Port Arthur Police Department

On the afternoon of June 20, Port Arthur Police officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of 42nd Street.

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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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On May 16, at about 8:30 p.m., Port Arthur Police officers responded to Joe Louis Apartments in reference to a female being stabbed in the back, Lt. Martin Blitch said in a release.

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On May 16, at about 8:25 p.m., a Port Arthur Police officer responded to the 2100 block of Waverly Circle in reference to a family disturbance, Lt. Martin Blitch said in a release.

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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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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Port Arthur Police Department are investigating the reported kidnapping and robbery of an Orange attorney that is said to have occurred in the early morning hours of May 8, said OCSO.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston says it’s time again for “Spring cleaning,” time to clear out those cluttered medicine cabinets and dispose of old drugs during the 2017 DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. 

Featherston and area DEA agents are encouraging the public’s participation in the biannual event in an effort to deter prescription drug abuse and overdoses that are becoming more and more frequent. 

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On March 28, at about 4:40 p.m., the Port Arthur Police Department received a call of a possible robbery in progress and a man brandishing a handgun, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release. The suspect was then seen leaving the complex in a vehicle, and a description of the vehicle was given to officers.

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The Port Arthur Police Department announced that effective March 21 Sgt. Kris Boneau is no longer on administrative leave and is returning to work at the department. 

"No disciplinary action has been taken against Boneau, and he is being reinstated with the PAPD as a result of PAPD's internal administrative investigation," Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter stated in a news release. 

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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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