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Beaumont Police responded to a reported robbery at the Family Dollar Store located at 1005 Washington Blvd. Wednesday night, Sept. 17 in Beaumont's South End.

At about 9:40 p.m., police arrived and spoke to the store's clerk, who told officers that a man entered the store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled the store on foot. Employees last saw the robber running westbound on Euclid Street behind the store.

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A statue in honor of the late Tim Cole (inset) was dedicated Sept. 17, 2014.

Twenty-eight years to the day after his wrongful conviction of rape, a statue in honor of the late Tim Cole, who was and died in prison in 1999, was dedicated Sept. 17, 2014. Cole, a former Texas Tech student and Army veteran, was granted a posthumous pardon for innocence in 2010.

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A 32-year-old Orange man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced.  

Jason Ryan Bickham pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Sept. 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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A 44-year-old captured fugitive has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal health care fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

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An automobile accident involving three vehicles in Newton County resulted in one death and several injuries, Texas Department of Public Safety reported.

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