A man and his pregnant wife were robbed at gunpoint at a local motel on Sunday. The local couple were staying at Southwinds Inn on East Parkway when four black males wearing masks forcibly entered their room about 11:40 p.m. April 19. One of the robbers armed with a large black gun, possibly a Glock, put the gun to one of the victim’s head. Meanwhile the other three men rummaged through the couple’s belongings, Groves Police Det. Kirk Rice said. The suspects fled the scene with cash, credit cards and cell phones. “The woman, who is pregnant, was very distraught and taken by EMS to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas for evaluation,” Rice said. No other injuries were reported. Robberies at local motels have occurred in the past. But this robbery is different from previous robberies in that the suspects entered the motel room, Rice said. Past robberies often occurred when the motel guest was in the parking lot or otherwise outside the room. The suspects are described as: Suspect No. 1: Black male, approximately 25 years of age, 230 pounds, 5-foot 8-inches tall, wearing a multi-colored dark sweat shirt with a hood, blue jeans. The other three suspects are described as: Black male, 20-35 years of age, unknown clothing. The suspect vehicle is described as a 1997-1999 Buick passenger car, burgundy in color. The car has a chrome trim line along the bottom of both sides of the vehicle. If you have information about this crime, call the Groves Police Department Investigation Division at 962-0244 or EasTex Crimestoppers at 724-TIPS. [email protected]
Rebecca Williams, 96, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home.Nancy Zyrangue Brown, 79, of Groves died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Melancon’s, Nederland.James C. “Pawpaw” Bedwell, 82, of Nederland died Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland. Death noticesSonya Malet, 81, of Groves died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.June Mary Bordelon, 78, of Beaumont died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Sisro Davis, 42, of Port Arthur died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home. Services todaySandra Sidan Hall, Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, near Bridge City, 2 p.m.Johnny Walker, Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland 6 to 8 p.m. Menola Boutte Sain, Broussard’s, Nederland, 2 p.m.James “Santa” Aldridge, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Nederland, 11 a.m.
As a team, the Cardinals shaved 18 strokes off of Thursday’s score, posting an 11-over-par 299 on Friday as they moved into a tie with Delaware for 16th place in the 18-team field at 616. LU and Delaware are 28 strokes ahead of Quinnipiac. “I’m really proud to see the girls put up a score that more closely represents who we are and what they’re capable of,” Steward said. Arizona leads the team standings with a 567, one stroke ahead of UCLA and two strokes ahead of Georgia heading into Saturday’s final round. Lamar sports informationBRYAN — Nederland graduate Felicia Sauceda fired a career-best round on Friday to lead the Lamar women’s golf team on the second day of the NCAA Regionals. Sauceda, a junior walk-on, carded a 1-over-par 73 on the par-72, 6,373-yard course at the Traditions Golf Club. It was a 16-stroke improvement over Thursday’s round, Sauceda’s first-ever round on the national stage.“Felicia had quite the individual comeback today,” LU coach Jessica Steward said. “That was her best round of the year. She keeps getting better and better. I’m excited to see her progress next year.”
