The News

Attorney General Ken Paxton voiced his disappointment July 19 after a federal judge sided with a group of Texas inmates who sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) over summer heat conditions at the Wallace Pack Unit northwest of Houston.

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A 30 year old Longview, Texas man has been indicted for his role in a student financial aid fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced July 19.

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The suspect in a brutal 2015 double murder is in custody at a state mental health facility pending DNA results that could lead to murder charges against 52-year-old Aaron Kyle Angelo, the former stepson of one of the elderly victims slain in the attack.

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BISD Superintendent John Frossard with Caballero, Simmons and Carroll

It was business as usual. No long good-byes. No bidding adieu with endless platitudes. But the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers lost three members as Board President Jimmy Simmons and members Lenny Caballero and Jack Carroll served for the last time in their official capacity during the district’s Wednesday, July 19, monthly meeting.

“With great sorrow,” Manager Joe Domino moved to accept the three members’ resignation – and that was that.

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Shannon Mays

It’s been roughly five years since Syam Investments, its owner Shannon Mays and affiliates like Diana Broussard McCoy from Port Arthur were exposed in the pages of this newspaper for bilking hundreds of Southeast Texans out of tens of thousands of dollars. And since then, those who say they were victimized by the group have been waiting for some form of justice.

But now, with the suspected criminal mastermind behind bars, they may at long last get their day in court.

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