Port Arthur

Sabino Orlando Martinez

A 35-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to 80 years in federal prison for violations related to the murder of a Port Acres woman in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson announced Jan. 17.

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On Jan. 12, detectives responded to a deadly conduct call in the 2600 block of 9th Street, according to the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

While PAPD was on scene, shots were fired, and a short time after the shots were heard, PAPD received a description of the suspect vehicle, PAPD spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Jan. 11 that Vanessa Ann Davis, 56, was sentenced by Judge Raquel West to 18 years in Texas prison following trial in the 252nd District Court.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on July 5, 2015, Port Arthur Police, Fire, and EMS responded to reports of a major vehicle crash near the intersection of Gulfway Drive and 9th Avenue. A Buick Lesabre, driven by Vanessa Ann Davis, had flipped after hitting a brick flower bed and crashed into a light pole in a parking lot.

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City of Port Arthur has reduced water pressure throughout the city and is asking residents to conserve water use due to "above average number of large water main breaks" in the city's water system, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release Jan. 4.

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Chief Melvin at PAPD's Blue Santa Dec. 22 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Port Arthur's police chief confirmed in a statement Dec. 28 that he was a candidate for St. Louis police chief.

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Port Arthur Blue Santa bringing gifts to families affected by Harvey

After going through some of the worst of Harvey’s unprecedented flooding, the Port Arthur Police Department tried to bring a little Christmas cheer with Blue Santa Dec. 22.

A long line formed outside The Department Club on Lakeshore Drive near Lamar State College-Port Arthur where Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers and volunteers were handing out gifts inside. A volunteer stood outside, letting in just a few families at a time.

Some of the families were leaving in tears of joy, but the kids rolling away on brand new bicycles were grinning from ear to ear.

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Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy held out a helping hand to a cat caught in a tree just before Christmas, JCSO said in a release posted on Facebook Dec. 22.

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David Weeks | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Port Arthur man led deputies on a chase Monday, Dec. 18, shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

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A Jefferson County jury found former City of Port Arthur Water Utilities Distribution Maintenance Supervisor Joseph Soliz guilty on six counts of theft of metal by a public servant on Dec. 14 for stealing more than 8 tons – 16,000 pounds – of city-owned metals during his tenure there.

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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin | Examiner file photo
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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin has issued a point-by-point response to the police union’s recent no-confidence vote.

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