Port Arthur

TxDOT will be closing several lanes in Jefferson and Orange County this week for nighttime repairs, Sarah Dupre said in a release.

Orange County – The outside lanes of I-10 east and westbound from FM 1442 to Cow Bayou will be closed April 10 and April 11, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., to work on guardrail.

Orange – I-10 westbound at TX 87 will be closed nightly, 8pm-6am, April 10 through April 13 to work on the new TX 87 overpass. Traffic will be detoured to the frontage road.

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Chipotle customers in Beaumont and Port Arthur can help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over lunch or dinner on Friday, April 7.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced April 3 that Wilbert Anthony Frank, 29, of Port Arthur was sentenced to 35 years for home invasion burglary and assault of a Port Arthur family.

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The new cracker will be built alongside Total’s Port Arthur refinery.

Total announced Monday, March 27, that the company is entering into a partnership with Borealis and Nova to form a joint venture with the aim of building an ethane steam cracker at the Port Arthur facility and a new Borstar polyethylene unit in Bayport.

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A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Willie Ford III, 24, of Port Arthur for fleeing a police officer Feb.18 and starting a fire at an apartment on Gulfway Drive on Feb. 19.

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Port Arthur Police Department Narcotics Officers, with the assistance of the United States Postal Service and the Port Arthur SWAT Team, conducted a search warrant in the 3900 block of Shadowbend Lane on March 24. A search of the residence uncovered approximately six pounds of high-grade marijuana along with THC oils and wax, reports Port Arthur spokesperson Risa Carpenter.

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Port Arthur police badge

The city of Port Arthur has reinstated two of several Port Arthur Police Department officers recently placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the department, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter.

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The City of Port Arthur held a ribbon cutting for the Pavilion and People's Park on March 21.

“We’re excited about the possibilities that it brings to Port Arthur,” City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said.

The city believes the Pavilion and Peoples Park are “key elements that will help to ignite and sustain downtown re-development,” Carpenter said in a press release.

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Calvin Walker (right) and his trial attorney in the federal case, Dick DeGuerin

Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker, under state indictment for allegedly defrauding and illegally collecting millions of dollars from BISD and the city of Port Arthur, has challenged the constitutionality of the pending state criminal prosecution to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

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A judge sentenced two former city of Port Arthur employees, John Tomplait and Carleton Edwards, on March 20 for their roles in separate thefts from the city resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.

Former Port Arthur assistant water utilities director John Tomplait was sentenced to probation for stealing more than 1,600 pounds of metal from the city.

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