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Firefighters in Beaumont extinguished a fire at a commercial structure on Gulf Street on Sept. 15, a fire they believe was caused by a short in the building's attic, Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson reports.

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Officials destroyed all the marijuana on site. (TPWD photo)

Public hunters pursuing feral hogs at Cooper Wildlife Management Area in northeast Texas over the weekend stumbled upon a sophisticated marijuana growing encampment having more than 6,500 mature plants with a street value estimated at more than $6 million.

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A woman in Orange attacked the clerk at the Honey Stop convenience store on Sept. 13 and stole money from behind the counter after reportedly losing her money at an 8-liner machine inside the business, the Orange Police Department reports.

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Grenade

Police in Beaumont recovered a live grenade from the GI Surplus store in the 5700 block of College Street on Sept. 14 when a man asked about the explosive item at the store after finding it while cleaning out his uncle's apartment, according the Beaumont Police Department.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a woman whose remains were discovered in 2000 in Falls County, reports DPS. Based on multiple forensic analyses, investigators estimate that the woman died in the mid-1980s, or possibly the early 1990s.

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Beaumont firefighters doused the flames from a grease fire at a local apartment complex, but not before smoke from the blaze displaced some residents, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Earl White.

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Cody Melton

Accused kidnapper Cody Melton, 35, is behind bars on $200,000 in bonds after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and abducting her 4-year-old child on Aug.

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Formula 1 speedboats will once again be racing down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 115 mph at the eighth annual Showdown on the Sabine, which covers three days beginning Friday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 20, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp at 1000 Simmons Drive.

This year’s event will include food and craft booths, an adult beverage booth and pit passes to enter the race area, and several children’s activities. Admission is free, as well as parking.

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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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