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Police in Vidor arrested four people for forgery after they allegedly attempted to pass counterfeit currency at three local businesses, reports Chief Rod Carroll. 

According to a news release from the Vidor Police Department (VPD), officers responded to a call reporting several counterfeit bills that had been used as payment at the Dollar General store in the 300 block of Main Street at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 31.  The clerk told officers that two males and a female passed fake two $20 bills and a $50 bill.

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Thomas Lee Scott | Photo: The Office of the Texas Attorney General

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Jan. 31 that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena, a town near Waco, on two counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.

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Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have identified “mostly skeletal” remains found in Pinehurst woods in October 2017 as 22-year-old Nathaniel Allen Anderson, who was reported missing months earlier. Foul play is suspected.

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Cliffard Cole and Amber Haydon

The opioid epidemic sweeping the nation has claimed thousands of lives across the country, and peddlers of poisonous prescription pills and deadly drugs such as fentanyl continue to invade once safe communities, reaching tainted tentacles into suburban neighborhoods and small-town schools, spreading dependency and disease.

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Susan Lee Eads | Photo: Texas DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1983 murder of Susan Lee Eads, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before next month’s featured case is announced.

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This February, The Art Studio, Inc. in downtown Beaumont is pleased to present the elaborate work of a talented local artist, Gina Marí Garcia.

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Carlos Rafael Benitez | Photo: Texas DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Carlos Rafael Benitez, 29, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Benitez is wanted for failing to appear in court on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

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Although the City of Nederland completed its Hurricane Harvey debris operation on Friday, Nov. 10, the city said in a Jan. 25 statement that officials realize that some Harvey-affected property owners continue to demo their walls and flooring,and that repairs and re-construction are on-going.

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On Jan. 29 at 11:28 a.m. Beaumont Police officers responded to the 1100 block of Church Street in reference to a victim of a shooting, Sgt. Cody Guedry said in a release.

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The Theodore Johns Branch Library will host its annual Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

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