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An Orange County preliminary autopsy report of an Orange County 18-month-old says the young boy's death was a homicide. 

According to information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a woman claiming to be the child's mother arrived at the closed hospital in Orange seeking emergency treatment for the boy, identified as Raydyn Jones. Nursing staff working on the campus of the closed emergency room attempted to render aid and first responders were called to the scene.

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The former chief the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department pleaded guilty to stealing from the department he once led.

According to Galveston County prosecutors, an investigation into the department and its chief, David Loop, 61, of Winnie, began when checks from the department started bouncing in 2013. Loop was accused of stealing $70,000 from the department beginning in 2009 and spending as much as $25,000 of those funds at a racetrack and casino in Louisiana.

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A suspect in a Louisiana homicide is dead in Kirbyville after a short standoff with law enforcement ended in a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to information from the Kirbyville Police Department, at about 4 a.m. Saturday, March 16, two individuals were shot at a home in Beauregard Parish, resulting in the death of one of the victims.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported the Hamshire Quick Mart located at Highway 73 and Englin Road was robbed on Monday, March 18, at about 3:20 p.m.

According to information from JCSO, a masked white male entered the store wearing a light gray hoodie with a black zipper, dark camo lower face covering, gloves, dark pants and black shoes. The suspect used a semiautomatic handgun to commit the crime.

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Texas DPS troopers responded to a reported crash at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, March 15. Upon their arrival, troopers found the driver of the SUV, identified as Robert Spears, 55, of Port Neches.

Their investigation showed the SUV Spears was traveling in veered off the roadway and flipped several times before coming to a stop in a nearby ditch. Spears was thrown from the vehicle an ddied at the scene of the crash.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct two separate crash reconstructions causing multiple lane closures on Interstate 10 and Highway 69 beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. 

The first reconstruction will take place on the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge that traverses the Neches River from 9 to 11 a.m. Drivers on the eastbound lanes of I-10 are urged to use Highway 69 to detour through Port Arthur and Bridge City.

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The Beaumont Police Department is investigating a homicide that took place at Bar 23 Social Lounge on Sunday, March 17, at about 3:40 a.m.

According to information from BPD, officers arrived at the scene and located a victim, identified as 36-year-old Quincy Davis, in the parking lot of the club. Shortly after, two additional shooting victims arrived at a local hospital. One victim was listed in critical condition while they second was listed as stable.

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The Beaumont Police Department made an arrest of an auto burglary suspect following a surveillance operation at the Folsom Hike and Bike Trail. 

Prior to the operation, an auto burglary had occurred at the location and resulted in the victim's credit cards being used at a local store. During the investigation, officers were able to establish a description of the suspect. 

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A Vidor police officer investigating the fraudulent use of a credit card had to go to a local hospital emergency room for treatment after encountering an unidentified substance that caused him to become ill.

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The Port Arthur Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a woman suspected of several forgeries. PAPD says the alleged crimes have taken place in the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas. 

Anyone with information relating to the suspect's identity or the crimes is asked to contact PAPD Detective Cater at (409) 983-8631, or Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-TIPS.

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