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A Port Arthur man has been sentenced to 50 years incarceration after a Jefferson County jury found Leroy Gipson guilty of the 2018 killing of Roderick Wiltz.

Aug. 10, officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were called to Chop Shop Barbershop located on Gulfway Drive because of a stabbing incident. Dispatch advised as the officers were enroute that the suspect was possibly Gipson.

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On July 31, members of the Port Arthur Police Department's SWAT team and ATF agents raided a home in the 4100 block of Charlotte Drive to serve a search warrant aimed at locating drugs and stolen property.

Several guns were seized and seven people were arrested. At least one of the guns discovered had been reported stolen. A stolen police protective vest was also recovered.

In addition to the guns, arrests and stolen property, illegal drugs were also found. 

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On July 29, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the construction site of the Pine Tree Lodge, located on Pine Tree Road in LaBelle, in reference  to construction workers injured by electrocution. Jefferson County Emergency Services District No. 4 and Acadian Ambulance also responded.

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The Beaumont Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man caught on camera performing lewd acts at Parkdale Mall.

On July 6, at about 10:45 a.m., an unidentified black male followed a female employee from JC Penney into the mall. Officers report that she felt uneasy by his actions and had the department store's loss prevention check their video. 

The man was captured on the store's CCTV system masturbating while standing next to the front doors of the store. 

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On Tuesday, July 23, officers with the Beaumont Police Department's Special Assignment unit were conducting an operation on suspects involved in multiple auto burglaries, which involved the theft of several firearms.

Officers located the suspects and conducted a traffic stop near Wooten and Landis. Two stolen firearms were located in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Furhter investigation led officers to multiple locations inBeaumont were additional weapons were recovered. A total of seven weapons were seized. four of which had been reported stolen. 

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The Beaumont Police Department responded to Forrest Lawn Cemetery in reference of a crashed vehicle found in the woods at the back of the property.

When officers arrived, they located the vehicle at the bottom of a 20-foot drop-off in the woods. A body was located in the driver's seat of the vehicle and was identified as Terrel Martin, 31. Martin was reported missing on July 11, but was last seen on July 5. 

BPD's Traffic Unit and Person's detectives are investigating the cause of his death.

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Port Arthur police officeers were called to the Cedar Ridge Apartments on Ninth Avenue on July 28 at about 9:45 p.m. in reference to shots fired.

Arriving officers found an 18-year-old male resident had been shot in his lower extremities. The victim was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. 

The case is currently being investigated by PAPD's Criminal Investigations Division.

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July 28, at about 8:30 p.m., officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to 100 Gillham Circle in reference to an aggravated robbery that had just taken place. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a 19-year-old female had been assaulted. During the incident, suspects also held a 16-year-old male at gunpoint and demanded property from him. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.

Officers were able to develop a possible suspect in reference tot he offense and the case is currently under investigation by PAPD's Criminal Investigations Division.

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The Port Arthur Police Department received a call to dispatch on July 24 regarding a drive-by shooting in the 5600 block of Grant Ave. 

Upon arrival, officers located a 4-year-old boy that had sustained a gunshot wound to his lower back. The child was asleep within the residence at the time of the shooting. he was transported to a Beaumont hospital where he was listed in stable condition. No one else was injured during the incident. 

PAPD's Criminal Investigations Division was investigating the crime as of publication.

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The Port Arthur Police Department responded to a call at the Port Arthur Town Homes located on Turtle Creek on July 22, just before 11 p.m., regarding a burglary in progress. 

According to PAPD information, one victim was held at gunpoint while additional suspects removed property from the residence. The tenant of the home hid in the bathroom during the incident. 

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