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BEAUMONT, Texas – A 45-year-old Lumberton, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

 

 

Dean Bailey Swift pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Feb. 23, 2012 before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

 

 

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It was like shooting fish in a barrel for the past few days with officers from the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Groves police departments working together to set up optical license plate reader camera systems throughout the city of Beaumont and stop drivers whose license plates alerted police to outstanding warrants.

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When I moved to Southeast Texas approximately five years ago, it was offered almost as an article of faith that whenever local doctors got sick, they traveled 90 west to Houston for treatment. The unspoken corollary was that their more affluent patients did the same.

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There’s never a dull moment with Roosevelt Petry.

A glimpse inside his office suggests as much. Dozens of plaques adorn his wall honoring him and his company’s achievements and recognizing the charity work he’s done for groups all over Port Arthur and Jefferson County. There’s a large picture of the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, with a small placard recognizing his company for its help with constructing the arena.

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While the city of China might not be totally broke, it isn’t far from it, say current council members and Mayor Margaret “Peggy” Harkrider. The absence of funds in city coffers hasn’t yet gotten to the point where drastic measures have been undertaken, but as Harkrider told The Examiner, tough decisions might play out in coming months.

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