Beaumont

Numbers are still not finalized for 2016. However, preliminary information available nationally suggests most cities have seen a spike in the number of violent crimes committed, according to information compiled at the Department of Justice. And Southeast Texas is no exception.

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Andrew, Kera and Alaya Teel

Thursday, July 6, the family of murder victims Kera and Kyndal Teel are entering into litigation against the apartment complex where the mother and her yet-unborn daughter fell victim to a gunman’s bullets.

Surviving family, Kera’s husband Andrew, and the couple’s daughter Alaya, are among the plaintiffs alleging owners of Beaumont’s Sienna Apartment Homes failed to maintain adequate security measures that could have deterred or prevented the death.

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Currently under indictment for alleged felonious business practices that resulted in millions of dollars in losses to taxpayers of both Beaumont and Port Arthur as the owner and operator of Walker’s Electric Company, former Beaumont Independent School District electrical contractor Calvin Walker filed to open up an electrical service business last month under a new assumed name.

Filed May 4, Walker is now the proud owner of the business name Hardwired Electrical Solutions, registered at 1520 Park St., Beaumont.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 6:20 p.m., Beaumont police responded to Collier’s Ferry Park at 5360 Pine St. in reference to body being located. Overnight, detectives were able to identify the victim as Catherine Jane Dungan, a 54-year-old Beaumont woman. At this time, BPD has been unable to locate next of kin. Detectives are following several leads; however, anyone who was in the area of Collier’s Ferry Park between the hours of 5-6 p.m. Saturday is asked to call the Beaumont Police Department at (409) 832-1234.

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Independence Day is right around the corner, and with the Fourth of July this year falling on a Tuesday, it might not be bad to plan ahead as several cities will celebrate the holiday with plenty of activities.

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On Monday, June 19, at 5:37 P.M. Beaumont Police officers responded to the 1300 block of Pipkin Street in reference to a victim of a shooting. 

Upon arrival, officers located an 8 year old female laying in the yard in front of a residence. She had a gunshot wound to her left thigh area. Investigators were advised Darrell Oliver Lewis, 23, of Beaumont, and two other males, Anteny Deshoun Hinson, 37, of Beaumont, and Jocoby Quartez Vontoure, 22, of Beaumont, were involved in an going disturbance.

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One week ago, Kera Teel’s family held a press conference at the police station in downtown Beaumont and made an emotional plea for help finding the killers who shot the young, pregnant mother, snuffing out the lives of Kera and her infant Kyndal Teel, who was born but later died at the hospital following the attack.

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A 37-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to prison for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced June 16.

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The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center, a Jefferson County Department, will celebrate 10 years of welcoming the world to Southeast Texas on Wednesday, June 21.

An after-hours event is being planned with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Visitors Center, located at 5055 I-10 South in Beaumont.

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Beaumont shop owner Derek Poe carries a rifle into Parkdale Mall.

After a 9th Court of Appeals decision not to intervene on behalf of former Beaumont shop owner Derek Poe, it was up to a Jefferson County jury to decide whether Poe’s December 2013 walk through the mall where his shop was located with an assault rifle strapped to his back was indeed a crime punishable under the law. This month, the six-person jury recorded its verdict.

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