The News

On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at approximately 9:43 p.m., officers of the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to the 3900 block of 36th Street in reference to a robbery.

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Effective Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the intersection of East Lavaca Street with M.L. King Jr. Parkway (Spur 380) Northbound Service Road will be open to all traffic beginning at 7 a.m.

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The former city of Port Arthur Water Meter Services Department Supervisor, 57-year-old Robert Leblanc, was arrested and formally charged Jan. 5 by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Leblanc is charged with five counts of theft by a public servant involving 21 incidents of metal theft, each charge being a third-degree felony offense. The stolen metal were water meter parts belonging to the city of Port Arthur. Bond was set at $60,000.

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Police in Orange arrested one man they say was asleep at the wheel Jan. 2, but he wasn't on the road; according to the investigating officer, he was apparently passed out drunk in the drive-thru of a local McDonalds.

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Two thieves' attempt to rob an Orange hotel was foiled when the clerk recognized the "gun" the male suspect brandished as a fake Jan. 3, reports the Orange Police Department.

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