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Jessica Evans, 28, of Orangefield died Friday night, Dec. 27, as the result of a fatal traffic accident.

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Police are still searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for the thefts of at least four car stereos on Christmas Eve at the Sunset Grove Apartments in Orange.

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At about 5:30 Friday morning, Dec. 27, a Beaumont Police Department patrol officer found the body of a man along the west service road of the 5000 block of Eastex Freeway near Treadway Road. The man appeared to have been struck by a vehicle, according to a BPD press release.

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Pinehurst Police have apprehended the man they believe to be responsible for an aggravated robbery that occurred Nov. 7 at the Dollar General store located 2500 MLK Jr. Drive in Pinehurst. On Thursday, Dec. 26, police arrested 59-year-old Mark Nathan McLelland of Orange.

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Volunteers and officers from the Port Arthur Police Department came together at the Bob Bower Civic Center in Port Arthur on Friday, Dec. 20, to distribute toys and gifts to local families to help make their Christmas brighter. Blue Santa coordinators spent about $16,000 on gifts to assist close to 300 Port Arthur families during this holiday season.

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation delivered happy surprises to select Beaumont Independent School District staff and one student Thursday, Dec. 19, during the foundation’s fall grant caravan. Seven grant winners for fall 2013 received more than $6,600 in requested materials necessary for innovative classroom projects.

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A Port Arthur man was killed in a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident occurring in the 3200 block of 8th St. in Port Arthur Sunday, Dec. 22.

Jesse Ray Ford Jr., 31, was found dead by Port Arthur Police Department officers around 2 a.m. after receiving a call that the man was lying in the road. Port Arthur Fire Department and Acadian EMS responded to the scene as well and determined the man was dead.

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A Nederland woman is dead after being struck by a pickup truck while walking in the 10,000 block of Memorial Blvd in Port Arthur Monday, Dec. 23.

According to a Port Arthur Police Department press release, around 9 p.m., Tiffany Nicole Wagner, 24, was walking north on the Memorial Boulevard northbound access road when a Chevrolet pickup truck also traveling north struck her.

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Christus Hospital hosted a canine adoption event, “The 12 Dogs of Christmas,” Friday, Dec. 13, at the St. Elizabeth Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont.

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned 102 men and women as Highway Patrol troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony. Attorney General Greg Abbott was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held at Great Hills Baptist Church.

The new troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in on-the-job training.

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