Krista Chandler, Beaumont Enterprise

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Past articles by Krista:

JCESD fire crews take selfie after 2 Beaumont area brush fires Saturday

A grass fire in the 1200 block of Aggie Road was brought under control quickly early Saturday afternoon, Jefferson County Emergency Services District No. 3 said. Smoke could reportedly be seen for miles over west Beaumont as a result, the department said. The department said as they were clearing the scene on Aggie Road, they were dispatched to assist ESD No. 1 in Bevil Oaks with another grass… → Read More

Video: Nederland girl makes big donation "to the babies"

A Nederland 6-year-old who has "had a heart for babies" her entire life made a big donation to Family Services of Southeast Texas Women and Children's Shelter. Her little hands wrote in her name on the signature line of a $1,661.94 check to the shelter in early December, very specific about where the funds were supposed to go. "Bottles, diapers, formula, baby dolls and rattles," Austyn Guidry… → Read More

BPD: Missing 15-year-old girl a "sad situation"

Autumn Rice, 15, has been missing from Beaumont for 47 days. The freshman reportedly left on foot for Westbrook High School the morning of Oct. 30, but she never got there, police said. According to police, several tips and possible sightings of Autumn have been reported, and though every lead has been followed "to its end," she hasn't turned up. Police are "asking for the public's help to… → Read More

Missing Orange county 13-year-old reported safe

A missing 13-year-old girl from Orange is reportedly safe. Beaumont police said Akiyah Ward, who left West Orange Middle School without permission Dec. 12, was brought to the station by her father late Friday night. Police in Beaumont, who reportedly assisted Orange police, said Ward reported that she was "OK," but had no further updates. Orange police were unavailable for comment Saturday… → Read More

Video: Can you help BPD identify this person?

An elderly victim's wallet was stolen from her purse on Nov. 18 while she was shopping at H-E-B grocery store on Dowlen Road, according to police. Police said the female suspect was wearing dark clothing, glasses and some type of headband. Police released a video of the incident and need the public's help identifying the subject. Those with information are asked to call (409) 832-1234.… → Read More

Spurger ISD: No school Friday due to flu

Spurger ISD announced today that district campuses will be closed Friday, Dec. 15 due to the number of students and staff with the flu and fly symptoms. All school-related activities have also been cancelled, the district said. Custodial staff will reportedly disinfect the campus for students to return Monday, Dec. 18, the district said. The district advised that any days missed due to health or… → Read More

No arrests in Club Rumba shooting, one victim still hospitalized

A 26-year-old man is still hospitalized following a gun fight at Beaumont's Club Rumba last weekend, police said. The man underwent surgery after he was shot, but police said no updates on his current condition at the hospital are available. Police said no arrests have been made in connection with the gun fight that left five people shot in the 3600 block of College Street at 2:11 a.m. Saturday,… → Read More

Missing Newton Co. man disappeared last month

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is still searching for a missing man, the department announced in an email to Randy Lynn Holmes, 56, was last seen Nov. 10 by his family. He is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighing 200 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. The sheriff's office requests that anyone with information about Holmes' whereabouts call (409) 379-3636.… → Read More

Silsbee PD: Fewer windows shot than thought, still seeking suspect

Silsbee police are still looking for a suspect who is accused of shooting an "airsoft pellet weapon" at downtown store windows Monday. Police chief Waylan Rhodes said Wednesday that after speaking with local business owners, the department determined that some buildings had pre-existing damage so not as many windows were shot as they originally thought. Video surveillance is being collected from… → Read More

PA police looking for owner of coin purse following area burglaries

Port Arthur police are searching for the owner of a "small clutch type coin purse containing silver coins" after an arrest linked two burglars to several area burglaries. Police responded to a burglary in progress Sunday in the 3600 block of Avalon Avenue. Officers reported one suspect was leaving the residence as police arrived. After a brief foot chase, police apprehended the suspect and then… → Read More

PA Scrap Works not in total compliance after 2 fires, allowed to reopen

After two fires in one month led fire officials to order a stop work order on Port Arthur's Scrap Works recycling center, the business has been allowed to reopen although it's not in total compliance yet. Port Arthur Fire Marshal L. Paul Washburn said the company has made some improvements to the facility, thus allowing them to reopen. However, "there are still outstanding issues which must be… → Read More

Beaumont police on scene of reported stabbing

Police were on-scene at a reported stabbing near Maida and Heilbig roads in Beaumont as of 6 p.m. Saturday. A victim was transported to a local hospital and a knife had been recovered, police said. Police on-scene said the investigation was ongoing and no further information was available at the time. → Read More

Woman watches house burn, 1 dog die in Vidor structure fire

A woman covered in black ash stood outside her home in Vidor watching her home burn after rescuing one of her dogs from the blaze Saturday. Vidor fire crews were on scene at the 1600 block of Concord Street at about 1:30 p.m. with the Orange County Sheriff's Office battling the blaze and investigating the cause of the fire. Fire officials didn't confirm on-scene whether or not the residence is… → Read More

PA home set ablaze by candle, FD said spike in candle fires

A tea light candle set a home ablaze in Port Arthur Friday evening, the fire department said. While there were no injuries at the scene, the department said it's assumed the home suffered a total loss. The Red Cross was called out to assist the residents of the home, the department said. Port Arthur Fire Marshal L. Paul Washburn said the department has responded to house fires this week that… → Read More

One man dead after five people shot at Beaumont's Rumba club

One man is dead after a gun fight outside of Beaumont's Rumba dance club, police said. Ronald Livings, 27, was transported to a local hospital where he later died, according to police. A 26-year-old man was transported and underwent surgery at a local hospital, police said. Police said three other victims were treated and released. Officers responded at 2:11 a.m. to the club on the 3600 block of… → Read More

BPD looking for suspects, stolen vehicle after victim robbed at gunpoint

Police are searching for a stolen vehicle and two suspects after a victim was robbed at gunpoint in Beaumont Friday morning. Officers responded to the 1000 block of Grant Street at about 9 a.m. to a victim who called police from a nearby residence after their vehicle was stolen. Police are now looking for two male suspects, one of which struck the victim in the face upon entering the vehicle… → Read More

Vidor PD: Main Street to close to "land the bird"

A medical helicopter due to land in Vidor will shut down North Main Street momentarily, police said. Police are currently staging the road while assisting a 77-year-old female patient who fell through her attic and suffered a head injury. Police advised staying away from the area for now. → Read More

NWS: Snowfall makes records, hard freeze warning issued for tonight

A nighttime hard freeze warning for Southeast Texas was issued by the National Weather Service in Lake Charles Friday afternoon. Lows overnight between Friday and Saturday could drop into the mid-20's in east Texas through central Louisiana, NWS said. Along the Interstate 10 corridor, a light freeze warning has been issued as temperatures are expected to drop to 30 degrees overnight, according… → Read More

Nederland police arrest JCSO most wanted suspect after pursuit

A Jefferson County most wanted suspect was arrested Thursday morning after a foot pursuit by Nederland police led to his capture. Octavius Chazrell Jackson, 28, was booked at the county jail on a burglary warrant, along with a pending evading arrest charge from Nederland police. Jackson reportedly is a suspect in multiple residential burglaries throughout the county, police said. Police said… → Read More

PA morning house fire injures resident

A structure fire injured an resident and destroyed a home in Port Arthur Thursday morning, according to information from the fire department. Crews are still on-scene on the corner of New Orleans and 9th Avenue and have gained control of the house fire, which began at 10 a.m. The department said the arson division is currently investigating the cause of the fire. The injured resident reportedly… → Read More