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Police and SWAT team officers in Port Arthur peacefully negotiated a hostage situation at a residence there May 18 and arrested one man, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

According to a statement from spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter, officers conducting a burglary investigation identified, detained and arrested a suspect, 38-year-old Christopher James Simpson. Officers reportedly witnessed the suspect carrying a television into the residence at 2426 11th St. and secured the perimeter of the property.

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Police in Vidor arrested a woman May 12 for possession of a controlled substance after reportedly finding three liquid-filled syringes believed to contain methamphetmine, a tablet of suspected ecstasy and other drugs during a traffic stop, according to Vidor Police Department Officer Matthew Custer. 

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Jerry McDaniel, Eric Hernandez and Anthony M. Gants

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Seven men were arrested May 17 during a warrant search in Jefferson County that reportedly turned up marijuana, alprazolam/Xanax and firearms, reports Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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After sentencing former West Orange-Stark Assistant Coach Carl Broussard, 54, to 10 years probation Monday, May 15, for charges related to a fatal car accident that claimed the lives of a young mother and her 6-year-old daughter, Judge Buddie Hahn has now ordered Broussard to spend 180 days in the Orange County Jail up front.

Broussard pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of failure to stop and render aid after fatally striking 25-year-old Ava Nicole Lewis and her daughter Lamya Janise Newhouse with his vehicle on Nov. 2, 2015.

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Cameron Hah

Orange native and All Saints graduate Cameron Hah is the valedictorian of a graduating class of over 500 students at Texas Connections Academy, a TEA accredited online school that is part of Houston ISD. Hah chose Texas Connections Academy to have the flexibility to pursue both her academic and dance goals. She spends a lot of time at iRule Dance Studio, attending many dance competitions.

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"Build a better world" with the Beaumont Library's Summer Reading Club 2017, City of Beaumont spokesperson Rosanna Mojica said in a release.

Summer is almost here, and that means summer reading club!

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Family and friends of fallen Beaumont police officers joined the department and a community of first responders at a ceremony at the downtown police station May 11 to honor those killed in the line of duty.

Uniformed officers escorted family members of fallen officers to their seats in the front rows near the steps leading up to the memorial star displaying badges emblazoned with the names of 17 officers killed while protecting and serving the populace.

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Returning Beaumont City Council members welcomed a new member to the council during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on May 16 during which each took the oath of office, assuming responsibility for their constituencies and promising to faithfully serve the municipality in which they live.

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One by one, they came before the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers time and time again to plead for reprieve, but residents of Bevil Oaks were ultimately rebuffed in their quest to secede from the district by a board vote cast Tuesday, May 16.

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