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Beaumont Police are investigating a homicide and an aggravated assault that occurred late Monday night, Aug. 27. 

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 Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Michael Williams as Texas Commissioner of Education.

 Williams has the leadership experience and a background in education.  He has served the U.S. Department of Education as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights. He was preceded in that position by current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who I worked with at the Department of Education.

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A 49-year-old Anahuac man has pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, United States Attorney John M. Bales announced on Monday, Aug. 20. The accused, David Houston Sartin, pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence before U.S. District Judge Thad Hartfield.

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On Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at approximately 12:02 a.m.,  BPD patrol officers responded to 2300 block of Pierce in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, a delivery driver for Domino's Pizza, located at 3970 E. Lucas, told officers he had been robbed.

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A recent survey conducted by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) found 64 percent of 73 county probation departments evaluated in Texas had insufficient funding for county juvenile probation departments. The survey included urban, rural and medium-sized counties. According to TCJC, these funds are needed to sufficiently implement the best practices for reductions in juvenile crime and recidivism or habitual relapse into crime.

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