Texas

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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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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A 38-year-old federal inmate has been sentenced for assaulting a prison guard in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston March 28.

Montreal Delaney, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty on June 1, 2016, to assaulting a federal officer and was subsequently sentenced to 33 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

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Over 300 leaders from the Golden Triangle and Rep. Phelan and Sen. Creighton

“The value of legislative groups traveling to Austin is inestimable,” according to former State Sen. Carl Parker, and this past week, the Golden Triangle’s voice was heard when the chambers of Orange, Beaumont and Port Arthur collaborated to host Golden Triangle Days in the state’s capital from Sunday, March 5 – Tuesday, March 7. 

Parker is one of the original founders of Port Arthur Day, a Port Arthur exclusive event similar to Golden Triangle Days held before the Chambers decided to collaborate.

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A Beaumont woman was indicted for deadly conduct by a Jefferson County grand jury March 8 for allegedly firing a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson multiple times toward her ex-husband who, she told an officer, had "screwed her out of so much," according to a probable cause affidavit for her arrest. Lois Gayle Fontenot, 65, faces third-degree felony charges for the Feb. 7 incident, which she reportedly called "a crazy moment."

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Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on US 90 in China on March 8, reports Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

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CommunityBank of Texas and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded $10,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Legacy Community Development Corporation on Feb. 28 to benefit affordable home development.

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Although Beaumont City Clerk Tina Broussard was required to remove mayoral candidate Hani Tohme from the municipality’s elections ballot due to concerns over voter registration, incumbent Mayor Becky Ames drew competition for the elected post from Jude Paredez and Christopher Jones.

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David Barona (left) and Ivan Link

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested two men and seized approximately six kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop Feb. 7, Deputy Marcus McLellan reports. 

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