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Juan San Miguel

Monday, July 24, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was notified by the Beaumont Police Department that part-time Jefferson County Courthouse Security Officer Juan San Miguel was under investigation for sexual assault. It was planned that he would be placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, but San Miguel failed to show up for work Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. 

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Beaumont Fire-Rescue photo

Tuesday, Aug. 8, around 8 p.m., firefighters were sent to the 550 block of Highland Drive for an apartment fire. When firefighters arrived they found a six-unit apartment building with heavy flames coming from an upstairs unit.

The initial crews on seen were concentrating on attacking the fire and helping the occupants out of the building. The fire was contained to one unit, but three units received damage from smoke and water.

The occupants all escaped the building without injury.

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On Tuesday, August 8 beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a water outage in Nederland lasting approximately three hours while a fire hydrant is replaced.

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Rebecca L. Cole was charged with animal cruelty.

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, of Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home.

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Aug. 2 at about 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks after a parish worker found the body of a man in the woods.

The body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston.

The investigation has revealed Hammons suffered trauma, so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

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Ronald Thomas Johnson, 30, was sentenced by Judge John Stevens August 7 for aggravated robbery of Jack In The Box located at 590 East Washington Boulevard in Beaumont, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham said in a release.

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On Sunday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m., services for Silsbee Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie were held at Silsbee High School. The burial followed at R.S. Farmer Memorial Park on 3rd Street.

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A Jasper, Texas couple and their daughter have been found guilty of federal conspiracy violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced August 4.

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A 62-year-old Plano, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston and Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente announced August 3.

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Orlando Martinez and Jared Koehler

Galveston County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an accidental shooting on Sunday, July 30 in the 4700 block of 6th St. in Bacliff, Texas, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said in a release. When deputies arrived at about 6:20 p.m., they found the boyfriend of the victim standing outside the residence.

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