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Burglary suspect arrested in Port Arthur

first_imgA witness to a crime helped police in Port Arthur capture a burglary suspect Sunday night. Port Arthur Police received a call about a burglary in progress in the 1600 block of San Augustine Avenue at about 9:18 p.m. May 1. Officers were given a description of the suspect by a neighbor that was a witness and police searched the area and found a man fitting the description walking in the 1300 block of San Augustine Avenue, according to a press release from PAPD.The suspect was found in possession of property that police said was linked to the residence. He was arrested for burglary and was also found to have a parole violation warrant for his arrest.He was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Police have not released the name of the suspect.last_img read more

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Port Neches kids’ lemonade stand helps ‘Grandma’ through cancer

first_img “We were going to do a lemonade stand and we figured we should raise money for her,” Taylor said after yelling at drivers to stop and buy tropical punch.It all started when Savannah stopped by Guidry’s  house near Sasser Lane during the summer. One visit turned to many others over time. Guidry made such an impression on Savannah and her sister, Kaeylin, that they decided to call her Grandma.Guidry told Savannah during one of her usual visits that she was due for a doctor’s appointment. Savannah asked why, and she told the curious Port Neches Middle School student that her cancer was spreading. “Everyone who has heard about this is amazed,” Guidry said. “It was such a generous thing to do, and they did it on their own.”The children have even touched others in the neighborhood and encouraged them to do their part.“One guy down the street found their sign to be a little small, so he donated a big sign so everyone could see it,” Guidry said.Guidry told her life-long friend, Patricia Gaspard about the children’s lemonade stand, and she was moved by their effort.“When I heard the story, I was so overwhelmed that someone they didn’t even know that long would do this,” Gaspard said. “It just floored me. And I want to tell their parents what a wonderful job they are doing. And it was a group effort.”One of the parents seems to already know.David Henry, Savannah and Kaelyn stepfather, said he couldn’t be more proud.“I’m surprised as heck,” Henry said. “They were out picking weeds, and now they’re raising money for her. It’s amazing.”Each day, as they learn how to make money transactions and as they help their neighbors beat the heat with refreshing drinks, they’re also learning the true essence of teamwork.“We take turns pouring, taking money and holding the sign,” Tori said. “No on is a leader.”So far their teamwork has carried them way over the initial $14 they first handed their grandmother. As of Tuesday, the group raised about [email protected] “I had lymph nodes,” Guidry said. “I had to go to chemo, and I was about to give up and throw my hands up and say forget it, but that’s when I got a call from them.”Savannah, along with the other five kids stopped by the house with a surprise that she said turned her world upside-down.“They grabbed me by the legs and they hugged me,” Guidry said. “And they said, ‘we have a surprise’. She (Savannah) showed me the sign behind her back and you should have seen their little faces. That’s when they gave me $14.”For the past few weeks, the children, all neighbors, have been standing on the corner of the Sasser and Hampton Lane, in front of a little red wagon full of drinks, holding a sign that reads, “lemonade for our grandma…she has lung cancer” to raise money so Guidry can afford gas to go from Port Neches to M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston on occasions.center_img Sometimes a small deed can make a big difference. Loynee Guidry, who was diagnosed with lung cancer recently, knows this very well. Ever since six kids decided to trade their afternoon playtime to help raise money for the soon-to-be 79 year old, the Port Neches resident has decided to look her cancer square in the eye and fight back with all she’s got.“I have a low 20 to 30 percent chance that the chemo (chemotherapy) is going to hold back the cancer from spreading any further, but I have to do it for my kids,” she said.When Savannah Dartez, 12, Logan Hammonds, 11, Taylor Melancon, 10, Tori Melancon, 8, Brylie Dartez, 6 and Kaelyn Dartez, 4, learned that their neighborhood “grandma” was ill, they were determined to help. The group put their heads together and came up with a plan.last_img read more

