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More than one veteran police officer was released from duty at the Port Arthur Police Department within a week’s time. Mickey Sterling and Rickey Antoine were terminated from employment on consecutive Fridays amid allegations of impropriety. Both had been on administrative leave pending a final decision to terminate or to return them to work by PAPD Chief Patrick Melvin. 

Officer Darren Johnson, placed on administrative leave at the same time as Antoine, resigned.

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Officer Rickey Antoine has become the face of PAPD traffic enforcement.

Although Port Arthur “traffic-policing juggernaut” Rickey Antoine is famous for being the kind of hard-hitting lawman that even wrote his own mother a speeding ticket, according to allegations that sparked an investigation currently underway, he is also the kind of officer that would set aside those tickets if the price – or shoe size – is right.

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Police and SWAT team officers in Port Arthur peacefully negotiated a hostage situation at a residence there May 18 and arrested one man, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

According to a statement from spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter, officers conducting a burglary investigation identified, detained and arrested a suspect, 38-year-old Christopher James Simpson. Officers reportedly witnessed the suspect carrying a television into the residence at 2426 11th St. and secured the perimeter of the property.

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The city of Port Arthur and the Port Arthur Police Department have placed two officers on administrative leave "pending the results of an adminstrative investigation," city spokesperspon Risa Carpenter revealed in a news release Monday, May 15. No other details have been released. 

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Port Arthur Police Department Narcotics Officers, with the assistance of the United States Postal Service and the Port Arthur SWAT Team, conducted a search warrant in the 3900 block of Shadowbend Lane on March 24. A search of the residence uncovered approximately six pounds of high-grade marijuana along with THC oils and wax, reports Port Arthur spokesperson Risa Carpenter.

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One of several Port Arthur Police Department officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation has been reinstated effective March 20, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter. 

"Owens has been reassigned as a shift commander within the field operations division," Carpenter stated in an email. 

Prior to being placed on administrative leave, Owens was a major in the criminal investigations division at PAPD. He was demoted to lieutenant in field operations. 

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Patrice Young

The Port Arthur woman wanted for hitting a Port Arthur officer with her car turned herself in Feb. 26, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marcus McLellan.

PAPD police had been searching for Patrice Young, 37, since Feb. 12, when she allegedly stole a flatscreen TV from the Bridge City Walmart, Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin said in a press conference on Feb. 13.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a shooting that left one man dead at the Baymont Inn & Suites on Highway 73 Dec. 29, reports the Port Arthur Police Department. 

Police responded to a report of shots fired at the hotel shortly after 9 p.m. Responding units discovered a 29-year-old Port Arthur resident deceased at the scene and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

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Photos courtesy of Detective Joe Paul and the PAPD

Two recent accidental shootings in Port Arthur suggest some residents don’t how to safely handle weapons, and the number of new gun owners grows all the time. This year alone, the FBI recorded 185,713 background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background system for Black Friday purchases in the U.S., 400 more than 2015, Business Insider reported Nov. 28.

Although they’re often given as presents, firearms are not toys. Mishandled, they can lead to injuries that range from embarrassing to life threatening.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a violent altercation during which a woman reportedly slashed her common law husband across the face with a knife, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) Sgt. Shawn Perron.

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