Beaumont

Police, code enforcement, legal counsel, municipal court personnel, and staffers from multiple city of Beaumont departments affected by a steady swell of game rooms popping up with and without city permitting are unifying their individual experiences in the hopes of tackling the illegal activity that comes with “game room” business operation.

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Police in Beaumont arrested three juveniles for auto burglaries Aug. 10 after a police K-9 tracked the young suspects to a garage, Officer Haley Morrow reports.

According to Morrow, officers responded to 1450 N. Major Dr. at about 3:30 a.m. in reference to a possible auto burglary in progress. While en route, the complainant advised that multiple juveniles had fled the scene in a red Dodge Charger, allegedly a stolen car.

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After pulling the trigger in two fatal shootings in less than a year’s time while sworn to protect and serve as an officer of the Beaumont Police Department, Chase Welch exited the ranks of the local law enforcement agency early in 2017. San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is now under their employ, but he was not in the office Wednesday, Aug. 9, allegedly because he was under review for involvement in yet another officer-involved shooting at his new job.

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It’s after midnight. A young couple parks at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, a place considered by many as a safe haven, to talk and say their goodbyes before going their separate ways for the evening. Suddenly, their peace is shattered when four men, one wielding a handgun, approach the vehicle and accost the pair, stealing their cell phones, car keys and the SUV the youth were occupying.

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Shylaih Prescott

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Shylaih Prescott, 20, on allegations of forgery and intent to defraud and harm after it was reported that she used cinematic prop money to purchase a 4-wheeler through the online marketplace app Offer Up.

Beaumont police have been warning local businesses about customers trying to make purchases with “movie money,” typically $100 bills, since late February, as previously reported by The Examiner.

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Juan San Miguel

Monday, July 24, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was notified by the Beaumont Police Department that part-time Jefferson County Courthouse Security Officer Juan San Miguel was under investigation for sexual assault. It was planned that he would be placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, but San Miguel failed to show up for work Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. 

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Beaumont Fire-Rescue photo

Tuesday, Aug. 8, around 8 p.m., firefighters were sent to the 550 block of Highland Drive for an apartment fire. When firefighters arrived they found a six-unit apartment building with heavy flames coming from an upstairs unit.

The initial crews on seen were concentrating on attacking the fire and helping the occupants out of the building. The fire was contained to one unit, but three units received damage from smoke and water.

The occupants all escaped the building without injury.

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The less fortunate in Beaumont rely heavily on the many programs Some Other Place has to offer. Founded in 1968 by the local religious community to address the unmet emergency needs of local residents, Some Other Place was created to give people looking for assistance somewhere to turn when they were told by other entities to go to “some other place” for relief.

Now, Some Other Place will turn to the community for help at the 15th annual A Tasting for Some Other Place fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m.

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A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Dustin Jermaine Bernard, 21, on allegations of forgery after it was reported that he used cinematic prop money to buy a used iPhone 7 Plus through the popular online marketplace app Let Go.

Beaumont police warned local businesses about customers attempting to make purchases using “movie money,” particularly $100 bills, as previously reported by The Examiner on Feb. 23.

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A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Aaron Charles Hill, 44, of Beaumont on Aug. 2 for causing serious bodily injury to his girlfriend. 

He is accused of setting his girlfriend on fire with rubbing alcohol.

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