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Former PA streets dept. superintendent faces 46 counts

first_img After Edwards was arrested at his residence, he was transported to the Jefferson County Jail. Bond for the charges is set at $120,000.00.This is an ongoing investigation that involves both current and former employees from several divisions within the City of Port Arthur. Anyone having knowledge or information regarding these investigations is encouraged to come forward and contact Lt. M. Blitch at the Port Arthur Police Department or Assistant Chief M. Molfino at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. Three Port Arthur streets department employees were fired in October after an investigation indicated the trio had stolen gas on city-issued Fuelman cards.City Manager Brian McDougal at the time said an investigation into the theft allegations started about a month earlier, and three employees, Carlton Edwards, Steve Guidry and Randall Davis, were implicated. Guidry and Davis have not been arrested. Persons coming forward prior to being contacted or charged will be seen as assisting in the investigation and could receive consideration for their cooperation in this ongoing investigation.center_img Carleton Edwards, 49, the former superintendent of the Streets Division for the city of Port Arthur, was arrested Thursday on 46 counts of credit card abuse.A joint investigation between the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Port Arthur Police Department uncovered Edwards’ abuse of a city of Port Arthur owned credit card. Edwards is accused of abuse of the credit card during his tenure as superintendent, spanning from July 2014 through October 2015.last_img read more

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2 whooping cranes shot dead in Southeast Texas, possibly in Jefferson County

first_img A statement from then International Crane Foundation says the shootings happened Sunday in Hardin County, but state Game Warden Mike Boone said Wednesday in Kountze that the shootings happened just to the south in Jefferson County.No other details were available, but the foundation statement quoted Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials as saying a suspect has been identified. Boone said no arrests had been made.The foundation says more than 20 whooping cranes have been shot and killed in the United States over the past five years, leaving about 600 whooping cranes in the world. The two cranes shot Sunday were part of a Louisiana flock that numbered about 30. KOUNTZE (AP) – Two endangered whooping cranes have been shot dead in Southeast Texas, and state game wardens have identified a suspect. Next Uplast_img read more

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Cardinal women grab first road win

first_img “It was our freshmen and sophomores who did it tonight,” Harmony said. “They stepped up when we needed them to.”O’Dell, a sophomore guard was 8 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 9 from three-point range. She was also 3 of 3 from the free-throw line. But she wasn’t alone.Freshman forward Kiara Desamours just missed her fourth career double-double, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Chastadie Barrs had 10 points, four assists and four steals. Sophomore forward Laka Blache added seven points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.“We did a good job of handling their pressure,” Harmony said. “We kept our composure just long enough to win. Hopefully, we can build off of this.” “It feels great to get that first road win of the season,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “It just feels good to get that first win in a while.”The Cardinals led from wire to wire in this one, leading 22-9 after one quarter and 33-24 at halftime thanks to some hot shooting. LU was 13 of 28 (46.4 percent) from the field in the first half, including 4 of 9 (44.4 percent) from three-point range over the first 20 minutes.SFA (7-10, 1-5) cut the Cardinals’ lead to two points on two occasions in the final 30 seconds, but LU got some big stops on defense and hit some crucial free throws to seal the win. Lamar sports informationNACOGDOCHES — Baileigh O’Dell netted a career-high 25 points as the Lamar Cardinals collected their first road win of the season with a 64-60 win over Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game Thursday night.The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cardinals (7-11 overall, 3-4 Southland). LU is now 1-9 on the road this season.center_img Taylor Ross led SFA with 23 points. The Ladyjacks struggled from outside, shooting just 21.1 percent (4 of 19) from three-point range.The Cardinals won’t have much time to savor the win, as they return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when they hot Houston Baptist in a Southland Conference game at the Montagne Center. That’s the opening contest of a basketball doubleheader, with the men’s game between HBU and LU to follow at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be shown on ESPN3 and aired live on KLVI-AM 560.last_img read more

