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In a crackdown on child predators, the Texas attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) conducted a joint operation with several law enforcement agencies last week, arresting five north Texas men for online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said in a release.

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On April 8, at about 8:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a plane crash in an open field on McDermand Road, near FM 365, in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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Jonathan Davis, marine biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, talked to juniors and seniors in the classroom of one of his past Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School instructors, Woody Cox, on April 6, LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release.

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Expect delays on the I-10 Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, as crews sweep the bridge.

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Lori Allen with Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont said you can make a child smile by giving them something as simple as new shoes.

Allen and others are doing their part by participating in the Buckner Shoes for Orphans Souls community shoe drive. The event will kick off April 10, and the public is asked to donate new shoes that will go first to Southeast Texas orphans and then orphans in other nations.

“We’ll do this until May 11 and collect as many as we can,” Allen said.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Logansport man pleaded guilty on April 6 to distributing methamphetamine in Many, Louisiana, and kidnapping a victim in east Texas, according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Louisiana.

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The main library in downtown Beaumont on Pearl Street reopened March 28 after the City Council meeting dismissed.

Dora Nisby, chairman of the Beaumont Library Commission and director of the Friends of the Library, thanked City Manager Kyle Hayes, Mayor Becky Ames, the City Council and Library Administrator Paul Eddy during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It means that Beaumont is on the move. Several years ago, we started on a journey to decide what to do about the main library,” Nisby said.

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Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced today that David Anthony Humphries, 34, was found guilty by a jury for the offense of indecency with a child.

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The Clubhouse Academy of Port Arthur was recognized by Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas as the 2016 Child Care Provider of the Year. The Clubhouse Academy was honored at the “Leading Workforce Opportunities” 2016 Workforce Solutions Awards of Excellence on Tuesday, April 4 in Beaumont.

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In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott called April 5 for swift passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R. 781 and S. 264), which will fully restore the freedom of churches to participate in political debates.

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