Beaumont

Police are investigating an accidental shooting that injured a 14-year-old, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a news release from Officer Haley Morrow, officers responded to the 11300 block of Loop Road at about 1:20 p.m. on March 12 in reference to a shooting victim. Preliminary investigation revealed that an 8-year-old child was playing with a firearm inside the residence, when it discharged, striking a 14-year-old family member in the leg. The 14-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

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Police in Beaumontare investigating a shooting that left two people injured at a local club over the weekend, reports the Beaumont Police Department (BPD).

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A man riding a motorcycle was killed in an accident March 10, reports Officer Haley Morrow of the Beaumont Police Department.

Beaumont Police responded to the 4500 block of Magnolia at 5:53 p.m.in reference to a major traffic crash involving a motorcycle. Investigation revealed that a pick-up truck turned in front of the motorcyclist, who was traveling southbound on Magnolia. Beaumont EMS responded and transported the victim to St.ElizabethHospitalwhere he died a short time later. The victim was identified as 57-year-old Ronald Davis. 

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) reportedly discovered a kilo of cocaine during a traffic stop March 8.

According to Public Information Officer Deputy Marcus McLellan, Deputies Smith and Cardenas stopped a black SUV for a traffic violation on eastbound I-10 at FM 365 at 3:36 p.m. The male driver was identified by police as Sean Joseph and the female passenger was identified as Latoya Williams.

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For years, Beaumont seniors and the City Council have advocated for a new activity center to replace the aging Best Years Center, and in 2016, the council approved its construction downtown near the Event Centre. The new facility, dubbed “The Lakeside Center” by council, is opening soon and will offer the same services as Best Years provides, enriching lives by giving its members a variety of programs in which to participate.

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A 45-year-old Kountze man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced Feb. 28.

John Edward Burns pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, 2017, to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Levi Pruitt | Facebook.com photo

Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 20-year-old man Feb. 27, reports Officer Haley Morrow.

According to Morrow, officers responded to shooting in the 3900 block of Sunbury Drive at about 5:45 p.m. They found the victim, identified as Levi Pruitt of Beaumont, injured at the scene. Pruit was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Effective Tuesday, Feb. 27, Old Calder Avenue at Phelan Boulevard to Pinchback Road will be partially closed to one-lane, two-way traffic. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic. This closure will facilitate Phase I of the resurfacing of Old Calder Avenue.  Phase I of this project will remain closed until further notice.

Phase II of this project will commence once Phase I is complete.  An updated Press Release will be provided upon commencement of Phase II. This project is expected to be completed by June 27, 2018.

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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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