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Port Arthur police chief Patrick Melvin just selected a Deputy Chief, promoting Lt. Frank Ramirez to the position, according to a statement from PAPD PIO Risa Carpenter.

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UPDATE 11-23-2016: The man killed has still not been identified, but both Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave per department policy, according to the most recent statement from JCSO PIO Marcus McLellan. The Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation.

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Vernon Ray Strong

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Monday, Nov. 21, that Vernon Ray Strong, 63, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced by Judge John B. Stevens, Jr. to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School’s Mural Club collaborated with Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital to create a twelve panel mural on November 11 and 12. The project was completed in two days with many students giving up their entire weekend to participate. A dedication of the mural will take place in December.

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The Orange County Commissioners’ Court will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 1:00 p.m. about requested road name changes for LaPray Lane in Vidor and Owens Illinois Road in Orange and increase in the speed limit on Lakeview Road in Vidor.

The Court “would appreciate hearing from any interested party wishing to comment,” according to a statement.”

The public hearing will be in the Commissioner’s Courtroom of the Orange County Administration Building, located at 123 South 6th Street in Orange.

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A Beaumont woman evaded police officers and crashed into the interstate barrier with her toddler in the car, BPD PIO Carol Riley said in a release.

A Beaumont Police officer was patrolling in the area around Lucas Drive near Eastex and saw a vehicle stopped in the roadway on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12:14 a.m. He approached the vehicle and noticed a small child in the arms of an unconscious woman. He tried to make contact, the woman woke up and sped off.

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A man was allegedly robbed in Port Arthur on Monday, Nov. 21 at 3:53 a.m., Port Arthur Police Department said in a release.

PAPD officers responded to a call about a robbery in the 600 block of West 17th Street. Officers discovered a male black victim who sustained a minor injury to his head after being struck with a firearm. The victim was able to give officers information relating to the incident during the invvestigation.

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A Jasper woman crashed into the Angelina River and died after being trapped in her car, Texas Department of Public Safety reports.

TxDPS received a report of a one-vehicle crash on FM 2799 in Jasper County on Friday, Nov 18, just before 8 p.m. The crash occurred just west of Jasper.

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While convenient, swiping your debit or credit card at a gas station pump may be more risky than you think thanks to identity thieves placing credit card skimmers inside the pumps, hidden from public view and waiting to record your personal financial information so the scammers can empty out your accounts.

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Serina and Matthew Solley

Update: The two missing children were found safe on a train in Houston by the Houston Police Department.

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