Have extra books cluttering your life? Well recycle them and help your library at the same time! Next Up The Friends of the Port Arthur Public Library is in need of gently used donations for the March Book Sale. All proceeds of the book sale support library programming such as technology improvements and the summer reading program.The public is invited to donate books, textbooks, CDs, DVDs, and artwork. Donations are accepted at the front desk during regular library hours. Please bag or box donations. Please do not place donations in the library return drop box. A receipt of donations is given upon request.Patrons can submit a picture of their donations to www.facebook.com/friendsofpapl Port Arthur Public Library is located at 4615 Ninth Ave. in Port Arthur and the phone number is 409-985-8838.
Next Up“This was a tremendous win,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “We showed a lot of heart and desire. We came in here and showed them that we weren’t ready to lose. This will make the long bus ride home much more enjoyable.”Both teams started out tentatively, with the first quarter ending in a 13-13 tie. LU closed out the second quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 33-26 lead into intermission.The Cardinals stormed out of the locker room, scoring the first seven points of the third quarter to increase their lead to 40-26. Central Arkansas (8-3, 0-1), the defending Southland Conference Tournament champions, battled back to cut the LU lead to 43-40 with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter before the Cardinals scored the final seven points of the period to take 50-40 lead. LU scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to increase its margin to 56-40, and didn’t let Central Arkansas get any closer than 11 points the rest of the way.“Central Arkansas switched their defense and made a run at us, but we responded,” Harmony said. “I’m very proud of the way this team played today.”Barrs played all 40 minutes, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds to go with four assists and three steals with just one turnover. Barrs has at least one steal in all 42 games of her career.The Cardinals held a 40-37 rebounding edge for the game, and forced the Sugar Bears, who averaged 12.5 turnovers per game, into 18 turnovers Saturday. Lamar sports informationCONWAY, Ark. – Moe Kinard poured in 25 points to lead the Lamar Cardinals to an impressive 70-56 win over the host Central Arkansas Sugar Bears in the Southland Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.Chastadie Barrs had 16 points, while Kiara Desamours added 10 points for the Cardinals (8-3, 1-0 Southland), who ran their winning streak to seven games. The Sugar Bears, who entered the game fifth in the nation in defense, allowing an average of 50 points per game, surrendered more than 60 points for just the third time this season.“This was a good team win,” Harmony said. “Freshmen like Kyla Green (five points, four rebounds) and Briana Laidler (two points, three rebounds) stepped right in and gave us quality minutes. They found out what conference play is like, and had big contributions.”Brianna Mullins, Kiera Jordan and Tylor Strickland had 11 points apiece for Central Arkansas.The Cardinals return home to open a three-game Southland Conference homestand by hosting New Orleans at 5:30 p.m. Thursday as the Cardinals go for their first eight-game winning streak in six seasons.The homestand also includes games against Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.“This was a statement win for us, but now we have to take care of business at home,” Harmony said. “This road win won’t mean anything if we don’t come away with wins at home.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Juan A. Estrada, Sr.; his mother, Esther (Herrera) Goulis; brothers, Henry and Alex Estrada and his sister, Olga Mae Flores.Those left to cherish David’s memory are his wife, Tommie Estrada of Groves, TX; daughter, Angela Estrada-Sewell and her husband, Cody of Baton Rouge, LA; son, David Estrada, Jr. of Austin, TX; stepdaughter, Tommie Lynn LeJune of Pearland, TX; stepson, Tres Moreno of Houston, TX; three granddaughters, three step-grandchildren and brother, John “Bootsie” Estrada of Groves, TX. David is also left behind by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and countless lifelong friends who touched his life. In Lieu of Flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to the Scholarships Fund at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 3648 S/Sgt. Lucian Adams Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77642. David Estrada, 78, of Groves passed away at his home on Sunday, March 5, 2017.He was born on November 16, 1938 in Port Arthur, Texas. David was a 1958 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy on the USS Hancock from 1960-1964. He retired from Valero in 2015 as a machinist after 45 years. Visitation for family and friends will be on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PMwith a rosary to be prayed at 6:30 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur. Rev. Urbano Sáenz Ramírez will serve as celebrant. Full Military Honors will follow the mass at church. Arrangements for cremation are entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors.
An undercover deputy posed as a delivery driver and delivered the package at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect, identified as Chad Perron, 38, reportedly met with the deputy outside and brought the package inside the home.Deputies then approached the home with a search warrant. That’s when deputies said the suspect looked out the window and saw them approach.He ran through the house and when deputies entered, they said they saw him trying to hide the packages that had been in the original box. He had already opened and consumed about half of one of the syringes. Perron was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on the charge of possession of a controlled substance with bond set at $20,000.JCSO said that tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, is a psychotropic cannabinoid and is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. As a reminder, THC is an illegal substance in the State of Texas. A Groves man believed to be receiving narcotics in the mail reportedly consumed straight THC while running from police earlier this week.The Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force learned that a package of narcotics was being delivered to a home in the 3100 block of Main Avenue and obtained a search warrant for the package. They found about 50 grams of THC base in assorted packages, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.Some of the packages contained the THC in the form of “butter,” “shatter,” Vape sprays and thick liquid syringes.
