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The City of Port Arthur held a ribbon cutting for the Pavilion and People's Park on March 21.

“We’re excited about the possibilities that it brings to Port Arthur,” City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said.

The city believes the Pavilion and Peoples Park are “key elements that will help to ignite and sustain downtown re-development,” Carpenter said in a press release.

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Joseph Colone

On trial accused of murdering a woman and her teenage daughter because one of his victims had fingered him in a then-pending gameroom robbery case, Joseph Colone sits in Judge Raquel West’s Jefferson County 252nd District Court shackled to the floor under the constant watch of Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies. Starting Monday, March 20, Colone was brought to court to begin the long and arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the defendant’s capital murder case.

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Games wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) chased a group on four-wheelers at Sea Rim Park on March 22 and later apprehended a suspect in the crime. The next day, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Aviation Unit deputies found a stolen four-wheeler that had been involved in the chase while looking for bundles or marijuana along the shore.

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Calvin Walker (right) and his trial attorney in the federal case, Dick DeGuerin

Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker, under state indictment for allegedly defrauding and illegally collecting millions of dollars from BISD and the city of Port Arthur, has challenged the constitutionality of the pending state criminal prosecution to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

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The Jefferson County Narcotics Taskforce, with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspector, conducted an controlled delivery operation March 22 that uncovered a large quantity of mail order drugs and arrested a Port Neches woman during the sting, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

According to JCSO, investigators identified a package they believed contained synthetic drugs that was to be delivered to a residence in Port Neches. Investigators tested the contents of the package, and they tested positive for the chemicals used in the synthetic drugs.

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