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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested John Aaron Burney, 43, of Palestine, on one count of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. Burney could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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A Beaumont man is behind bars on Capital Murder charges following the sexual assault and murder of a local homeless woman, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

Officer Carol Riley reports that police have arrested 26-year-old Brandon Julian Jamol Coleman for the murder of 54-year-old Catherine Dungan. 

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June 5, the Lake Charles Police Department was dispatched to a local business regarding a male suspect performing a lewd act in the presence of a female juvenile victim.

The suspect was identified as 38-year old Jesus Garcia Lara from Houston. An arrest warrant for obscenity and indecent behavior with a juvenile was issued and signed by Judge Ron Ware.

June 23, the Lake Charles Police Department arrested Lara at his place of employment in Sulphur, Louisiana. He is being held on a $20,000 bond for indecent behavior with a juvenile and a $7,000 bond for obscenity.

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Wednesday, June 7, a group of colleagues and friends gathered to dedicate a National Geodetic Survey monument in honor of the memory, educational commitment, and life of Michael Hoke, first Managing Director of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

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Monday, June 26, at about 12:53 a.m., Beaumont Police officers were patrolling the parking lot of Petro at 5405 Walden Road.

The officers made contact with the driver of a silver Dodge Charger and sensed a heavy odor of marijuana. K-9 Gus and his handler responded to the scene to assist. Investigation revealed a black trash bag containing 26.8 pounds of marijuana.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as George Stevenson, 42, from Pascagoula, Mississippi, was transported and booked into the Jefferson County Jail for possession of marijuana.

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