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Sabino Orlando Martinez

A 35-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been found guilty by a jury for federal violations related to the murder of a Port Acres woman in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced April 27.

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A gun-wielding madman capable of massacring students and teachers roaming the halls of a small-town Texas high school isn’t at all the picture painted by the family and counsel of accused mass murder plotter 17-year-old Triston Miller. However, investigators paint a different picture of the suspected would-be shooter and the teen is now banned from the school where he’s been an honor student for years after being arrested on April 18 amid allegations he was planning a “Columbine-style” shooting at the Port Neches-Groves High School.

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Former Beaumont ISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker will be required to face state prosecution alleging he defrauded the school district and the city of Port Arthur, according to a ruling by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), as the court’s justices this week refused to entertain pleadings by Walker and his legal counsel that the cases pending against the defendant should be quashed before ever being heard by a jury of his peers. Walker is set to appear before Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens on June 5.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston says it’s time again for “Spring cleaning,” time to clear out those cluttered medicine cabinets and dispose of old drugs during the 2017 DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. 

Featherston and area DEA agents are encouraging the public’s participation in the biannual event in an effort to deter prescription drug abuse and overdoses that are becoming more and more frequent. 

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Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday, April 25 that Golden Pass Products (GPP) has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement countries. NFTA Countries are countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S.

“Golden Pass Products is pleased to have achieved this important regulatory milestone as we continue to work to develop the export opportunity,” said company spokesperson Clark Vega.

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UPDATE: After he was found guilty of capital murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court, a jury sentenced Joseph Colone Jr. to death Monday, May 8.

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On April 25, at about 6 p.m., Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant in the 3700 block of FM Hwy 770 in Kountze regarding a marijuana investigation, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release. The warrant was issued by Hardin County Justice of the Peace Melissa Minton.

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Police in Orange are investigating an apparent suicide at Executive Inn that occurred April, reports the Officer Leslie Lovelace.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department (OPD), Officer Lovelace responded to a call from the hotel regarding a gunshot victim in one of the rooms. Upon arrival, the officer discovered a white female lying on the bed with a head wound. A second white female was holding pressure to wound in an apparent attempt to stem the bleeding. Police report the victim died from her injuries. 

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The Shining Star award is given annually by Judge Brad Burnett since 2003 to one high school student for overcoming challenges and taking advantage of opportunities and shining with a major turnaround. Burnett enjoys sharing successful stories to motivate younger students and those that have lost their way, his office said in a release.

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