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A 27-year-old federal prison inmate has been indicted for escaping from prison and returning with contraband including home-cooked food, tobacco, booze and drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson Feb. 8.

Joshua Randall Hansen was charged in the two-count indictment with escape from a federal facility and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 7, 2018.

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Mark Avery Rudd

Update from the Eastern District of Texas, Feb. 9:

A 27-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson.

Mark Avery Rudd was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with possession of an unregistered destructive device.  Rudd appeared in federal court this afternoon on the charges.

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Photo: Entergy Texas

Winter brought extreme cold weather to southeast Texas this season, which prompted record-low temperatures and high electricity usage in late December and early January, Entergy Texas said in a release.

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Lamar University's Social Work Students Association gathered at the HEB on College Street on Jan. 31 to purchase hunger relief bags, Southeast Texas Food Bank executive director Dan Maher said in a release.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law, the department announced Jan. 31. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in February.

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Photo: Silsbee ISD

Senior Paula Boothman is not only a clarinet aficionado, the talented Silsbee High School band member has set the stage to become one of the most talented band members in Silsbee High School history, Silsbee ISD Communications Director Daniel Elizondo said in a release.

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Photo: Beto for Senate

Congressman Beto O’Rourke is holding a town hall at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar, located at 461 Bowie Street in Beaumont.

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On Monday, Feb. 5, at about 3:15 a.m., the Galveston Police Department received a 911 call that a shooting had just occurred in the 1800 block of Strand Street and that one person had been shot, the department said in a release.

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Due to staff turnover at the Port Arthur Driver License Office, the department will adjust resources at nearby offices to operate the Port Arthur office at reduced capacity to continue services to the community, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release on Feb. 2.

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Jonathan Castillo | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Joshua Vega | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Deputy A. Lovett was dispatched to a residence in the 17000 block of Wilber in Hamshire in reference to a burglary and theft, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release.

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