Port Arthur

TAMS building from TAMS website

The Texas Artists Museum, also known as New Concept Gallery, at 3501 Cultural Drive in Port Arthur, behind the Bob Bowers Civic Center, is featuring the work of more than 25 local artists and has announced a Grand Opening Reception for Jan. 28 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

More than 160 original pieces of art work will be available for viewing at the museum. Artists' works will be changed out every three months, bringing in new pieces every quarter. 

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John Tomplait

With yet another arrest of a city official in Port Arthur, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office continues to uncover theft, deception and generally corrupt practices that, according to their investigation, have plagued the city for years.

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Darrell Mason

Darrell Mason, 19, of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, pleaded guilty to injury to a child Friday, Jan. 15, in relation to the injuries his daughter suffered in August 2013 in the weeks after her birth.

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Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office continue to uncover corrupt practices of certain City of Port Arthur employees, starting with city employee Shauwn Williams in December 2014, advancing with the arrest of municipal court clerk Sharon Shelvin for theft earlier this year, and now resulting in arrests of two city department supervisors, the latest on Jan. 5.

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On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at approximately 10:17 p.m., officers of the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to the 7900 block of Memorial Blvd. in reference to an auto pedestrian accident.

According to Sergeant Lloyd, officers learned a 2013 Dodge Ram had been northbound in the inside lane when it struck a 30-year-old male pedestrian who was in the roadway. The pedestrian was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Ram remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

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The former city of Port Arthur Water Meter Services Department Supervisor, 57-year-old Robert Leblanc, was arrested and formally charged Jan. 5 by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Leblanc is charged with five counts of theft by a public servant involving 21 incidents of metal theft, each charge being a third-degree felony offense. The stolen metal were water meter parts belonging to the city of Port Arthur. Bond was set at $60,000.

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On Monday, January 4, 2016, at 5:50 p.m., a subject contacted the Port Arthur Police Department stating she had been robbed.

According Sgt. Rowe, upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim and learned the robbery occurred several minutes earlier, but the victim's cell phone was taken, and she was unable to immediately contact the police.

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Mike Zito

Mike Zito, along with fellow Southeast Texas musicians Scott McGill, Tod Stark and Carl Richardson, will play Bayou Café 2 (8460 Central Mall Drive) in Port Arthur on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call (409) 724-0402.

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On Friday, December 18, 2015, at approximately 12:34 p.m., officers of the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to 1745 10th Street in reference to an unresponsive person.

According to Major Raymond Clark, upon arrival, it was determined that a male, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Reed, was deceased. Investigators believe that Reed had sustained injuries consistent with being attacked. Investigators conducted a thorough examination of the crime scene and are treating the death as a homicide.

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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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