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One man is dead and another facing charges after an auto-pedestrian accident in Orange County on May 15, Texas Department of Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a news release.

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Ernesto Izaguirre, Juan C. Chavira-Guerrero, and Susana Escalante-Visinais

Methamphetamine has been a problem in Southeast Texas for many years, as evidenced by drug seizures across the area. Law enforcers say traffickers and abusers often disguise the illegal drugs in a variety of ways in an attempt to conceal them from officers, but Agent Tim Duriso from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) warns criminals there is nowhere safe. Officers are onto them.

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A 22-year-old Newton man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales May 12.  

Michael Dwayne Byerly pleaded guilty to bank robbery on May 11 before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced May 12 that Melvin Spikes III, 42, of Beaumont, was found guilty of capital murder in the June 2012 strangulation death of Emerson Franklin.

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Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Peabody is no longer heading the department according to information from Orange County Judge Brint Carlton's office effective Thursday, May 12.

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Firecracker is a flame point Siamese mix. He will be a year old in November and has been in foster care since January. He is very socialized and plays with other cats and dogs, large and small. Being a kitten, he is very playful. Firecracker has “feline carbohydrate syndrome,” meaning he has to have foods that have no grain. Firecracker is ready for a loving home and family that is willing to commit and go extra mile and give him the proper diet.

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Walker, Kolander, Broussard and Smith

Special Prosecutor Josh Schaffer told The Examiner he has yet to receive word as to when and where a trial will be held for four Jefferson County officials and former officials charged with crimes including tampering with physical evidence to affect the outcome of a criminal prosecution and using county material and personnel for private gain.

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Lamar assistant professor of deaf studies Dr. Millicent Musyoka (right)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. The focus of the grant is to prepare teachers for deaf and hard of hearing students in kindergarten through 12th grade who have additional disabilities. During the five-year project, students will receive full funding to complete their masters’ in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at LU.

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Founding Father and American revolutionary President John Adams envisioned a society wherein free people would be ruled by “a government of laws and not of men.” His remarks and philosophies were emblazoned in the 1780 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the world’s oldest functioning written constitution that soon thereafter served as a model for the 1789 United States Constitution.

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William Lunday

The 9th Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a conviction Wednesday, May 11, that afforded a 20-year sentence to a Beaumont man attempting “suicide by cop” after assaulting his own mother June 8, 2014.

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