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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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Police investigating a cell phone theft in Orange on Sept. 16 instead discovered crack cocaine in the possession of a teenage resident of the city, the Orange Police Department reports.

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A Pennsylvania man has been charged with conspiring to illegally export laboratory equipment, including items used to detect chemical warfare agents, from the United States to Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday, Sept. 17. 

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A Rochester, N.Y., man has been charged with aiding ISIS and the attempted murder of members of the U.S. military among other charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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La’Tisha Jacobs-Vargas, an event planner with the folkloric ballet troupe the Golden Triangle Hispanic Association, invites the community to attend a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), the third annual Gran Festival Familiar, on Sept. 27 under the Pavilion in Port Arthur at 500 Procter St. Vargas’ dancers, various bands, numerous vendors and others will be at the event from 11 a.m. until about 10 p.m.

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U.S. Department of Labor press release:

HOUSTON — Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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