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A 26-year-old federal prison inmate has pleaded guilty to possession of a shank in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on March 1, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson Davilyn Walston.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 27 that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Michael Scott Chastain, 54, of Cranfills Gap. Chastain is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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This morning around 9:50 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies stopped a traffic violator on I-10 west bound near Major Drive, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release. The vehicle was a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, driven by a Hispanic male from the valley.

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Lamar University hosts Angela Blanchard, president and CEO of Neighborhood Centers, Inc., March 2 in a day that includes two free public lectures and a presentation at a Women and Philanthropy luncheon. Women and Philanthropy promotes philanthropic education, leadership and advocacy by empowering women to be active participants in the giving process.

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The Elmo Willard Branch Library is proud to feature Shaun Best, a local Beaumont resident, who experienced a traumatic brain injury when he was a child, City of Beaumont administrative assistant Rosanna Mojica said in a release. Best has made it his mission to inform others about his injury and discuss his experiences, and the importance of avoiding any kind of brain injury.

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