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UPDATE: After he was found guilty of capital murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court, a jury sentenced Joseph Colone Jr. to death Monday, May 8.

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On April 25, at about 6 p.m., Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant in the 3700 block of FM Hwy 770 in Kountze regarding a marijuana investigation, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release. The warrant was issued by Hardin County Justice of the Peace Melissa Minton.

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Police in Orange are investigating an apparent suicide at Executive Inn that occurred April, reports the Officer Leslie Lovelace.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department (OPD), Officer Lovelace responded to a call from the hotel regarding a gunshot victim in one of the rooms. Upon arrival, the officer discovered a white female lying on the bed with a head wound. A second white female was holding pressure to wound in an apparent attempt to stem the bleeding. Police report the victim died from her injuries. 

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The Shining Star award is given annually by Judge Brad Burnett since 2003 to one high school student for overcoming challenges and taking advantage of opportunities and shining with a major turnaround. Burnett enjoys sharing successful stories to motivate younger students and those that have lost their way, his office said in a release.

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The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas hosted the 2017 Law Day Art Contest Ceremony for the finalists of the contest.

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