On Aug. 18, at about 8:15 p.m., officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to a theft that had taken place at 1201 Seventh St. Officers obtained a description of the suspect and located a man fitting the description nearby. 

It was found that the victim had been assaulted during a purse snatching. The suspect was arrested and booked for robbery. The man's identity has not been released as of publication and the incident was under investigation by PAPD's Criminal Investigations Division. 


Aug. 14, at about 10:15 a.m. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 17000 block Burrell Wingate Road in reference to a burglary that had just taken place.

The caller informed dispatchers that upon his arrival home, he noticed a suspicious truck in his driveway with several of his belongings in the bed of the truck. Two suspects quickly sped away from the scene and the homeowner followed as he contacted 911 and was able to provide them with location updates. A nearby JCSO deputy intercepted the suspect vehicle and followed them to a dead-end road.


Aug. 9, at about 3:40 p.m., officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to Stacy Market, located at 3248 Gulfway Drive, in reference to a disturbance. 

The investigating officers learned one of the parties involved in the disturbance had robbed the store. Officers were able to identify the suspect and the 23-year-old Port Arthur man was located at his residence a short time later and arrested. He was transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility where he was booked in for robbery.


Dena Hughes, TAN Healthcare (Triangle Area Network) CEO, said the Department of State Health Services has confirmed seven cases of measles infection in Jefferson, Galveston, Harris and Montgomery counties.

"As of July 30, there have been 21 reported cases of measles in Texas," she said. "To date, we are aware of at least one case in Jefferson County."

According to a July 29 DSHS measles news update, "Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected."


A 39-year-old Beaumont Animal Control officer was arrested for federal drug violations on Aug. 7.

Benjamin Wallace Dykes was indicted on March 5 by a federal grand jury and was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. 


Paying tribute to the fallen heroes whose sacrifices paved the way for America’s freedom and who have given their lives to protect this nation and its citizens is important to Southeast Texans as evidenced by the many Memorial Day community celebrations across the area commemorating those brave souls.