FBI

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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Photo by Kyle Swearingen

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in partnership with Beaumont Police Department (BPD) and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are investigating suspicious circumstances involving damage to the church office building of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the 4000 block of Delaware, apparently the result of a small explosion, which necessitated the evacuation of students at All Saints' School located on the church campus.

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Mark Avery Rudd

Update from the Eastern District of Texas, Feb. 9:

A 27-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson.

Mark Avery Rudd was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with possession of an unregistered destructive device.  Rudd appeared in federal court this afternoon on the charges.

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Peter Zuccarelli, 62, of Plano, Texas was sentenced to 46 months in prison Jan. 24 for conspiring to smuggle and illegally export from the U.S. in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), radiation hardened integrated circuits (RHICs) for use in the space programs of China and Russia.

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Boyd “Lurch” Hagood
Ashlyn Brown

On August 2, around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Logansport man pleaded guilty on April 6 to distributing methamphetamine in Many, Louisiana, and kidnapping a victim in east Texas, according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Louisiana.

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A missing Lumberton teen presumed to have run away from home was found safe in Jasper over the weekend, reports Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins.

Police, Texas Rangers and FBI agents searched for missing 14-year-old Alyssa Puffer for more than a week before catching up to her at a residence in Jasper. Her family told police she had last been seen March 22 and had not returned since then. Now, police report, the teen is back at home with her family in Lumberton. 

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Osama Fayyaz and Naureen Gheewalla

On Feb. 16 around 7:15 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies participated in a joint drug checkpoint operation with the Beaumont Police Department, DEA, ATF and FBI on I-10 near Hwy 365, JCSO Capt. Crystal Holmes reported Feb. 17.

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A suspect wanted in an Austin murder is the lasted addition to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,” the FBI announced in a press release Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Fugitive Robert Van Wisse is being sought for his alleged involvement in the attack and murder of a young woman on Sept. 20, 1983. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Update: The search for murder fugitive Jason Earl Armstrong,

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