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After a few good years and many notable cases, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Henderson is retiring



After 40 years of federal service to his country and the judicial system — including 20 in the Marine Corps — Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Henderson is retiring from a career highlighted by noteworthy cases and distinguishing honors.

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Accusations that Beaumont Independent School District Taylor Career and Technology Center Principal Thomas Amons nixed the campus’ Adult Cosmetology program rather than allow admission to a student he thought was gay were answered by school district administrators this week. After the Sept.

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A 46-year-old Daisetta man that became knows as the “Tall, Dark and Handsome Bandit” has been sentenced to federal prison for a string of bank robberies, including two in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

John Steven Stark pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery and was sentenced to 169 months (more than 14 years) in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. Stark was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,390.17.

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After a brief court appearance, a 25-year-old Bronson man charged in the intoxication manslaughter death of Amber Roussel was taken back into police custody after he failed a drug test Monday, Jan. 28.

Derek Wesley McBride was indicted by a grand jury in November 2012 for the July 30, 2012, collision that killed Amber Roussel, 31, and injured her husband, Ryan Roussel, 36, both of Louisiana.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call late on Sunday, Sept. 16, indicating there was a large snake near the roadway on Highway 365 by the entrance to Gator Country. Upon arrival, deputies and owner of Gator Country, Gary Saurage, identified the snake as Banana, the 16-foot albino Burmese python reported missing April 30, 2012. Gary Saurage said, “She appears to be in good condition.” He’s glad to have her back, he added.

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