Bartholomew Granger

Three years after a murderous rampage at the Jefferson County Courthouse left one dead and many wounded, the gun-wielding madman responsible lost an appeal that sought to relieve the current death row inmate of his mortal debt to society.

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Crystal Boyett (inset) was driving her Camaro in excess of 100 mph.

UPDATE: After three days of testimony, a Hardin County jury found 41-year-old Crystal Boyett guilty of manslaughter for the death of 20-year-old Connely Burns related to the Feb. 3, 2014 car crash that killed Burns, her unborn son Tyson, and her 15-year-old sister, Courtney Ray Sterling. Boyett was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, April 23.

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Shortly after my husband, Ted, passed away in August, I said down and penned an article, but after reading it over, I decided against sending it to my editors. I felt that readers might misconstrue what I had written or, more importantly, what I was feeling deep in my heart. I asked the questions, “Why are you so silent? Don’t you know I need you more than ever? Where are you? Were you really never our friends? Don’t you care at all?” I was hurting and I did not know how to express myself or really what to expect from those I loved.

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It promised to be a fairly quiet week at the Jefferson County Courthouse with most of the judges slated to attend a judicial conference in Dallas. It was not some sort of junket; judges earn up to 9.5 hours continuing judicial education credits. Of course, most of our judges are plenty smart when the voters tap them for their office, but there is always more to learn – and it doesn’t cost county taxpayers a dime as the conference is funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Joanna Banda, a Port Arthur native and administra

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Joanna Banda, a Port Arthur native and administrative assistant at Navy Recruiting Command (NRC), joined a group of fellow Sailors to participate in a community relations project at two Tennessee elementary schools March 25 as part of the command’s Adopt-A-School Program.

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