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JANICE TODORA ON BOWLING: White’s 764 leads Max bowlers

first_img and for representing Max Bowl and Southeast Texas very well.Until next week, good bowling.700s: C.J. Moity 238-258-221-717, Kim Bourque 269-185-268-722, Bill White 257-223-247-727, Bob Grusecki 230-252-255-737, Kirwin Melo 247-223-254-724, George Parsley 245-236-254-735, RaeAnna Todora 255-225-234-714, Eric Harrington 246-230-279-755, Bill White 279-218-267-764.600s: Kurt Cullums 258-657, RaeAnna Todora 256-671, Ryan Keszeg 243-694, Kevin Smith 225-662, Ryan Cooper 245-659, Branden Powell 247-614, Caleb Klein 253-653, Erick Brown 209-600, Marisa Lalley 251-652, Charlene Wersig 221-608, Trey Todora 257-666, Logan Lomasney 245-639, Kirwin Melo 235-672, Kat Douglas 226-604, James Pitre 246-649, Alice Barnes 236-624, Troy Girolamo 265-612, John Parent 230-616, Mike Doyle 232-647, Sami Jo Williams 255-654, C.J. Moity 239-672, With the likes of several excellent senior bowlers, both male and female still hitting the lanes, these seniors are still a force to be reckoned with. Take a trip with me as we recap this past week’s action; it won’t hurt any.Senior bowler Bill White found himself leading all bowlers this week. Bowling in the Thursday night Energy Country Ford League, Bill strung together games of 279-218-267 for a league leading 764.Also on Thursday, RaeAnna Todora led all the ladies this week as she fired games of 255-225-234 for a 714 set. Tommy Girolamo 267-663, Aaron Beavens 243-651, RaeAnna Todora 246-666, Dean Salles 231-672, Bill White 279-690, Stuart Ellis 227-616, Dean Wersig 258-670, Ryan Cooper 255-668, Carlos Delatorres 251-619, Sami Jo Williams 259-690, Trint Miguez 249-648, John Ramsey 247-625, Colby Daniel 243-672, Ray Todora 255-681, Buddy Sepeda 247-679, Raul Bastidas 225-637, Robert Seymour 214-614, Drew McClary 244-666, James Moity 242-652, Tony Falgout 224-607, Bob Bellow 226-628, Ryan Worthy 242-623, Hardy Charles 244-659, James Pitre 258-678, Darryl LeBlanc 237-617, Michael Morvant 255-617, Jacob McConnell 250-656, George Duke 233-672, John Allen 245-649, Shane Harlow 236-628, Branden Powell 268-653, Sean Mouchette 244-682, Matt Mannino 223-646, Georgeann Richardson 221-603, Mark Maxwell 234-642, Skipper Arsenault 267-683.Monday Seniors: Roberta Dufour 164-436, Stacie Williams 146-377, Cotton Glidewell 210-580, John Robison 182-503, James Pitre 241-590, William Gore 182-475, VJ Willis 173-455, Don Dunn 229-508, Bill Lawless 173-481.Valero: Jamaal Lowe 203-570, Darrell Robinson 205-513, Britt Morphew 180-493, Derek Winfield 267-571, Herbert Goffney 180-510, Adam Wersig 234-565, Christie Marcantel 133-375, Kaylen Vera 200-528, Zach Wiley 223-544, Christopher Keisler 180-521, Arlis Jones 162-447, Doug Fear 208-566, Chris Heath 153-391, Alanda Boldt 223-552, Dylan Girolamo 174-479, Mark Richard 245-587, David Lemaire 191-480, Les Perrin 195-526, Kyle Miller 211-566, Michael Nash 179-395, Dee Dennis 193-473, Shannon O’Connor 235-556, Alan Kay 248-551, Larry Manganice 191-471, Farrell Menard 171-468, Jason Robbins 246-589, Robert