theft

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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Glenn Burdine, Dena Hughes, Jeff McManus and Peggy Gibson

“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Triangle Area Network (TAN) executive director Dena Hughes said of receiving restitution in the amount of $312,306.31 from former executive director Peggy Gibson, who admitted to stealing the funds from the nonprofit while she headed the organization. “This is such a blessing.”

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A Vidor man is behind bars on $225,000 in bonds after police allegedly found methamphetamine in his possession while investigating a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart on North Main Street.  

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Derrick Jones Sr.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at 1:39 p.m., BPD officers responded to Hotel Beaumont at 625 Orleans in reference to a suspicious person, possibly stealing metal. When officers, arrived they located the suspect, who was in possession of a large amount of copper tubing. The suspect is identified as Derrick Jones Sr., a 49-year-old Beaumont man. Jones was transported to the police station to speak with detectives before being transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where he was booked in for felony theft.

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Cars, travel and sundresses in exotic prints are just a few of the luxuries former Triangle Area Network (TAN) executive director Peggy Lynn Gibson financed with the $312,000 she stole while heading the medical nonprofit in 2013 and 2014. Also among the “frivolous crap” Gibson said she used the money for were Christmas gifts, flapper gowns and concert tickets.

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Former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing agent Naomi Lawrence-Lee

A Jefferson County jury of 12 failed to agree with the state’s allegation of third-degree theft against former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing and finance supervisor Naomi Lawrence-Lee, finding the defendant not guilty Thursday, July 28, after just a couple hours deliberating the evidence presented during three days of testimony.

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Amanda Coker and Peggy Gibson

A second woman has now been indicted and arrested for what prosecutors say was her role in pilfering hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Triangle Area Network (TAN), formerly known as the Triangle AIDS Network, a nonprofit agency whose mission it is to provide healthcare to those who cannot afford it.

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Shalala Sharelle Fletcher

Police in Port Arthur are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly shot and killed outside a convenience store on Jimmy Johnson Boulevard on July 2 when an off-duty security guard attempted to stop a robbery in progress, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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