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Liberty Police made two arrests in reference to a late night assault that took place on June 30, according to a news release from the department. Police responded to the 5000 block of Briar Grove in the Ridgewood subdivision shortly after 1 a.m. in reference to an assault. 

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More than one veteran police officer was released from duty at the Port Arthur Police Department within a week’s time. Mickey Sterling and Rickey Antoine were terminated from employment on consecutive Fridays amid allegations of impropriety. Both had been on administrative leave pending a final decision to terminate or to return them to work by PAPD Chief Patrick Melvin. 

Officer Darren Johnson, placed on administrative leave at the same time as Antoine, resigned.

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Police in Orange are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Orange County at about 9:25 p.m. on June 12, reports Captain Robert Enmon. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident. 

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Update: By June 10, donations to Crime Stoppers increased the reward for information leading to arrest in the capital murder of Kera Teel to $14,500.

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The reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for the capital murder of Kera Teel, a 19-year-old pregnant mother who was shot to death June 6, has been increased to $10,000 after local businesses and concerned citizens donated monies to increase the amount in order to encourage members of the public to come forward if they know anything. 

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Police looking for vehicle seen in vicinity

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"At about 1:45 this morning, my wife died in my arms,” Andrew Teel said, red-rimmed eyes glistening in the harsh lights from the television cameras surrounding him as he described 19-year-old Kera Teel’s final moments during a press conference June 6. “I don’t know if any of you have ever experienced anything like that. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

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State District Judge Larry Gist of the Drug Impact Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced John Toran, 40, to 25 years in prison on May 22, announced Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham.

Information presented in court indicates that on April 5, 2016, Beaumont Police Officers R. Dommert and C. Wier were conducting a routine traffic stop in Beaumont. John Toran, the defendant, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Pursuant to a consensual search of the vehicle, the officers discovered 34 grams of concealed cocaine. 

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Officer Rickey Antoine has become the face of PAPD traffic enforcement.

Although Port Arthur “traffic-policing juggernaut” Rickey Antoine is famous for being the kind of hard-hitting lawman that even wrote his own mother a speeding ticket, according to allegations that sparked an investigation currently underway, he is also the kind of officer that would set aside those tickets if the price – or shoe size – is right.

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Narcotics detectives with the Orange Police Department arrested a local man after discovering ecstasy, PCP and marijuana during the execution of a search warrant in the 300 block of Decatur on May 12, reports Sgt. Jason Laughlin.

According to Laughlin's report, 28-year-old Michael Anthony Buchanan of Orange was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail on second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance for the ecstasy, state jail felony possession of a controlled substance for the PCP and possession of marijuana. 

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Police in Jasper arrested one man after discovering a large amount of methamphetamine, crack cocaine and marijuana while executing a search warrant for his residence, reports CID Lt. GW Foster. 

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Police in Vidor arrested 21-year-old Trevor Duane Edwards May 4 after the manager of a fast food establishment where Edwards once worked said the former employee snuck behind the counter and into the manager’s office, stealing a wad of cash and fleeing in spite of being spotted in the act.

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