crime

Christopher Drucker

Following an investigation by The Examiner and through the efforts of law enforcers from probation officers to prosecutors, a convicted counterfeiter and registered sex offender who molested an 11-year-old girl and who has failed multiple times to comply with sex offender registry rules has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for violating the terms of his felony probation.

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Antoine Bohanan

The month of October is nationally declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which was first observed in 1987, and it stands as a time to not only mourn domestic violence, but also actively combat it. Right now part of the battle is in the courts. When the grand jury issued indictments  last week, multiple cases of alleged domestic violence were among them. Antoine Joel Bohanon, Lashon Bourgeois and Daviun Julien were three of the individuals indicted in Jefferson County for three separate alleged incidents. 

The case of Antoine Bohanon

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Larry Crumpton, Robert Blackwell, April Tolbert, Lee Wheeler and Kent Houp

“If you see something, say something.”

Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas reminds us that we, as the residents of this community, have the ability to get criminals off the streets, thieves out of reach of our property, predators away from our children – by simply speaking up. 

The message has apparently gotten through. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the local Crime Stoppers group accepted a state program award for most cases solved by population. 

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Citing many defenses other than outright innocence, convicted murderer Arthur Christopher Harmon appealed his 45-year prison sentence to the 9th Court of Appeals following his incarceration in 2016. This week, the court denied all the convict’s written oppositions in light of the tragic and damning evidence that was revealed against the accused.

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Rather than face life in prison at the hands of a jury, six men charged with participating in a massive Beaumont-based drug trafficking conspiracy pleaded guilty on Aug. 14 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin. Four other co-defendants have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. One material witness was not charged, and records to their identity are sealed.

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A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy once indicted for tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a governmental record has been granted an expunction of his criminal record, according to a decision handed down by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Jimmy Gosch, 55, claimed an aggressive dog on his property caused him to go get his rifle to shoot and kill the animal, but a Jefferson County judge found the defendant acted out of cruelty instead of fear. For the crime, Gosch was sentenced to serve one year in a Texas state jail on Aug. 13.

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Chief Jimmy Singletary praised detectives for their hard work and dedication.

Last summer, violence rocked the city of Beaumont, and law enforcement agencies joined forces with pastors and other community leaders to combat criminal activity. They asked the community to take up that mantle, too, and the citizenry paid heed. Since then, reports the Beaumont Police Department, several violent criminals have been arrested and indicted based on tips and information provided by cooperating witnesses.

At a press conference Feb. 15, BPD Officer Haley Morrow recalled last year’s events and provided updates on some high-profile cases.

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Troy James Allison

 

Recently, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, Demus Lee Westmoreland, 52, was arrested in Beaumont after failing to register as a sex offender in Galveston. Now, police are looking for another Top 10 sex offender, 64-year-old Troy James Allison, who has been on the lam since 2004 after failing to register in Lufkin and who once called Beaumont home.

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A 35-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Oct. 18.

Jeffrey Clive Arnold pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

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