DNA leads to arrest in 1988 East Texas death, body in river
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — Investigators say DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a convicted sex offender suspected in the 1988 death of a Southeast Texas woman whose body was found in a...
Arrest warrant issued in ice cream-licking incident in Texas
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year-old man who authorities say posted social media video of himself licking ice cream from a carton in Texas and returning it...
MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says part of Bayou Chene is closed until further notice because the Army Corps of Engineers is sinking a barge there as a temporary floodgate.
Saudi Aramco to buy liquid natural gas from US company
NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state owned oil company will begin buying liquid natural gas from a U.S. company under a 20 year agreement, reflecting the shifting dynamics in the world's energy...
Saudi Aramco to buy liquid natural gas from US company
Saudi Aramco will begin buying liquid natural gas from a U.S. company under a 20 year agreement.
Saudi Arabia's state owned oil company said Wednesday it would buy 5 million tons of liquid...
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two Greek shipping companies have been fined $4 million in a U.S. plea deal for not reporting 2017 illegal oil discharges by a tanker at some Texas ports.
Police ID 2 bodies found decades ago in Texas oil field
LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities have identified two women whose bodies were separately found in a Houston-area oil field more than 27 years ago.
Search for new chief of police in Yuma down to 3 candidates
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The search for a new police chief in Yuma is down to three candidates.
City officials are seeking a successor for John Lekan, who announced last March his plans to...
No charges for administrator of flooded Texas nursing home
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has decided not to indict the administrator of a Southeast Texas nursing home where police found 74 senior citizens living in floodwaters during Tropical Storm Harvey.
Texas eatery offers free Poor Man Special to federal workers
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — A Texas restaurant that features homestyle Southern food is offering a free meal called the Poor Man Special to federal workers not getting paid during the government shutdown.
Edith's Place in Port Arthur on Tuesday began offering the free lunch special to furloughed workers until the end of the shutdown, which began Dec. 22.
Machete-wielding man fatally shot by Southeast Texas officer
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — A 35-year-old man wielding a machete has been shot and killed by a police officer in Southeast Texas.
Authorities in Port Arthur say they're investigating the circumstances that led to Friday's shooting but say the officer had repeatedly commanded the man to drop the machete but he kept moving toward the officer, prompting the gunfire.
Bystanders told the Beaumont Enterprise that they heard six or seven shots.
2 Greek companies guilty of illegal oil discharges in Texas
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say two Greek shipping companies must pay a $4 million fine for not reporting illegal oil discharges by a tanker operating last year in Texas ports.
More chemical weapons wastewater sent from Colorado to Texas
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Army is again shipping liquid hazardous waste from a chemical weapons destruction plant in Colorado for disposal in Texas.
The Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado began loading tanker trucks on Tuesday. They were bound for an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas.
The waste would normally be processed at the Colorado facility, but officials say that part of the plant is undergoing modifications and isn't operating.
Cities hit by Harvey still struggling but finding normalcy
HOUSTON (AP) — Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest-hit communities.
Big oil asks government to protect it from climate change
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile "spine" of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast.
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — A fire official says three children rescued from a burning apartment in Southeast Texas have died from their injuries.
Port Arthur Fire Marshal Paul Washburn tells KFDM television that firefighters arrived at the burning building a little after midnight Wednesday. First responders found the children and rushed them to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Report: US high-tide flooding twice what it was 30 years ago
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new report finds that high-tide flooding is happening across the United States at twice the rate it was just 30 years ago and predicts records for such flooding will continue to be broken for decades as sea levels rise.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that high-tide flooding, sometimes called sunny-day or "nuisance flooding," tied or set records last year in more than a quarter of the 98 places the agency monitors around the country.
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices are up this week.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the price at the pump statewide rose 6 cents to reach an average $2.58 per gallon. Gasoline prices across the country increased by a nickel to an average $2.79 per gallon.
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a Southeast Texas man serving life in prison for fatally shooting a 39-year-old man who accidentally stepped on his shoes at a night club.
The high court had no comment Monday in refusing the case of 41-year-old Richard Trahan, who was convicted of the 2005 slaying of Todd Hall in Port Arthur.
Funeral services will be held for Mr. Keith August, 40, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Journet & Bolden Funeral Home, 711 S. Corinne Street, New Iberia. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. until time of services. Rev. Richard Archangel will officiate the services. Interment will be private.
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Keith Shalawn August departed his earthly home and entered into eternal rest with his heavenly father.
Football season is months away, but new Summer Creek High coach Kenny Harrison already is on the job.
Harrison's hiring the Bulldogs' football coach and athletic coordinator was confirmed at the February Humble school board meeting. He started Friday, meeting some of the Summer Creek football players.
