Death notices Next UpFrankie DeYoung Broussard’s, Nederland, 2 p.m. Steve M. Kirkland, 64, of Vidor died Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland. Ann Matthews, 87, of Beaumont died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Irene Marie Breaux, 91, of Port Arthur died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Melancon’s Funeral Home. Services todayLois Gillespie, Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, Beaumont, 1 p.m.
Police arrested a 17-year-old in the same apartment complex where he and two others are suspected of holding a man down while burglarizing his apartment.Sometime around 8 a.m. Saturday, three black males entered an apartment through the back door while the victim was asleep at Park Central Apartments, 8580 Park Central Blvd. The suspects physically held the victim down while taking his property, according to a press release from the Port Arthur Police Department.The three suspects fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash and a television belonging to the victim. The victim had minor injuries and was able to give a description of the suspects as well as the property taken from him.Shortly after, officers found one of the suspects in the complex and he reportedly had a TV with him.PAPD arrested Kimothy Bessard, 17, for burglary of a habitation and he was transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. The Port Arthur Police Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident. You can report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 409-833-TIPS or by downloading the mobile app P3 Tips on your smart phone.You don’t have to give your name and you could receive a cash reward for your information about the case. This version of the story includes the correct day of the week the crime occurred.
The Driver Responsibility Program was created to help fund the state’s trauma care system, an expensive regional network of emergency medical and hospital services. Killing the program has been difficult because legislators have struggled to find an alternative funding source for trauma care. But under this new proposal, hospitals say they would get a more sustainable source of funding — and extra money, to boot.In lieu of additional yearly charges for traffic violations, House Bill 2048 would add $2 to yearly automobile insurance fees and increase state traffic fines — a portion of the fine paid for any traffic violation — from $30 to $50.It would also add additional fines of up to $6,000 for those who drive while intoxicated. Criminal justice advocates worried that this would be a tough fee for low-income drivers to pay, so state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, one of the bill’s co-authors, added a provision that would allow judges to waive or reduce fees for low-income drivers.A proposal to kill the Driver Responsibility Program died in the Senate two years ago after it cleared the House floor and passed out of a Senate committee. HB 2048 has garnered support from hospitals, trauma care facilities and criminal justice reform advocates. But insurance companies worry that the extra $2 bump is regressive, which means the fees take up a larger portion of poor people’s income than rich people’s. However, supporters of the bill say the extra increase is a small price to pay to relieve the financial burden imposed on low-income drivers and generate a sustainable revenue source for trauma centers. Texas may finally kill the widely unpopular Driver Responsibility Program, which critics say leaves low-income drivers with costly bills and without their licenses. A bill to end the program soared unanimously through the Senate on Wednesday — and if the House concurs with the upper chamber’s minor changes, then the bill will head to the governor’s desk.As of January 2018, 1.4 million Texas drivers — nearly 10% of the state’s drivers that year — had suspended licenses for not paying the program’s surcharges. Those yearly fees, which must be paid in addition to a ticket, range from $100 for a few traffic infractions to $2,000 for driving while intoxicated. Under the bill, any pending surcharges under the Driver Responsibility Act would go away.“Everybody said it would not go anywhere, but it finally has,” said state Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, during the Senate floor debate Wednesday. By Arya SundaramThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org After the bill’s successful passage through the Senate, advocates across the state and nation — like the Texas Fair Defense Project, the Texas Hospital Association and a staffer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas — tweeted their praise for what’s been termed a “HUGE” victory.“Texas suspends more driver’s licenses than any other state by far, and this is by far the biggest program,” said Emily Gerrick, a senior staff attorney with the Texas Fair Defense Project. “This many sessions of work that are finally coming to fruition.”Disclosure: The Texas Hospital Association has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Nederland police responded to the following calls from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20:Oct. 14Assault offensive touch-family violence was reported in the 1500 block of South 27th Street.A person was found to be in possession of marijuana in the 3500 block of Avenue A.Assault family violence — impede breathing/circulation was reported in the 2400 block of Boston.A missing persons report was made in the 2300 block of North U.S. 69.A person was arrested for evading arrest or detention in the 100 block of Boston.A person was taken into custody on a mental commitment in the 1200 block of South 16th Street.A person was arrested on Nederland warrants in the 900 block of North U.S. 69.