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Drive by shooting in Port Arthur


Port Arthur Police Department responded to a report of a drive by shooting at 5282 12th street at approximately 1:45 this morning.

Officers arrived and learned that there were occupants inside the residence but non were injured despite several rounds penetrating several walls of the residence.

Residents gave a limited description of the suspect's vehicle.  The incident is under investigation.  If you have any information about the shooting you are asked to call 983-8624.

Coast Guard searching for man after kayak overturns off Galveston
From Coast Guard:

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a 23-year-old man wearing a full blue rain suit and holding onto a dark green 16-foot kayak with an 8-foot blue kayak drifting nearby after overturning Saturday morning near South Deer Island.

Missing is Alex Gallant.

At approximately 3 p.m., the Galveston Police Department notified Coast Guard Station Galveston watch standers that a good samaritan vessel had picked up 21-year-old Brandon Curacas. He was holding onto a piling in the water near 8 mile road in Galveston.

Curacas reported that while kayaking this morning, his friend Alex Gallant tipped over into the 53 degree water and began to panic. In an attempt to get to safety, he accidentally tipped Curacas' boat, at which point both men began drifting and holding onto their overturned boats. Curacas reported that he managed to grab onto a piling, but Gallant continued to drift and was last seen at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

The Coast Guard watch standers launched a Station Galveston 29-foot rescue boat crew and an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, which were on scene by 4 p.m. The boat crew has suspended search due to shallow water and local police suspended their search at sunset. However the MH-65 Dolphin will continue to run search patterns throughout the night.

Curacas was picked up by the good samaritan at approximately 1 p.m. and was taken to a nearby pier where EMS treated him for mild hypothermia and released him in good condition.

If anyone has any additional information that may assist the search effort, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at 281-464-4854 or on the radio at VHF Marine Channel 16.

Marsh fire burning in Bridge City
BRIDGE CITY- Bridge City dispatchers said a marsh fire is burning in a subdivision off of Jones Rd.

Dispatchers said firefighters are not working the marsh fire since it is inaccessible. There is water between the fire and properties.

USW to host interfaith service
From USW:

Port Arthur, Texas—United Steelworkers (USW) Local 13-423 members invite the community to attend an interfaith service at the union hall, 1500 Jefferson Dr. in Port Arthur, on Sunday, March 1 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Father Sinclair Oubre and Local 13-423 member Jeremy Walker will lead the service.

“During these moments of difficulty we will pause and reflect on the One from whom our strength comes from,” said USW District 13 international staff representative Richard “Hoot” Landry. “As Psalms 46:10 says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’”

Local 13-423 members are engaged in an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike at the Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The local has joined with 14 other locations in the ULP strike.

Besides unfair labor practices, other issues in the ULP strike include health and safety issues such as fatigue and unsafe staffing levels. Worker fatigue can lead to deadly mistakes that result in explosions and fires. The USW does not want this to happen, and is engaging in this ULP strike to protect not only the employees at the union’s represented refineries and petrochemical plants, but also the surrounding communities.

WHAT:   Interfaith service at Local 13-423 hall

WHEN:   Sunday, March 1; 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  1500 Jefferson Dr., Port Arthur, Texas
WHO:      Entire community is invited

Jasper shooting suspect officially charged

KJAS- by Steve Stewart

A man who Jasper County investigators say shot another man in a dispute over a woman early Friday morning has now been officially charged with the crime.

According to Chief Deputy Glenn Blank, 31-year-old James Lee Simons, of Jasper, is accused of shooting Dustin Lee Stoker, 26, of Richland Hills in the Dallas area. Simons appeared before Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Brett Holloway on Saturday morning and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $200,000.00, and at last word Simons remained behind bars.

Sheriff Mitchel Newman said on Friday that his deputies responded to the Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital emergency room at about 2:00 that morning when it was reported that Stoker had been brought in with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Newman said it was soon determined that the shooting had occurred at a home on Highway 96 North, near the Jasper Country Club.

According to Newman, deputies located and arrested Simons about an hour later.

Newman said the bullet did not hit any of Stoker’s vital organs, and he was released later Friday morning after undergoing treatment.

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