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A 35-year-old Stone Mountain, Ga., man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Marvin "Red" Smith Jr. pleaded guilty Nov. 4, 2010, to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone on April 4.

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UPDATE: Vinh Thana Le of Groves has been identified as the male victim in Monday night's murder-suicide, Port Arthur Police Sgt. Scott Gaspard released in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

34-year old Anna Tran is dead and so is a 52-year-old male friend of hers after what Port Arthur Police believe is a murder-suicide.

According to Sgt. Scott Gaspard of the PAPD, Port Arthur Police were called to Tran's house in the 3400 block of 8th St. around 10 pm last night after Tran's sister discovered the bodies in the house by looking through the window.

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At the first-ever meeting of Orange County leaders to decide on granting a “mass gathering” permit Tuesday, April 5, the group chose to allow the function continue with the blessing of the court.

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On Saturday, April 2, at about 4 a.m., Beaumont police officers were dispatched to the 4100 block of Jeanette in reference to a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers found Loretta Lynn Harris,  a 43-year-old black female, unresponsive. She had a stab wound to the chest and was transported by EMS to Christus St Elizabeth Hospital. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital around 4:45 a.m. 

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18-year-old Bucky Bean, son of Beaumont Police Sgt. Tim Bean, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and the Beaumont Police family is reaching out to the community to help the Beans raise money to help their ailing son.

As a result of Bucky’s illness, the family is making almost daily trips to Houston for medical visits. To help raise money, on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 am until they run out, the BPD will be selling baked potatoes filled with either BBQ brisket, loaded, or any combination in between. The fundraiser will take place at the BPD parking lot.

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