Port Arthur

Chief Mark Blanton

Statement from the City of Port Arthur:

Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton is announcing his plans to retire December 31. Though he will be formally retired at the end of the year, he will remain on staff on a temporary basis while the search is underway for his replacement.

Chief Blanton said, “I am fortunate that I have grown up in law enforcement in this city. Everyone knows me and I have had great support from the community.”

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Midnight River Choir

Midnight River Choir returns to Southeast Texas to perform at Dylan’s in Port Arthur on Saturday, Dec. 19, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the venue or by calling (409) 722-1600.

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Get into the holiday spirit and take a sleigh ride with the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur at their annual Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 19.

The museum staff invites the public to join them for fun and festivity from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19.

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Emotions ran high as family and friends of murder victim Marcus “Big Country” Senegal waited for an outcome in the trial of a 22-year-old man accused of the crime alongside the defendant’s supporters, who showed up in numbers the first week of December. After days of testimony, it took roughly four hours Dec. 6 for the jury to convict defendant Keenan “Cheese” Anderson on one count of murder.

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Police in Port Arthur arrested a resident there who fired shots outside his home then barricaded himself inside with a woman and child on Nov. 25, reports the Port Arthur Police Department.

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Nov. 19, Carleton Edwards, 49, the former Superintendent of the Streets Division for the City of Port Arthur, was arrested on 46 counts of credit card abuse. Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Port Arthur Police Department say he was using a city credit card during his time with Port Arthur.

Edwards is accused of abuse of the credit card during his tenure as superintendent, spanning from July 2014 through October 2015.

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A boil water advisory put in place Sunday by Port Arthur officials after a water main was broken has been lifted. 

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The Savannah Avenue water main break that led to Sunday's boil water notice has been repaired.

According to Dr. Jimmie Johnson, director of water utilities, city crews will continue flushing hydrants in the affected area and testing the water, which can take 24 to 48 hours.

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At 5 a.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015, a large water main broke, affecting areas throughout the city of Port Arthur.

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Lamar State College - Port Arthur is closing its campus at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015. According to Gerry Dickert, public information coordinator, there will be no classes for the remainder of the day, including night classes. This closure is due to a break in a water main in the city of Port Arthur. At this time, plans are to resume operations at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10.

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