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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested a man in possession of 250 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop Feb. 5, reports Detective Janois Grizzaffi.

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The MdBio Foundation recently brought a hi-tech mobile laboratory to several Southeast Texas schools, teaching hurricane-impacted students about wildlife forensics, virtual reality and other STEM-related subjects by providing them with hands-on experience.

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A Port Arthur couple is seeking a refund for roof repairs from a convicted felon with a history of theft who is currently on probation in Jasper County for a financial crime reportedly related to stealing from former clients of an RV company he managed.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported an auto-pedestrian crash on South Broadway in China resulted in the death of 66-year-old Melton Sonnier, of Beaumont. 

DPS responded to the call around 7:30 p.m. Initial reports showed a 2004 Hyundai was driving northbound on S. Broadway when the passenger saw something in the roadway. The driver slammed on his brakes but was unable to avoid striking the object. The object turned out to be Sonnier lying in a fetal position on the road.

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A Beaumont police officer initiating a stop was able to apprehend a burglary suspect in a stolen vehicle with a stolen firearm.

According to the Beaumont Police Department, at about 3 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, an officer initiated a traffic stop of a silver Ford escape around Cardinal Drive and Martin Luther King. The driver was identified as Latoddrarick Lute, 19. At the time, he was in possession of numerous sets of keys from a car lot and a stolen handgun. 

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The Beaumont Police Department placed Morris Broussard, 48, under arrest after a woman told officers he refused to allow her to get treatment for a gunshot wound and sexually assaulted her on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

According to BPD information, the department responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Milam in referrence to a victim of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they detained a subject matching the description of the shooter given by the caller. Evidence on the scene showed a crime had occurred, however the victim was not at the location.

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The Beaumont Police Department has reported an update to a skimming case dating back to 2017. According to BPD, one of the suspects was apprehended at Miami International Airport as he returned to the U.S. from Cuba. He is currently in federal custody. BPD is expected to release the identity of which suspect was taken into custody.

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Sempra Energy, which operates the Port Arthur LNG facility, announced on Thursday, Jan.

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Police in Vidor have arrested the same convicted felon for evading arrest and possession of drugs and firearms for the second time in two months, reports Vidor Police Department (VPD) Chief Rod Carroll. Officers arrested Branden Aaron Holeman, 39, of Orange County, on Feb. 2 following a previous arrest on similar charges, still pending, on Dec. 12. 

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The city of Beaumont announced the closure of two roadways within city limits. 

Buford Street has been closed since Jan. 22. The span from Carroll Street to Sabine Pass will remain closed to all traffic until further notice as CenterPoint Energy works on gas line construction. 

On Feb. 7, Clearwater Court from Residence Inn to Candlewood Suites will be closed for sewer line construction. It's expected to reopen on Feb. 13.  

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