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Two men are in custody for their alleged roles in two separate shootings, a family is recovering after being robbed in the middle of the night Saturday and a delivery truck driver was robbed at shotgun point late Sunday night to end what was arguably the most crime-ridden weekend of the summer in Port Arthur.

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After decades of being known as the "dry" exit off Interstate 10 between the hub cities of Orange and Beaumont, petitions circulating in the city of Vidor are trying to wet up its reputation with allowing for the sale of alcohol.

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According to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, during the week of June 27 - July 6, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office participated in a Driving While Intoxicated Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) targeting intoxicated drivers in Jefferson County. The STEP program was funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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In a statement released from the Pinehurst Police Department under the heading of “Who let the dogs out???” police chief Fred Hanauer claims to know the answer – but he isn’t saying.

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Port Arthur Police detectives are working the city's latest homicide, Donzetta Vertnell Roberts, a 45-year-old Port Arthur woman was found dead Saturday afternoon in her Carver Terrace Apartment.

Police would not comment on how she died, other than to say she died from "wounds found on her body" according to a press release.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was contacted June 21 by representatives from the DuPont Sabine River Works in Orange concerning the theft of several thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment from inside their facility. The representatives advised that a current DuPont employee was believed to be stealing a large amount of tools and equipment from the inside the facility and selling the items on the internet for a profit.

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Beaumont Police Officer Brian Hebert, who had been with the police department for just over 10 years and was up for a promotion to sergeant, was killed in the line of duty Friday night, July 8, 2011, during a high speed chase.

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A week after The Examiner revealed tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayers’ property was being improperly and possibly illegally sold to area scrap metal dealers in Beaumont, the newspaper has confirmed Beaumont Independent School District police are on the case.

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On Thursday, July 7, the City of Orange Fire Department participated in a technical rescue drill at the Solvay Solexis facility located on FM1006.  The drill scenario involved a lightning strike affecting the main process structure with one person rendered unconscious on the 5th floor level. The life size fire department rescue mannequin was utilized as the simulated victim. 

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The Beaumont Fire Department was kept busy Wednesday, July 6, when thunderstorms rolled through the area.

The day started around 2:30 p.m. with an electrical fire in South Beaumont, but once the storms came through, firefighters were kept on their toes going from call to call due to lightning strikes in the city.

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