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Two Buna men and a Houston woman pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking crimes in the Eastern District of Texas.

James Joseph Fabela, 41, Benjamin Jason Fabela, 35, both of Buna, and Darian Michelle Simmons, 25, of Houston, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Nov. 15 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn. Simmons also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money. 

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 Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texans about reported scam callers falsely claiming to be members of the Office of the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division and attempting to obtain personal and financial information from members of the public.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Felony Fugitive Warrant Division is currently searching for two sex offenders.

Deputies are searching for 55-year-old John Allen Hall of Beaumont, who is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender, nd 44-year-old Brian Edward Hawley also of Beaumont, who is wanted for continuous sexual abuse of a child, as well as two counts of indecency with a child.

Anyone with information to their location is asked to contact Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS (8477).

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At about 9:15 p.m. Nov. 18, officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to the Southeast Texas Medical Center on Jimmy Johnson Blvd. in reference to a shooting victim. Through their investigation, it was determined that a 21-year-old Porot Arthur man was shot in his upper torso while at the Horizon Apartment Complex on Poole Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle and was later life-flighted to Hermann Memorial Hospital Houston where he was listed in fair condition.

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Orange County Judge John Gothia announced possible funding available through a Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant for home elevation for Orange County citizens. 

Homeowners that have experienced flooding twice and have had flood insurance for both events may be eligible. Orange County citizens can pick up a packet at the Environmental Health and Code Compliance office, located at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on FM 1442 beginning Monday, Nov. 18.

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 A 59-year-old Beaumont mental health care counselor pleaded guilty to health care fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.

Douglas Duane Franklin pleaded guilty to health care fraud Nov. 15 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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