The News

The Port Arthur Police Department responded to a reported robbery on Thursday, June 27, at about 11:30 p.m. at Fuel Depot located on Twin City Highway.

Upon their arrival to the gas station, officers learned two black, male suspects armed with pistols entered the store and assaulted the clerk on duty. The stole merchandise from the store and fled the scene. 

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. PAPD's Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the crime.


The Lumberton Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in identifying a man that burglarized the Dollar Tree store located at 725 N. Main St. 

LPD said a white male entered the store in the early morning hours of May 28 and utilized a grinder to break into the store's safe. 

Anyone with information to the burglar's identity or knowledge of the crime is asked to contact LPD Sgt. K. Powell at (409) 755-3400 or kpowell [at] lumbertonpd [dot] com.


An escaped inmate is back behind bars, along with a Winnie woman who assisted, after escaping custody following a court appearance.

According to Chambers County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), at about 11 a.m. June 21, Herbert Lee Coward, 37, of Winnie, fled from custody following the courthouse hearing. At the time, Coward was handcuffed, wearing leg irons and an orange and white jail issued jumpsuit. Coward was among several inmates being loaded into the county jail van after leaving the courtroom. 


One man has been charged in the deaths of three following a boating accident Sunday, June 23. 

According to information from the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, at about 7:30 p.m. that day, deputies received a call regarding a boat wreck that took place about half a mile from the Hugo Park Road boat ramp near Old and Lost River and Cross Bayou. The caller reported therre were numerous injuries and individuals in the water at the time. Deputies, fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene and Texas Parks and Wildlife were notified. 


Following the runoff election for Port Arthur mayor held June 22, Port Arthur will now have a new mayor holding the highest office in the municipality.

Voters took to the polls starting June 10 for early voting. Of the city's 27,977 registered voters eligible to take part in the runoff election, 3,484 submitted their votes, making up 12.45 percent of eligible voters.