"I was very excited," Harrison said. "I'm blessed to be part of a wonderful school district and to get an opportunity to coach great kids."
EDITORIAL: Reopening of license office was needed
Two weeks after state officials said the Port Arthur Driver License Office would be closed for two to three months because of "staff turnover," the bureaucrats have reconsidered. That was the right move.
The office will be reopened for limited hours - very limited. Starting next Tuesday, it will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Even then, the office will be closed those days from noon to 1 p.m. for employee lunches.
Port Arthur sled hockey player has a gold medal, commercial
Kyle Huckaby caught the eye of a USA sled hockey scout the first time he played.
The chance encounter eventually landed Huckaby, 22, a gold medal and an appearance in a beer commercial.
Huckaby got a late start in the sport, played by disabled athletes who push themselves on sleds instead of skating. Today, Huckaby competes at sled hockey's highest level.
Realignment creates opportunities for Houston ISD football
In most sports, Houston ISD athletics were largely unaffected by the UIL realignment and reclassification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
The current District 18-6A will welcome Young Women's College Preparatory Academy in volleyball. Furr was reclassified from Class 5A to Class 4A to give HISD one eight-team district in both of those classes for several sports.
Texas unemployment rate reaches 3.9 percent in December
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas; unemployment rate rose slightly in December to 3.9 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
Nationwide unemployment last month at 4.1 percent. The Texas jobless rate in November was 3.8 percent, according to the state labor agency.
Family files lawsuit over death of mentally ill man at Port Arthur hospital
The family of a mentally ill Port Arthur man who died while struggling with police and security guards at a hospital filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging his death was caused by inadequate training of officials who shocked him multiple times with a stun gun.
"I want to know how he died," said Patricia Delacruz, during an emotional press conference with her attorneys.
Manuel Delacruz died in August 2016, after his family took him to a local hospital out of desperation.
- Business WireHoward Energy Partners Completes Significant Expansion at Port Arthur Terminal FacilityJune 13, 2019
- Business WirePort Arthur Confident in New Voting System from Hart InterCivicMarch 6, 2019
- BusinessWireAscom Secures Full Healthcare Platform Win at The Medical Center of Southeast TexasMay 29, 2018
Houston Boat Show honors 18 Hurricane Harvey rescuers
HOUSTON (AP) — More than a dozen boat owners who risked their lives and watercraft to rescue people during Hurricane Harvey have been honored at the Houston Boat Show.
Ceremonies were held, at the opening of what's billed as the nation's largest indoor boat show, to recognize 18 people who used their vessels to assist others during the deadly storm.
EDITORIAL: PA vacancies create opportunities
The city of Port Arthur is already looking for a city manager, and now its police chief might be leaving soon too. If nothing else, those kinds of top-level vacancies present the city with a chance to get leaders who go beyond business-as-usual and have a greater impact.
A City of Port Arthur employee was found guilty on Thursday of theft by a public servant for stealing metal from the city.
Joseph Soliz, who was Port Arthur's water utilities distribution maintenance supervisor, was sentenced to five years probation, according to his defense attorney, James Makin.
Soliz, 57, was indicted in March 2016 on six third degree felony counts of theft of metal by a public servant for stealing copper from the city between 2013 and 2015.
Photos: New buildings popping up at SETX colleges
Local colleges continue to expand with new buildings popping up on campuses around Southeast Texas. At Lamar State College-Orange, the new $12.5 million Cypress Center houses faculty offices, classrooms, computer labs and a multipurpose room for hosting events.
TJ Rumfield showed his poise, delivering a strike to turn away Port Arthur Memorial 33-29 just when the Titans looked ready to knock off the Wildcats.
Temple's senior quarterback Rumfield connected with Xavier Johnson between two Titans defenders on a 43-yard bomb to the Titans 1 with 39 seconds left. Zion Leach plunged over the goal on the next snap with 22 seconds to play.
That touchdown upstaged a terrific Memorial comeback that appeared to be a game-winner in the final five minutes.
Port Arthur Memorial's defense delivered a second-quarter clinic and the Titans offensive line proceeded to take command of a 45-14 elimination of Galveston Ball.
The 5A Division 1 area round battle at Challenger Stadium turned on the ability of coach Kenny Harrison's offensive line to open inside lanes and running holes for two runners. Both Elijah Hines (21 carries for 145 yards) and Keitha Jones (16 for 128) rested through most of the fourth quarter.
PA plant had largest wastewater spill in Texas after Harvey
A wastewater facility in Port Arthur operated by one of the largest chemical product producers in North America is responsible for the single biggest wastewater spill during Hurricane Harvey, releasing more than 100 million gallons, state records show.
