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At 11:28 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 30, Port Arthur Police responded to a disturbance in the 1900 block of New Orleans Ave.

During the disturbance a 30-year-old female hit a 20-year-old female with a car. The victim sustained visible injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s hospital for treatment. After the investigation by Port Arthur Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, the suspect, Ausha McKayla Bonton, was arrested for Aggravated Assault.

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When the groundskeeper at the Hebrew Rest Cemetery arrived to work on the morning of Oct. 29, he noticed overturned vases and headstones, and immediately contacted the caretaker, who contacted the Orange Police Department (OPD).

“We’ve been actively contacting neighbors and anyone around there but we don’t have any suspects at this time,” said OPD Capt. Robert Enmon. 

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At 12:48 p.m. on Oct. 29, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Marine Division was notified by the Coast Guard that a fisherman had located a body in the Neches River near Sabine Pass. JCSO Marine Deputies recovered the body. An autopsy has been ordered and JCSO Detectives are investigating at this time. The body has been identified as 53-year-old Douglas Joseph Schwartz of Beaumont.

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A vehicle driving against traffic caused a multi-vehicle crash on the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge in Orange County the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27. 

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Classic Movie Nights have returned to the Jefferson Theatre after months of renovations. 

The city of Beaumont welcomed back the popular event with a showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Saturday, Oct. 26. 

Movies begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Various concessions are available and tickets are $5. 

“Frida” will be played Nov. 2 followed by “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Nov. 9

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A Vidor man has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter following a fatal June accident that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman, reports Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

According to Davis, 36-year-old Blake Travis Bowen was arrested the morning of Oct. 26 following the issuance of an indictment against him for intoxication manslaughter in Orange County.

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Damon Winters

Damon Winters, a 40-year-old Beaumont man, allegedly shot his stepson the early morning of Friday, Oct. 26. According to Beaumont Police Officer Haley Morrow, at 1:29 a.m. Beaumont Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Woodrow in reference to a victim of a shooting. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Winters and his 20-year-old stepson had a verbal altercation that turned physical, resulting in Winters shooting his stepson. Winters spoke with Detectives before being placed under arrest for aggravated assault- family violence.

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The victim of a shooting at a laundromat in Port Arthur has been identified as 56-year-old male Michael Lynn Thomas.

According to Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD), Thomas was a homeless resident of Port Arthur. At approximately 1:47 am on Oct. 24 dispatch received a call regarding a shooting victim at Fabric Care Washateria on 25th  Street. Upon arrival, officers located Thomas with a gunshot wound to the torso area.

He was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

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A conman impersonating a sheriff's deputy is calling county residents swindling money through threats of legal repercussions for those who refuse to pay, warns Detective Janois Grizzaffi of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Book signing

Elmo Willard Branch Library, at 3590 East Lucas Drive, will be hosting a book signing on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Authors Tristan Jackson and Desmond Alverez, both Lamar University Alumni, will be signing and selling their individual books. Jackson’s "Dream the Impossible: a personal memoir" and Alverez’s "Chance You’re Begging for Trouble" will be available for $10 from their respective authors.

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