Beaumont

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Latisha Lak

Jefferson County Sherriff Deputies took an alleged identity thief off the streets after a routine traffic stop in the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Starting Wednesday, Dec. 19 Jim Gilligan Way will be moving down to one lane on each side for curb repair and will remain in effect until further notice. The city of Beaumont also cautions all motorists to be aware of all detour signs and advance warnings, and to proceed with caution.

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Beaumont Police Department (BPD) released a statement Tuesday, Dec. 18 warning Southeast Texans of a scam phone call. According to the statement, BPD was made aware of a scam in which the victim received a phone call from someone who identified themselves as a Beaumont Police officer calling in reference to warrants.

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Kelby Daigle (Left) and Tommy Ford (Right)

Two alleged Beaumont burglars were busted after the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office investigated a burglary in the 11000 block of West Clubb Road that was reported Monday, Dec.10. 

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Nicholas Ray Smith (Left) and Rolanda Deandre Jackson (Right)

Two men were arrested after police responded to a tip about suspicious activity in the 4600 block of Collier in Beaumont. 

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Update: 

The suspect, a 15-year-old on juvenile probation for a similar crime, in the Kroger carjacking was arrested Friday, Dec. 7, on a aggravated robbery charge.

Previous coverage:

A car was stolen the evening of Nov. 28 at a Kroger in Beaumont located at 3845 Phelan Boulevard. 

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A 40-year-old Houston man has been convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Dec. 4.

John D. Leontaritis, owner and operator of Vanderhall Exotics of Houston, and former owner operator of Global Motorcars of Houston, car dealerships that specialize in exotic, luxury automobiles, was found guilty by a jury Dec. 4 following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

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An unsuccessful “smash and grab” is being investigated after a pick up truck backed into the doors of a Walgreens on the corner of College and 11th around 5 a.m. on Nov. 30. 

According to Beaumont Police, the unsuccessful crime involved multiple suspects who are suspected of trying to rob the location of its ATM by making entry through the collision. The suspects fled the scene before officers arrived. 

Anyone with information on this crime can call Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-TIPS (8747) or BPD at (409) 832-1234.

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A head on collision took one life and left several others injured the evening of Nov. 29 on SH 326 in Hardin County, roughly 2 miles from Kountze, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Initial reports indicate that a Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling northbound on SH 326, while a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Dodge crossed the center diving line and collided head-on with the Chevrolet pickup truck.

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