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 900 block of North U.S. 69.Oct. 15Theft was reported in the 100 block of North 18th Street.An information report was made in the 900 block of South 36th Street.A person was arrested for public intoxication in the 2100 block of FM 365.A death was reported in the 2900 block of Avenue J.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 3100 block of Nederland Avenue.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 2000 block of North U.S. 69.A person was arrested for public intoxication in the 2100 block of FM 365.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 10000 block of Memorial Blvd. Next UpOct. 16Deadly conduct was reported in the 2100 block of U.S. 69.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of Avenue B.Harassment was reported in the 700 block of South 5½ Street.Theft was reported in the 2000 block of FM 365.A person was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and another agency’s warrant in the 8800 block of Ninth Avenue.A person was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 8800 block of Ninth Avenue.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 1500 block of South 27th Street.Oct. 17Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of Avenue B.A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 1600 block of Nederland Avenue.A person was arrested for public intoxication in the 3300 block of FM 365.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 1600 block of FM 365.Oct. 18Theft was reported in the 4900 block of Bourque.Assault offensive touch-family violence was reported in the 4600 block of Hodgson Road.A death was reported in the 300 block of North 21st Street.A dog bite was reported in the 8100 block of Ford.A death was reported in the 400 block of North 35th Street.Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 1000 block of Avenue B.A person was arrested for Nederland warrants and resisting arrest in the 3600 block of Nederland Avenue. The person was also found to be in possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.A person was arrested for assault causes bodily injury — family violence in the 1100 block of Gary. Oct. 19A death was reported in the 1900 block of Avenue K.A death was reported in the 700 block of North 11th Street.Theft was reported in the 1000 block of South 36th Street.A person was arrested in the 1700 block of Nederland Avenue.Oct. 20A death was reported in the 1400 block of North 24th Street.Theft was reported in the 2000 block of FM 365.Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 300 block of South 2½ Street.A person was taken into custody on a mental commitment in the 100 block of Boston Avenue. ArrestsMark Seger, 43, evading arrest or detentionJason Williams, 36, Nederland warrantsJessie Derutte, 39, warrant other agencyMoses Castillo, 33, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle/warrant other agencyEdwin Meeker, 45, warrant other agencySteven McGurk, 65, warrant other agencyDarnell Johnson, 39, public intoxicationStasha Anderson, 38, warrant other agencyVictoria Wade, 36, possession of a controlled substanceAdrian Ivory, 46, warrant other agencyJorge Gonzalez, 39, driving while intoxicatedJose Reyes-Genoa, 43, warrant other agencyJoseph Benitez, 21, Nederland warrants and resisting arrestJohn Reid, 50, assault causes bodily injury-family violenceEvan Strickland, 29, warrant other agency
Bring water hoses in out of the weather to protect from freeze damage. Drain water from the hoses. Remove kinks from water hoses and coil correctly for storage. Repair leaks with a hose repair kit. Check sprayer nozzles to make sure they spray evenly. Replace hoses and sprayer nozzles if needed.On your mower, be sure to clean and sharpen the blades, drain the oil and gasoline, clean the air filter and wash the underside of the lawn mower. If you leave gasoline in your lawn mower, add a fuel stabilizer.Store liquid pesticides in a locked cabinet where they will not freeze. Check belts, blades, etc. on all power equipment and make needed repairs. Make a list of new garden tools or equipment you want so Santa and Rudolph will bring them!Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461 Temperatures this week have dropped to nightly temperatures of 38 to 29 degrees on Monday and Tuesday to nightly temperatures in the 40s the rest of the week. That means I will have picked all the citrus off my trees, covered my lemon tree with Christmas lights for added warmth and brought in all my tropical plants from outside. We are three days early to the first frost. Preparation for winterization of your garden tools and equipment begins now!Use a wire brush, like the one used on your grill, on garden tools to take off dried dirt. Rinse. Sanitize tools with a bleach solution to prevent transfer of any diseases from season to season. The rate is one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Dip the tools into the solution. Dry and store tools. Store clean and sanitized hand tools and other small tools in a 5-gallon bucket of sand with oil to prevent rust. Recycle oil drained from your car or mower can be added to the sand. Cleaned shovels and hoes can also be dipped in the sand and oil bucket. Dry with an old rag. Alternately, you can wipe the metal blades of small or large garden tools with an oily cloth as this prevents corrosion. Hang rakes and shovels where they will be readily accessible.Sharpen all shovels, hoes and pruning shears using a whetstone or file. Work at a 45-degree angle. Start at the outer edge and move toward the center. Sand off any rust spots with fine sandpaper or steel wool. Coat the metal of the newly sanded tool with a light oil or WD-40. Wipe a light coating of linseed oil or paste wax on the wooden handles to prevent cracking or splitting.
