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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.

Beaumont

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The city of Beaumont released a statement containing Beaumont Animal Care’s save rate percentage of 91 percent for the month of December. This high percentage allows Beaumont Animal Care to be considered a no-kill shelter. The save percentage of each animal category includes: Dogs being at 90 percent, Cats at 95 percent and wildlife at 81 percent, which was averaged out for a total of 91 percent. 

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Following two separate overnight robberies on Monday, Jan. 21 and Tuesday, Jan. 22, Exxpress Mart is offering a $10,000 reward for information relating to the crimes which resulted in one employee being injured.

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After appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on Jan. 10, Jonathan Torres, who was indicted for a series of attempted bombings throughout Beaumont in April and May 2018, has been deemed competent to stand trial.

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The Port Arthur Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying a theft suspect caught on camera. 

According to information from the PAPD, the woman is either Hispanic or light skin African American. She has committed several thefts at local businesses. 

Anyone with information should contact PAPD Detective Barboza at (409) 983-8650.

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After getting an ATV stuck in high water while traversing an area near CR 701 near Buna, an elderly man was killed but his female caretaker was able to survive nearly two days in the water.

According to information from Texas Parks and Wildlife, on Wednesday the pair became stranded in the high water caused by the elevated Neches River. The man drowned Wednesday, but the woman was able to hold onto the ATV until she was found Friday morning by a passing boater.

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Beaumont firefighters were kept busy responding to a blaze near Mariposa and South Street intersection Thursday evening, Jan. 17.

According to Beaumont Fire Department information, the structure was an abandoned home that was in a previously deteriorated condition. A partial collapse of the building had taken place prior to the fire and prevented firefighters from making entry into the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 17, that an oversized heavy transport will be making its way from SH 146 at Cedar Bayou, to SH 146 north of Interstate 10 on late Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday evening, Jan. 19.

According to a statement from TXDOT, the haul will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and is expected to last into the morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 19. It will park near the I-10 and FM 3180 intersection until continuing the move beginning 10 p.m. Saturday night. 

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Ines Alvidres poses with her most recent painted box in Beaumont.

As painted traffic light control boxes become more and more prominent around Beaumont, more and more artists are able to share their experience, vision and passion with fellow citizens.

One such artist sharing her artistic view is professional artist and Beaumont resident Ines Alvidres. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrating to Beaumont at the age of 16 to be with family, Alvidres has found beauty in the boomtown city.

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