76, of Beaumont was last seen at CVS, located at Highway 105 and Eastex Freeway, around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police had additional concerns as Hamm was off needed medication at the time. 

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On Aug. 24, at about 3 a.m., officers with the Beaumont Police Department were called to the area of W. Cardinal Drive and Fannett Road in reference to a one-vehicle crash. Arriving officers found a black Chevy Suburban in the 1700 block of W. Cardinal Drive. The driver of the vehicle, as well as his dog, were both deceased. The preliminary investigation showed that the vehicle was traveling on Cardinal Drive when it left the roadway and went into the median and continued traveling between the guardrails dividing east and westbound lanes.

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An investigative effort between the Port Arthur Police Department and the Texas Rangers resulted in a break in a cold case more than three decades old. 

Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham announced the arrest of Daniel Andrew MacGinnis for the 1988 murder of Patricia Ann Jacobs on Aug. 27. 

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