Port Arthur

A young Port Arthur resident was killed early July 7 when his vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole in the 4800 block of Dryden Road in Port Arthur.

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Two suspects were captured as the result of an aggravated assault and kidnapping that took place in Port Arthur in the early hours of Tuesday morning, July 2.

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Police in Port Arthur responded to a major accident Monday, July 1, after a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into DeQueesn Elementary School.

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Elroy Chester

Elroy Chester, who terrorized Port Arthur during a crime spree that included multiple rapes, burglaries shootings and at least five murders, was executed at the state prison in Huntsville on Wednesday, June 12.

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Two men were killed as the result of a shooting in Port Arthur early Thursday, June 6. According to a news release from the Port Arthur Police Department, police were dispatched to the 2800 block of 59th Street at approximately 1:05 a.m. in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle.The caller told police that someone appeared to be slumped over in the passenger’s seat while the driver’s seat was unoccupied.

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Although the turnout for Port Arthur elections wasn’t as large as 2010, which saw 4,241 total votes cast for mayor, the result was the same with the incumbent Deloris “Bobbie” Prince retaining her seat as mayor for a third straight three-year term. According to City of Port Arthur election result data, only 3,244 votes were cast for mayor in 2013 with 1,756 (54.13 percent) for Prince.

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This 2005 photo shows the condition of the site prior to the removal action.

The city of Port Arthur and a handful of companies operating within the municipality have entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay more than $1 million in damages for their role in “releases of hazardous substances at the State Marine Superfund Site near the city of Port Arthur, Texas,” announced DOJ filings Tuesday, April 23. The announcement from the governmental entity now opens a 30-day public comment period on the allegations made by the DOJ or the resulting settlement with the alleged offenders.

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A crudely written message scrawled on the bathroom wall at Tekoa Academy drew a response from the Port Arthur Police Department, including evacuation of the school at 326 Thomas Blvd. in Port Arthur, but in the end it was just an early release for  Tekoa students.

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After being expelled from her church, Jessie Mae Jackson, a lifelong member of the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Port Arthur, said she just wanted their pastor to be more transparent with the church’s finances.

“There was a lot of conflict of interest going on,” she said. “A lot of nepotism, just stuff that wasn’t right.”

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According to the Entergy Texas website, more than 6,000 local residents are without power Sunday, April 14.

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