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John Wayne Stoneham | Photo: Texas DPS

A Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender is now in custody after being captured Thursday in Houston, DPS officials said in a release.

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A Jasper resident is behind bars on drug and weapons charges after detectives investigating reports of narcotics distribution searched his house and discovered several illegal drugs, money and at least one firearm in the convicted felon’s possession, reports Lt. G.W. Foster of the Jasper Police Department.

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Vidor City Councilman for Ward VI David Slaughter is stepping down from the council in preparation of a move to Beaumont, the longtime councilman said in a letter to the city Dec. 15. Slaughter's last day will be Dec. 22.

On a Facebook post, Slaughter said he was selling his "little farm...in Vidor" and would miss the citizens he served for approximately 14 years as councilman of both Wards 3 and 6 at different times.

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Jefferson County was awarded a donated Kubota SSV75 Skid Steer in a special ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. County Commissioner Eddie Arnold receiving the donation on the county’s behalf, was joined by Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 staff members and a representative from local Kubota dealer, Beaumont Tractor, at Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 Road and Bridge Service Center at 20205 West Highway 90 in China.

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M&M Express on Washington | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Beaumont police are investigating a shooting that took place outside the M&M Express on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Officers responded to the store, located at 1397 Washington Boulevard, at 5:42 p.m.

A 57-year-old Beaumont man told police that he was standing outside the store and speaking with an employee when they heard several gunshots and looked to see where they were coming from. The victim realized that he was struck in the abdomen area. The victim and witnesses did not know where the shots came from. Detectives are interviewing any witnesses that were in the area.

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