Port Arthur

A drug deal gone wrong that led to murder in Port Arthur resulted in a 40-year-sentence for a 20-year-old man, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office announced July 8. According to a the DA's office, Logan Carter was sentenced Friday in the shooting death of 42-year-old Michael Blanchard that occurred on September 29, 2015.

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At least one sniper targeted law enforcement officers in a deadly mass shooting in Dallas on Thursday, July 7, killing five officers and wounding several others, including two civilians. One of the officers killed in the shooting was a Port Arthur native.

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Shalala Sharelle Fletcher

Police in Port Arthur are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly shot and killed outside a convenience store on Jimmy Johnson Boulevard on July 2 when an off-duty security guard attempted to stop a robbery in progress, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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The Ruxpins

The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting its annual “Celebrate Independence Day” on Monday, July 4, beginning at 7 p.m. with a live concert from the local Americana rock act The Ruxpins at the Riverfront Pavilion.

At 9 p.m. an unbelievable fireworks show will light up the Orange sky. The event is free and there will be plenty of kids events, snow cones, drinks and more. No pets are allowed.

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Police ultimately arrested a man who led them on chase through the city of Port Arthur as officers investigated a report that the man was repeatedly ramming the gates at the Motiva refinery with his car, reports Sgt. R. Rowe of the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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Derrick Freeman

The results are in! Derrick Freeman edged out Harold Doucet a runoff election June 25 to become the city of Port Arthur's next mayor.

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Alicia Skye Taylor

Police have arrested a Port Arthur city employee for aggregate theft of a public servant amid accusations that she used her position as Grants Accountant to alter payroll records and pocket diverted funds, fundamentally stealing from the city and the taxpayers, Lt. M. Blitch of the Port Arthur Police Department reports. In addition to the theft charges she faces, 24 felony counts of tampering with a government record are pending against 33-year-old Alicia Skye Taylor of Port Arthur.

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‘The Example’

The Port Arthur Public Library and the African American Cultural Society will host a screening of the historical fiction short film “The Example,” on Thursday, June 23, at the Port Arthur Library Gallery, 4615 Ninth Ave., Port Arthur, at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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The victim of an aggravated assault was in critical condition and a suspect in the crime was being interviewed by detectives following an altercation at a Port Arthur residence June 17, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD). 

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If your kids are already bouncing off the walls looking for something to do this early summer season, don’t fear — the annual Kid Fest returns to the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College – Port Arthur on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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