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The former chief the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department pleaded guilty to stealing from the department he once led.

According to Galveston County prosecutors, an investigation into the department and its chief, David Loop, 61, of Winnie, began when checks from the department started bouncing in 2013. Loop was accused of stealing $70,000 from the department beginning in 2009 and spending as much as $25,000 of those funds at a racetrack and casino in Louisiana.

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A suspect in a Louisiana homicide is dead in Kirbyville after a short standoff with law enforcement ended in a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to information from the Kirbyville Police Department, at about 4 a.m. Saturday, March 16, two individuals were shot at a home in Beauregard Parish, resulting in the death of one of the victims.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported the Hamshire Quick Mart located at Highway 73 and Englin Road was robbed on Monday, March 18, at about 3:20 p.m.

According to information from JCSO, a masked white male entered the store wearing a light gray hoodie with a black zipper, dark camo lower face covering, gloves, dark pants and black shoes. The suspect used a semiautomatic handgun to commit the crime.

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Texas DPS troopers responded to a reported crash at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, March 15. Upon their arrival, troopers found the driver of the SUV, identified as Robert Spears, 55, of Port Neches.

Their investigation showed the SUV Spears was traveling in veered off the roadway and flipped several times before coming to a stop in a nearby ditch. Spears was thrown from the vehicle an ddied at the scene of the crash.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct two separate crash reconstructions causing multiple lane closures on Interstate 10 and Highway 69 beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. 

The first reconstruction will take place on the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge that traverses the Neches River from 9 to 11 a.m. Drivers on the eastbound lanes of I-10 are urged to use Highway 69 to detour through Port Arthur and Bridge City.

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