Beaumont

The problem? An inordinate number of unregistered and unlicensed guns on the city’s streets. Just the number of guns stolen from vehicles and residences in Beaumont over the last two years amounts to hundreds upon hundreds of untracked firearms that were at least one time in the hands of a criminal. Judy Hickman from Beaumont Police Records Division reports that 476 firearms were reported stolen in 2016 and 379 were reported stolen in 2015.

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“We’re on a mission,” said Pamela Hayes. “We’re trying to bring these horses home.”

Pamela was referring to a number of horses still missing from the North End of Beaumont and around the area, stolen in the dead of the night by rustlers looking to make a quick buck by selling the victims’ highly valued steeds.

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Westley Judy Pollard Jr. (Facebook.com)

A 42-year-old Beaumont man has been arrested on federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on July 12.

Westley Judy Pollard Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury July 6 and charged with 11 counts of mail fraud. Pollard was arrested in Beaumont the morning of July 12 and went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn for an initial appearance.

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A 51-year-old federal inmate has pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced July 11.

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Suspect vehicle in Fuddrucker’s robbery

On Monday, July 10, at 7:34 a.m., Beaumont Police officers responded to a call for police at Fuddruckers, located at 4545 Dowlen Road, Officer Carol Riley said in a release.  

Upon arrival, officers were advised two white males wearing disguises entered an unsecured side door. They approached a female employee and secured her in a back room.  They forced the manager to open a safe, demanded money, and fled out the same door they entered.

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Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, July 10, reports started to come into the Beaumont Police Department that former Beaumont ISD electrician Calvin Walker and wife Stacy were involved in a domestic disturbance that escalated from their home on Roland Road to another part of the city, with witnesses claiming that Calvin, while driving in a black truck, ran into the vehicle driven by his wife as she attempted to flee.

Further reports are that Calvin Walker also damaged at least one other vehicle at the home before chase ensued that took the couple from their home.

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“This is the beginning,” Greater Rising Sun Baptist Church Pastor Charles Gregory said as he took a brief respite following three hours of touring Beaumont in the Texas summer sun with fellow clergy. The group spent the afternoon and early evening of Saturday, June 24, praying for an end to the violence that has overshadowed the city, cementing a presence in the neighborhoods most affected. “But I tell you this: It’s not even close to the ending.”

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Local law enforcers executing a narcotics search warrant in the 3100 block of Gulf Street in Beaumont reportedly found meth, marijuana and a cache of weapons - weapons that officers believe could be related to recent gun violence in the area.

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a 35-year-old Beaumont man that occurred on Magnolia Street in an area of the city that has been recently rocked by gun violence, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to BPD, officers responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of Magnolia at 11:05 p.m. on June 29. 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 Cedathion Rashard Dill.

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At approximately 8 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10, near the Neches River bridge, in Orange County.

Initial reports indicated that a Honda Civic was traveling westbound  in the inside lane on Interstate 10 followed by a Kia passenger vehicle.  Due to normal morning traffic, both vehicles began to slow down when the Kia was rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup truck.  The impact of the collision caused the Kia to rear-end the Honda.

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