Port Arthur

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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The Port Arthur Police Department announced that effective March 21 Sgt. Kris Boneau is no longer on administrative leave and is returning to work at the department. 

"No disciplinary action has been taken against Boneau, and he is being reinstated with the PAPD as a result of PAPD's internal administrative investigation," Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter stated in a news release. 

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One of several Port Arthur Police Department officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation has been reinstated effective March 20, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter. 

"Owens has been reassigned as a shift commander within the field operations division," Carpenter stated in an email. 

Prior to being placed on administrative leave, Owens was a major in the criminal investigations division at PAPD. He was demoted to lieutenant in field operations. 

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who died in the book-in area of the office on March 18 as 33-year-old Byron James Sessions of Nederland.

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On March 15 at 3:19 p.m., PAPD Dispatch received a call from a homeowner regarding a burglary in the 3700 block of Rachel Avenue, Port Arthur Police Department spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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Police are investigating a weekend shooting at Prince Hall Apartments in Port Arthur that left two teens with gunshot wounds and possibly injured another unknown individual, reports the Port Arthur Police Department. 

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating two March 9 shootings they believe to be related, reports the Port Arthur Police Department. 

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A Jefferson County grand jury indicted a Port Arthur man for deadly conduct March 8 stemming from an August 2016 incident during which police say the man fired recklessly into a crowd of people at an apartment complex, according to information from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. 

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Patrice Young

The Port Arthur woman wanted for hitting a Port Arthur officer with her car turned herself in Feb. 26, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marcus McLellan.

PAPD police had been searching for Patrice Young, 37, since Feb. 12, when she allegedly stole a flatscreen TV from the Bridge City Walmart, Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin said in a press conference on Feb. 13.

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Wilbert Frank

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Feb. 27 that Wilbert Anthony Frank, 29, of Port Arthur pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault, a first degree felony offense. The guilty plea was entered shortly before jury selection was to begin.

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