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source: Longview News-Journal
source: Longview News-Journal
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Stolen Concrete Eagle Finally Comes Home

Better late than never we suppose.  Nearly 40 years after it was stolen from its perch outside the offices of the Longview News-Journal newspaper, a large concrete eagle has been returned to the owner.  The thief's family is still so embarrassed by it they don't want to be identified.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Military Members, Beware of Scam

The IRS is warning of a new scam that targets the military.

Perhaps we’ve all been perturbed by a scam at some point in our lives…one that comes in the form of a telemarketing phone call or an email that phishes for personal and financial information. But why bother our military heroes with that type of nonsense?! The criminals behind this scam may really tick off a lot of people. We’re supposed to support the troops, not con them.

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via Flickr/The She-Creature
via Flickr/The She-Creature
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Couple Sues Media Over Mass Grave Reports

A Liberty County couple has filed a massive libel lawsuit against the Liberty County Sheriff's Department and a bunch news media outlets, over a "psychic's" claim that bodies were buried in mass graves on their property.  No mass graves were ever found.

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Category: Amazing, Crime, Law, Texas News
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What Are the Most Shoplifted Items in America?

It appears that in the wake of a weak economy shoplifting has become more widespread than it was just under a decade ago.

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via Bossier City Police Department
via Bossier City Police Department
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Billy the Exterminator and Wife Busted for Drugs

Say it ain't so.  Everybody's favorite exterminator -- A&E reality show star "Billy the Exterminator" Bretherton -- and his wife Mary Bretherton -- have been busted for marijuana possession in Bossier City, Louisiana.

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via Flickr/C.Y.
via Flickr/C.Y.
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BBB Warns of Newest Scam — “Smishing”

The Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas says nobody keeps up with communications technology more than con artists.  All the better to con you with my dear. That brings us to this story about the newest high tech tactic the cons are using to get into your money.

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via Flickr/www.BackgroundNow.com
via Flickr/www.BackgroundNow.com
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Shepherd Woman Admits Embezzling from Bank

A longtime employee of the Bank of San Jacinto County in Coldspring has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the bank over a period of years.  She could be sent to prison for a long time.

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via Erich Schlegel, Getty Images
via Erich Schlegel, Getty Images
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Forest Service Urges Us To Report Arson Wildfires

Heading into the long Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial start of another hot and dry summer — the Texas Forest Service is begging us to be careful with cookouts, campfires and any outdoor burning.

TFS also wants people to be especially watchful for arsonists deliberately starting fires and report them to law enforcement.

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