Seymour 202-533, Gail Seymour 181-510.Road Runners: John Anderson 177-455, Oliver Balagot 215-501, Bill Allen 184-510, Blanch Comeaux 182-532, Bill Lawless 188-524, Chris Heath 162-470, Robert Seymour 190-499.Queen Tumblers: June Badon 176-504, Sheila Vaughan 164-393, Lynne Richter 179-455, Emily Davis 115-298, Mimi Rose 151-403, Donna Loupe 154-406, Elsie Tweedel 153-413, Janice Todora 161-435, Dot Font 191-451, Joyce Porter 141-353, Martha Thomasson 155-446, Connie Mathison 201-568, Flo Benoit 154-425, Beverly Wallace 130-331, Rita Hicks 181-490.Golden Oldies: Bonnie Timaeus 162-444, Nan Chaisson 184-424, Lewis Garza 198-508, VJ Willis 176-465, Robert Seymour 213-587, Bill Lawless 183-508, Oliver Balagot 193-572, Randy Zampini 209-532, Phil Rogers 191-525, Cliff Mosley 200-542, Don Edgerly 179-505, Frank Rios 180-449.Mid-County Mixed: Tessie Balagot 177-446, Resty Baluyot 186-517, Mike Pursley 127-323.Fun Bowlers: Dee Dennis 214-537, Teresa Bourque 176-482, Theresa Beavens 172-422, Alan Kay 215-527, Dolores Rodrigues 179-414, Dawn Carona 194-473, Stacy Hall 172-495, Kathy Perio 168-378, Mark Hall 181-507, Judy Lynch 165-396, Shannon Quinn 193-520, Taylor Day 216-512, Dick Chichester 208-554, Jean Parker 161-428, Perry Swiney 165-430, Chayla Merritt 155-425, Matt Lumpkin 128-326, Anna Commorato 207-514, Joseph Commorato 198-550, Johnny Simon 195-492, Sue Rikoff 205-564, Melissa Simeon 148-408, Zach Smith 177-412, Steve Killion 171-463, Ed Zuschlag 159-443, Micha Muller 176-467, Michael Morvant 192-516.Energy Country: John Ferguson 197-472, Mason Ewell 202-534, Benji Walley 189-467, Dennis Thompson 225-574, Laura Scully 205-539, Zim Morris 203-581, Kayla Menard 146-379, Mary Jane Parsley 186-492, Gary Martin 216-586, Logan Cain 213-524, Nathan Sharp 156-396, Giles Broussard 176-438, Chris Chance 227-532, Clay Mayhew 202-548, Jake Glen 217-565, Linda Singleton 212-570, Patsy Ronquille 197-490, Lynn Bourgeois 211-576, Chuck Burns 233-589, Steve Comer 200-558, Chris Edwards 245-578, Katie Womack 146-371, Karen Bellow 216-584, Joe Duke 205-545, Erick Brown 204-576, Mike Charles 209-527, Gina Wilson 212-526, Johnar Brown 225-573, Janice Todora 189-481, Brian Smith 203-557, Gabriel Torres 203-553, Chuck Clark 188-495, John Lemonis 254-595, Renee Moity 202-577, Bobby Clark 244-580, Heather LaBauve 155-446, Kevin Gros 176-468, Colton Matt 176-474, Joe Wolfe 204-535, Rob Kistner 228-591, Mike Jones 249-569, Bonnie Maxwell 167-442.center_img Monday night’s Valero League produced the top senior female bowler. Alice Barnes shot games of 236-232-152 for a 624 series.Back to the senior bowlers: Some of our local bowlers made the trip this weekend to participate in the 84th Texas State USBC Open Championship Tournament in the Dallas area. Senior bowler C.J. “Chief” Moity went to Dallas and absolutely scorched the lanes.C.J. came out of Saturday’s portion of the tournament holding down the top spot in the Singles competition. C.J. ripped the lanes to the tune of 278-267-258 for a gigantic 803 series. Congrats to C.J. and all the bowlers that attend this tournamentlast_img read more

