January 2021

first_imgDaniel Ogwok Siringi, 34, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to transmitting threatening communications before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on Friday. According to information presented in court, on Dec. 11, 2008, Siringi sent an e-mail to the President of Lamar University threatening to harm and injure individuals of Lamar University by means of a “Virginia case” type of assault if Lamar University did not allow students who had received notice they would not graduate, to graduate. Siringi was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 8, 2009. Siringi faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set. This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lamar University Police Department, the Beaumont Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Lab, the Port Arthur Police Department, the City of Orange Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randy L. Fluke and Brit Featherston.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Weather services predicts Thursday’s weather to bring a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 91 and west wind around 10 mph. The evening should also bring a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Friday’s prediction is for mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 75. North wind gusts could be as high as 20 mph.last_img

first_img Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. Carl Burns, 82, of Nederland, died Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was born on October 9, 1934, in Deanville, Texas, to Addie Lee Collins Burns and James Thomas Burns.Carl graduated from Nederland High School in 1953. He retired from Ameripol-Synpol after thirty-seven years of service as an operator. Carl enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and working in his yard. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3743 Port Neches. A gathering of Mr. Burns’ family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.center_img Survivors include his wife of sixty-two years, Myra Burns, of Nederland; sons, David Burns and his wife, Gina, of Katy and Ronnie Burns and his wife, Lisa, of Houston; grandchildren, Jeff Burns and his wife, Julie, Amy Wallace and her husband, Mark, Mathew Burns, and Emily Burns; great-grandchildren, Jack, Lila, Addie, and Calvin; and sisters, Mildred Lasyon of Nederland and Hulene Chevalier and her husband, Eddie, of Beaumont.He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ollie, Howard, J.T., and Joe Burns; and sisters, Bessie Johnson and Lola Garner.last_img read more

first_img Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Service to Honor Marion’s life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 8, 2017 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. He was preceded in death by his parents, his eleven siblings and his wife, Lois Thibodeaux.Marion is survived by his two sons, Nathan Thibodeaux and wife, Yolanda of Fannett, Terry Thibodeaux of Kingwood; his three daughters, Cammie Klinkhammer of Port Neches, Deborah Peltier and husband, Alton of Lumberton, Delores Camp and husband, Jay of Beaumont. He is also survived by his thirteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.center_img Marion Thibodeaux, 88, of Port Arthur passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.He was born on December 3, 1928 in Mamou, Louisiana. Marion has been a resident of the area since 1951. He retired from Sunbeam/Holsum Bakery as a bread salesman after 26 years of service.last_img read more

first_imgThere was a lot to love about the dedication and blessing of the Seafarers Chapel this week, not the least of which was that it embraced the rich and abundant faith, history and culture of our community.The ecumenical chapel has been long in the planning stages but construction picked up steam since autumn. Steve Bresendine, vice president of Echo Maintenance, helped drive the project to completion.The Port Arthur International Seafarers’ Center building, 401 Houston Ave., where the chapel is located, is fashioned after the former Kansas City Southern train depot; the chapel is downtown, not far from the Port of Port Arthur, in what the Apostleship of the Sea believes was the space that served as a depot waiting room for non-whites.“This was a place of division; now it’s a place of unity,” said Doreen Badeaux, immediate past president of the Seafarers’ Center, in a recent story. “To me that is a highlight, like God is fixing the ills from the past.” “The chapel is a quiet place to spend a moment with the Lord,” Oubre said, but it is also appropriate for a variety of religious services. He said the first Mass would be said there on World Maritime Day, the same week as the Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea, the patroness of seafarers.There are other, local historic touches: The interior doors of the former St. Mary Catholic Church enclose the binnacle and tabernacle; images of saints of special note here adorn the doors; a processional cross comes from St. Mary’s.Now the chapel beckons others, welcomes them to Port Arthur, embraces all on their spiritual voyages. The Rev. Sinclair Oubre led a packed chapel in offering evening prayers to mark the chapel’s formal opening. Supporters included people of various faiths, appropriate in that Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and Jewish churches, temples and people contributed to the chapel’s creation. Oubre said care would be taken to mark inside the chapel the direction toward Mecca, so Muslims, too, can pray there.The driving thrust of the chapel is to give seafarers who enter the port the opportunity to pray and reflect on their faith in a quiet place. There, they might find some comfort in the chapel’s relics and furnishings themselves. The church dedication and blessing came on the International Day of the Seafarer.The altar, designed by Capt. Beau Dumensnil and fabricated by Gulf Copper, includes two portholes and a propeller. The top of the altar is a shrimp boat door.The Underhill family donated a binnacle, which a helmsman uses for navigation. It was refurbished by Fine Touch Furniture Restoration, and a tabernacle placed atop it. Now, Badeaux said, Christ will provide the navigation for those in the chapel.last_img read more