As I look at the calendar I see so many interesting events to look forward to and also celebrate in February, like my husbands birthday on Feb. 4, paying off a debt on the 1st, going to church and the football Super Bowl. What a weekend and beginning of a month!You may not realize that everyone, young and old, needs something to look forward to, especially if you have a strong, diligent, work ethic and are dedicated to your family and home. It puts demands on us, and personally, as a wife, mom, and grandmother, I like that, and consider it a positive, Godly, way to live. In that “mindset”, to be able to get relief even for brief instances in our thinking and dreaming, knowing that the “doing” of the events is refreshing (hopefully) and rejuvenating. … I plan to spend more time with my daughters this year. A weekend every few months will be awesome. They have demanding jobs and live hours away, but, I’m going! Looking forward to it. …Kathie Deasy writes about religion for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at [email protected] I endeavored to help my children and grands … growing up, to have things to look forward to. That eliminated boredom, which always had negative ideas for them! I told them, “People who are bored, are boring to be around, so, find something good or helpful to do”. Sorry if that steps on toes, but it’s a fact of life. …Children feel like they have pressure, also, with school, home chores and relationships with their little friends. I became aware of that early in their lives, so, we, as parents can make a comfy, peaceful, Godly, home environment where they can shine and have fun, while contributing to the family, at the same time. I am a “sports enthusiast,” fairly selective, and working in my TV competitive games or matches around my time at church and anytime with God. Sometimes the Super Bowl is not as exciting a game as one during the season, depending on the teams. I’m very-yyy disappointed with the halftime shenanigans, as a long-time vocalist and musician, having recorded and singing in concerts with musician icons in Hollywood. I’m not interested in all the smoke and bright shirts or skirts. Get some vintage, good, real-deal musicians and entertainers who know what they’re doing! My opinion. …
BEAUMONT — South East Texas Action Film Networking Group is hosting a film networking event at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in room 127 of the communications building at Lamar University in Beaumont.Local award winning cinematographer Travis Myers will host a mini-lighting workshop to demonstrate lighting for a two-people conversation scene. The setup is also appropriate for actors for self tape audition situations.“Lighting is critical in filmmaking and Travis is masterful at it,” said filmmaker Penny LeLeux, one of the organizers of the event. “We shot a morning scene at midnight and you would swear sunlight was streaming in through the windows.” Myers was the director of photography on three short films shot in Southeast Texas in 2019.Area filmmakers are encouraged to bring cameras to the event to participate in a hands-on demonstration.Actors are also invited to bring a short monologue that can be taped for their reel. South East Texas Action Networking Group offers a variety of networking opportunities for filmmakers and film students to promote collaboration and facilitate growth in the local filmmaking community.The group is sponsored by Boomtown Film Society and Lamar University. Meetings are open to the public and anyone having an interest in filmmaking is encouraged to attend. For more information, e-mail [email protected]
A visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches, Texas with Reverend Shane Baxter officiating. Freda Marie Brau, 90, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020.Freda was born August 18, 1929 in Port Arthur, Texas to James Mouton and Jane Gross Mouton.She was a lifelong area resident and member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She was a checker at Henke-Pilot Grocery for 20 years.Freda was preceded in death by her husband, Harroll Brau; and daughter, Diana Gail Berry.Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Hutchins and husband Randy of Port Neches; foster-son, Rob Greig of Groves; grandchildren, David Berry and wife Nikki, Aaron Hutchins and wife Jennifer, Shana Buchanan and husband Ben, and Caleb Hutchins; great-grandchildren, Hogan Berry, Reagan Berry, Jacob Hutchins, Addison Hutchins, Jane-Marie Buchanan, and Terrell Buchanan. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.Special thanks to Harbor Hospice and her caregiver Carol O’Donald.
