Lumberton

News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

A 34-year-old Lumberton, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Sept. 29.

George Patrick Ashy pleaded guilty on June 27 to two counts of production of child pornography and was sentenced to a total of 420 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  

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The Lumberton Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a person of interest in reference to a theft.

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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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Police in Lumberton, with assistance from the FBI and Texas Rangers, are searching for a 14-year-old girl believed to have run away from home, Lumberton Police Department Chief Danny Sullins confirmed.

Alyssa Suzette Puffer was last seen Wednesday, March 22, in Lumberton. Alyssa is approximately 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. According to PL8PIC, www.pl8pic.com, Alyssa has different colored eyelashes on each eye, one blonde and one black, but uses mascara to make both black. 

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Helen Louise Cox

Hardin County grand jurors indicted former Lumberton band booster treasurer Helen Louise Cox for a second-degree felony theft. This new indictment replaces the original, lesser third-degree felony charge. 

A second-degree felony conviction can result in two to 20 years of imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

The indictment filed Feb. 16, alleges that Cox stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from the band booster club’s account from May 25, 2016, to Oct. 18, 2016.

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Lumberton police are asking for anyone with any information or who may have witnessed an accident to come forward, the department posted on their Facebook page on Feb. 17.

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Many Lumberton residents got a nasty surprise over the weekend when a water pump repair caused their tap water to turn brown, while some had already been experiencing discoloration for weeks stemming from the initial pump failure.

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The first meeting of the new year for the Lumberton Band began with a “little change in the agenda,” club president Randy Eason said Jan. 3.

“Happy New Year, everyone; it’s been a good year so far,” Eason said, pausing for the audience’s laughter. “We have some special guests with us tonight.”

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As the weather grows cooler to kick off the New Year, the thought of hot pizza is even that much more enticing. But if you’re growing tired of the same old mainstream pizza places, give Brick Oven Pizza in Lumberton a try.

What sets this pizzeria apart from its competitors?

“The way the pizza is cooked on bricks just makes it taste amazing,” said Cristi Pickering, manager at Brick Oven Pizza. “It gives it a nice, crispy crust. It’s not too fluffy.”

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Helen Cox

Helen Cox told police that she gambled in three different states and spent more than $70,000 from the Lumberton Band booster club account over a five-month period to “relieve stress from work and [her] divorce,” according to the probable cause affidavit for her arrest notarized Nov. 30. Cox had been appointed treasurer of the club the previous school year in April, and the board signed her onto the account in late May and issued her a debit card early June.

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