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Paying tribute to the fallen heroes whose sacrifices paved the way for America’s freedom and who have given their lives to protect this nation and its citizens is important to Southeast Texans as evidenced by the many Memorial Day community celebrations across the area commemorating those brave souls.

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A Port Arthur police car ran into a building in the 700 block of Gulfway Drive, in the early morning hours of Oct. 19.  According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the patrol unit was traveling eastbound on Gulfway in Port Arthur and traveled off the roadway for reasons unknown, hitting a utility pole before crashing into a building. 

The Port Arthur Police Department officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Factors in the crash are under investigation.

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The Town Hall Meeting with Fox News personality Sean Hannity and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has been moved to the Jack Brooks Regional Airport, due to the increasing amount of attendees. The airport is located at 4880 Hanger Drive in Beaumont.

The event is free but tickets for entrance must be obtained at www.eventbrite.com.

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On Oct. 19 at 2:18 a.m. the Orange Police Department responded to the area of Hwy 1130 and S.Teal in reference to a white female in the roadway.

Officers arrived and discovered a deceased white female with trauma to her body. She was identified as Lisa Ann Lee. The circumstances of this death are under investigation.

If anyone has information over Lee’s death, please contact the City of Orange Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS (8477).

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An expensive accident happened just after lunch time Oct. 17 at the Mike Smith BMW dealership off of I-10.

An 18-wheeler left the roadway, crossing the service road before crashing into another vehicle and then into the lot of the dealership, hitting several cars there. It is believed the driver had a medical emergency, causing the collisions.The driver was transported to the hospital but there were no reports of serious injuries. 

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is bringing his re-election campaign to Jefferson County for a rally Saturday. The rally is set for 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont. Talk radio host and Fox News personality Sean Hannity will be there for the Oct. 20 rally, according to Edison Plaza’s social media page. Early voting begins on Oct. 22.   

Those interested can register for this free event at https://tinyurl.com/y9d5srds.

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The 28-year-old man who died in a single-vehicle accident Oct. 17 has been identified as Orlando Raul Ramos. Ramos was working at the Coast Guard office in Port Arthur, and, according to DPS, had identification on him that indicated a home address in Florida. 

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Fatal Wednesday morning accident on SH 73

At approximately 7 am on Oct. 17, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a single vehicle crash on SH 73 in Jefferson County. The crash occurred at Needmore Canal.

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At approximately 7 a.m. on Oct. 17, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a single vehicle crash on SH 73 in Jefferson County. The crash occurred at Needmore Canal.

Initial reports indicate that a Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on SH 73. For an unknown reason, the driver of the vehicle struck the outside guardrail and lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and came to rest in the canal.

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According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, preliminary reports in the Oct. 16 accident indicate that a 2003 Buick passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on SH 73. Due to the wet road conditions, the vehicle hydroplaned and the driver lost control. The vehicle struck the inside guardrail, which disabled the vehicle in the roadway. A Chrysler 200 and a Toyota SUV were traveling westbound on SH 73 and stopped in the roadway to avoid colliding with the wrecked vehicle.

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