All inbound active-duty military, regardless of what installation you are assigned to, must report to the government Housing Services Office at the Ord Military Community. Effectively in-processing to this office is key to ensuring that you receive all options for housing. Please call 831-242-7979 prior to seeking housing.Housing in the Monterey area is among the most expensive in the country. Affordable off-installation housing is limited. Rental properties in the Monterey Peninsula area range from about $1,000 to $1,200 for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment to roughly $2,500 to $3,000 for a three-bedroom house. Most landlords do not accept pets; those who do normally charge $500-plus in additional deposits, plus a monthly charge. Generally, expect to pay the first and last month’s rent up front or a deposit plus the rent. For those looking to buy a home as opposed to renting, the median monthly mortgage for the Monterey County area is approximately $2,100.MILITARY PRIVATIZED HOUSINGThe military privatized housing in the area, known as The Parks at Monterey Bay, is managed by Pinnacle, an American Management Company. There are two main housing offices: one for E-7 through O-6 at 1200 Fechteler Drive (La Mesa Village), Monterey, 831-643-4200 or 866-902-6613; and one for E-1 through O-4 at 826 Corregidor Road (Moore’s Landing, Ord Military Community), Seaside, 831-392-0740 or 866-598-2655. Visit www.parksatmonterey.com for both locations.The Parks at Monterey Bay housing neighborhoods are near the Naval Postgraduate School, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanographic Center, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Coast Guard stations in Seaside and Monterey. These military housing neighborhoods are managed by Pinnacle. Many homes have ocean views, and all aim to take advantage of the amenities available both within and outside the military neighborhoods. Golf courses, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, beaches, excellent restaurants and access to outdoor recreational activities are all nearby. The newest housing area at Ord Military Community is directly across the street from the commissary and post exchange.The Parks at Monterey Bay welcomes all eligible military personnel, both accompanied and unaccompanied. Families and singles can choose from more than 2,200 homes.For DOD civilians, housing is available through Moore’s Landing, at 826 Corregidor Road (Ord Military Community, formerly Fort Ord), Seaside. Visit www.mooreslandinghomes.com or call 831-939-1101 or 866-902-6552.Amenities included with living at The Parks of Monterey Bay:• Utilities included (electricity, gas, water and garbage). New and renovated homes (gas and electric) calculated using an average baseline.• Maintenance staff available to help residents 24/7.• Access to fitness facilities and pools.• Tennis courts within The Parks.• Four community centers available to reserve for parties, get-togethers and fun events.• Many playgrounds and tot lots throughout The Parks.• Renters insurance included.• Two beautification centers within The Parks with lawn equipment for checkout.• Pet-friendly community allowing each resident to have pets (some breeds are prohibited, and there are some requirements on how many pets). No pet deposits.• Full-size washer and dryer hookups.• Jogging trail.DIRECTIONSTo get to the La Mesa Housing Office, take Highway 1 south to the Monterey exit, Exit 401. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Aguajito Road. Proceed through the next light and go past the Monterey County Court House. Turn right onto Farragut Road at the sign for La Mesa Village. Turn left onto Spurance Road and make the first left to Fechteler Road. The office is on the left and parking is just past the office off Moreell Circle.To get to The Parks at Monterey Bay in Ord Military Community, take General Jim Moore Boulevard South to Normandy Road. Turn right on Normandy Road. Continue to Monterey Road. Turn left on Monterey Road. The office is on the corner of Monterey Road and Corregidor Road.MILITARY HOUSING NEIGHBORHOODSORD MILITARY COMMUNITYOrd Military Community is off scenic Highway 1 with easy access to the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.Within the community:• Commissary, AAFES PX and AAFES PX gas station.• Marshall Elementary and Seaside Middle School.• Child Development Center and Porter Youth Center.• General Stilwell Community Center.• Army Community Services.• Military Veterinary Clinic.• Chapel with Catholic Mass and Protestant services.• Golf courses (offering special rates to military members).• Beautification center (lawn).