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A 75-year-old man who pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 500 people during his time as a fugitive from justice was sentenced May 4 to 40 years in prison for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the statutory maximum and his second federal sentence related to some of the scammer's incessant schemes. Harris Dempsey aka “Butch” Ballow, formerly of formerly of Galveston County, pleaded guilty to the crimes Feb.

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During a traffic stop May 5, Pinehurst police arrested an Orange resident after discovering drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of methamphetamine ineptly hidden in a latex glove tucked away inside Cheetos bag, reports Chief Fred Hanauer.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued an Ozone Action Day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Monday, May 7, warning residents to be aware of the dangers associated with the event.

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Photo Courtesy of Texas Department of Public Safety

A tire blowout caused an 18-wheeler wreck on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County Sunday, May 6.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Friday, May 4, that a Jefferson County jury found Sean Lavergne, 30, of Beaumont guilty of murder in the September 12, 2015, death of Reggie Jokodolo. The trial was conducted in the 252nd District Court.

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