Natalie Krebs, Beaumont Enterprise

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Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Natalie:

Hardin Co. DA to check Silsbee cop's cases

Hardin County's district attorney will review the prosecution of cases involving a Silsbee police officer who was fired after an internal investigation determined he lied on the job. Rhodes had "substantial involvement" in a number of police cases, including the case of Donny Dominique Ratcliff, a 44-year-old Silsbee man facing a capital murder charge for the 2015 death of his 9-month-old son,… → Read More

Family suspects raw oysters after Buna woman dies from bacterial infection

Family suspects raw oysters after Buna woman dies from bacterial infection According to her husband's post, Cunningham had surgery Thursday to amputate both legs and her left arm in an effort to stop the rapidly spreading infection. → Read More

New routines, time apart can give parents and students 'Back-to-School Blues'

[...] the affliction can spread to parents struggling to transition their children and families back to a more structured routine and a sudden reduction in bonding time. Sally Broussard, administrative director of behavioral health at Baptist Hospital, said despite public perception that parents break into celebration as soon as they seen the tail lights on their child's school bus, it's not… → Read More

Kountze man sentenced to prison for 2016 deadly crash

Michael Lynn Davis, 38, of Kountze, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the the May 15, 2016 death of 77-year-old Jerry Neal Campbell, of Vidor. He pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter on Aug. ... more An Orange County jury sentenced a Kountze man to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on Wednesday for the 2016 death of an elderly Vidor man. Davis pleaded guilty to intoxication… → Read More

Visitation tonight for Austyn Halter

Members of the #AustynStrong Facebook group shared encouraging words for Halter's parents, Joshua and Sarah, and sent virtual prayers to the 4-year-old girl with blonde hair and an "incredible smile." Austyn, born Jan. 20, 2013 in Port Arthur, was diagnosed with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AML-M7), a rare form of cancer that affects a group of white blood cells called myeloid cells, on Aug.… → Read More

State agrees to fund $34.2M of proposed Vidor Loop

Following approval by the state to reimburse more than half the construction costs, top Orange County officials are expected to decide before the year is up if the county will move forward with a controversial Vidor Loop project. Texas Department of Transportation Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the county's application for the 6.2-mile road, agreeing to pay $34.2 million of the… → Read More

Food bank confronts China's widespread poverty

According to Census data from 2015, nearly 23 percent of China's 891 residents are living below the poverty line, which is defined as an annual income of $12,000 for a one-person household. The supply of potatoes, grapes, pineapples, blackberries, corn and cauliflower she received from the previous shipment 10 days earlier cut about $300 off her grocery bill, she said. Walker said he hasn't set… → Read More

Evadale native taking rope skills to NBC show finale

Chris McDaniel has spent most of his life on stage, but it wasn't until his early 30s that he found his true performing passion - working as a Wild West showman and world champion trick roper. The talent show, hosted by Steve Harvey, is a twist on "Little Big Shots," a program that features kids with hidden talents. → Read More

Orange native to open museum showcasing African-Americans

In the past year, Lowe has raised money, assembled a non-profit board, bought a building and gathered items for exhibits. The museum will feature influential athletes, musicians and leaders from the community, including Emma Wallace, a longtime principal; Dollie Craig, the first president of Orange's chapter of the NAACP; and legendary football player Bubba Smith, he said. → Read More

Photos: Heisted Beaumont horse home again

The incident is one of at least two recent horse thefts authorities are investigating, including the disappearance of three horses from a barn in north Beaumont on June 16. After receiving a phone call from the stable's owner and contacting police, Hailey and her mom, Pamela, said they abandoned their Fourth of July plans and sprang into action. At the advice of Hailey's horse trainer, they… → Read More

Newton Co. Sheriff has lead in two-year-old cold case

The Newton County Sheriff's Department says it has a "person of interest" in the 2015 death of Dexter Diggles. Sheriff Billy Rowles said that the department had received a new piece of information relating to the case are is asking the public to come forward with any information they have on the case. → Read More

Port Arthur police officer arrested on assault charge

A Port Arthur police officer has been charged with assault following an incident that took place at a party in Liberty on Friday evening. According to Liberty Police, officers responded to a call Friday shortly after 1 a.m. at the 5000 block of Briar Grove in Liberty and found a 30-year-old woman who had been assaulted by individuals at a party next door. → Read More

More teens focusing on education, few taking summer jobs

According to the Bureau of For many high school graduates, the focus has shifted from cutting grass for minimum wage to taking on extra summer coursework to finish high school or volunteering to boost college applications, according to the report. → Read More

Number of mentally ill inmates on the rise

County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton said county officials have been working with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to get approval to make changes so that inmates "don't have a method to harm themselves." [...] Sheriff Keith Merritt, who is in charge of the jail's security, said he hasn't made any recent changes because the jail already has a long-standing policy to address mentally ill… → Read More

Trial begins for Beaumont man accused in 2013 dominoes killing

The state's criminal trial against James Allen Hancock, which was temporarily delayed on Monday because of a bomb threat called into the courthouse, began Tuesday morning in District Criminal Court. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Jason Sims, 38, told police that a man wearing a bandana and holding a large caliber pistol walked up to the men as they were playing… → Read More

Courthouse evacuation postpones murder trial

A capital murder trial was postponed on Monday after the Jefferson County Courthouse was evacuated for about an hour for a bomb threat. Outside the courthouse, law enforcement agents instructed people to leave while authorities searched the area. → Read More

Officials seek hospital solution in Orange County

At that meeting, officials said the proposed district would either be county-run or contracted out to a private company. Because the district would be funded through property taxes, a voter-initiated petition is required for the county to put the hospital proposal on a ballot, Carlton said. According to Carlton, the county is trying to get a Christus opened an outpatient facility with emergency… → Read More

Cat population multiplying fast in urban areas

Locals frustrated by an increase in cats pawing around their backyards and cat colonies cropping up in their neighborhoods have taken to social media to vent and ask for help. Malachi Michler, operations manager at North Orange Animal Hospital, said we're all seeing more cats because it's kitten season. → Read More

Climate change intensifies threats from Gulf hurricanes

The retired U.S. Coast Guard employee worries that rising sea levels could make the next hurricane more destructive than those he's lived through. A study released this month shows that rising sea levels threaten to make storm surges more dangerous, appearing to reinforce Texas officials' push for federal funding for a storm-surge barrier, or "Ike Dike," to protect the upper Texas Gulf Coast.… → Read More

Court overturns Beaumont man's murder conviction of Vidor teen

The Ninth Court of Appeals issued an opinion overturning the conviction ofa Beaumont man who was found guilty of murdering a 16-year-old Vidor girl by a jury in August 2014. Kelvin Lee Roy, 35, was convicted of murdering Alexandria Bertrand when he crashed into the back of a stopped Honda minivan carrying Bertrand and her mother, April,at Main Street and Old U.S. 90 in Vidor on February 7, 2014. → Read More