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A former Port Arthur business man faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the Small Business Administration in obtaining low-interest disaster loan funds amounting to approximately $1.5 million.Kenneth W. Matthews, 58, of Fort Pierce, Florida pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the Small Business Administration of disaster loan funds on Mar. 12 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary Hawthorn, announced U.S. Attorney John M.

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UPDATE: The concerned citizens of Vidor are offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two men who robbed Cindy's Bridal Shop and assaulted Johnnie Andrus and her assistant Kari Milligan.

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Joe Frederick Hawkins

UPDATE: Beaumont police have apprehended 26-year-old Joe Frederick Hawkins of Beaumont who was wanted as a suspect in a triple homicide that took place over the weekend. If convicted, Hawkins faces the death penalty for capital murder. A Port Arthur woman has been charged with hindering his apprehension.

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An accident involving a semi and a passenger vehicle claimed the life of a Louisiana woman this weekend, DPS reports.

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The historic Cow Bayou Bridge in Bridge City is closed as of Monday, March 17, until restoration is complete.

According to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), all traffic will be diverted to the taller Cow Bayou Bridge next to the historic bridge. North and southbound traffic will continue to flow on the taller bridge until the restoration of the historic bridge is complete, and no pedestrian traffic is permitted, according to the release.

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