Texas

After discovering kilos of cocaine and bundles of marijuana along the shoreline at the beach, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office warned people celebrating the July 4 holiday on the waterfront to call law enforcement if they see any of the drugs and to beware of dangerous toxins possibly seeping from the potentially perilous packages.

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File photo by Robert Sloan

Following a series of public meetings on the Texas coast to seek angler input, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), along with the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), have reached an agreement that will allow private recreational anglers to catch red snapper in federal waters on weekends this summer.

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June 15, at about 7:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple-vehicle crash on I-10 in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release. The crash occurred about one mile west of Ford Park.

DPS can confirm that one person is deceased and two others have been transported to local hospitals with unknown injuries.

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Governor’s mansion in historic Quapaw

Herb enthusiasts from Texas and all over the United States met in Little Rock, Arkansas, from May 4-7 for the annual meeting and educational conference. Many from the Beaumont area were in attendance. Highlights of the conference included a presentation by P. Allen Smith and tour of his Moss Mountain farm, trip to Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs, dinner at the governor’s mansion, and presentations by many well-known herbal experts.

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Trading on the Internet can be a wild experience with deals on practically anything and everything one can imagine just a click away. But some online sellers in the Houston area learned this week that illegal sales of wildlife products can become high ticket items.

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Squirrels are one of the smartest animals you’ll ever hunt.

The squirrel season in 51 East Texas counties opened this week and runs from May 1-31. The daily bag limit is 10, and if you think that’s easy to do, you might want to give these tasty little critters a shot.

East and Southeast Texas offers some of the most challenging squirrel hunts in the state. And there is definitely no shortage of land. We have thousands of acres of public hunting lands. But one very good option is to set up a few hunts on your deer-hunting lease.

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Police units were at the Federal Courthouse in Beaumont on April 10 investigating a report of a "suspicious package," according to officers at the scene at about 2:30 p.m.

One officer said all seems well as investigators wrap up the investigation. Pearl Street was blocked at Calder, and other side streets surrounding the courthouse were blocked off as a safety precaution. 

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Two people from Beaumont and one from Houston pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida in connection with their participation in a $4.4 million dollar federal prison sentencing reduction scheme March 30.

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A former U.S. Congressman and one of his associates were indicted March 28 for their roles in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations. Some of the funds were used to illegally finance the politician’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his personal expenses and those of his associates. Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.

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