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Police thank neighbors for help in nabbing man suspected of burglary

BEAUMONT -- Beaumont Police Officers quickly responded to a reported burglary in progress in the 1100 block of Euclid Street at approximately 9:47 this morning and were able to apprehend a suspect.

As soon as officers arrived, witnesses directed them to the area of Reed/Pipkin Street. At this location, officers were able to locate one of the burglary suspects.

This suspect was taken into custody and identified as bm, Dominick Leday,19, of Beaumont.

Officers also located Leday’s vehicle, which revealed property taken from the residence in the 1100 block of Euclid. The investigation is still on-going and it is possible that it will lead to other burglaries committed in the area.

The Police Department noted this is an example of great teamwork. "As officers we depend on our community partners," the department release said.  

Leday was booked into the Jefferson County Jail for Burglary of Habitation.

Texas Southern U. lockdown lifted following fatal shooting

UPDATE -- The lockdown at Texas Southern University has been lifted, according to Houston media reports.  An 18-year-old freshman was killed in a late morning shooting there.  Houston police have two persons in custody and are seeking a third.





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HOUSTON (AP) -- One person was killed and another wounded during a shooting at a Texas Southern University student housing complex on Friday, and the Houston campus has been placed on lockdown, university and police officials said.


The shooting was reported around 11:30 a.m. Central at University Courtyard Apartments. Houston Police tweeted early Friday afternoon that a possible suspect had been detained. The tweet also said one person died in the shooting, and another person was wounded.


University spokesman Kendrick Callis said the campus is on lockdown and classes have been cancelled.


Houston and campus police didn't immediately return messages seeking comment. Police and emergency vehicles were at the scene, though no additional details were available.


The incident occurred just hours after another shooting near the same housing complex. The university said in a statement posted on its website that the earlier shooting occurred early Friday morning, and that the school was increasing police presence on campus. No other details were immediately available and it's not clear if the shootings are linked.



The university has about 9,700 students.








Shooting reported near Texas Southern U in Houston. Campus on lockdown


Students speak out on fears following Texas Southern University shooting

HOUSTON (AP) — The latest on a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student housing complex (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Students at Texas Southern University say they don't feel safe on campus in the wake of recent shootings, including one that left a student dead and another person wounded.

Nineteen-year-old Brittney Solomon says she had planned to move onto campus, but now she's reluctant following a shooting late Friday morning at a university-owned student housing complex. Soloman says it's "really nerve-racking feeling that a person here could have a gun."

The shooting prompted a campus lockdown and order for students and teachers to remain in their classrooms. At least two other shootings have been reported near or on campus in the last week, prompting officials to increase police presence on campus.

But Daijsa Fowls, also 19, says there's little enforcement on campus. Fowls says she wouldn't feel safe bringing her 3-year-old son onto campus.

She says, "A bullet has no name. It could hit anybody."

Victims in North Arizona University shooting identified

Police have identified the victims of the shooting at Flagstaff campus of Northern Arizona University.

The student who was killed in the incident has been identified as Colin Brough, the Associated Press reported citing authorities. The three students who were injured have been identified as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring. The three are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center, NAU said.

The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Steven Jones, Chief Gregory T. Fowler of the Northern Arizona University Police said in a press conference. Jones is in police custody.

Initial calls reporting shots fired came in at 1:20 a.m. Arizona time, the school said in a statement.

Fowler explained that the individuals involved in the shooting had some sort of confrontation, but could not provide further details on what caused the incident. Local and university police are conducting the ongoing investigation into the incident.

The shooting took place in a parking lot outside a dorm, The Associated Press reported.

"The incident took place outside Mountain View Hall on the northeast end of the Flagstaff Campus," according to NAU. 

Mountain View Hall is "a dormitory which houses most of the campus' students involved in Greek organizations," ABC News reported.

CNN confirmed that some of the individuals involved in the shooting were members of the Delta Chi Fraternity. 

NAU's public relations director, Cindy Brown told CNN that there are about 20,000 students on the Flagstaff Campus and said that students were sent a series of alerts regarding the shooter situation.

The University has set up a family assistance center and set up a phone line for parents. Classes are expected to be held as usual on Friday, according to the University.

"The university called the shooting an 'isolated and unprecedented' incident," The Associated Press reported. 

Support services are being provided for members of the university community.

Hardin County S.O. investigating machete assault

HARDIN COUNTY -- Deputies are investigating an assault overnight at a couple's mobile home on Wingfield Drive where a man broke in the front door and used a machete to attack a man as the couple were in bed.

