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At the end of nearly a week of testimony and evidence presented before a jury in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court in Jefferson County, 25-year-old Johnny Ray Matlock was found guilty of crimes connected to trafficking Southeast Texas women and children and forcing prostitution on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced the landmark decision, a first of its kind in Jefferson County, following Matlock accepting 60 years in prison in exchange for waiving all appellant rights.

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St. Michael Mediterranean Festival, affectionately known throughout the community at MedFest, draws thousands of attendees each year with the promise of delicious Greek cuisine and delightful cultural exhibitions. 

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A 33-year-old Beaumont woman pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced this week.

Ashley Haley pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right Wednesday, Sept. 19, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

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“No one said anything” and “no one complained” last week when Liberty County Pct. 6 Constable John Joslin walked into a Jefferson County courtroom armed and in full uniform as a defendant of a perjury charge the lawman faced, says County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Clint Woods. 

And apparently, no one – including the judge – said anything when a witness in the case was sent into the courtroom shackled and in jail garb.

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It was a day just as typical as any other before she got “the call.” Elena Wagstaff (Kelley) knew what her husband signed up for when he took the oath of a police officer; he would always be on the front lines of a dangerous situation, always in the path of harm’s way, always rushing to disaster even as others are running from it. Somehow, though, he always came home. That was, until a typical day turned tragic.

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