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West African Kora

A special performance on the West African Kora by Sean Gaskell will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Elmo Willard Branch Library.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 8:55 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a one vehicle crash on East Hamshire Road in Jefferson County.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2001 Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on East Hamshire Road when the driver suffered a heart attack and drove off the roadway. The vehicle continued off the road and struck a utility pole.

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On Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 at 9:08 a.m., Beaumont police officers responded to an aggravated robbery in the Goliad Game Room at 2900 block of Goliad, BPD Officer Carol Riley said in a statement.

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On Dec. 21 at 9:33 p.m., Port Arthur Police officers responded to the Dairy Queen at 3010 39th Street in reference to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a subject entered the restaurant armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot from the restaurant after obtaining an unknown amount of money from the register.

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Port Arthur Police officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of Memorial Boulevard in reference to shots being fired on Dec. 21 at 10:01 p.m.

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On Friday, Dec. 23 around midnight, Port Arthur Police officers responded to a motorcycle accident at 8500 Memorial feeder road, PAPD Field Operation Sgt. Lam Nguyen said in a release.

Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive man in the grassy area near the roadway. "It was apparent that the subject was injured as the result of the accident," according to a PAPD statement.

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UPDATE, 12/27/2016 at 8:00 a.m.: PAPD Major John Owens said in a release that an additional arrest has been made. A 44 year old woman was also arrested for alleged aggravated assault of a public servant and aggravated assault and family violence with a deadly weapon.

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St. Anthony Cathedral School broke ground on a new technology center Thursday, Dec. 8, near the school playground.

“The new technology facility is being built with a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rozas, longtime supporters of St. Anthony’s school, located in the heart of downtown Beaumont,” said Geneva Dixon-Peters, director of development for the school, in a release.

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Lloyd Beaman as Santa Claus

Playing Santa Claus is, of course, seasonal work. But during that season, you could certainly say that Lloyd Beaman is doing it full time, and has been since 2014.

In fact, the retired Beaumont native and Beaumont High School grad has been playing Santa Claus at special events since the ’70s.

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"Our hero!"

Shouts of volunteers of Some Other Place, who were handing out gifts to local family's during the charity's Christmas giveaway Dec. 22, rang out as Officer Todd Jackson of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) walked through the door of the non-profit's storage warehouse after he found and returned 13 bicycles that had been stolen from the facility overnight. 

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