Port Arthur

Keith Richard

With 490 votes cast for a turnout of 4.65 percent of the 10,548 registered voters in Port Arthur’s District 4, Keith McCurry Richard received 303 votes, or 62.73 percent, to win the City of Port Arthur Special Election on April 2. Richard will finish the unexpired term of Stephen Mosely, who resigned from city council to run for a county commissioner’s seat.

Alicia Gayle Marshall received 180 votes, or 37.27 percent.

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Photo from Riceland presentation

The potential odor that a proposed halal meat-processing facility could have produced gave community members pause and led the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation (

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The ongoing battle against corruption among city of Port Arthur staffers continues as yet another former water department employee was charged with metal theft by a public servant on March 30, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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Raymond Patrick Johnson, a City of Port Arthur Water Department employee assigned to the Water Distribution Department, was formally charged by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office with one third-degree felony count of theft of metal by a public servant and subsequently arrested March 18.

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BKD Forensics & Valuation Services, a division of national CPA and advisory firm BKD, LLP, has implemented a toll-free information line—855.858.3344—as part of its forensic investigation into the City of Port Arthur. This confidential information line is meant to solicit information relevant to the investigation. Information can also be submitted online at IntegraReport.com.

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Disability

A woman crossing the street in her power wheelchair was critically injured March 3 after being struck by a vehicle near Central Mall in Port Arthur. 

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Baby Faith’s father, Darrell Mason of Port Arthur

Darrell Mason of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, received 25 years for injury to a child Feb. 29, after pleading guilty to the charge Jan. 15. Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens sentenced Mason to the maximum time allowed by a plea agreement the defendant made with prosecutors.

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A 24-year-old Mexico native was sentenced to prison in Jefferson County Feb. 29 for the murder of 25-year-old Port Arthur resident Denzel Washington. Jose Julio Esquivel was sentenced to 40 years for Washington’s murder, 20 years for a separate aggravated assault and 20 years for burglary of a habitation to run concurrently.

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Murder suspect

Investigators have arrested former Port Arthur police officer Chris Jeffries' fiancée, 47-year-old Ethel Marie Eulian, for murder after finding Jeffries' dead from gunshot wounds inside his home on Feb. 21, Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) Deputy Chief Raymond Clark reports. 

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Chris Jeffries - Facebook.com

Police in Port Arthur are investigating a homicide of a former Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officer found apparently shot to death in his home Feb. 21. They have already identified a "person of interest" they believe was involved in the shooting, the victim's live-in fiancée.

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