The release at the Port Arthur facility run by BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals did not harm the environment, company spokesman Bob Nelson said in a written statement.
EDITORIAL: Port Arthur’s future affects region too
The Port Arthur City Council might not realize it, but their city faces a sharp fork in the road. One path continues the shaky recovery led by former City Manager Brian McDougal and current ISD Superintendent Mark Porterie, who before Harvey had brought all schools up to state standards after coming close to a state takeover. The other path basically pushes Port Arthur toward - or over - the brink into fiscal ruin and population loss - at a big cost to the whole region.
Memorial strikes early, moves past Kingwood Park
Port Arthur Memorial struck for two quick early touchdowns, while the Titans put the muzzle on Kingwood Park's ground game and took a 41-7 victory over the Panthers on Friday night.
Retaining their 5A Division 1 bidistrict championship, the Titans actually had their share of difficulties with penalties and their passing game. But Memorial's defensive front paved the road to victory by dominating KP's blockers.
With experience running Good Times Pub and Crazy 8's Family Pool Hall, Port Arthur natives Tony Nguyen and his wife, Stephanie, decided it was time to expand.
"Everything just came together," the 41-year-old said. "We started with a pool hall, and here we are today. We ended up cooking, and there was no looking back. From there, we foresaw a better product for our customers, and the only way we could do that was to own our own building so we could have a better place to serve our customers."
Texas unemployment rate improves to 3.9 percent in October
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate fell for the sixth straight month with an October jobless figure of 3.9 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
A TWC statement said it's the lowest unemployment rate in four decades.
September unemployment for Texas was 4 percent. The nationwide jobless rate in October was 4.1 percent, the lowest in nearly 17 years.
JCSO: Nederland man sexually abused two girls, took video
A Nederland man was indicted on multiple counts of sexually abusing two nine year old girls and kept video evidence on his phone, records show.
Eric Joseph Scott, 35, was indicted on Wednesday by a Jefferson County grand jury on four first degree felony charges.
PA Army vet gifted with new home after losing his to Harvey
Passersby on 40th Street in Port Arthur would never know that the yellow house with a white rocking chair and rainbow of freshly-planted pansies out front was under several feet of water in August.
"It was like walking through a marsh," said homeowner Allen Abshire, 78.
After Harvey's floodwaters receded and the gypsum wallboard was cut out, you could see straight through Abshire's two-bedroom home into his bathroom. He put up a large piece of cardboard to give himself some privacy.
Jentz worked behind the scenes in broadcast industry, for government
When Gilbert L. “Gib” Jentz Jr. started his career in the mid-1950s, televisions were boxy contraptions that broadcast black-and-white images.
Starting his career as a director at what was then KPAC-TV in Port Arthur, Jentz was a natural.
Long distance seemed to be the next best thing to being there on Friday night for Port Arthur Memorial's explosive offense.
The Titans delivered first-half scoring plays of 16, 30, 34, 54 and 75 yards, leading 40-0 by halftime and rolling to a 40-14 victory over Vidor in Memorial Stadium.
Memorial's win, combined with Nederland's win over Port Neches-Groves, enabled the Titans to share the 22-5A district football title with PN-G.
EDITORIAL: Port Arthur needs forces of unity, stability
Port Arthur, which has experienced its ups and downs over the years, is in a valley again. People in that town who care about its future must get it out.
The City Council discussed firing City Manager Brian McDougal in closed session this week, though it took no action. McDougal hired prominent Jefferson County attorney Cory Crenshaw to remind the council that, among other things, he has a contract and can't be fired without cause - or payout.
EDITORIAL: Harvey-damaged schools deserve a break on state ratings
Many things are difficult after a natural disaster, from repairing damage to finding ways to pay for it all. Some things, however, are simpler - or could be. A good example would be the Texas Education Agency exempting Harvey-battered public school districts from state accountability ratings this year.
Several districts in the region need waivers, along with others from Rockport to Houston. Here, the Port Arthur ISD has a special consideration.
PAISD super: ‘Absolutely impossible’ to return to normal post-Harvey
Port Arthur ISD superintendent Mark Porterie told the Senate Education Committee on Monday that it is "absolutely impossible" for the district to return to normal this year after Tropical Storm Harvey.
He and eight other superintendents testified at a hearing in Houston, asking the state for leniency in academic ratings and outlining ongoing problems in storm-affected districts.
A Port Arthur Police officer named in an affidavit that led to an internal investigation this past spring has sued the department, alleging that he was forced to resign and accusing the chief of defamation.