Port Arthur

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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Ransom Howard

Ransom Howard, a former Port Arthur educator and preacher, was sentenced this week to serve weekends in jail and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to multiple felony DWI offenses, according to court records.

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Joal Morgan Riley

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Joal Morgan Riley, 47, for aggravated assault upon a public servant, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office announced Feb. 8.

Riley’s indictment stems from an altercation Dec. 22. Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) reported a 911 call at 6:33 p.m. stating that an officer was being assaulted at Willow Lakes Apartments.

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The Southeast Texas Arts Council will honor supporters at its annual Hearts for the Arts recognition ceremony held Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Beau Reve (4400 Atlantic Road) in Port Neches from 5-8 p.m. Following the recognition ceremony will be a Valentine’s reception, which includes d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and coffee.

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The senior club at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur hosted a luncheon for local first responders Jan. 30.

Maria Saldana, president of the senior club, organized the dinner.

Several ladies served gumbo, rice and potato salad with apple pie for dessert while the other club members played bingo.

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A Jefferson Count Grand Jury indicted a Port Arthur woman for burglary Jan. 25 following an incident last year during which police allege the woman stole her ex-husband's shotgun, threatened him and others with the weapon and then crashed the golf cart she was operating into a ditch in front of his house.

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The Port Arthur Works Community Job Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic Center, located at 3401 Cultural Center Dr. in Port Arthur.

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Several lane closures and traffic delays in Southeast Texas can be expected in the next few days, TxDOT PIO Sarah Dupre reported.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office seized marijuana, pot plants and firearms during an investigation Jan. 23, reportedly resulting in drug and weapon charges against an area teen, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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