Beaumont

After remaining flat for four consecutive years, property taxes are rising in Beaumont.

The Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an increase in the property tax rate Sept. 26, raising the rate from $0.69/100 to $0.71/100, a two-cent increase that will bring in 4.7 percent additional revenue to the municipality. The majority of property taxes are dedicated to the general fund, $0.49/100, while approximately $0.22/100 is applied to the debt service.

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CenterPoint Energy leaders thanked Beaumont Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Ocnaschek and the team he assembled during Hurricane Harvey flooding to stop a gas leak under the churning, muddy waters of the Neches River, and presented the city with a donation of $50,000 during a council meeting Sept. 26.

CenterPoint District Manager Gary Chalk said his company has been working with the city for “many years,” and has been in Beaumont for more than a century.

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A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted 39-year-old Walter Cobey Wilson of Beaumont, who goes by the nickname “Mudd,” for injury to an elderly person after he allegedly assaulted a 68-year-old woman in her apartment April 30 of this year.

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A 26-year-old Beaumont man arrested for killing a homeless woman in June has been indicted on capital murder charges by a Jefferson County Grand Jury Sept. 26.

Brandon Julian Coleman has been charged with the capital murder of 54-year-old Catherine Dungan, who was found bound at a local park and who had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Sept. 25 that Adam Emanuel Fuller, 36, pleaded guilty to murder in the January 6, 2015, shooting death of 27-year-old Derek Allen Phillips of Beaumont.

Following the shooting, the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) reported that Phillips was discovered dead by his roommate at their shared residence in the 1300 block of Central Drive in Beaumont. Initial reports of the murder indicated that after waking from a nap, Phillips’ roommate found him unresponsive and bleeding profusely before calling 911 at 9:42 p.m.

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As of Monday, Sept. 25, the American Red Cross has invested more than $100 million in Texas alone in the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, with roughly $12 million of those dollars going directly to aid residents of the Golden Triangle, according to Red Cross Regional Communications Manager Ekland Durousseau.

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A Beaumont mother is facing felony charges for DWI and evading arrest after police say they found her slumped over and passed out with her 3-year-old child unrestrained in her vehicle, just before she attempted flee from officers checking on her welfare.

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A 24-year-old Beaumont man is facing murder charges after he was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 20.

Police responded to the 3700 block of Grand Street in reference to a shooting victim at about 11 p.m. on June 29, according to the probable cause (PC) affidavit for arrest. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds lying in the grassy area near the apartment complex. Police identified the man as 35-year-old Cedathion Rashard Dill. 

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Robert Lewis, 62, of Beaumont, was indicted in Jefferson County for murder Sept. 20. Lewis was originally arrested for the crime on Aug. 11 after police responded to a report of a disturbance on Pine Street and found the suspect at the location with a man who had apparently been strangled.

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Julius Bell

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 17-year-old Julius Bell of Beaumont, Sept. 20, for engaging in organized criminal activity, a state jail felony, after police reportedly caught Bell and two others with items burgled from nearby vehicles last year.

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