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UPDATE: Shanna Peek Tidwell pleaded guilty on Dec. 6, 2016, to conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on April 18 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

Assets to be forfeited by the defendant included U.S. currency and bank accounts totaling over $1.2 million, real property, precious metals, two airplanes, six automobiles, other vehicles, and firearms.

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I-10 westbound near FM 1132 in Vidor is still closed at this time due to a truck fire earlier today, TxDOT Sarah Dupre said in a release.

Dupre reports that traffic is backed up and asks motorists to please use an alternate route.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

A female Masai giraffe was born at 9:04 a.m. on Monday, April 10, in the McGovern Giraffe Barn at the Houston Zoo after a two-hour labor. And after a few days alone with her mother, Tyra, the yet-to-be-named calf made her public debut on Good Friday, April 14.

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While working a criminal interdiction assignment, on April 10 at about 12:30 a.m., Pinehurst Police Officer Kevin Norton reportedly arrested a 33-year-old woman for traffic offenses, and discovered drug parapehernalia and what appeared to be methamphetamine in her possession, reports Chief Fred Hanauer.

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Representative Brian Babin will visit Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School on Wednesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. to talk to the LCM students involved in the “Capitol Hill Challenge” (CHC), LCM CISD community relations coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release.

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The City of Beaumont’s online auction of surplus property will begin Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and end on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at online auction Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc on behalf of the City of Beaumont, according to a release from City of Beaumont administrative assistant Rosanna Mojica.

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On April 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to cruelty to a juvenile, according to a release.

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On April 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company, according to a release.

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On Dec. 14, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Leon Price, Jr., 45, of DeQuincy, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance, according to a release.

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A man and woman have been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on April 11. 

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