According to deputies, Orlando Calderilla, 49, broke into the house and went into the bedroom of homeowner Laurie Williams where she was in bed asleep with Aaron Rodriguez. Deputies say Calderilla used a machete and assaulted Rodriquez who had several cuts. This caused a fight and Williamson grabbed the machete thinking it was a baseball bat and was cut. The couple locked Calderilla outside and called deputies said.

Sgt. Dennis Allen said Calderilla is the ex-boyfriend and was angry she was with Rodriguez.

Once Calderilla was locked outside he drove away. He was  three quarters of a mile away from the scene  when he lost control of the vehicle and fled on foot.

 Police apprehended him this morning they took him to the Sheriff's Office then to the hospital then to jail. 

As of this morning he had not yet been charged. The couple went to St. Elizabeth in Beaumont and have been released.

Man indicted on federal drug charges is arrested in Orange

BEAUMONT – A 59-year-old Orange, Texas man has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Law officers arrested Grover Roberts, 59, of Orange, around 6 am today after DEA agents served a federal drug warrant simultaneously  at a home at 1307 14st  and 1412 S. Hart Ave. in Orange. According to police, both houses were in the control of Roberts.

A year-long investigation between the Orange Police Department Narcotics Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led to the arrest, an Orange Police Dept. press release said.

The release said the warrants were executed with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff's Department Swat team and officers of the Marshal's Service.

Roberts was in possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol when he was arrested, police said. They said 12 grams of crack cocaine was also seized from the house on Hart Ave. 

Roberts was indicted on Oct. 7, 2015 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Roberts was arrested in Orange today on those charges.


According to the indictment, since 2008, Roberts conspired with others to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine from his residence on South Hart Avenue in Orange, Texas. 


If convicted, Roberts faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

Police said the U.S. Government is pursuing forfeiture of both of the houses.

Other persons are being sought in connection with this investigation and future arrests will be made, police said.


This case is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Orange Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Craft.


A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

1 dead 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into gunfire Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University killed one person and wounded three others, authorities said.

University police chief Gregory T. Fowler identified the shooter as 18-year-old Steven Jones and said he used a handgun in the shootings at about 1:20 a.m. Friday. Police were still interviewing Jones and he had not been booked into jail Friday morning.

The university in a statement identified the student who died as Colin Brough. The victims being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center are Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring.

"This is not going to be a normal day at NAU," said school President Rita Cheng. "Our hearts are heavy."

She called it an isolated and unprecedented incident and said classes would go on as scheduled Friday.

The parking lot where the shooting happened is just outside Mountain View Hall dormitory on the Flagstaff campus, which provides housing for many of the campus' sororities and fraternities.

Iowa City, Iowa-based Delta Chi Fraternity said Delta Chi members were involved, but Executive Director Justin Sherman said in the statement that the organization doesn't have detailed information about the identity of the victims.

Freshman Cameron Sands, 18, said he had pledged a fraternity and was supposed to move into Mountain View Hall on Friday.

"It's crazy. You don't think this stuff happens. When I think of Flagstaff, I think safety," he said.

Sands, who did not sign up for text alerts from the university, said he learned of the shooting in a phone call from his mother.

Student Maria Gonzalez told The Associated Press that she at first suspected firecrackers.

"I was studying for an exam so I looked out the window and see two people running, and that's when I realized they weren't fireworks they were actually gunshots," she said.

The gate to the dorm's main entrance was closed Friday, and police had the surrounding area taped off.

School spokeswoman Cindy Brown said the wounded were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, which said it couldn't release any information on conditions.

Arizona political leaders voiced support for the university and surrounding community, with Gov. Doug Ducey calling the shooting heartbreaking. He said the state stands ready to help in the investigation and response.

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who lives in Flagstaff, said her heart was hurting, but expressed confidence that the city "will only grow stronger in difficult moments like these."

The Flagstaff shooting comes on the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Roseburg, Oregon, where eight students and a teacher were shot and killed last week at Umpqua Community College. The gunman in the Oregon shooting wounded nine others before turning the gun on himself.

NAU is a four-year public university that has more than 25,000 total undergraduate students at the campus in Flagstaff, a city about three hours north of Phoenix that is surrounded by mountains and ponderosa pines.


Texas is state with most prisoners in federal early release program

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Thousands of federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes are scheduled for early release next month and nearly 600 will come from Texas, the most of any state.

The release of more than 5,500 inmates is part of a cost-cutting measure intended to reduce the nation's prison population.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that U.S. officials estimate more prisoners sentenced in the federal judiciary's Western District of Texas will be eligible for release than any other region in the country.

The inmates set to go free in November are among the first of what could eventually be tens of thousands eligible for release.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted last year to retroactively apply substantially lower recommended sentences for those convicted of drug-related felonies.

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