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According to information from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, on Monday, Nov. 6, 30-year-old Arthur Ray Rogers Jr. pleaded guilty to murdering 31-year-old Joshua Jerome Green on May 11, 2015. This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mike Laird. Rogers has not yet been sentenced for the crime, but he is awaiting his fate while in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail, where he has been held since Aug. 15.

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Winter is coming, and across the area, it’s the time of year people start breaking out space heaters and gathering wood for the fireplace. Another item at the top of winter wish lists is a fire extinguisher, a safety essential. But buyers beware!

Manufacturer Kidde recently recalled 134 models of fire extinguishers built between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, impacting more than 40 million units within the United States and Canada – and sold at retailers near you.

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UPDATE (11/7): The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has confirmed that Trevor Stephenson Gray, 25, of Vidor, was pronounced deceased this morning by the medical staff at St. Elizabeth's hospital.

There are no additional updates on the medical condition of the other injured victims.

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A Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Trooper died Saturday, Nov. 4. in Bell County following a traffic crash, officials announced.

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Charles Henry Hawkins

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Nov. 3 that a jury has found Charles Henry Hawkins, 57, guilty of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. The jury assessed Hawkins’ punishment at 10 years confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a $10,000 fine. Hawkins was formally sentenced by Judge Raquel West.

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