Death notices and services today for Tuesday, June 22, 2010

first_img Services todayWilburn M. Jones, Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. 2 p.m.Joseph Lee Macha, Heritage Funeral Home in Nederland. 10 a.m.C.W. “Charlie” Nectoux, 96, of Groves. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. 11 a.m. Death noticesJohnny Joe Elizondo, 85, of Port Arthur died Monday, June 21, 2010. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Rose Bruno Licatino, 88, of Port Arthur died Monday, June 21, 2010, at Renaissance Hospital in Groves. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.Rachel Jones Wade, 89, of Orange, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at her residence. Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.Gene Edwin Kelley, 63, of Port Neches, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston. Heritage Funeral Home in Nederland.last_img read more

Unique Critter Cam shot coming Thursday

first_img    #    Anglers looking to contribute flounder to flounder stocking program at Sea Center Texas have a chance to help Saturday.    From 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. officials from Sea Center will be on hand near Sharky’s Grill at Pleasure Island to take live donations of flounder. The angler who brings in the largest flounder will get a replica of their catch. The person who brings in the most flounder gets a special prize package from the Orange County Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association.     For more information, e-mail [email protected]    Now onto the report…    North Sabine—Redfish are fair under birds on plastics and spoons fished around East Pass. Flounder are slow to fair on jigs tipped with shrimp and Roadrunners.    South Sabine—Trout and redfish are fair on Gulp shrimp, live shrimp and spoons fished under birds. Flounder are fair along the Louisiana shoreline and around the causeway on live bait. Earlier in the week I had the opportunity to capture what is without a doubt the most unique photo ever show in our Chester’s Critter Cam feature.   I can’t drop too many hints but I will say it sort of fits with an unintentional theme we’ve had lately and it is something that is super super rare.   Make sure and check out next Thursday’s outdoors page to see it.center_img     Sabine Pass—Redfish and trout are fair on live bait and on soft plastics fished along the edge of drop-offs. Black drum and croaker are good on dead shrimp.    Sabine River—Trout and redfish are good from Cow Bayou down to Middle Pass under the birds early and are taking plastics and topwaters. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait. Flounder are fair on live bait fished under popping corks tight to shorelines.    Calcasieu (Big Lake )—Hackberry Rod and Gun reports trout redfish are very good on spinners, spoons and plastics fished in West Cove and around the Old Jetties. Trout are good under the birds but are running small. Flounder are starting to bite in the bayous on outgoing tides.    Sam Rayburn—Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 10 – 30 feet. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.    Toledo Bend—Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and crankbaits, and on chartreuse topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.    Hunting—State waterfowl biologists report the Panhandle has good numbers of playa lakes brimming with water. The coast has adequate water but is drying. Pintails, shovelers, teal, gadwalls, wigeons and redheads are showing on the coast. More specklebellies and ducks should show up with the forecasted front. The Panhandle is loading up with teal, pintails, wood ducks, gadwalls and wigeons. The High Plains Mallard Management Unit runs Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 29-Jan. 23, 2011. The North #and South zones open Oct. 30.LAKE LEVELSTOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 164.50 Was 164.56RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 156.31 Was: 156.96B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.44 Was: 82.27    Chester Moore, Jr. is The News Outdoors Editor.last_img read more

