Southeast Texas is teeming with rice fields, but many local residents have never been afforded the opportunity to explore what really goes on at the vast acreage properties – until now. During a free program that also features a complementary barbecue lunch courtesy of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Beaumont, guests will have the chance to learn first-hand processes and see the work that goes on behind the scenes at “Texas Rice – Embracing Innovation,” the center’s 72th annual field day on Thursday, July 11.

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A high speed chase that started in Jefferson County after deputies attempted to make a traffic stop for a moving violation ended following a crash in Westlake, La.

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The Port Arthur Police Department received a call for service at about 6 p.m. July 8 at HEB on Gulfway Drive in reference to a robbery.

According to information gathered at the scene, a 17-year-old suspect approached a female victim and displayed a handgun. He took the victim's belongings and fled the scene. He was quickly apprehended and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

PAPD reports the incident is under investigation by its Criminal Investigative Division.

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At about 1 a.m. on July 5, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 87 and Austin Street in the city of Port Arthur. The crash injured four and involved a Port Arthur police officer.

The preliminary crash investigation showed that a PAPD patrol unit was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection when the unit patrol vehicle was rear-ended by a 1997 Pontiac. 

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At about 12:30 a.m. Julyy 5, officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to the 1900 block of 11th Avenue in referencce to a man who was bleeding profusely. 

Once officers arrived, they discovered a black male victim had sustained a large cut to his arm during an altercation with another man. The victim was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital where he underwent surgery for the injury. As of publication, the victim was listed in critical condition.

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