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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced April 9 that the Public Integrity Unit of his Criminal Investigations Division arrested former San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr., of Shepherd, for impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony. 

In February, the AG's office alleges, Lovett used his invalid judge's badge to bypass security at the Montgomery County Courthouse, where he appeared as a criminal defendant in a case. Lovett was indicted last year on charges of burglary, forgery and tampering with a governmental record.

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The Symphony of Southeast Texas announced the devastating loss of a long-time member, Yu Zhao Gu. During the orchestra's performance Saturday evening, April 7, Gu suffered a heart attack while on stage. 

He was immediately tended to by several physicians, but was later pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth hospital.

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Entergy reported the company has about 80 workers in the Beaumont area working to restore power after a Sunday storm downed numerous lines.

According to a release, at the peak of the storm, 25,297 customers were without power throughout Entergy Texas service area. As of publication, Entergy estimated 600 customers in Jefferson County were still affected.

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Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a head-on collision on Highway 105 near Tram Road on Sunday, April 7 at about 8:30 p.m.

Their initial investigaiton indicated a 2008 Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on 105 at the same time a 2005 Ford pickup was traveling eastbound. Reports show the driver of the Nissan crossed the center dividing line into oncoming traffic and struck the Ford. Following impact, the Nissan rolled several times. The driver was extracted from the vehicle and he and his passenger had significant injuries. 

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A missing 15-year-old girl from Jasper County was located hundreds of miles away near New Orleans on Friday, April 5. Information from the Jasper County Sheriff's Office originally requested the public to be on the look out for 15-year-old Cynthia Perkins, and they speculated she may be in the presence of her 18-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Webb, of Vidor. 

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has apprehended a suspect for the March 18 robbery of the Hamshire Quick Mart.

According to JCSO information, Deputies responded to the scene and ascertained an unknown suspect had robbed the clerk at gunpoint. He then fled in a white Hyundai sedan with no rear bumper westbound on Highway 73. 

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The 2017 death of a homeless woman in Beaumont resulted in the discovery and apprehension of a suspected serial rapist whose alleged reign of terror began in 2014 with the sexual assault of a teenage girl.

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Buckner Calder Woods is “inspiring happiness” in residents of the retirement community with exciting new activities and features recently added with a reno­vation and expansion project, unveiled during a rib­bon-cutting ceremony on April 2.

Calder Woods Executive Director Ben Mazzara said the date of the event was the “second-most important day” in Calder Woods’ history, with its grand opening 19 years ago holding the highest desig­nation.

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A Beaumont woman was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on March 27 for alleged felony criminal mischief after wreaking havoc at her ex-husband's residence.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Nov. 10, 2018, Tiffany Spikes used a broken brick to damage her ex-husband's current girlfriend's vehicle, breaking three windows. Officers were called and Spikes fled the area prior to their arrival. The Beaumont Police Department documented the damage and aa police report was filed. 

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The Orange police are asking for the public's help in locating John Marion LeBlanc III, 39, in relation to a March 23 shooting. 

According to information from Orange Police Department, officers responded to a shooting on Saturday, March 23. Upon their arrival, they located a victim suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital.

LeBlanc is being sough in connection to the incident and is also wanted on a federal probation warrant, two felony warrants and six misdemeanor warrants. LeBlanc is thought to be armed and dangerous.

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