A 26-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.

Bernard James Bell was arrested on April 17 pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with felon in possession of a firearm. Bell appeared in federal court today on the charges.


The Port Arthur Police Department is amping up its efforts to address mental health issues in the community it serves. 

Information from the department states the agency has created a Mental Health Unit supervised by Sgt. Heather Rowe. Included in the unit are several officers that have received specialized training to address those they encounter as they work throughout the city. The objective of the newly created unit is bridge the gap between law enforcement and those suffering from mental illness.


The Port Arthur Police Department is investigating an auto-pedestrian wreck that landed an elderly man in the hospital.

According to PAPD information, officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Memorial Boulevard on Sunday, April 14, at about 9:30 p.m. in reference to a major vehicle crash. Investigating officers determined a 70-year-old Port Arthur man was struck by a passenger vehicle while riding his bicycle. 


The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a crash on CR 120 in Jasper County at about 1 a.m. on April 14.

According to information from DPS, initial records show a 2003 Ford F-150 was traeling southbound on CR 120 when it left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, Jarvis Samuel Wilson, 17, of Jasper, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries. 

A 15-year-old passenger, also from Jasper, was transported with minor injuries. He was treated and released. 


April 16 Update:

Officers received a call at about 6:30 p.m. providing information that LeNoire was in a residence at the corner of Fletcher and Virgil streets. Officers responded to home and in speaking with the homeowner, were able to verify LeNoire was inside. Officers set up a perimeter and were able to call the suspect out and take him into custody. 

He was arrested for aggravated assault. According to BPD, the charge will be upgraded to murder if he is indicted by a grand jury.


April 15 Update: