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Beaumont Independent School District high school coach Kevin Flanigan was cleared of allegations of “improper visual recording” by a grand jury on Wednesday, Dec. 21, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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Police in Beaumont are searching for the suspect in an overnight shooting that left one man injured and in critical condition at a local hospital, reports Officer Haley Morrow of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD). 

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The Elmo Willard Branch Library is now offering Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with one additional meeting this month on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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A fire at a Beaumont residence has displaced a local family and left them searching for their lost pets, reports the Beaumont Fire-Rescue.

According to a news release from Captain Jimmy Blanchard, fire units responded to a report of smoke coming from a house in the 2200 block of Neches Street at about 1 p.m. Dec. 19.

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On Nov. 29, The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that they were beginning to implement “Safe Phone Zones” throughout the state at 55 Safety Rest Areas and Travel Information Centers (TICs).

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Police detectives investigating an apparent homicide that occurred at the Timber Creek Apartments in Port Arthur have arrested a 36-year-old man for murder, reports Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) Officer Michael Hebert.  

According to news released from Hebert, officers arrested Otis John Babino for murder on Dec. 18 after discovering Jeffery Richardson, 31, deceased inside his apartment the previous day, suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest. 

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Police in Beaumont arrested a suspect Dec. 17 in the Oriole Drive homicide that occurred the previous day, Officer Haley Morrow of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) reports. Calvin James Holman, 28, of Beaumont, is currently behind bars at the Jefferson County Jail on $500,000 bond accused of the murder of 63-year-old Ramon Weatherly.

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Art Camp is returning to the Elmo Willard Branch Library for grades 2 through 6. The camp will begin Dec. 27 and end Dec. 30. It will be held every day from 4-6 p.m. This session of Art Camp will focus on the basic history of modern art and learning the techniques of the '90s.

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On Saturday, Dec. 17 shortly after 7:30 pm, Beaumont Fire dispatch received multiple calls of a house on fire in the 5200 block of Wildwood Drive, in the north end of Beaumont, Beaumont Fire Department Captain Jimmy Blanchard reported Dec. 18.

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UPDATE 12/19 at 1:33 p.m.: The Texas Department of Public Safety can confirm that Linda Harrison, 65, of Hemphill, has died from injuries sustained in the one vehicle crash that occurred yesterday on Highway 87 in Newton.

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