Murder

A local man is behind bars charged with murder after police discovered the remains of a 23-year-old Beaumont resident in a burning vehicle Jan. 14, reports Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley.

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Police have arrested a 68-year-old Vidor man who allegedly shot and killed a tenant renting a home on First Street following a dispute between the two parties, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD). 

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a shooting that left one man dead at the Baymont Inn & Suites on Highway 73 Dec. 29, reports the Port Arthur Police Department. 

Police responded to a report of shots fired at the hotel shortly after 9 p.m. Responding units discovered a 29-year-old Port Arthur resident deceased at the scene and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

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Police detectives investigating an apparent homicide that occurred at the Timber Creek Apartments in Port Arthur have arrested a 36-year-old man for murder, reports Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) Officer Michael Hebert.  

According to news released from Hebert, officers arrested Otis John Babino for murder on Dec. 18 after discovering Jeffery Richardson, 31, deceased inside his apartment the previous day, suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest. 

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Rhydan Bolton and Kristofer Garcia

UPDATE: Kristofer Garcia, 22, of Beaumont was found guilty of murder in the Jan. 19, 2015 shooting death of Rhydan Bolton, 19, a student at Lamar University. The jury later sentenced Garcia to 60 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. 

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A suspect wanted in an Austin murder is the lasted addition to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,” the FBI announced in a press release Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Fugitive Robert Van Wisse is being sought for his alleged involvement in the attack and murder of a young woman on Sept. 20, 1983. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Police have identified a man found shot to death during what they report was an apparent home robbery on Longfellow Drive in Beaumont on Dec. 11 as Mid-County resident as 20-year-old Joseph Summers. 

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One man was found dead and another seriously injured following an apparent shooting in the 2000 block of Longfellow Drive on Dec. 11, reports Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Officer Carol Riley. 

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Police have identified two homicide victims found shot to death in Beaumont on Dec. 4, reports Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley. 

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Police have identified a woman found apparently murdered at the La Quinta Inn on Walden Road in Beaumont on Nov. 23 as Erica Franklin, 31, from Nashville, Tennessee.

Franklin was found shot to death at the La Quinta Inn in Beaumont on Nov. 23 at about 10:15 a.m., Beaumont Police Department Officer Haley Morrow reports.

According to Morrow, police, Beaumont Fire-Rescue and EMS responded to an emergency call from the motel at 5820 Walden Rd. in Beaumont in reference to a non-responsive female. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had been shot. 

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