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On May 6, at about 2:30 a.m., Beaumont police officers responded to a single vehicle crash in the 2300 block of Interstate 10 eastbound service road. A responding officer found a vehicle in the grass in front of Coastal Welding Supply and inside located two small children in the back seat crying. The female driver was deceased on the scene. The officer took the children to a safe location until EMS arrived and took over care.

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A former senior correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont was indicted May 1 on charges that he used unlawful force on an inmate and then submitted a false incident report.

According to the indictment, Tavoris Bottley, 33, was working at the complex on June 8, 2017, when he assaulted an inmate by punching the inmate in the head three times. The defendant then allegedly submitted an incident report that omitted these punches and falsely cited the inmate for attempting to assault staff.

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A 20-year-old Port Arthur man was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas for the armed robbery of a Beaumont business.

Jamon Roshaud Brooks was named in a two-count indictment charging him with Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during the a crime of violence. The indictment was returned by the grand jury on May 1.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 21, 2018, Brooks weilded a firearm while robbing a business located on Stillwater Drive in Beaumont, which engaged in, and affected interstate commerce, in violation of the Hobbs Act.

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On May 3, at about 8:30 a.m., Beaumont police officers responded to Longshoreman's Hall in reference to a disturbance that led to an aggravated assault with a knife. 

Upon their arrival, witnesses told officers a man had been stabbed and thrown in a nearby dumpster. Fire and EMs responders found a 52-year-old victim, described as transient, and transported him to a local hospital.

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Beaumont police officers were called to the area of Franklin and Avenue C in reference to a robbery in progress on May 3, at about 5 a.m. 

Arriving officers located a 45-year-old victim who told them the suspect, identified as Frank Brown, 22, of Beaumont, had approached him while he was walking to work and threatened him with a firearm. The victim gave Brown his money with Brown promptly fleeing on foot. 

Brown was located in the vicinity, matching the description given to officers by dispatch. Discard clothing and a gun were also found. 

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The U.S. Attorney's Office presented two cases to the grand jury and on May 1, after hearing information presented, Bernard Bell, 26, and Brian Alfred, 43, were indicted for separate incidents. 

Bernard James Bell was arrested on Apr. 17, pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with felon in possession of a firearm. 

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A Silsbee man is behind bars in Hardin County after allegedly killing 39-year-old Marcus Elam, also of Silsbee.

Reginald Carvin Kyles is being held for shooting Elam after Silsbee police responded to a call at about 1:40 p.m. Monday, April 29 regarding a gunshot victim. Elam was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Kyles was arrested following the incident and, as of publication, is being held on a $750,000 bond.

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Orange County Parks is hosting public meetings on May 14 and 15 to gain valuable input from the community on possible improvements to several area parks.

The goal of the planning effort is to create an action plan for restoring and improving the parks of Orange County with the purpose of preserving and improving natural resources and wildlife habitats, as well as enhance recreational facilities and gathering places for park goers. 

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A wreck in Orange County shut down Interstate 10 after an 18-wheeler caught fire following the collision.

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Nearly one month after being convicted for conspiracy in the assault of her estranged husband, Jefferson County Judge Raquel West  signed an order allowing Kelly Daws to face a jury for a second time.

The Motion for New Trial submitted on April 25 alleges Daws' trial attorney, Glen Crocker, committed "ineffective assistance of counsel" by failing to ensure accomplice-witness instructions were submitted to the jury. 

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