Beaumont

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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Ward 1 Councilwoman Virginia Jordan

The Beaumont City Council unanimously denied a Specific Use Permit (SUP) that would allow gaming machines at a convenience store in a Neighborhood Commercial (NC) District on Sept. 19, but Ward 1 Councilwoman Virginia Jordan says the machines are already there.

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Thursday, Sept. 21, around noon, a fire was reported in the 2900 block of Victoria. The caller said an apartment was on fire but when the fire department arrived, they found a two-story house with fire coming from one of the windows upstairs. The first fire engine on scene, Engine 10, made an interior attack. Fire damage was contained to the second floor. Smoke and water damage were sustained through the rest of the house. All occupants made it out of the residence prior to the fire department arriving but one family pet, a dog, perished.

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Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:43 a.m., Beaumont police responded to a major crash involving a truck and a motorcycle. Both vehicles were traveling west in the 5700 block of Washington when the driver of the truck attempted to make a U-turn. The motorcycle was unable to stop and struck the front left quarter panel of the truck. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to injuries suffered in the wreck.

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FEMA spokesperson Ken Higginbotham said that starting Wednesday, Sept. 13, the federal agency is collaborating with multiple local, state and federal agencies to offer what is essentially a “one-stop stop” for Harvey victims seeking assistance in recovery. From 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., seven days a week, the first FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for the Golden Triangle will set up camp at the Goodwill located at 2871 Stagg Drive in Beaumont.

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