first_img You know, typical bad guy stuff.It’s up to Hobbs and Shaw (Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham), the bickering buddies from the previous “Fast & the Furious” movies to put aside their macho posturing and come together so that they can save the world.You know, typical movie hero stuff. I don’t think that all of these characters necessarily merit movies of their own. Hobbs and Shaw, on the other hand, certainly deserve another adventure. Johnson and Statham have great charisma and they effortless handle any action sequence thrown at them.You know, movie hero stuff.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected] Obviously, the action spectacle is the major reason to see this movie, and it’s worth the money to see it in the biggest and loudest theater you can find. The stunt work is superb, which makes sense as the director started out as a stunt choreographer. He has his cast doing things that aren’t humanly possible, but these guys are movie heroes, not mere mortals, so you’re never really concerned when somebody jumps out of a skyscraper window or does some other outlandish act of daring do. It’s all part of the fun.It helps that the cast is so much fun to watch. The bickering between our two heroes gives the entire enterprise a playful vibe. It’s easier to swallow the devastation on display here when you know that the good guys are having such a blast.Elba is also quite good playing the bad guy who is so omnipotent that he refers to himself as “Black Superman.” He is a charismatic and very talented performer, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s People Magazine’s reigning Sexiest Man Alive. If that’s not enough for you, he’s facing off against Johnson, who held the Sexiest Man title back in 2016.The film isn’t without its problems. It suffers from movie bloat as the filmmakers try to cram in too many set pieces. It’s a little numbing and probably 30 minutes too long. They also seem to be making plans for more “Fast & Furious” spin off movies.center_img The ninth film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise is one of those summer movies that doesn’t make a lick of sense. The plot is a silly mess, the acting is laughably over-the-top, and the never-ending parade of action and stunts defy physics at every turn.In other words, this is a mindlessly amped-up summer blockbuster, and it’s an absolute blast. It won’t survive critical scrutiny, but most audiences will be so overwhelmed by the spectacle that they won’t have time to think about anything other than how much fun they are having.The film starts off with a bang, introducing us to a cybernetically modified bad guy (Idris Elba) who is trying to steal a super virus that can wipe out life on Earth.last_img read more

first_imgA 46-year-old Groves man was indicted last week for assault on a peace officer after police say he kicked an officer in the face earlier this year.The Jefferson County grand jury reconvened for the first time last week following the shut down of government offices during the pandemic.The incident reportedly occurred on Jan. 24 when two Port Arthur Police officers conducted a pedestrian stop of Kenmit Mondel Kemper for walking in the middle of the roadway and crossing at a point other than the crosswalk.One of the officers asked permission to pat Kemper down and Kemper became irate and began to yell loudly and curse, according to a warrant for his arrest. He then told police he was leaving and going home as police told him he was being legally detained for the traffic violation. When the first officer went to grab Kemper to place him under arrest for evading arrest/detention, Kemper yelled loudly for them not to touch him then took an aggressive stance.The warrant stated Kemper refused multiple commands to get on the ground while using vulgar language; he was warned repeatedly that he would be Tased and refused the warnings. Then the first officer deployed his electronic device weapon, or Taser.A second officer arrived to assist and Kemper reportedly continued being verbally and physically uncooperative and kicked this officer in the face.The officer who was kicked received some redness and pain to his left cheekbone. Kemper was then placed under arrest for assault on a public servant and brought to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas due to complaints of chest pain. He was medically cleared and brought to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.Kemper was released from jail on Jan. 25 on a $15,000 bond.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.last_img read more

first_imgMargie Norris Duplantis, 91, of Nederland, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020.Margie was born August 19, 1928 in Port Arthur to the late Valture and Eunice Romero Norris. She was retired from St. Mary Family Practice as the office manager with 30 years of service.A gathering of the family and friends will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland. A graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2020 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves with Father J.C. Coon officiating.center_img Margie is survived by her husband, Carl Duplantis of Nederland; her daughter, Betty Terracina Nectoux of Port Arthur; her step-children, Reid Duplantis of Crystal Beach, Rob Duplantis and his wife Tami of Dallas, and Addie “Pokie” Dulpantis and her husband Eric Wilson of Hampshire; her grandchildren, Kevin Nectoux and his wife April, Katrina Nectoux-McGill, Stacey Avery and her husband Jason, Melissa Luke and her husband Harrison and Trey Terracina; great grandchildren, Bria and Brayden Nectoux, Kylar and Kaden McGill, Addison and Zoey Avery, and John-Parker Luke.Also six step-granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren. Margie was preceded in death by her parents also her son Anthony Terracina IV; sisters, Euna Norris and Margaret Metcalf, and her brothers, Ronald Norris, Leroy Norris, and Valture Norris Jr.last_img read more

first_imgJoseph Stevens Jr., CEO of Sumptuous Consulting, and a host of volunteers pose at the Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief Donation Drive Saturday in the 1700 block of Bluebonnet Avenue in Port Arthur. Together the group accepted donations to provide relief for Lake Charles residents impacted by Hurricane Laura.last_img

first_imgDavid Victor Martin, 77, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his residence.David was born October 17, 1943 in Monterey Park, California to Claude William Martin and Leoma Cassie Hargis Martin. David was preceded in death by his parents and, brother Robert Martin. Next UpHe was of Christian faith and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. David attended college at Mt. Sac in Walnut, California, and  served his country in the U.S. Army.He was a mechanic for Pepsi Cola and retired after 30 years.center_img Survivors include his daughters Kimmie Young and husband Steve of Port Arthur, Kari Marchand and husband Lance of Beaumont; son Kirk Martin of Beaumont; sister Beverly Brockett of California; grandchildren, Jordi Marchand, Bradyn Marchand, Jaxson Marchand, Zane Young, Zakk Young, Trevor Martin, Kade Martin and great-grandson, Cason Arnold.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday December 19, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by funeral service at 2:00 p.m.last_img read more