Beaumont

Erin Higgins Bell Watson

Erin Higgins Watson passed away on February 14, 2018, at her beloved ranch in Blanco County, Texas.

Erin Higgins Watson was born in Austin, Texas, on January 24, 1938, to C.L. “Ox” Higgins and Ezma Taylor Higgins.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting that left one woman injured, reports Officer Carol Riley.

According to Riley, officers responded to the area of Tulane and St. Helena in reference to a shooting at 8:25 p.m. Feb. 25. The victim told police that her boyfriend shot her at their residence in the 2200 block of  Earl.

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Matthew Norman, 27, was arrested for burglary of a building Feb. 20 after police responded to a burglary in progress at Family Dollar located at 1550 Calder Ave. in Beaumont.

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Office of the Public Works has announced that the intersection of North 14th Street and Harrison Avenue will be closed to all through traffic today, 

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Police in Beaumont arrested two men accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver over the weekend, according to the Beaumont Police Department.

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Longtime councilwoman and community leader Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright passed away overnight at a Beaumont hospital Feb. 18. 

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Hundreds of District 7 area, junior and senior high school students are expected to converge on the campus of Lamar Institute of Technology on Fri., Feb. 16, and Sat., Feb. 17, to compete in the local SkillsUSA Championships in various subjects.

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The fourth annual John French Museum Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the historic John Jay French Museum. Bring your camera and take photos with the Easter Bunny, make a craft, tour the first floor of the French home, and of course, enjoy the egg hunt with three separate areas divided by age group. It promises to be a fun way to experience this Beaumont historical treasure. Tickets are $5 per person ages 4 and up, and all proceeds benefit the John Jay French Museum and its mission of promoting historical education and preservation in Beaumont.

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The victim of an auto theft in Beaumont used a cell phone signal to find his stolen car and followed the woman driving it until Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies caught up and arrested her Jan. 7, reports Capt. Crystal Holmes. 

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A 27-year-old federal prison inmate has been indicted for escaping from prison and returning with contraband including home-cooked food, tobacco, booze and drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson Feb. 8.

Joshua Randall Hansen was charged in the two-count indictment with escape from a federal facility and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 7, 2018.

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