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Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a dangerous fugitive, 23-year-old Carlos Efren Rodriguez. According to information from JCSO, the known gang member is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and should be considered armed and dangerous. No attempt should be made to detain him.

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Girl Scouts would not be possible without the support of adults who guide and provide for local troops in the area. On Friday, April 26, local Girl Scout troops honored the adults who make the organization the success it is.

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Dr. Catalina Castillon

(Lamar press release)

Lamar University has honored Catalina Castillon, associate professor of English and modern languages, as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2013.

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According to information from the Beaumont Police Department, investigators became aware this past week that 30-year-old registered sex offender John Brenton Daigre was operating a fraudulent business to solicit applications for female models at a local hotel.

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Jesus Thomas Ruiz

A Beaumont man pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and received eight years in prison for the death of James Lunsford, who was killed in March 2012.

Appearing in Judge Layne Walker's court, Jesus Thomas Ruiz pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter Monday, May 6, in the March 14, 2012, killing of Lunsford.

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation’s grant caravan visited local campuses Friday, May 3, to “grant” the wishes of a number of students and staff of BISD. Several grants were distributed during surprise presentations to the student and staff winners who applied for funding for items to be used for special projects at their schools.

Four students from Smith Middle School received grant awards along with six staff members from various campuses around Beaumont.

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Serdar Ilban

Lamar University voice students from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music earned numerous award placements in a regional voice competition at the University of Houston.

Students competed in the annual Greater Houston Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) classical auditions in April.  

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Orange and Jefferson county sheriff's offices are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered in the Neches River near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River over the weekend.

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Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, Kennedy Center honoree, and local born-and-bred singer/songwriter George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.

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Kree Harrison

Four contestants remain in Season 12 of “American Idol,” and one is from Southeast Texas — Kree Harrison of Woodville. If Harrison makes it through this week’s elimination round and is in the final three, a slew of events will be held Saturday, May 4, and expect the “American Idol” cameras to be in town for the homecoming concert and activities.

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