Port Arthur

City of Port Arthur has reduced water pressure throughout the city and is asking residents to conserve water use due to "above average number of large water main breaks" in the city's water system, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release Jan. 4.

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Chief Melvin at PAPD's Blue Santa Dec. 22 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Port Arthur's police chief confirmed in a statement Dec. 28 that he was a candidate for St. Louis police chief.

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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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Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy held out a helping hand to a cat caught in a tree just before Christmas, JCSO said in a release posted on Facebook Dec. 22.

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David Weeks | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Port Arthur man led deputies on a chase Monday, Dec. 18, shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

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A Jefferson County jury found former City of Port Arthur Water Utilities Distribution Maintenance Supervisor Joseph Soliz guilty on six counts of theft of metal by a public servant on Dec. 14 for stealing more than 8 tons – 16,000 pounds – of city-owned metals during his tenure there.

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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin | Examiner file photo
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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin has issued a point-by-point response to the police union’s recent no-confidence vote.

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One man died in a auto pedestrian accident in Port Arthur, city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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Melissa Wood and Octavious Jackson

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office detectives have obtained arrest warrants for two people in reference to a residential burglary that occurred Nov. 29, 2017, at 2665 N. Twin City Highway.

The burglary occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. while the resident was away from his home, but surveillance video from the Jakes Fireworks stand next door caught the burglary on video.  The time stamp was 10:03 a.m.

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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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