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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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Hector Martinez

Oct. 18 at 8:40 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and SWAT conducted a search warrant in the 3100 block of Thomas Boulevard in Port Arthur, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release.

By conducting surveillance and making undercover narcotics buys from people inside the home, a search warrant was obtained.

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Vice officers serve a warrant at Fresh Amusement on July 20.

Some may see it as a victimless crime. Others, like Beaumont Police Department’s Sgt. Bobby Anderson, know better. He’s seen the victims.

Over the last 18 months or so, Anderson has tracked the calls for service to game rooms and gaming sites throughout Beaumont. Robberies, theft, arson, assault … the list goes on and on, for roughly 500 pages of call reports alone.

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The problem? An inordinate number of unregistered and unlicensed guns on the city’s streets. Just the number of guns stolen from vehicles and residences in Beaumont over the last two years amounts to hundreds upon hundreds of untracked firearms that were at least one time in the hands of a criminal. Judy Hickman from Beaumont Police Records Division reports that 476 firearms were reported stolen in 2016 and 379 were reported stolen in 2015.

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a 35-year-old Beaumont man that occurred on Magnolia Street in an area of the city that has been recently rocked by gun violence, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to BPD, officers responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of Magnolia at 11:05 p.m. on June 29. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds lying in the grassy area near the apartment complex. Police identified the man as Cedathion Rashard Dill.

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The Beaumont Police Department released its 2016 annual report, the theme of which is “Serving with integrity, fairness and respect.”

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