Nationally, prices stayed flat for the week and remained at an average of $2.53 per gallon.The Texas price reflected a year-over-year increase of 18.1 cents. Sunday’s prices were also 11.4 cents higher than a month ago.The national average increased 8.8 cents per gallon during the last month and 22.7 cents per gallon over the same day last year. Staff reportAverage retail gasoline prices in Texas rose 1.2 cents per gallon over the past week, according to consumer website GasBuddy.com.Gasoline pump prices averaged $2.29 per gallon on Sunday, GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas revealed. “What continues to impress is the large spread in prices between stations nearby, even as gas prices remain somewhat low, unsuspecting motorists have seen price differences of 10 to as much as 50 cents per gallon between neighboring stations in some large cities,” DeHaan said. “After several weeks of rising gasoline prices, it appears that perhaps the tide has turned and the bigger increases have started to fade,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Oil prices remain near multi-year highs but do show some signs of buckling at least slightly, but for motorists, we have not and may not see sizable relief just yet. Great Lakes refinery issues continue to flare up with no warning, and gas prices there may continue to be more volatile in coming weeks.”Here’s what gas prices have been on this day for the past five years:2017, $2.11 per gallon2016, $1.632015, $1.832014, $3.082013, $3.15The lowest price for a gallon of unleaded regular in Port Arthur on Monday morning was $2.19 at the RaceWay, 12705 Memorial Blvd.Here are some other average prices around Texas:Midland Odessa: $2.43 per gallonSan Antonio: – 2.21Austin: $2.26
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – For the second time in as many years, the Lamar men’s basketball team makes an appearance in the postseason as one of 20 teams selected to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Also, for the second consecutive season, the Cardinals will face a former Southland Conference opponent in the opening round when they step on the court Wednesday to take on UTSA.The Cardinals (19-13) make their way into the postseason after finishing the 2017-18 campaign tied for fifth in the Southland Conference standings. After winning four straight and six of their last seven games, the Cards now enter the CIT looking to right the ship after dropping their past two contests.The Roadrunners (19-14) make their way into the CIT after having won 19 games during the 2017-18 campaign. UTSA finished fifth in the Conference USA standings with an 11-7 (.611) record. The Roadrunners won nine of their last 12 before getting eliminated from the Conference USA tournament in the second round by Marshall. The Cardinals are making their 12th appearance in the postseason, and their second in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). It marks the second consecutive season LU has qualified for the CIT.LU has a rich history of advancing to the postseason. The Cardinals have made six appearances in the NCAA Championships, with the last appearance coming in 2012. The Cardinals have also made four trips to the NIT, with the last appearance coming in 1986. Big Red is 5-6 (.455) all-time in the NCAA Championships, 2-4 (.333) in the NIT and 0-1 in the CIT.The Cardinals traveled to San Marcos to face Texas State in the opening round of the CIT last season. Big Red struggled offensively in that game dropping a 70-60 decision in Strahan Coliseum.A former Southland Conference member, the Cardinals have a long history against UTSA. The Cardinals lead the all-time series, 19-14 (.576), over UTSA and have won two straight and three of the past five meetings. The Cardinals are a game over .500 all-time against UTSA in San Antonio (9-8, .529). Wednesday’s meeting will be the first between the two schools since the 2016-17 season when the Red and White recorded a 20-point victory, 78-58, in Beaumont. Wednesday’s game will be the first between the two schools in San Antonio since the 2010-11 season. The Cardinals are two games over .500 on the road this season, 8-6 (.517), while UTSA is 11-3 (.786) in the Convocation Center. For the Red and White, Wednesday’s game marks the fifth straight away from Beaumont for the Cardinals.The Cardinals enter the contest with another shot and locking up a 20-win season. LU has equaled its win total from last year, but heads to San Antonio looking for its first 20-win campaign since the 2011-12 season.Wednesday’s game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. from the Convocation Center in San Antonio. The game can also be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI.
In an issued statement, police said they were dispatched at 11:23 p.m. Thursday.Officers said two suspects described only as black males armed with handguns entered the store, assaulted the clerk, stole merchandise and left.Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspects.PAPD Criminal Investigations Division is investigating. Port Arthur police said they responded to a late-night robbery call at Fuel Depot, 7621 Twin City Highway.
