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Richard Lopez, 43, Benjamin Martinez, 74, and Toby Clarkson, 39, have all pleaded guilty to federal money laundering charges related to an embezzlement scheme at Sherwin Alumina Company, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

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The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force needs your help identifying a man who robbed a the Capital One bank located at 1855 West Bay Area Boulevard in Houston, Texas, earlier today. Witnesses believed the man had a “hickey” or a passion mark, on the left side of his neck. The neck mark can be seen in at least one of the bank’s surveillance photos taken during the robbery.

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According to statistics from the Texas Council on Family Violence, about 47 percent of Texans fall victim to domestic violence, with the majority of victims being female. In Southeast Texas, that number reached nearly 4,000 occurrences in 2009. With the amount of reported domestic violence incidents rising, those that deal with the issue on a regular basis – law enforcement, case workers, victims’ advocates, prosecutors and judges – are all stepping up to make the legal process more centered on the victim, rather than focused on prosecuting the batterer.

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Rocky Russell has a nice three-bedroom home in Port Neches that he recently finished remodeling, and the plan was for him, his wife Lupita and their son Estevan to enjoy the refreshed digs.

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A Kountze man being held in the Hardin County Jail for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 in gold coins from an elderly couple in Runnels County, about 50 miles south of Abilene, is also being looked at by the FBI for his alleged involvement with similar crimes throughout the U.S., The Examiner has discovered.

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