• Soccer fields and basketball and tennis courts.• Neighborhood center for special events.• Presidio of Monterey police and fire departments.• Pool and fitness center.• Super Park.LA MESA VILLAGELa Mesa Village is in beautiful Monterey within walking distance of the Naval Postgraduate School.Within the community:• La Mesa Elementary School.• Child Development Center.• Teen Connection Center.• Navy Exchange Mini-Mart.• Navy Lodge.• Fleet & Family Services.• Beautification center (lawn).• Community center, indoor pool, fitness center and large meeting areas available for special events.PRESIDIO OF MONTEREYPresidio of Monterey has 37 historical houses that are primarily reserved for key and essential personnel. This housing is within walking distance to most classrooms and administrative buildings of the DLIFLC.Within the community:• DLIFLC.• Library.• Fitness center and running track.• PX Troop Store and snack bar.• Post office.• Three Java Cafes.• Einstein Bros. Bagels.Please note that all amenities provided by The Parks at Monterey Bay are available to all active-duty military residents and their families. If you choose to reside at the Ord Military Community, you may also use the facilities offered at La Mesa.TEMPORARY LODGINGNAVY LODGE MONTEREYNavy Lodge Monterey is the perfect place for guests of military members to stay. Navy Lodge Monterey offers a great value with spacious guest rooms, family suites, fully equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi and many other amenities. It also provides complimentary breakfast, a weekly manager reception and premier guest service.Navy Lodge Monterey is within walking distance of the Housing Welcome Center, La Mesa Elementary School, NEX Mini-Mart and Family Service Center. It is also a short drive to the Navy Post Graduate School, Navy Exchange, MWR Fitness & Sports Center, Presidio of Monterey and Monterey U.S. Coast Guard Station.As an added convenience, pets are welcome at Navy Lodge Monterey. Please contact the Navy Lodge regarding pet policies. The authorized patron of the Navy Lodge will need to be present to check in the guest.To make a reservation for Navy Lodge Monterey, call 831-372-6133 or toll free at 800-628-9466 or log on to https://navy-lodge.com.ARMY LODGEThe former Presidio of Monterey Army Lodge is operated by International Hotel Group in the same location, Buildings 366 and 367 at 466 Cabrillo St. The new phone number is 877-711-8326 or 831-645-1199. Check out the website at www.ihg.com.
PRESS RELEASE: On Oct. 1, 2009, Ritchey Design will launch the Ritchey Product Upgrade Program with Ztail.com. With this new program, customers who purchase select Ritchey products from Ritcheylogic.com can upgrade / trade-in their item for “Ritchey Bucks” that can be used to purchase an upgraded version of the item or any other component on Ritcheylogic.com.“The loyalty program with Ztail.com is a way for us to reward our customers who make Ritchey an integral part of their rides,” said Steve Parke, Ritchey Design general manager. “When times are tough, as they are now, it’s hard to justify upgrading your bike. We hope this program will make it easier for our customers to try our great products and upgrade if they wish.”Customers have the opportunity to participate in the Ritchey Product Upgrade Program with every purchase of Ritchey Design saddles, pedals, wheels or carbon forks made after Oct. 1, 2009 on Ritcheylogic.com and fulfilled through Ritchey Design retailers. Customers register their purchase with Ztail.com using their Ritchey product receipt numbers, allowing them to exchange their Ritchey products for Ritchey Bucks when they’re ready to upgrade their gear. When possible, Ritchey Design retailers will fulfill upgrade program orders placed on Ritcheylogic.com.The offer to upgrade Ritchey Design products is valid beginning on the purchase date, extending up to 18 months after the initial purchase date. The Ritchey Product Upgrade Program guarantees customers 25 to 80 percent of a product’s retail value depending on the product’s age. Please refer to Ztail.com for a breakdown of the product trade-in values offered throughout the 18-month period.To be considered for the upgrade program, Ritchey Design products must be in good working condition and have no material damage beyond normal wear and tear. The products must also have all of their original parts, accessories and manuals. If the product isn’t in an acceptable trade-in condition, Ztail.com will propose a reduced payout for the item or ship it back to the customer. The Ritchey Design Upgrade Program limits each household to 2,000 Ritchey Bucks per calendar year.