First Tee golfers receive impromptu talk from Slocum

first_imgKids participating in a First Tee clinic at Babe Zaharais on Saturday got to meet R.C. Slocum, the winningest football coach in Texas A&M history. Slocum, in town for the 88th birthday of his father-in-law — Johnny Warner —  was spotted on the practice range by First Tee of the Golden Triangle Executive Director Jerry Honza. Honza, who was an assistant pro in Bryan when Slocum was Jackie Sherrill’s A&M defensive coordinator, introduced himself and asked Slocum if he would mind talking with the 30 kids participating in the clinic. R.C., who is familiar with the First Tee from his association with former president George Bush (41), said he’d be glad to. “He delivered a terrific message to the kids that tied right in with First Tee core values,” said Honza.  . . . Monsignor Ken Greig of Groves launched a heavenly shot on the 140-yard, 7th hole on the Bayou Front at Bayou Din last Thursday. Greig’s shot, struck with a 5-wood, found its way into the bottom of the cup for his first ever hole in one. Witnesses were Hal Peterson, Gerald Wilson and Royce Ennis . . . Marshall Rowe, 74, of Beaumont shot his age for the first time last Friday at Bayou Din. Rowe’s playing companion was Billy Mack . . . Terry DeRouen of Nederland scored his first ever eagle on the par 5, 9th at Babe Zaharias on Friday. DeRouen sank a 5-wood from 180 yards. The shot was witnessed by Bo Graffignino, George DeVries and Jeff Sandighi . . . Chris Stroud won’t be the only local product for Southeast Texans to follow at this week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. West Orange-Stark’s Michael Arnaud Monday- qualified his way into the event, and did it the hard way. Arnaud, after shooting a 72 to advance from a pre-qualifier, found himself in a field of 69 players vying for four spots in the tourney. He rose to the occasion by  shooting  a three-under-par 69 to finish in a six-way tie for third at The Club at Comanche Trace. With six players — including PGA Tour veterans Ted Purdy and Glen Day — in a sudden death playoff for two spots, Arnaud locked up the final opening with a birdie on the fifth playoff hole. For the West Orange-Stark ex, this will be his first ever time to play in a regular PGA Tour event. Surviving the 36-hole cut would be a major accomplishment for him, especially for what it would mean to the mental side of his game. There is no doubt he has the physical tools . . .  The Brock Services team of Sam Brown, Mike Fugit, Chris Moore and Collin Coyle teamed for a 54 to win the ASSE Scramble at Belle Oaks. Second at 60 was the Cottonwood Energy Team of Sidney Jones, Rick Richard, Marlin Greenway and Clifford Delome. Third at 62 was the Maxim Crane foursome of Chet Resch, Ryan Sowell, Carlos Sage and Ralph Bronson. Ron Chatagnier was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15, while Jared Landry claimed the long drive prize . . . The Seniors at the Babe was played in a 2-best ball format, with the team of Mike Lansford, Guy Van Cleve, Joe Benoit and Tom Hatcher winning the front at minus 2. On the back, the team of Hilario Padio, Dutsy Abshire, Orland DeFrates, Charlie Ingraham and Dwain Morrison won in even par. Closest to the pin winners were Hatcher (No. 2), Lansford (No. 7), Roy Martinez (No. 12, No. 15) . . . . Format for the Babe Zaharias DogFight was 2-man teams playing best ball on the front and scramble on the back. In 1st Flight, the duo of Chris Cross-Butch Cross won with a 68. There was a three-way tie for second at 70 between Kenny Robbins-Rick Pritchett, David Evans-Steve Picou and Roy Trahan-Troy Sedtal. In 2nd Flight, there was a tie for first at 70 between Larry Rogers-Gene Hardy, and Tom Terrell-Cliff Digiovanni. Pete Reobroi-Dwayne Morvant finished third at 71. In 3rd Flight, Curtis Adix-Larry Thompson won with a 73, edging Bobby Hebert-Jimmy Thompson by a stroke. The team of Ben Thornton-Mark Petry shot 75 to win 4th Flight by one shot over Tom Stafford-Gary Barker and two strokes over Harry Green-Cecil Bourgeois. Closest to the hole winners were Bourgeois (No. 2), Stafford (No. 7), Morvant (No. 12) and Robbins (No. 15) . . . Format for the Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias was 2-best balls. The foursome of Tom Lawton, Thad Borne, Roy Martinez and Harold Wilkinson won the front in minus four. On the back, Mike Lansford, Harrell Guidry, Richard Sibley and Charlie Huckaby won in minus 1 . . . Bill Taylor finished plus 5 to win the Monday Senior Game at Belle Oaks. Four players — Ed Boone, Jim Brown, Twyman Ash and Dennis Neef tied for second at plus 3. Twyman Ash (No. 8) and Wally Istre (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . David Hearn of St. Mary’s shot a 2-under par 33 at Iron Oaks to tie Garrett James of Legacy Christian in the TAPPS shootout for junior high players. Max Anderson of St. Anne’s placed third with a 35, followed by Blake Cain (38) of Legacy and Tyler Potts of St. Anne’s . . . One of the area’s most unique tournaments — the Tyrrell Garth Jr. Invitational — is set for April 29-May 1 at Beaumont Country. All flights except championship are match play Friday and Saturday, then 18 holes of medal play on Sunday. Championship flight is straight medal play. Entry fee is $210, which includes carts, range balls, a tee prize and lunch each day. Also included in the fee is a Thursday practice round with a $20 cart fee. Anyone interested in an entry blank should call 898-7011. Beaumont Country Club annually is in the best condition of any golf course in Southeast Texas.    Golf news should be e-mailed to [email protected] or faxed to 724-6854last_img read more

Fannie Bea Robertson Jones

first_img Grandchildren: Benjamin Jones, Jr., Brian jones, Jarrett Jones, Nicholas Jones (Cielito), Vanessa Jones, and Vervie White (David); eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Fannie Bea Robertson Jones went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at her home with family at her side.  Fannie was born December 21, 1924 in Bunkie, Louisiana to the union of the late Willie Robertson and Eunice Green Robertson.  Fannie moved to Port Arthur, Texas with her family at an early age.   She is preceded in death by two brothers: Willie Jr. and Isaac “Ike” Robertson; her husband Frank Jones; and great-granddaughter, Valyn White.    Fannie is a graduate of Lincoln High School and Port Arthur College.  She worked at Hughen School until she retired in 1980.  Fannie was a very dedicated and active member of New St. John Baptist Church where she served at financial secretary, Deaconess, Sunday school teacher, a member, and past president of the Missionary society.   She leaves to cherish her memory: sons, Benjamin Jones (Corine) of Port Arthur, TX, Harold Jones (Denice) of Humble, TX; one sister, Dorothy Henderson of El Paso, TX; and close family friend, Earnest Collins.center_img    There will be a viewing from 8:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013.  Services will be held at New St. John Baptist Church, 1048 West Gulfway Drive with Rev. Claude Comeaux, officiating.  Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

