PAPD

The Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) and law enforcement officers across Texas will increase DWI patrols to identify and stop impaired drivers as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) “Plan While You Can” campaign leading up to Spring Break.

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Port Arthur Blue Santa bringing gifts to families affected by Harvey

After going through some of the worst of Harvey’s unprecedented flooding, the Port Arthur Police Department tried to bring a little Christmas cheer with Blue Santa Dec. 22.

A long line formed outside The Department Club on Lakeshore Drive near Lamar State College-Port Arthur where Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers and volunteers were handing out gifts inside. A volunteer stood outside, letting in just a few families at a time.

Some of the families were leaving in tears of joy, but the kids rolling away on brand new bicycles were grinning from ear to ear.

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The "Christmas Wave" of the Port Arthur Police Department/TxDOT S.T.E.P Program will commence on Friday, Dec.

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Arbitration hearing of Mickey Sterling

Fired Port Arthur Det. Mickey Sterling’s arbitration hearing continued into its third day Nov. 16. But with no end yet in sight, arbitrator Don Hays postponed the hearing, and time will be set aside for him to hear the rest of the story at a later date. Hays indicated he hopes he will get the whole truth, and he is taking measures to ensure that he does.

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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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