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A motorcycle crash in Jefferson County claimed the life of a Houston man Sept. 13, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports.

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Beaumont Police Department Narcotics Division, along with SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), SAU (Special Assignments Unit), and K-9 units, executed two search warrants in the 1100 block of Avenue A on Sept. 10, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a news release from BPD, officers located powder cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, and codeine at 1111 Avenue A. They also discovered several handguns and cash.

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Jefferson County Judge Raquel West of the 252nd Criminal District sentenced Preston Joseph Robertson of Orange to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division on Sept. 11.

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Beaumont police have made an arrest in the murder of a woman in an Old Town apartment.

Police were dispatched to the 2340 Angelina St. at Minor Street on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at 9:59 a.m. Upon arrival, BPD officers found a deceased female inside apartment 102, and because of evidence found at the scene, officers investigated the scene as a homicide. Detectives were then dispatched, and questioned witnesses and one possible suspect at the Beaumont police station.

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Port Neches Police Department officers turned on their red and blue lights

Sept. 4, 2015, at 11 a.m., Port Neches Police Department officers turned on their red and blue lights for one minute in response to the governor's statewide call to stand with law enforcement and in honor of the line-of-duty death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth.

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Billy Best, 25, of Orange

Beaumont police are investigating a stabbing that occurred in a restroom stall at Tyrrell Park on Sept. 10, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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Kristin Paris and Rockline Kennedy (inset)

UPDATE: A jury of seven men and five women in Judge John Stevens' court today sentenced Rockline George Kennedy, 65, to 18 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the Jan. 26 intoxication manslaughter of 18-year-old Nederland High School student Kristin Paris.

Paris's family addressed Kennedy directly at the sentencing. Her father said, "I think you are the biggest piece of s**t I have ever met in my life, and I hope you die."

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Living to see 100 years of history is a milestone not everyone gets to experience, but several centenarians right in Beaumont have reached or are quickly approaching 100 years in age – and they were honored Aug. 24 with a birthday bash.

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Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Ron Reynolds reports that Back-to-School season in the district has been a success, with enrollment increasing daily and teacher vacancies dwindling. According to Reynolds, on the first day of classes, 18,073 students showed up to campuses throughout the district – a number that has swelled to 19,233 a little more than two weeks into the semester.

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Judge Kent Walston builds a playhouse for CASA in his workshop.

“Every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero,” said Christy Heisner, resource development coordinator for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc.

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