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Sempra Energy, which operates the Port Arthur LNG facility, announced on Thursday, Jan.

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Police in Vidor have arrested the same convicted felon for evading arrest and possession of drugs and firearms for the second time in two months, reports Vidor Police Department (VPD) Chief Rod Carroll. Officers arrested Branden Aaron Holeman, 39, of Orange County, on Feb. 2 following a previous arrest on similar charges, still pending, on Dec. 12. 

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The city of Beaumont announced the closure of two roadways within city limits. 

Buford Street has been closed since Jan. 22. The span from Carroll Street to Sabine Pass will remain closed to all traffic until further notice as CenterPoint Energy works on gas line construction. 

On Feb. 7, Clearwater Court from Residence Inn to Candlewood Suites will be closed for sewer line construction. It's expected to reopen on Feb. 13.  

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Two men are behind bars in Jefferson County following a traffic stop initiated by a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy on Saturday, Feb. 2 at about 3:50 p.m.

According to information from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, a black Chevy Malibu was stopped on Interstate 10 near Smith road for speeding. The driver, identified as Bryan Roy, 30, of Vidor, was found to have an outstanding warrant for felony theft of a motor vehicle out of Louisiana. 

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According to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, the Jefferso County Sheriff's Office arrested Ryan Dews, 46, of Port Neches on Monday, Feb. 4, for three counts aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count indecency with a child. He stands accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy during summer 2017. The boy later made an outcry regarding the abuse and was interviewed at Garth House. The case was investigated by Port Neches Police Department and a grand jury indicted Dews earlier this year on Jan. 30.

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The Hardin County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a shooting at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 in the 4000 block of Lindsey Road, just north of Silsbee. Upon arrival, deputies found a deceased white male at the residence who was identified as Gary Clifton Holland, 60, from Silsbee.

Also at the scene, deputies found a suspected identified as Charles Dewain Dear Jr., 56, of Silsbee. He was charged with murder and booked into Hardin County Jail with $1 million bond.

HCSO is not releasing any further details regarding the crime.

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The Orange Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a robbery at Crawdad's gas station located near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Interstate 10 around 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. 

According to information from law enforcement, Kenneth Mason, 60, of Orange, brandished a firearm and threatened the clerk. The clerk was able to run from the store, leaving Mason alone inside. 

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported they recovered the body of Donald Goodman with the help of Texas EquuSearch on Saturday, Feb. 2. 

Goodman was reported missing when his truck was found abandoned on the Taylors Bayou Bridge on Jan. 23. At the time, JCSO activated their marine and aviation units and scoured the area with assistance from divers from Port Arthur Fire Department. They performed several searches throughout the area during the time Goodman was missing.

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The Texas Department of Transportation announced Friday, Feb. 1, that $1.8 million has been awarded to Texas Materials Group Inc. for the widening of Highway 69.The project will widen the roadway from one lane to two lanes in each direction from the Highway 69/96 split to FM 421.Construction will begin later this year and is expected to last approximately one year.

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According to information from the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD, on Sunday, Jan. 27, administrators were informed of an incident where a student possibly brought a weapon to the high school campus the previous Friday, Jan. 25. 

Administrators conducted an investigation and through interviewing students, the administration was led to believe the weapon was a handgun. The student who brought the weapon to the campus was identified and following the district's policies int he Student Code of Conduct, the student was removed from the campus. 

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