Frankie Lee Bell Jr. | Photo: Texas DPS

The reward for Frankie Lee Bell Jr., 29, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $12,500 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of January.

Bell, affiliated with the Bloods gang, is wanted for murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Bell has ties to Caldwell (his last known address) and Somerville in Burleson County, as well as Bryan and Houston.

Charles Joseph Porras Jr | Photo: Galveston County Sheriff's Office

On Dec. 29, 2017 around 1:15 a.m., a Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was standing out front of a convenience store near the intersection of State Highway 146 and Grand Avenue in Bacliff, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said in a release.

Chief Melvin at PAPD's Blue Santa Dec. 22 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Port Arthur's police chief confirmed in a statement Dec. 28 that he was a candidate for St. Louis police chief.

Photo: Beaumont Fire-Rescue

Beaumont Fire-Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire on Park Street early in the New year, according to Capt. Jimmy Blanchard.

An unused bicycle and heater repair shop that had been closed for several years at 2380 Park St. caught fire Jan. 2, causing damage to the houses on either side of the shop, Capt. Brad Penisson said.

The shop had been closed for several years since the owner passed away and the owner's son was maintaining the property, according to Penisson.


The Beaumont Police Department was notified Tuesday, Jan. 2 that a Beaumont teen missing since October 2017 has been found safe.


Police issued a murder warrant Dec. 29 for the arrest of 22-year-old Beaumont resident Desmond Roshan Bennett, the man they suspect of fatally shooting 20-year-old Anthony Green at a car wash on Washington Dec. 28.


Update: A limited supply of donated hay is available at the Beaumont Animal Shelter for pets who are kept outdoors during the cold weather, the City of Beaumont announced Jan. 3. 

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Beaumont's FEMA disaster recovery center (DRC) is relocating for the New Year, FEMA officials announced Jan. 29.


The Elmo Willard Library will be offering a winter break activity for kids age 6-12 called "Fun Time / STEM time" as part of the library's ongoing effort to educate children about science, technology, engineering and math.

These introductions to STEM topics take place once a month, the library said in an announcement.

“Density,” January's activity, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

"How do you determine density with floating eggs and rainbows? Stop by on January 18 to find out," library staff said.

Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris used a Corky Fat Boy to catch this trout.
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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has issued a temporary closure to saltwater fishing along parts of the Texas coast to protect resources during freezing weather conditions. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 and extends through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

In addition to killing game fish in shallow bay waters, a hard freeze can also cause surviving fish to congregate in a few deeper areas where they become sluggish and prone to capture. Those are the areas the department has temporarily closed.