Port Arthur

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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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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One person is dead and another injured as the result of a traffic accident in Port Arthur on Feb. 21, the Port Arthur Police Department reported in a news release.

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Port Arthur police credit “Good Samaritans” for rescuing a man apparently having seizures at Walter Humphrey State Park on Feb. 20, Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) Sgt. R. Rowe stated in a news release.

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A hidden gem serving some of the best tortillas you’ll ever taste has just opened up in Southeast Texas.

Laredo Taco Company, located inside the new Stripes convenience store at 2300 Highway 365 in Port Arthur, is new to the area and definitely worth checking out. The restaurant, which held its grand opening Jan. 5, is already experiencing heavy lunch traffic from plant workers and employees from the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, who are just a couple of blocks away, said Stripes General Manager Dave Stout.

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Police in Port Arthur are searching for suspect in an aggravated robbery at the Sake Sushi Bar and Lounge on 9th Street Feb. 9.

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Gilberto Ruvalcaba

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Gilberto Ruvalcaba, 29, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Ruvalcaba, who is a Sureño 13 gang member, is wanted for parole violation.

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Dennis Booker, 22, was convicted of murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd Criminal District Court on Wednesday, Feb. 3, after a short trial where witnesses say he initiated a physical confrontation with his then-girlfriend Amira Johnson before stabbing Johnson’s cousin, Xavier Cane, ultimately causing his death.

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Constable Nick Saleme allegedly in violation of election law

An allegedly visible violation of campaign rules put a Jefferson County official on the hotseat Tuesday, Feb. 2. According to Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham, county Constable Precinct No. 1 “Nick” Saleme could be found in violation of campaign law due to inclusion of his county-issued email address on posted signage.

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