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Saturday, Nov. 5, Shangri La Gardens invites the community to visit the largest scarecrow festival in Texas, displaying over 70 hand-crafted scarecrows throughout the gardens. This event is their eighth annual Autumn Fair, and the scarecrows are displayed throughout each October.

Festivities are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free for Stark Cultural Members, adults (age 18-64) are $8, seniors (age 65 and up) are $5, students (with current ID) are $5, youth (age 10-17) are $5, children (age 4-9) are $2.00, and toddlers (age 3 and under) are free.

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This week, Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating five fugitives wanted for drug charges.

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting potentially dangerous dope dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes each week in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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The Beaumont Police Explorer Scout Troop No. 730 has been giving Southeast Texas high school and college students, between the ages of 14-19 a realistic experience with law enforcement careers since the program’s 1987 inception.

And today, nearly 30 years later, the fruits of that labor can be seen as former Explorers take their place in police departments and sheriff’s offices across Southeast Texas.

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are investigating an apparent homicide after discovering a burning body in the roadway just west of Beaumont city limits Oct. 26, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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Beautiful weather is predicted for Lamar University’s “Rolling Out the Red” Homecoming 2016, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 29.

The 2016 Homecoming Parade kicks off a fun day of music, tailgating, family activities and Cardinal football.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, about 8:30 am, Beaumont Police responded to the parking lot of Home Depot at 3910 Eastex Freeway in reference to a theft.

The officer completed a report for theft of copper wiring from the back of vehicle in the parking lot. A witness came forward and gave the license plate of the suspect vehicle. Officers located the suspect, Jerome David James, a 58-year-old Beaumont man, in the 1100 block of Cottonwood, but James fled the area on foot. A short time later, James was apprehended near Live Oak and Grand.

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Tuesday, Oct. 25, about 11:55 PM, Beaumont Police responded to Bryan’s Convenience Store located at 190 N. 23rd Street, in reference to a robbery.

Investigation revealed that two black males entered the store, one armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded money and threatened to harm several people inside the store. The victims complied and the suspects were last seen fleeing the store on foot.

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A memorial fund to assist the family of Orange County Sheriff's Captain Tom Ray has been set up at the Gulf Credit Union, 4721 Texas Hwy 87, Orange, TX 77630. Capt. Ray died unexpectedly Oct. 20 of an apparent heart attack leaving behind a wife and two sons.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force discovered approximately 3 kilos (6.6. pounds) of cocaine during a traffic stop Oct. 24, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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When the new Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin addressed the Press Club of Southeast Texas on Oct. 20, he said he wants to “engage the community,” especially young people. He also referred to current tensions involving police, explaining how he hopes to help officers combat stresses and provide resources for dealing with mental health concerns like PTSD.

Speaking at Café del Rio in Beaumont, he began with his past experiences in Arizona and in traffic enforcement in Washington, D.C. He said he “learned a lot from the Salt River community.”

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