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Police are searching for a hooded gunman who robbed a convenience store in Orange on June 22, forcing customers to lie on the floor as he made off with the business's money.

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Crenshaw (left and inset) looks on as he awaits the appointment decision.

In a split vote of the Jefferson County Commissioners, the panel elected 3/2 to approve appointing First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw as Judge of County Court at Law #2 during a regular meeting of the elected officials held Monday, June 22.

Beaumont NAACP chapter president Paul Jones said he wanted to see a minority appointed to the seat vacated by Judge Lupe Flores.

The majority of commissioners stated that racial lines were not as important as character and ability.

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Danielle Christine Culpepper, 19, of Beaumont

Danielle Christine Culpepper, 19, of Beaumont, died in one-vehicle crash in Newton County on Saturday, June 20. A 12:45 p.m., Culpepper was traveling eastbound on Recreational Road 255 in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler when for an unknown reason, she traveled off the road to the right, DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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Beginning in August, the Miller Branch Library will be hosting free Zumba classes every Wednesday for adults 18 and up.

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A La Porte city councilman was killed in an electrocution incident June 19 at Orange Junior High School in Orangefield.

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