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Travis Tritt returns to the Jefferson Theatre

first_imgBEAUMONT — Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the return visit of Travis Tritt. Tritt will perform at the Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m. Feb. 23.Tickets can be purchased at the Beaumont Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and on To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” His 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt released a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, which is now available through all major digital retailers. For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.For up to date event information visit, follow Beaumont Events on social media or call 409.838.3435.last_img read more

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Texas governor orders schools closed and bans dine-in eating

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools closed statewide Thursday until at least April 3 and banned dine-in eating and gathering in groups of more than 10 as the state ramps up efforts to battle the coronavirus.Until the announcement, Abbott had left most of those decisions to local governments.Abbott’s order also will shut down gyms and bars and restricts access to nursing homes. The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, according to the governor’s office. Texas has more than 140 cases and five deaths related to the virus that causes COVID-19.For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.For some, especially older adults and people with preexisting health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.The vast majority of people recover. People with mild cases recover in about two weeks, according to the World Health Organization, while others could take three to six weeks to get well. Abbott said government remains open. Businesses are allowed to remain open but Abbott urged them to limit who is required to report to an office and to allow employees to work from home if they can.The order also does not restrict domestic travel, Abbott said.Abbott issued the order hours after Houston opened the first drive-thru testing in the nation’s fourth-largest city, but officials there warned they didn’t have enough kits or protective gear to meet demand.The governor’s order came on the heels of a statewide public health disaster declaration, which he said is the first in Texas since 1901.center_img The governor said his order ensures Texas is following guidance provided by the federal government.While schools were ordered closed, Abbott said education officials are to develop education alternatives such as online learning for their students.“This executive order is not a shelter in place order,” Abbott said. “It does not prohibit people from doing things like going to the grocery store, gas stations, parks or banks.”last_img read more

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Rev. Shelton Joseph Wiltz Sr.

first_img Rev. Randy Vaughn, Pastor. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 501 W. Thomas Blvd., Port Arthur, TX withvisitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Dr. John Adolph will officiate. Rev. Shelton Joseph Wiltz Sr. of Port Arthur, TX passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020.A native of St. Martinville, LA, he was a longtime resident of Port Arthur and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.center_img He retired as a pipefitter.Shelton is survived by his devoted wife, Jamie Lawrence-Wiltz; two sons, Shelton Wiltz Jr. (Megan), Robert Wiltz; one daughter ReganWiltz; two grandchildren Sheltiana and Hayleigh Wiltz and one on the way (Jordyn); three sisters, Charlene Wiltz, Charlotte Antoine, Darlene Wiltz; two brothers, George and Joseph Pierre (Martha); special aunts Novella Nichols (Rev. James J. Nichols), Mary AliceGuillory (Anthony); special uncle Franklin Wiltz (Elaine); mother in law, Bessie Berry Lawrence; brothers-in law and sisters-in law and ahost of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.last_img read more

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Faaabulous! Emmy Winner Jackee Harry Will Headline Off-Broadway’s NEWSical the Musical

first_img Check out Jackée’s historic Emmy acceptance speech in the video below. Jackée previously appeared onstage in The Boys From Syracuse, A Broadway Musical, The Cleanup Woman and as Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill. She is currently juggling starring roles in three different TV series: First Family, Let’s Stay Together and the upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off Girl Meets World. Jackée made history as the first African-American to an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her iconic TV character Sandra Clark on 227. TV fans also know Jackée from the long-running sitcom Sister, Sister, Another World, The Women of Brewster Place, The Royal Family and Everybody Hates Chris. “I am beyond stoked to be joining the cast of NEWSical The Musical,” said Jackée in a statement. “The brilliance of Tom D’Angora, coupled with such a formidable cast, made this a production I simply couldn’t refuse!” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 17, 2019 Created by Rick Crom and directed by Mark Waldrop, NEWSical also stars Christine Pedi, Michael West, Tommy Walker, Susan Mosher and Dylan H. Thompson. Harry is the latest on a growing roster of stars to lead NEWSical; within the last year, the show welcomed guest headliners Perez Hilton, Tony nominee Andrea McArdle, Cheri Oteri and Emmy winner Carson Kressley. NEWSical The Musical is the forever changing, completely un-sanitized musical mockery of all the news that’s fit to spoof. From Honey Boo Boo to Paula Deen, the budget crisis to The Long Island Medium, marriage equality to Kim and Kanye’s baby, NEWSical The Musical sets all of today’s biggest pop culture headlines to song.center_img Related Shows Here’s a quick way to heat up your summer: TV star Jackée Harry is leading the cast of off-Broadway’s NEWSical the Musical for a very limited engagement in August. The 227 Emmy winner will take the stage at the Kirk Theatre from August 23 through August 27.  Newsical The Musical View Commentslast_img read more