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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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Jefferson County Clerk candidate Bailey Wingate is free to concentrate on a contested race for elected post now that an allegation of criminal conduct has been dismissed against the Beaumont attorney running for his first political seat. The cloud of accusation has lingered for months, with Wingate denying any truth to the charge, and all lines of justice supporting his assertion along the way, most recently with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office calling for complete dismissal of all charges “in the interest of justice.”

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A suspicious package was allegedly reported in the area of HEB grocery and Bay Bright car wash on Dowlen Road in Beaumont the morning of Tuesday, May 22, according to employees of nearby businesses. Traffic was being diverted in the area, with limited access to properties and stores.

Additional information from police at the scene detailed the scenario as first responders and bomb squad officers arrived to find an unattended box left in the median of the roadway between Alter’s Gem Jewelers and Delaware Street.

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Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced May 21 that Christopher Bushnell, 28, and Rashanda Morris, 27, each entered pleas of guilty to first degree Injury to a Child. Bushnell was charged with intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury to the victim, a two-year-old child, by holding her feet under hot water. Morris was charged with intentionally or knowingly, by omission, causing serious bodily injury to the victim by failing to seek medical treatment after Bushnell injured the child.

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Deputies stopping "a speeder" on the interstate found 57 grams of suspected ecstasy and a stolen handgun May 17, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Police in Orange report a fatal accident May 18 claimed the life of an Orange County resident.

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The Port Arthur Police Department is "S.T.E.P"-ping up traffic enforcement and warning drivers to operate their vehicles safely and soberly in preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

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Statement from the Beaumont Police Department:

On April 26 and May 10, two devices were discovered by the Beaumont Police Department; the second device caused damage at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Our law enforcement officers and police staff all take this investigation very seriously and we are working tirelessly with our allied partners to protect the citizens of our community. Keeping everyone safe is our shared and number one priority. Thankfully, to date no one has been injured.

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Wednesday, May 16, at 10:40 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brigitte Hazleton stopped a speeder on I-10 for multiple violations. When she approached the car, she smelled the odor of marijuana. The two occupants admitted that they had just smoked weed prior to the stop.

A search of the vehicle yielded an AK-47 with a loaded 30 round magazine of 7.62x39mm ammunition. The driver, 22-year-old Daterrius Alexander of Houston, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He has a previous felony conviction out of Bell County.

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