Port Arthur City Manager Brian McDougal announced March 16 the termination of an employee accused of theft and tampering with government documents.

Court Clerk Sharon Shelvin was reportedly fired March 12 following an investigation by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, with assistance from the Port Arthur Police Department, that uncovered evidence of theft of municipal court fines and tampering with official court documents, McDougal reports in a press release.


Police in Port Arthur are currently looking for suspects in a weekend shooting that injured three people, reports PAPD.


News release from the Friends of the Orange Depot:

A generous board member has donated a 1.6 acre tract of vacant land across 11th Street from the Southern Pacific train station in Orange to the Friends of the Orange Depot, a non-profit organization formed to help save the depot for the city and citizens, Friends of the Orange Depot reports.

Raul Castaneda

A Beaumont man was arrested for murder after police say he shot and killed his wife over the weekend, reports the Beaumont Police Department.


The US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Miranda K. Ferguson at an apartment complex in the Houston area on March 11. Ferguson had four warrants of arrest including Aggravated Kidnapping, Interference with Child Custody, and two Capias warrants for failure to appear in court on previous Possession of a controlled Substance charges.

Narcotics arrest, cocaine
Brandon Dermain Jolivette

Narcotics officers with the Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Brandon Jolivette of Orange after discovering powder cocaine and hundreds in cash during an investigation, OPD reports.

Marylou Garcia

U.S. Marshals located and arrested 25-year-old Marylou Garcia for her connection in the aggravated kidnapping case of a juvenile, which police say is connected to the January murder of Lamar student Rhydan Bolton.

Marylou Garcia was taken into custody March 12, the day after her cousin, 17-year-old Rogelio Garcia, was also arrested for aggravated kidnapping.

A USW member pickets in front of Motiva Enterprises in Port Arthur Feb. 25.

Work stoppage will soon end at Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur after a vote by USW Local 13-423  to ratify a four-year contract offered by Shell Oil. USW announced Thursday, March 12, that it had reached a tentative agreement with Shell Oil at the national level, but that local unions would need to review the employers’ proposals.

Neighborhood of proposed  development on Phelan Boulevard
Heritage Heights rent scale

As more and more Southeast Texans are entering their golden years, most without a golden nest egg to rest upon, affordable senior housing complexes are becoming more prevalent.

 Erich Seals

A Port Arthur man who claimed self-defense in a 2013 shooting has been found guilty of aggravated assault. The trial of Erich Seals, 47, accused of shooting Donald Williams, began Wednesday, March 4, at the Jefferson County Courthouse and lasted through Friday, March 7.

According to police, Seals shot Williams, husband to the mother of his child, at the Port Arthur Park Apartments two years ago.