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May 31 is the deadline to protest home valuations in Jefferson County, where many residents are already decrying sharp increases in home values.

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G.D. ‘Gene’ Bush (Facebook.com)

G.D. “Gene” Bush, age 83, died peacefully May 14, 2016, at his home in Beaumont, Texas, surrounded by his family.

A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, May 18, at Claybar Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m., also at Claybar Funeral Home. Burial in his hometown of Whitewright, Texas, will take place Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Jessie Haynes and Calvin Walker

Federal Judge Marcia Crone has spent nearly a year sifting through hundreds of legal documents filed as part of a civil racketeering case against roughly three dozen local, state and federal officials, as well as local media outlets and representatives, lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District administrator Jessie Haynes and contract electrician Calvin Walker. The total number of defendants in the case is dwindling, however, as just this past week two more were dismissed entirely from the litigation.

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Lance Woodward was found in possession of a controlled substance, 100-plus grams

Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Logan Campbell said a 40-year sentence handed down May 18 by a jury in Judge Larry Gist’s Drug Impact Court not only resulted in taking a repeat offender off the streets, but it also likely kept untold amounts of meth from pouring into Jefferson County.

The defendant was suspected of bringing in more of the drug than just the 100-plus grams he was caught with by persistent Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies when he was arrested late last year.

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High Five 05-19-2016

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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