Port Arthur

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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Police in Port Arthur are trying to find two men reportedly responsible for an aggravated robbery at a car wash on Jan. 29, reports the Port Arthur Police Department.

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photo courtesy of Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas

Although the 24th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration in Port Arthur will be competing with Super Bowl 50 weekend this year, the event is as exciting as ever with Grammy Award-winning artist Wayne Toups returning to the area to play the event Sunday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Toups is one of many concerts scheduled during the four days of Mardi Gras fun.

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Suicide wings and a Santos

When Wings To Go made the move to Port Arthur in November 2015, many of the restaurant’s wing-loving regulars wondered how the new location would pan out for the franchise, which opened in Beaumont in 2002. Franchisee Danny Partin says he is happy to report that Wings To Go is better than ever in its new Port Arthur location, which has better parking, better traffic access, more seating room, and even a party room for special occasions.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a shooting that occurred in the city at about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. According to a news release from the Port Arthur Police Department, two representatives of a local repossession company were fired upon as they attempted to collect a vehicle whose owner was behind on payments. 

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Police in Port Arthur are searching for two men who reportedly kicked in the door of a hotel room and assaulted a female occupant on Jan. 24.

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Police in Port Arthur are searching for suspects in a weekend drive-by shooting, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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Former Port Arthur official Steven Guidry (left), David Frank and Rabindra Nauth

As the result of an ongoing corruption investigation in Port Arthur, four suspects were charged with felony theft on Jan. 25 stemming from allegations they were involved in a gas theft scheme involving two former Port Arthur Public Works Department supervisors and two Port Arthur business owners, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. According to JCDA, all four were an active part of and individually profited from stealing gas from the city of Port Arthur.

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