Port Arthur

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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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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Deputies have arrested three suspects related to the May 8 kidnapping and burglary of Orange attorney Jim Sharon Bearden Jr., reported Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Captain Cliff Hargrave. 

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Following an argument and rebuffed attempts to gain entry to his mother’s home, Port Arthur police allege, 26-year-old Allen Lowe made good on threats to “burn his mother’s home.”

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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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Deputies arrested a Port Arthur man for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on May 2 after reportedly stopping him in a Land Rover stolen from Nederland earlier the same day. 

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On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Port Arthur Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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Marcella Chadwell and her husband Guy

In 1961, a young and ambitious Texas Representative named Tom James became the face of an investigation into crime, vice, and government corruption in Jefferson County. What he found would shock and shame everyone.

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Alternating lane closures will take place nightly through Friday in Port Arthur along Savannah Avenue (Spur 215) from 25th Street to the railroad tracks, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for concrete repair, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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The City of Port Arthur Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with The Recreational Event Activity Team (TREAT) to host the Inaugural 2017 Southeast Texas Springfest, according to a release.

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