Ida Mae Gordon departed this earthly home, June 1, 2016 at Mid-Jefferson Extended Care surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Julia Linton Lonson, sons, Darrell Jacobs and Craig Shields, brother Herbert Lonson and sister, Stella Williams. Ida Mae was born in Port Arthur, TX and retired from the Port Arthur Community Home after 37 years of dedicated service.Ida Mae is survived by her children: Ulysses Jacobs, Jr. of Houston, TX, Robert (Linda) Jacobs of Corona, CA, Kenneth Johnson and Michael Jackson (Bernadette) of Port Arthur, TX, Trela Jacobs Brown of Nederland, TX and Deborah Ann Jacobs of Port Arthur, TX; sister, JoAnn Adams (Herbert) of Houston, TX, brother Phillip Williams (Rosemary) of Port Arthur, TX; daughter-in-law, Brenda Jacobs; sisters-in law, Joan Anderson Lonson of Port Arthur, TX, Norma Lee Navy of Beaumont, TX, and Virdell Dozier of San Francisco, CA; step-children, Sharon Gordon, Harvey Gordon, and Donald Gordon, 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Ida Mae and her beautiful smile will truly be missed.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. June 11, 2016 at Sacred Heart-St. Mary Catholic Church with a visitation from 8 a.m. until service time with Father Sampson Etim, MSP officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
Next UpResidents will be asked to share their thoughts on the new direction of the logo by answering questioners that will be available online. Getting the input of the community and having them on board with this new direction is vital to moving forward.Unfortunately, since this meeting, there have been some rumblings from a group of citizens voicing concerns of wasteful spending. Or, spending tax dollars for unneeded items like a new logo when the city is in much need of street repairs, an issue that has been in need of action for many years.Hopefully we can ease some of these concerns. Citizens need to understand that the cost of this logo process was not paid for by use of their city taxes. It was paid for using Hotel/Motel tax dollars. The difference here is that taxes collected through the Hotel/Motel tax process can only be used for promoting and marketing of the city, which this falls under. Hotel/Motel tax dollars cannot be used for street repair, vehicle replacement, sewer repair or anything else that does not affect promoting and marketing of the city. However, as for streets, Port Arthur residents have been hearing that they will be fixed for years. Every politician running for office has made that a part of their campaign platform. Yet, every year the streets just get worse and worse. So frustration by citizens is 100 percent understandable.2017 will be the year that this will change. Over the past month, city council earmarked and approved $1.6 million dollars to cover the reconstruction of Bluebonnet, 7th Street, 8th Street and 18th Street. Citizens will begin to see work on these locations in the coming weeks. Changing the image and perception of a city which has a difficult reputation of not being a flattering location for business and/or industry to move to is not an easy task. However, this is exactly what the city of Port Arthur and current city council are trying to do.Last summer, a team comprised of both of the city manager and members of city council, began working to create a new, updated, snazzier and appealing logo for the city. Ultimately it will replace the current outdated logo that has been in place since the mid 70’s. This is definitely a much needed and welcomed change.Using local Greater Port Arthur area marketing company, e.Sullivan Advertising & Design, the group shared their ideas with council this past Tuesday during the evening city council meeting. In addition, beginning with the 2017 annual budget, the city will have approx. $11.5 million dollars allocated for street repairs each year over the next 3 to 5 years. Yes, a lot of streets can get fixed with this kind of money over this timeframe.Citizens need to be patient as repairing roads take quite a bit more time than creating a logo. The city has a lot of irons in the fire right now creating a very difficult balancing act as they work to create a better Port Arthur. Councilman Lewis says it best, “To be a good city leader, you need to be a good cook. When you put multiple pots on the stove you have to remove them one at a time, while making sure the others don’t burn.” If patient, we will all bear witness to the great changes our new group of city leaders will bring forth to our city.
Next UpWhile the micro-hospital is, as its name implies, a smaller version of a hospital, it will be open 24 hours seven days a week, meaning this is a more significant investment than, say, a clinic office or a new hospital service.While there remains much national debate over health insurance, no one denies the facts that hospitals and healthcare facilities remain highly important parts of local economies. Hospitals and healthcare facilities offer good paying jobs and they attract and retain professionals — things every community needs. In addition, the new facility will mean that Port Arthur residents will not have to travel out of the area to get medical treatment. This is good news for people who need treatment and, again, it means more local money will be kept local. We would like to recognize the leadership of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System for investing further in the Port Arthur community.Their announcement this week that they will be expanding their healthcare footprint in our community shows a couple of things. First, the hospital system believes it can better serve Port Arthur’s sick through a so-called micro hospital. Second, this shows the healthcare system is confident that our community can financially support an expansion — this is a vote of confidence in Port Arthur. We welcome the new micro-hospital and we are certain our readers will, too.
