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A 39-year-old Beaumont Animal Control officer was arrested for federal drug violations on Aug. 7.

Benjamin Wallace Dykes was indicted on March 5 by a federal grand jury and was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. 

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Paying tribute to the fallen heroes whose sacrifices paved the way for America’s freedom and who have given their lives to protect this nation and its citizens is important to Southeast Texans as evidenced by the many Memorial Day community celebrations across the area commemorating those brave souls.

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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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Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Aug. 20 that Charles Grant, 52, of Beaumont, pled guilty to three cases of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Judge Raquel West followed the plea agreement between the state and Grant and sentenced Grant to 45 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of an auto-pedestrian crash on Highway 69 at about 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 19. The crash took place in front of the Jefferson County Jail and resulted in the death of the pedestrian. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the man killed had just been released from the jail shortly before the collision. 

DPS identified the man as Daniel Montano, 29, of Groves. He was struck by a 2011 GMC pickup and pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ransom Jones.

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On Aug. 15, at about 1:40 p.m. the Port Arthur Police Department's Narcotics and Gun Unit executeed a search warrant at Prince Hall Village Apartments, located at 1021 W. 13th St. During the search, two stolen firearms were recovered along with crack cocaine, ecstasy pills and a large amount of marijuana. 

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