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May 4, the Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear an appeal from former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes related to a criminal conviction handed down by a jury in May 2014 for blocking a public passageway during a public meeting of the elected school board trustees.

The Class B misdemeanor conviction carried a sentence of two years probation, a $2,000 fine, community service and Haynes was instructed to take a series of betterment classes, including anger management.

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The City of Beaumont is hosting a multi-day Hispanic heritage celebration on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, at the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Viva Fest will kick off the festivities May 13 with live music by Sandy G y los Gavilanes followed by the movie Frida. Ticket are $5 for May 13.

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Two men have been arrested and four more are wanted on warrants in Jefferson County related to a dog fighting ring discovered last month on Rogers Avenue in Beaumont, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Crime Stoppers is searching for the suspects in two separate robberies of the same Dollar General store on East Lucas in Beaumont, Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley reports. 

According to Riley, on April 28, a man brandishing a handgun walked in to the store, located at 2730 East Lucas Dr., as employees were closing for the day, at about 9:15 p.m. He demanded money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no patrons present at the store, and no one was injured. 

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Marcom Stagg

May 2, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that Judge Larry Gist of the Drug Impact Court sentenced Marcom Dwayne Stagg to 50 years in prison for his involvement in a home invasion that occurred in May 2014.

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