Port Arthur

Despite pulling one of the top property tax allotment checks in all of Jefferson County, on top of federal and state funding, as well as millions of dollars in annual funding from industrial agreements to keep billion-dollar properties off the tax rolls, Port Arthur ISD has found itself in routine need of additional funds from its tax base. 

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Ronnie Wayne Jacobs (left) and Isaiah Onasso Jacobs

Port Arthur police officers were dispatched to 1300 Joe Louis Avenue early on July 20 in response to an automobile accident.

The wreck was reported outside. Officers responded and found a vehicle whose lone occupant was unresponsive and was transported to a local medical facility.

The driver, Ronnie Wayne Jacobs, 34, was transported to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas where he was pronounced dead several hours later.

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A man is dead following a crane accident near Motiva Port Arthur Refinery that occurred Thursday, July 13.

Port Arthur Police Department reports that it responded to an accident at MLK and Terminal road near the Motiva plant at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday to find that a crane had fallen on an individual. PAPD reports that Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the man to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, where he was pronounced dead.

The following statement was issued by Motiva following a reported crane accident near the refinery Thursday, July 13:

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A 49-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced for his part in a conspiracy targeting federal inmates and their families in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced July 12.

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Liberty Police made two arrests in reference to a late night assault that took place on June 30, according to a news release from the department. Police responded to the 5000 block of Briar Grove in the Ridgewood subdivision shortly after 1 a.m. in reference to an assault. 

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Independence Day is right around the corner, and with the Fourth of July this year falling on a Tuesday, it might not be bad to plan ahead as several cities will celebrate the holiday with plenty of activities.

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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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