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An officer in Orange arrested a Columbia, Tennessee man after discovering heroin inside his vehicle during a traffic stop, reports the Orange Police Department. 

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At the end of nearly a week of testimony and evidence presented before a jury in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court in Jefferson County, 25-year-old Johnny Ray Matlock was found guilty of crimes connected to trafficking Southeast Texas women and children and forcing prostitution on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced the landmark decision, a first of its kind in Jefferson County, following Matlock accepting 60 years in prison in exchange for waiving all appellant rights.

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St. Michael Mediterranean Festival, affectionately known throughout the community at MedFest, draws thousands of attendees each year with the promise of delicious Greek cuisine and delightful cultural exhibitions. 

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Beaumont Housing Authority Executive Director Robert L. Reyna officially informed the agency’s Board of Commissioners on Friday, Sept. 14, that he intends to retire. Reyna’s last day, Dec. 14, will close out a career in the field spanning over 40 years of service. 

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A 33-year-old Beaumont woman pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced this week.

Ashley Haley pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right Wednesday, Sept. 19, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

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“No one said anything” and “no one complained” last week when Liberty County Pct. 6 Constable John Joslin walked into a Jefferson County courtroom armed and in full uniform as a defendant of a perjury charge the lawman faced, says County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Clint Woods. 

And apparently, no one – including the judge – said anything when a witness in the case was sent into the courtroom shackled and in jail garb.

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It was a day just as typical as any other before she got “the call.” Elena Wagstaff (Kelley) knew what her husband signed up for when he took the oath of a police officer; he would always be on the front lines of a dangerous situation, always in the path of harm’s way, always rushing to disaster even as others are running from it. Somehow, though, he always came home. That was, until a typical day turned tragic.

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A major traffic crash on I-10 westbound at mile marker 846 involving eight vehicles, including an 18-wheeler, resulted in the death of one adult and three children the morning of Thursday, Sept. 20. 

According to a press release from Beaumont Police Department, officers responded to a major traffic crash on I-10 westbound at mile marker 846 (near South Major Drive) at 6:25 a.m. The crash involved an 18-wheeler and seven other passenger vehicles with multiple occupants. It was reported that several vehicles were on fire.

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A multi-vehicle crash on I-10 resulted in the death of 45-year-old Lake Charles man Dennis Carlin the morning of Thursday, Sept. 20.

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Steven Hemingway

SWAT arrived at a residence in the 9100 block of Landis after Steven Hemingway, a 36-year-old Beaumont resident, allegedly barricaded himself inside a residence with two children, aged 6 months and 6 years old, who were taken to a local hospital after release, though no injuries were reported at this time.

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