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A 27-year-old bomb-maker arrested in February with suspected explosive devices and all the ingredients to make more pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.

Mark Avery Rudd pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Joe Brown announced Friday, May 25, that 40-year-old Jonathan Torres has been arrested in connection to two verified explosive devices left at locations in Beaumont’s West End as well as taunting police with correspondence such as a postcard reading, "Would you like to play a game?"

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Statement from the Beaumont Police Department:

On April 26 and May 10, two devices were discovered by the Beaumont Police Department; the second device caused damage at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Our law enforcement officers and police staff all take this investigation very seriously and we are working tirelessly with our allied partners to protect the citizens of our community. Keeping everyone safe is our shared and number one priority. Thankfully, to date no one has been injured.

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The Jefferson County Courthouse, along with other government buildings, was evacuated Aug. 7 for the second time in about two months due to erroneous bomb threats at the building, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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