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News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

A 38-year-old federal inmate has been indicted for escaping from a Federal Correctional Complex in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales May 4.

James Ortega, of McKinney, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2016, and charged with escaping from federal custody. Ortega made an initial appearance and was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn on May 3, 2016.

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News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

Three individuals, including two federal inmates, have been indicted in connection with an escape from a Federal Correctional Complex in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales May 5.

Todd Allen Hammer, 40, and Jason Wesley Tate, 44, both federal inmates housed in Beaumont, Texas, and Lorna Leslie, 55, of Sherman, Texas, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 4, 2016, and charged with escaping from federal custody and conspiracy to escape from federal custody.

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Four alleged members of the Gangster Disciples were arrested May 4 for the aggravated robbery and shooting of a clerk at the Stop and Go that occurred on April 19, the Beaumont Police Department reports. 

According to a news release from BPD, Beaumont Police and law enforcement officers from several other agencies executed a high-risk search warrant at a residence in the 4800 block of Beaumont Drive in Beaumont at about 5:30 p.m. after obtaining aggravated robbery warrant for four men they believe responsible for the April 19 incident. 

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Jessie Haynes

May 4, the Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear an appeal from former Beaumont Independent School District Special Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes related to a criminal conviction handed down by a jury in May 2014.

The Class B misdemeanor conviction carried a sentence of two years probation, a $2,000 fine and community service, and Haynes was instructed to take a series of betterment classes, including anger management classes.

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Beaumont firefighters battled an apartment fire, extinguishing the blaze before it could spread to other apartments at 4905 Wyatt St. on May 3.

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Police have identified a suspect in the April 18 aggravated robbery of Dollar General on East Lucas, the Beaumont Police Department reported May 3. 

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Two men have been arrested and four more are wanted on warrants in Jefferson County related to a dog fighting ring discovered last month on Rogers Avenue in Beaumont, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Officer with the Orange Police Department (OPD) are investigating a shooting at the Sabine Apartments April 29 that sent two men to local hospitals with gunshot wounds, reports OPD. 

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Texas Parks and Wildlife personnel recovered the body of a Lumberton man who fell overboard while on a boat with a friend at Adams Bayou April 30.

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Crime Stoppers is searching for the suspects in two separate robberies of the same Dollar General store on East Lucas in Beaumont, Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley reports. 

According to Riley, on April 28, a man brandishing a handgun walked in to the store, located at 2730 East Lucas Dr., as employees were closing for the day, at about 9:15 p.m. He demanded money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no patrons present at the store, and no one was injured. 

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