Port Arthur

The Port Arthur Fire Department continues to maintain a 24-hour presence at the German Pellets terminal, and is ensuring every necessary action is being taken to end this incident as quickly and safely as possible, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release June 16. The Port Arthur Fire Department has overseen approximately 4,700 tons of product removed from the debris pile to date.

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Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore pleaded guilty in federal court in Beaumont, Texas on June 20 to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage from one of their ships into the sea.

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

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A Port Arthur staple is slated for closure. The owners of Nick’s Grocery at 3149 39th St. announced it would soon shutter its doors. Nick and Dorothy Nicotre opened Nick’s Grocery on Sept. 27, 1959, and it’s still owned by the Nicotre and Plagman families.

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The Gift of Life is hosting its final Men’s Health Month Screening site for the month of June in Port Arthur on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center (1800 Lakeshore Dr.).

"We’re really excited because we’re actually bringing in a Port Arthur native and Super Bowl Champion Joe Washington, Jr. to meet and greet our clients," said Holli Peterson, spokesperson for the Gift of Life.

"Right now, we’re having several people calling and asking us if we’re cancelling our screening due to weather. At this time, we have no plans to cancel."

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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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A silo that has been smoldering for months at German Pellets in Port Arthur collapsed in the early morning hours of June 4, city of Port Arthur spokesperson Risa Carpenter stated in a news release.

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TN State Representative Antonio Parkinson will be among thousands of proud family members at Memorial High School’s graduation this Friday. The state leader will be in town to see his cousin Cedric Lee walk across the stage.

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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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