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A man originally charged with murder for the 2012 death of Vidor resident Amber Nicole Guillory and later extradited from the Netherlands pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Judge John Stevens Criminal District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12. David Carl Smith, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison relative to a plea agreement made with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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A nude and muddy man reported to have been causing a disturbance in Orange over the weekend nearly slipped away from police after wrestling free while they were attempting to detain him, but the officers ultimately prevailed, using their department issued Tasers to subdue the slippery suspect.

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Murder and mayhem, drugs and destruction – a wide spectrum of criminal acts and court cases made headlines in 2015. Some of the year’s top stories included investigations into the murder of Lamar University student Rhydan Bolton, who investigators say was slain after being confused with someone else; the alleged aggravated kidnapping of a local child; the conviction against the mother of abused infant Baby Faith and the pending case against the child’s father; and many more.

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Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11:46 p.m., police were dispatched to the 4900 block of Avie Lane in Beaumont after four males in a white Yukon were seen attempting to steal a trailer that had an ATV on it. The caller told dispatch that the suspects hooked the trailer up to the suspect vehicle and left.

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A fire that originated at 5425 Spencer also damaged 5435 Spencer.

At 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire reported at 5425 Spencer. When firefighters arrived, they found two houses on fire, 5425 and 5435 Spencer. The home at 5425 Spencer was heavily involved by fire and 5435 Spencer was burning on one side. Both families were able to escape without injury before firefighters arrived.

The fire originated at 5425 Spencer and appears to have been caused by an electrical problem. The house at 5425 Spencer was extensively damaged by the fire. Red Cross was called to assist both families.

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BPD, Beaumont Animal Services  and the Jefferson County DA's Office

The litany of animal abuse cases heard in Jefferson County courts in 2015 sparked public outcry, volunteer intervention, and prosecutorial heavy-handedness. But in 2016, animal abuse cases will also require mandatory reporting to the FBI through its National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS.

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In May 2015, law enforcers took aim at crime on 11th Street in Beaumont, a hotbed of criminal activity by prostitutes and drug dealers. Through a joint effort by the Beaumont Police Department and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, police attempted to serve more than 100 warrants and ended up arresting 49 people in a single day.

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The Humanities major FIG tours the KVLU studio.

Lamar University now offers Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs), an opportunity for first-year students to develop a sense of community as they attend classes and participate in various activities with their mentors and fellow classmates.

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Christus invites East Texas women to register early for its third annual Expo, bringing women together with heart, soul and mind.

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