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John Virden Lewis

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll reports that officers have identified a deceased man found in a canal as that of 47-year-old John Virden Lewis of Vidor.          

Carroll reports that Lewis was found Tuesday, Aug. 20, at approximately 5:37 p.m., when the Vidor Police Department received a call from an individual in reference to a body floating in the canal near S. Main and Greathouse Road. 

Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton ordered an autopsy. Aug. 23, Carroll reported that Lewis’ tentative cause of death is drowning. 

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A man who posted a video of himself licking ice cream from a container of Blue Bell at a Southeast Texas Walmart has been charged and jailed for criminal mischief.

D’Adrien Anderson, 24, of Port Arthur, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, where he remained as of lunchtime Friday.

According to information from the Port Arthur Police Department, detectives had submitted a case for Class A Criminal Mischief to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office on Aug. 22. 

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On Aug. 21, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted five teens for engaging in organized criminal activity after the Beaumont Police Department uncovered a number of stolen firearms during a traffic stop.

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On Aug. 20, officers with the Beaumont Police Department arrested 18-year-old Christian Joseph Guillory for terroristic threats made at Monisgnor Kelly High School.

According to police infornation, on Aug. 14, Guillory, a former Kelly student, along with another former student, went to the school to eat lunch with some current students. While they were at the school and as they were leaving, Guillory made comments police described as threatening and alarming.

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On Aug. 20, at about 5:30 p.m., the Vidor Police Department received a call from an individual in reference to a body floating in the canal near S. Main Street and Greathouse Road. The body was recovered with the assistance of Orange Count Emergency Service District No. 1 and was tentatively identified as a local male resident.

Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton ordered an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing pending results of the medical examiner. VPD will release the name of the man pending final identification and notification of next of kin.

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