She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Jeff, Christi, Cliff, Cody, Jolie, Justin, Mia, Chrissy, her fifteen great grandchildren, J. D., Seth, Paige, Meagan, Bryce, Dustin, Caleb, Karlie, Cort, Jacey, Wyatt, Morgan, Emerson, Cade, Bree and her granddog, Lucy along with numerous nieces and nephews and host of friends.Due to the Coronavirus-19, the family will have a private graveside service under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Doris Jean Eldridge, 88, of Sabine Pass passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.Doris was born on June 21, 1931 in Mansfield, Louisiana to parents, Gertrude (Gore) and Garrett Brown.She had lived in Sabine Pass, Texas since 1944. Next UpDoris was a prominent member of Sabine Pass United Methodist Church, where she played the organ and piano, and sung.Doris was a devoted homemaker and a loving person who will be dearly missed by all.She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Ameda Kile and Joan Hanson. Doris is survived by her husband, Jennings Eldridge of Sabine Pass, TX, her son, Curtis Eldridge and his wife, Leslie of Bridge City, TX, her daughters, Jenny Marie Kelley and her husband, Danny of Magnolia, TX, Paula Jean Fairchild and her husband, Lou of Sabine Pass, TX,Vicky Carley and her husband, Phil of Canyon Lake, TX, Amanda Eldridge Wass and fiancée, Glenn Soileau of Bellville, TX.
First count of Use of a Fire in commission of mail fraud (Arson)—120 months consecutive to the 100 months above.Second count of Use of a Fire in commission of mail fraud—240 months consecutive to the 220 months aboveThird count of Use of a Fire in commission of mail fraud—240 more months consecutive to the 460 months aboveFor a total of 940 months. BEAUMONT — A 52-year-old Groves man was sentenced to 78 years in federal prison for violations related to an arson and insurance fraud scheme.U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox announced the sentencing Monday evening via the Eastern District of Texas.Patrick Wayne Bronnon was found guilty Oct. 21, 2019, of 40 charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and use of a fire in commission of a felony. U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone sentenced Bronnon Monday to 940 months in federal prison.Breakdown:16 counts of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud—100 months on each count to run concurrently. “This sentence is deserved not only because of the tremendous loss to insurance companies, but also in light of the danger Bronnon imposed on our first responders every time he set a fire,” Cox said.“That he put his own greed ahead of the lives of others has cost him his freedom for a long time.”According to information presented in court, beginning in 2011, Bronnon, and others, began executing a scheme to defraud various insurance companies through fraudulent claims on homes and vehicles.The scheme involved identifying a low value property and purchasing it through a co-defendant straw purchaser. Within a few weeks of a down payment being made, Bronnon or an associate would intentionally damage the home, typically by fire or water, in order to collect insurance proceeds.In total, nine fraudulent fire claims, three fraudulent water damage claims and two fraudulent theft claims were filed with various insurance companies on nine different addresses, totaling approximately $1.7 million in fraudulent payments.The properties were located in Port Arthur, Port Neches, Beaumont and Sugarland.This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, National Insurance Crime Bureau and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Batte.
“No one should be in a rush to fill up as prices will likely continue to trend lower, especially as the summer gasoline requirement ends on Tuesday, ushering in cheaper to produce winter gasoline and a return to less fragmentation in supply since winter gasoline is common nearly coast-to-coast, making it less of a headache to produce fuel since it can be used universally,” De Haan saidAccording to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Texas is priced at $1.49/g today while the most expensive is $2.49/g, a difference of 100 cents per gallon.The lowest price in the state today is $1.49/g while the highest is $2.49/g, a difference of 100 cents per gallon.The national average price of gasoline has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.17/g today. Seasonal factors are pushing gas prices down in most areas across the country.“In addition, oil prices have hit a rough patch on renewed concerns about the economy and falling demand, leaving motorists the beneficiaries for the next few weeks,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.Texas gas prices have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.88/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 stations.Gas prices in Texas are 0.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 38.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average is down 0.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 38.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.Historical gasoline prices in Texas and the national average going back ten years:September 14, 2019: $2.26/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)September 14, 2018: $2.61/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)September 14, 2017: $2.49/g (U.S. Average: $2.63/g)September 14, 2016: $1.96/g (U.S. Average: $2.18/g)September 14, 2015: $2.09/g (U.S. Average: $2.33/g)September 14, 2014: $3.19/g (U.S. Average: $3.39/g)September 14, 2013: $3.30/g (U.S. Average: $3.51/g)September 14, 2012: $3.66/g (U.S. Average: $3.87/g)September 14, 2011: $3.45/g (U.S. Average: $3.63/g)September 14, 2010: $2.53/g (U.S. Average: $2.71/g)Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:• Midland Odessa – $1.95/g, down 7.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.03/g.• San Antonio – $1.79/g, up 2.2 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.77/g.• Austin – $1.85/g, up 1.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.84/g.