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Brandon Devillier

From the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office:

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced today that Brandon Devillier, 35, of Groves, pled guilty to Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child. Judge John B. Stevens, Jr., followed the plea agreement between the State and Devillier and sentenced Devillier to 35 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Police caught and arrested a third suspect June 8 in relation to the May 9 murder of Nederland resident Michael Legg, Chief Gary Porter reports. 

Officers investigating an alert from a Ring security system at a residence on Beauxart Garden Road May 9 found 40-year-old Michael Legg deceased at a neighboring home, determined by police to be the result of foul play. The Ring video supplied by the caller reporting the alert showed two distinctly male figures creeping across the porch of the home where the camera was installed. 

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A tank fire in an industrial complex on Highland Ave. was caused by a lightning strike Sunday, May 10. 

Around 11:45 a.m. Beaumont Fire dispatch received a call about the tank fire. When the fire units arrived they noticed that the fire was coming from a vent towards the top of the tank. After cooling it with water it was decided to allow the fire to burn itself out. After roughly an hour and 15 minutes the fire was declared under control. 

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Ronald Bradford and Paula Bear

Wednesday, June 6, at 2:04 a.m., Jefferson County deputies stopped a vehicle with Idaho license plates at mile marker 845 eastbound on Interstate 10 for a number of traffic violations. Deputies noticed that the stories of the two occupants did not match, and they were both overly nervous. Deputies asked for consent to search the vehicle, but the driver refused.

Port Neches police were called to the scene with a drug detection canine whose positive alert provided probable cause for a search of the vehicle.

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Former Kelly High School standout Ford Proctor was selected in the third round of the 2018 Major League Baseball amateur draft on June 5 by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 92nd player taken overall.

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Jonathan Matthew Torres

A 40-year-old Beaumont man has been indicted and charged with federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown on June 6.

Jonathan Matthew Torres was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with use of an explosive to damage property, possession of an unregistered destructive device, and mailing a threatening communication.

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Police in Beaumont are currently investigating the second fatal shooting on June 7, this one occurring at the Cypress Bend Apartments.

Beaumont Police Department Officer Cody Guedry reports that officers responded to the apartments, located at 1450 N. Major Drive in Beaumont, at nearly 10 p.m. Thursday night and arrived to find a victim on a stairwell in the apartment complex. The victim was non-responsive and had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper chest area. Beaumont EMS was on the scene and determined that the victim was deceased.

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Beaumont Police have begun investigating a homicide at the Concord Manor Apartments Thursday, June 7.

The investigation follows a report to Beaumont Police that around 9:20 a.m., 24-year-old Beaumont man, Yasin Jones arrived at St. Elizabeth Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound, before passing away. The police received information that the homicide could have occurred in the 5600 block of Concord. 

Next of kin have been notified.  

If you have information about this case please contact the Crime stoppers of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-TIPS (8477).

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Charlene Fertitta Busceme

Charlene Fertitta Busceme, 87, of Beaumont, died Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born February 16, 1931, to Josephine and Charles Fertitta.

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Police in Jasper arrested a 26-year-old man for first-degree felony arson June 4 after they say he intentionally set fire to the residence he shared with his grandmother, who, at the time of this report, remained in critical condition at UTMB Galveston due to smoke inhalation. 

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