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News from the Department of Justice: 

A 33-year-old Port Neches, Texas man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.  

 

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The Jefferson County Go Texan Committee will host a golf tournament Sept. 13 at the Idylwild Golf Club at in Sour Lake.  The shotgun start at 8 a.m. will be a four-man scramble with prizes for closest to the hole and hole-in-one.  The Jefferson County Go Texan organization devotes its efforts annually to helping area youths. Through their association and participation with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, area youths are granted scholarships each year.

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Photo by James Gathany/CDC

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes.

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Kip McFarlin

A former Port Arthur Memorial High School coach indicted in July 2012 on charges on sexual misconduct with a student pleaded guilty July 7 and was sentenced July 8 in Jefferson County, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ramon Rodriguez confirmed.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed a case against former BISD warehouse supervisor Daryl Johnson, who was fired in May 2012 under suspicion of theft and subsequently indicted on two counts of felony theft. The indictment alleged Johnson stole approximately $280,000.

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Police say they think they know who did it. They can’t identify the suspect legally, but they think they know. Orange County District Attorney John Kimbrough says, in time, science will prevail and the culprit will be caught, but for now there is nothing he can do without potentially endangering the viability of the case.

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The Examiner has obtained an exclusive interview with one of the neighbors responsible for detaining the accused perpetrator in a fatal shooting in Orange County that occurred July 7.

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photo by Brandi Haskett

Hundreds of children explored the Jefferson County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 9, as a part of “Know Your County Courthouse,” an event organized by local nonprofit Save Our Children (S.O.C) to give the area’s youth a chance to encounter the sights and sounds of the court in a controlled environment.

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The road to success begins early for a local group of young athletes, the B.T. Striders Youth Track Club.

The track season starts in November. For the next seven months, the team practices three days a week. During the winter months, they compete in indoor track meets, including ones in Birmingham, Alabama, and Houston. Then, in the spring, the outdoor season begins. Nearly every other weekend, the B.T. Striders travel to Houston on Saturdays to compete.

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Press release from the Jefferson County Bar Association:

 

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance in the area of family law can visit a FREE legal seminar at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic located at 3420 Veterans Circle, Beaumont, TX.  The seminar is a public service of the Jefferson County Bar Association’s Veterans Legal Initiative. 

 

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