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Ransom Howard

Ransom Howard, a former Port Arthur educator and preacher, was sentenced this week to serve weekends in jail and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to multiple felony DWI offenses, according to court records.

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Port of Beaumont Chief of Police Stephen P. Davis

Being the first black chief of police for the Port of Beaumont isn’t something Stephen P. Davis thinks too much about.

“After having my job for five years, I never thought I was the only minority in this position with the Port of Beaumont,” Davis said when he first heard the news – this week being interviewed for the subject of a Black History Month article. “It probably demonstrates that I don’t concentrate on those things.”

Davis never tried to be the first; he just was.

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The good times will be rolling at the annual Senior Mardi Gras presented by the Best Years Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside the Beaumont Civic Center. Seniors are invited to come out and enjoy this fantastic event free of charge.

This popular, daylong festival features entertainment, food, shopping and education with more than 80 vendors on hand who have valuable options for overall healthcare and wellness.

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A film crew from Discovery Channel Canada visited campus recently to capture the progress made by researchers in the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering on an innovative lionfish-hunting robot.

The segment will air on the channel through Daily Planet, an hour-long science and technology magazine that airs five nights per week nationally, with larger stories exported worldwide. Videos are also posted to social media sites.

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On Feb. 15 at 3:04 p.m., Port Arthur Police Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting victim at Prince Hall Village Apartments, 914 W.14th Street, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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IEA – Inspire, Encourage, Achieve recently honored Winston Brown for his 16 years of service, providing transportation, mentoring and support to hundreds of youth.

IEA hosted the community gathering at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church at which IEA participants and their families, as well as community leaders and program volunteers, were recognized.

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The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Education Foundation, Inc. held its annual prize patrol on Feb. 13, and handed out 22 grants, totaling $23,109.47 to staff through the district, according to a release from LCM CSID Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs.

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The Office of the Governor, The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Texas Crime Stoppers today announced a new reward program related to the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program.

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Port Arthur police are still searching for a woman who hit a Port Arthur police officer with her car, PAPD Officer Michael Hebert said in a statement on Feb. 13.

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Johnny Ray Martin

Jefferson County Fugitive Recovery deputies arrested Johnny Ray Martin, 44, at his residence at Feb. 13.

A Jefferson County warrant was issued for engaging in organized criminal activity with a bond of $100,000 after Beaumont Police filed charges against Martin on Feb. 10, BPD Officer Carol Riley said in a release.

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