Beaumont

Nikki Jones

Former Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Sabine Neches Region executive director Elena Nicole “Nikki” Jones was indicted by a grand jury in Orange County on felony theft charges Oct. 12 related to more than $10,000 in unauthorized credit card charges she is alleged to have made under the nonprofit’s name.

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Tara Hoch of Beaumont

Tara Hoch, of Beaumont, is turning her international passion into a profession.

 A senior political science major at Lamar University, her interest in worldwide affairs stems from childhood experiences abroad.

“We lived in Canada until I was six, but when I was four years old, my family relocated to the Central American country of Belize for a year while my father was involved in the Belize River Watershed Water Quality Project,” said Hoch.

Living in a foreign country was an impressionable experience for Hoch at such an early age.

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Tyler Shane Lisenby

Sunday, Oct. 15, around 2 a.m. Beaumont Police Officers along with Beaumont EMS responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of Fourth Street and Bowie involving a black Honda Civic and a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider, identified as Tyler Shane Lisenby, 20, from Orange, was dead at the scene.

The Beaumont Traffic Unit was called out to investigate the scene. It appears that the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Fourth Street when the Honda Civic collided with the motorcycle, causing the rider to lose control.

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Elizabeth Ann Taylor | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 5:22 p.m., Beaumont Police received a call in reference to a victim of a shooting in the 3900 block of Eastex Freeway, Beaumont Police Sgt. Cody Guedry said in a release. 

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) reports deputies were joined by police from Vidor and Beaumont as they traveled across city and county lines while pursuing a fleeing suspect who was allegedly throwing drugs, syringes and IDs from the window of the stolen vehicle during the chase.

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The City of Beaumont is beginning a program that could provide free spay and neuter surgeries to pets of eligible Beaumont residents through the city’s Animal Care Division, Animal Care Manager Matthew Fortenberry reports.

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Beaumont Fire-Rescue units quickly doused an accidental house fire on Harriet Street Oct. 6, reports the fire department.

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Rebecca Sue Myers

DNA results have identified a human skull found in the area of Fannett and South 23rd Street in September 2016 as that of Rebecca Sue Myers. A cause and manner of death have not been determined.

Myers was not reported missing, and Beaumont PD detectives have so far been unable to locate a next of kin. Detectives are working to put together a timeline of Myers’ last known whereabouts, including who she may have been with. Records indicate that Myers was last seen leaving the Jefferson County Jail on Aug. 31, 2009. She was 42 years old at that time.

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Demus Lee Westmoreland, 52, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being captured Sept. 27 in Beaumont, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a release. 

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A 30-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Sept. 29.

Kristopher George Ardoin was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 25 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and firearms conspiracy.  Ardoin was sentenced to serve life in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

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