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A man originally charged with murder for the 2012 death of Vidor resident Amber Nicole Guillory and later extradited from the Netherlands pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Judge John Stevens Criminal District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12. David Carl Smith, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison relative to a plea agreement made with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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A nude and muddy man reported to have been causing a disturbance in Orange over the weekend nearly slipped away from police after wrestling free while they were attempting to detain him, but the officers ultimately prevailed, using their department issued Tasers to subdue the slippery suspect.

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Murder and mayhem, drugs and destruction – a wide spectrum of criminal acts and court cases made headlines in 2015. Some of the year’s top stories included investigations into the murder of Lamar University student Rhydan Bolton, who investigators say was slain after being confused with someone else; the alleged aggravated kidnapping of a local child; the conviction against the mother of abused infant Baby Faith and the pending case against the child’s father; and many more.

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Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11:46 p.m., police were dispatched to the 4900 block of Avie Lane in Beaumont after four males in a white Yukon were seen attempting to steal a trailer that had an ATV on it. The caller told dispatch that the suspects hooked the trailer up to the suspect vehicle and left.

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