“The international ports of Houston and Port Arthur are no one’s dumping ground,” Clark said. “Vessel operators coming to the United States must not foul American waterways. Those who knowingly discharge their waste and lie to the Coast Guard to dodge their legal responsibilities under federal law are on notice that our investigators and prosecutors stand ready to hold them accountable.”“We take the violation of our environmental protection laws seriously,” Brown said. “We expect shipping and oil companies to do the same. They can do terrible damage to our coastlines and wildlife, and we all have to make sure that does not happen.”“The Coast Guard Investigative Service will continue to vigorously investigate and hold accountable individuals and corporations who illegally discharge pollutants into the marine environment,” said Brian Jeanfreau, special agent-in-charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Gulf Region.According to documents filed in court, the Nicos I.V. was equipped with a segregated ballast system, a connected series of tanks used to control the trim and list of the vessel by taking on or discharging water, the latter involving an operation called deballasting. At some point prior to July 6, 2017, the ballast system of the Nicos I.V. became contaminated with oil and that oil was discharged twice from the vessel into the Port of Houston on July 6 and July 7, 2017, during deballasting operations. In an issued statement, the Justice Department said Avin International was the operator and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises was the owner of the Nicos I.V., which is a Greek-flagged vessel. The master of the Nicos I.V., Rafail-Thomas Tsoumakos, and the vessel’s chief officer, Alexios Thomopoulos, also pleaded guilty to making material false statements to members of the Coast Guard during the investigation into the discharges. Both companies pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding, as well as one count of failure to report discharge of oil under the Clean Water Act, and three counts of negligent discharge of oil under the Clean Water Act. Under the plea agreement, the companies will pay a $4 million criminal fine and serve a four-year term of probation, during which vessels operated by the companies will be required to implement an environmental compliance plan, including inspections by an independent auditor. Tsoumakos and Thomopoulos each pleaded guilty to one count of making a material false statement and face up to five years in prison when sentenced. A sentencing date has not been set. Special to The NewsWASHINGTON — Two Greek shipping companies, Avin International LTD, and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Beaumont to charges stemming from several discharges of oil into the waters of Texas ports by the oil tanker M/T Nicos I.V. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown for the Eastern District of Texas. Both Tsoumakos and Thomopoulos were informed of the discharges of oil in the Port of Houston. Tsoumakos failed to report the discharges as required under the Clean Water Act. Neither discharge was recorded in the vessel’s oil record book, as required under MARPOL and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.After leaving the Port of Houston, en route to Port Arthur, the deck crew was instructed to open the ballast tanks, and oil was observed in several of the tanks. After arriving in Port Arthur, additional oil began bubbling up next to the vessel, causing a report to the U.S. Coast Guard. During the ensuing investigation, both Tsoumakos and Thomopoulos lied to the Coast Guard, stating, among other things, that they had not been aware of the oil in the ballast system until after the discharge in Port Arthur, and that they believed that the oil in the ballast tanks had entered them when the vessel took on ballast water in Port Arthur.The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service investigated the case with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector MSU Port Arthur, which conducted the inspection of the ship. Trial Attorney Lauren Steele of the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Batte of the Eastern District of Texas prosecuted.
