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Port Arthur police chief Patrick Melvin just selected a Deputy Chief, promoting Lt. Frank Ramirez to the position, according to a statement from PAPD PIO Risa Carpenter.

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UPDATE 11-23-2016: The man killed has still not been identified, but both Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave per department policy, according to the most recent statement from JCSO PIO Marcus McLellan. The Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation.

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Vernon Ray Strong

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Monday, Nov. 21, that Vernon Ray Strong, 63, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced by Judge John B. Stevens, Jr. to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School’s Mural Club collaborated with Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital to create a twelve panel mural on November 11 and 12. The project was completed in two days with many students giving up their entire weekend to participate. A dedication of the mural will take place in December.

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The Orange County Commissioners’ Court will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 1:00 p.m. about requested road name changes for LaPray Lane in Vidor and Owens Illinois Road in Orange and increase in the speed limit on Lakeview Road in Vidor.

The Court “would appreciate hearing from any interested party wishing to comment,” according to a statement.”

The public hearing will be in the Commissioner’s Courtroom of the Orange County Administration Building, located at 123 South 6th Street in Orange.

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