Port Arthur

Police in Port Arthur are investigating a July 25 shooting that left a 49-year-old man dead.

Officer with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) responded to a call reporting shots fired at the Prince Hall Village Apartments at 914 W. 14th St. in Port Arthur at 10:22 p.m. The officers were soon informed a subject had been shot at the location.

Upon arrival to the apartment complex, officers found the male victim, identified as Floyd Dergent, apparently deceased and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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James Viltz Thomas

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that State District Judge Raquel West of the 252ndDistrict Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced James Viltz Thomas, 40, to 10 years in prison. 

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Police are investigating a shooting in Orange that injured one person but, according to the Orange Police Department (OPD), the victim does not wish to press charges and would not help identify the shooter. 

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A deceased woman was found near South Levee Rd. in Port Arthur, Wendesday, June 12.

According to a press release, at 4:37 p.m. Port Arthur Police Officers responded to the 2900 block of MLK to meet with a citizen who claimed they found a deceased person. Officers were taken to the area near South Levee Rd. and located a deceased woman. The area was secured and members of the Port Arthur Criminal Investigations Unit are processing the scene with assistance from the Jefferson County Crime Lab.

If you have any information call (409) 833-TIPS (8477).

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Mike Zito

Local favorite guitar guru Mike Zito and band are set to perform at Dylan’s in Port Arthur on Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. For reservations, call (409) 722-1600. Zito began performing at the age of 5 and has played all over the world and earned numerous awards including Song of the Year for “Pearl River” at the 2010 Blues Music Awards. His song “Roll On” was also used on an episode of the FX television hit series Sons of Anarchy.

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A Port Arthur man was hospitalized after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds during an incident in Port Arthur. Police are still investigating, and no arrests have yet been made. 

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Chad Dubois and Carlos Valerio

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force Investigators were conducting narcotics surveillance when they stopped a black Chevrolet truck near the area of Jimmy Johnson and Ninth Avenue in Port Arthur. The K-9 Narcotics Dog from Port Neches PD assisted on the traffic stop. After a positive alert to drugs, a search of the vehicle was conducted and drugs were found. Two male subjects, 37-year-old Chad Dubois of Port Arthur and 35-year-old Carlos Valerio of Beaumont, were arrested.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued an Ozone Action Day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Monday, May 7, warning residents to be aware of the dangers associated with the event.

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Crews were working April 23 to clean up an oil spill following a crane accident that injured one person, reports the Port Arthur Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a report of a crane that had turned over on S. First Avenue in Sabine Pass. On arrival, crews found a subject complaining of back pain on a boat. They removed him from the boat and transported him to a hospital for medical treatment of his injuries, which were not life-threatening according to PAFD. 

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Police in Port Arthur are searching for a white truck that is a vehicle of interest in a shooting that occurred over the weekend.

According to a news release from the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD), officers responded to the 1000 block of W. 14th Street at 2:14 p.m. in reference to an aggravated assault. Officers' investigation revealed that a male victim had been shot at the location. He was taken by EMS to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont and later Life-flighted to a medical center in Houston. His condition was unknown at the time of the report. 

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