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Beaumont Police were called out to investigate a reported bank robbery at Community Bank at 6378 Phelan on Monday, Oct. 31 at 1:08 p.m.

When officers arrived, it was discovered that a black male had entered the bank and demanded money, threatening an employee. The suspect fled the area prior to the officers' arrival, in an unknown direction.

Detectives and the FBI responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

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A head on collision on Highway 62 in Jasper County sends two to the hospital, Texas Department of Public Safety reports. The crash occured on Monday, Oct. 31 about 7:45 p.m. near Old Champion Food.

A 2006 Chevrolet SUV was traveling northbound on Highway 62. A 1999 Toyota pickup was traveling southbound on Highway 62. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Chevrolet crossed the center dividing line into the southbound traffic lane. The Chevrolet collided head-on with the Toyota.

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Beaumont Police are investigating a body found inside a large exhaust fan at the Beaumont Rice Mills, in the 1800 block of Pecos Road near MLK and Calder.

Detectives were called out to the scene and the “investigation is ongoing,” according to a BPD statement.

BPD PIO Officer Haley Morrow said in the statement that “information was limited at this time,” but the body is an unidentified male.

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Port Arthur Police discovered a man with a gunshot wound when called out to the 600 block of Houston Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1:43 a.m.

PAPD officers were dispatched “in reference to a shooting that just occurred,” according to the release.

The victim, a 39-year-old black male, was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for treatment.

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A suspect involved in a stabbing in Port Arthur Sunday night is still at large.

Port Arthur Police responded to a report of a stabbing at Kansas and W. 13th Street on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 12:35 a.m.

Two victims, 23 and 25-year-old and Port Arthur residents, were assaulted and “identified the same suspect,” according to the report.

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Port Arthur Police are looking for a gunman after a reported shooting near 440 Procter Street in downtown Friday, Oct. 28. Just before midnight, PAPD received a report of a shooting near Wellborn’s.

Officers located the crime scene and “numerous spent shell casings,” according to the release. PAPD’s Crime Scene Unit responded to photograph and collect evidence at the scene.

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The Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation is raising funds for scholarships and scouting projects, and raffle tickets for a unique commemorative item are on sale now.

“Of all the novel things you can raffle, this is pretty neat,” the nonprofit’s founder Sgt. Bobby Anderson said of the queen-sized Memory Quilt drawing prize. “It’s made from different police officers’ shirts. The quilters took the shirts and made them into patches for the quilt. It’s amazing.”

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Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:10 am, Officers of the Beaumont Police Department, Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on IH-10 Eastbound, near mile marker 839.

Investigation revealed that approximately 4 kilos of cocaine were concealed inside the vehicle.

Hugo Garcia, a 27-year-old Houston man, and Emily Villareal, a 20-year-old Houston woman, were both placed under arrest and taken into federal custody.

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Beaumont City Attorney Tyrone Cooper

The Beaumont City Council approved a raise for Beaumont City Attorney Tyrone Cooper at their regular meeting Oct. 25.

According to information from council, Cooper’s pay was increased to $15,833.33 per month in base wages. Cooper will also receive a car allowance of $833.33 and an administrative allowance of $100 per month, which remain unchanged. The city will also provide $24,000 toward Cooper’s retirement, which is the same as provided in 2015, according to the city.

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West Brook High School hosted its third annual anti-bullying rally and candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 20.

The student club BRAVE (Be Respectful and Verbalize Equality) is the only club speaking out against bullying within BISD right now, organizers say, but they hope the movement will spread to other area schools.

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