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On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at about 1:15 a.m., Beaumont Police located a stolen vehicle exiting a gas station at the corner of Eastex Freeway and Lucas Drive, Officer Haley Morrow reported. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Vidor man after a family dispute allegedly erupted in violence on July 4, reports Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. 

According to Carroll, police dispatch received a call at 8:17 p.m. that night in reference to a shooting in the 100 block of Carla Street in Vidor. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, identified by police as Gregory Paul Goldsmith, being treated by medics from Acadian Ambulance Service. The medics were unable to revive Goldsmith and declared him deceased at the scene.

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After discovering kilos of cocaine and bundles of marijuana along the shoreline at the beach, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office warned people celebrating the July 4 holiday on the waterfront to call law enforcement if they see any of the drugs and to beware of dangerous toxins possibly seeping from the potentially perilous packages.

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On Friday, June 30, 2017, at 10:51 pm the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of an automobile collision in the 600 Block of S. Main Street. The caller advised the vehicle had left the roadway, flipped and was submerged in the School House Ditch. The caller advised that there were individuals entrapped in the vehicle. The first Officer on scene found the vehicle submerged up-side down in approximately four feet of water. Arriving officers and firefighters entered the waterway to conduct a water rescue.

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Two recent shootings at game rooms in Port Arthur left two people wounded and highlight the dangers faced by players and operators at what police say are dens of illegal gambling and hotbeds of criminal activity.

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Southeast Texas summers can be brutal, and triple-digit heat indexes are not uncommon with high humidity causing sweltering conditions across the region.

Medical experts warn that in conditions like these, discomfort can rapidly turn to danger. Mayo Clinic staffers warn that “prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures” could lead to heatstroke, the “most serious form of heat injury,” a condition that could occur when one’s body temperature “rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.”

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Currently under indictment for alleged felonious business practices that resulted in millions of dollars in losses to taxpayers of both Beaumont and Port Arthur as the owner and operator of Walker’s Electric Company, former Beaumont Independent School District electrical contractor Calvin Walker filed to open up an electrical service business last month under a new assumed name.

Filed May 4, Walker is now the proud owner of the business name Hardwired Electrical Solutions, registered at 1520 Park St., Beaumont.

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Vidor Mayor Robert Viator is asking for patience from citizens impacted by the closure of East Tram Road due to road damage caused by construction as Walmart expands its existing store at the location into a Supercenter – a $15.4 million project.

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst sent notice in March that the road would be closed for approximately 7 to 10 days as dump trucks brought about 8,000 loads of dirt to the construction site via East Tram. A short time later, the city sent notice stating the road would be closed indefinitely due to potentially hazardous conditions.

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Even though he paid out three-quarters of a million dollars to the Beaumont Independent School District earlier this year to settle a civil lawsuit brought by his former employer, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Gayle Botley was not making any concessions when he fought to keep his professional license this week in Austin. 

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On June 25 at about 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a woman who had arrived with chest pains. When deputies arrived, they were notified by hospital staff that the victim had several puncture wounds to her head and face area.

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