The definition of Peace: Freedom from disturbance, tranquility, harmony, calm and well-being.I know everyone desires those definitions of peace, as I do, and thank God for leaving me His peace before He went to be with the Father.John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give you like the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Wow, the first time I read that, I marveled, knowing He gave it to me, and, no man or thing can ever take it away.We, Believers, must stay “stubborn” about this and let that peace from above that He gave us, guard our hearts and minds!This is a perfect, positive, way to direct your problem with being stubborn… “You will keep us in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, Himself is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3In this day, age and, time of “seeming” trouble, it would be a great idea to pray before you start your day for the refreshing, reminder of your peace, He gave you.It changes daily progress in our homes, jobs, church, errands and communication by social media, and cell phones. There are also some humorous, common ways we use peace:It’s used as an informal, friendly greeting, some along with 2 fingers up, indicating Peace An order or suggestion to remain silent – “Peace be still.” Sometimes I take authority (given by God) to calm a destructive storm: hail, hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, always ending the order with, In Jesus Name.Leaving family or friends – “Peace out.”There are so many times we can, as Believers, speak peace instead of fear or anger, and God will honor our “meddling in the spirit” so to speak.When loved ones are grieving, sirens passing us by on the highways, hospital visits, strife in workplaces or homes, and on and on. I think you can and have your own areas of contact to bless with peace.Come visit or go online to be a part of a peaceful, loving church, G.T.C.O.T.R. on Highway 69 and Twin City Highway, right now, just Sundays, 10:30 a.m. (after requesting a visit), or online at 11 a.m.You can always e-mail me at [email protected] for prayer, a Bible or a Scripture you need.Peace Out!Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected]
PAPD responded to the call of a shooting at 7:16 p.m. Wednesday. While there they found McZeal had been shot and was taken to a local hospital by a private vehicle.She was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the hospital, according to police.A male victim at the scene also received a gunshot wound, which was non-life threatening.No arrests have been made. PAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division is handling the case.McZeal’s shooting death marks the sixth homicide in the city this year.Other Port Arthur homicides this year include:Jose Ray Riojas, 35, shot to death at his home Jan. 22. Two men have been charged; Larnell Jray Mosley and Jeremy Jamall Roy.Jaylon Howard, 26, shot to death at an apartment at Valley View Estates April 15. Jovan Neveaux is charged with the killing.Taylor Rodriguez, 23, was stabbed to death May 13 in a wooded area off Twin City Highway. His girlfriend, Lachrisha Abshire, 33, was arrested.Eric Marrs, 38, of Port Arthur was shot at a home on 32nd Street June 29. No arrests have been made.Kenneth Swallow, 30, was shot to death on the front porch of a home in the 3100 block of 10th Street on Aug. 16. Darian Petry, 46, went to the police station to make a statement the next day and was arrested for the crime. Police in Port Arthur are working to locate witnesses to a double shooting that left 26-year-old Bria Alisse McZeal dead and a male victim injured.While detectives are not saying how many shooters there were in the Wednesday night killing, they did confirm this was not a case of murder/suicide.Det. Mike Hebert declined to say if or how McZeal and the male victim knew each other. Police are also declining to say if the victim lived in the home where the shooting occurred, which is in the 8600 block of Davis, as well as declining to say if the shooting happened inside or outside the home.Detectives are not releasing a possible motive to the shootings nor are they releasing suspect and vehicle information.Hebert said the case is fluid and detectives have been working since last night.
He returned to Port Arthur and took a job with Sears.He re-organized his orchestra and after interviewing with Texaco, got on as a Union Clerk.At age 28, Harry Vaughn’s Orchestra also played at the Pleasure Island Ballroom starting in 1955.He appeared in the Annual CavOilCade Parade and played for CavOilCade Coronation ceremonies for several years starting in 1966. While in high school he formed his first band, “The Masters of Rhythm”, (age 15) and played at The Black Cat Club on Saturday nights.He was a member of The Fighting Texas A&M Marching Band and tried out for the Aggieland Orchestra as a sophomore and made it.He played with the Dance Orchestra for 3 years. Harry Vaughn, age 93, passed away peacefully at a private residence in Marble Falls, TX in the morning of December 30, 2020.He was a native of Port Arthur, Texas born on December 7, 1927, to Claiborne and Regina Vaughn.He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and from Texas A&M University, (‘50). He also played for a Hughen School charity show with entertainer, Bob Hope in 1975.For 35 years he was the leader and director of the Harry Vaughn Orchestra.On December 31, 1979, Harry announced he was playing his last dance.In 1980, he transferred to Texaco’s regional operations in Bellaire, TX serving in personnel services and benefits.Harry was promoted to a Senior Staff position in 1982 allowing him to return to Port Arthur.The last six years of his career he served as Assistant to the Area Manager at the Texaco plant in Port Arthur.In 1988 he retired from Texaco.Harry was preceded in death by his wife and first love, Dorothy Vaughn, his parents, two brothers and two sisters.He is survived by two sons, Charles Harry Jr., and Darrell, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.