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In a crackdown on child predators, the Texas attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) conducted a joint operation with several law enforcement agencies last week, arresting five north Texas men for online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said in a release.

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On April 8, at about 8:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a plane crash in an open field on McDermand Road, near FM 365, in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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Jonathan Davis, marine biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, talked to juniors and seniors in the classroom of one of his past Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School instructors, Woody Cox, on April 6, LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release.

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Expect delays on the I-10 Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, as crews sweep the bridge.

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Lori Allen with Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont said you can make a child smile by giving them something as simple as new shoes.

Allen and others are doing their part by participating in the Buckner Shoes for Orphans Souls community shoe drive. The event will kick off April 10, and the public is asked to donate new shoes that will go first to Southeast Texas orphans and then orphans in other nations.

“We’ll do this until May 11 and collect as many as we can,” Allen said.

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