Violet Lee

first_imgMrs. Violet Lee, of Port Arthur died Friday at Baptist hospital.  She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, TX, and a retired nurse at St Mary’s hospital. A visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel, funeral following at 1 p.m. officiated by  Rev. Donald Frank. Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img

15 illegal aliens arrested on federal identity theft charges

first_img The defendants had all been hired by subcontractors who used hiring offices in Port Arthur, Texas, to accept applications, interview, and E-verify employees who then report to the jobsite in Louisiana upon hiring. Those arrested and making initial appearances in federal court today are: BEAUMONT — Federal and state agents arrested 15 illegal aliens working under false identities at the LNG facility under construction in Cameron, Louisiana.The defendants had all been hired by subcontractors who used hiring offices in Port Arthur to accept applications, interview, and E-verify employees who then report to the jobsite in Louisiana upon hiring.Acting United States Attorney Brit Featherston with the Eastern District of Texas made the announcement of the arrests on Monday. Miguel Roblero-Morales, 36, of Guatemala;Mario Arnulfo Pantaleon-Castaneda, 30, of Guatemala; Luis Angel Pulido Cervantes, 29, of Mexico;Joel Pulido-Gutierrez, 27, of Mexico;Juan Manuel Zavala-Leon, 30, of Mexico;Rigoberto Romo Martinez, 41, of Mexico;Jose De Jesus Vega-Gutierrez, 31, of Mexico;Juan Alexis Juarez-Coto, 46, of Honduras;Felix Jiminez-Ruiz, 25, of Mexico;Jose Gutierrez-Valencia, 27, of Mexico;Bernardo Hernandez-Gallo, 37, of Mexico;Elizar Alvarez-Barajas, 43, of Mexico;Roberto Carlos Cruz Cruz, 28 of Mexico;Guily Tenorio-Sierra, 21, of Mexico; andArturo Rebollar-Osorio, 34, of Mexico.“Protecting critical infrastructure is a national security priority for law enforcement,” Featherston said in a press release.  “To do so we must make sure that workers in our community, and especially those working in proximity to vital national interests like our oil and chemical industries, are legal and properly vetted as required by law.  Further, we must remain vigilant to these concerns to protect the economy and the law abiding worker.”If convicted, the defendants each face up to five years in federal prison.  The statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Coast Guard Investigative Service, and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.An indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Next UpEarlier in the week, a federal grand jury in Beaumont returned indictments charging the individuals with identity theft, using social security numbers of actual citizens, and making false claims of United States citizenship in order to obtain jobs at the facility over the past three years.The defendants, who are in the United States illegally, were all working under assumed names obtained through the possession of fraudulently obtained legitimate social security numbers and matching birth certificates, primarily issued in Puerto Rico. With such primary identifying information the defendants obtained State issued identification cards from Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and other states. The use of such documents allowed the illegal aliens to pass the E-verify systems used by their employers to ascertain U.S. citizenship or alien lawful work permits.All 15 aliens were identified after being arrested under their assumed names. Some had previous encounters with immigration authorities and had returned to the United States, which can lead to further charges being added or increased sentences upon conviction of the current charges.last_img read more

Police: Wrong way driver in fatality wreck was intoxicated on unknown substance

first_imgBEAUMONT — A 46-year-old Batson man is dead after a man that police believe was intoxicated on an unknown substance struck his car. Beaumont police responded to the 3800 block of Eastex Freeway at 5:41 a.m. for the crash involving a 2017 gray Chevrolet Cruz and a 2004 Chevrolet Impala.A 38-year-old Beaumont man, identified as Kevin Cooper, was driving the blue Impala north bound in the south bound lanes of the 3800 block of Eastex.  Cooper then struck a gray Chevy Cruz being driven by a 46-year old-Batson man.  The crash resulted in the death of the Batson man, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department.During the investigation Cooper was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm and was in possession of MDMA.  Cooper was intoxicated on an unknown substance and was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.last_img read more

SOCCER: Lamar thumps Grambling State in opener

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT – It took less than 15 minutes for Lamar (1-0) to score its first goal of the season, which opened the flood gates as the Cardinals cruised to a 5-0 victory over Grambling State on Friday evening at the LU Soccer Complex.Serving as the season opener for both squads, the Cardinals got four goals in the first half and two each from senior Kelso Peskin and sophomore Lucy Ashworth.LU never really allowed its opponents much of an opportunity to get the offense started. The Lady Tigers were held to just three shots in the opening half and 10 for the game, while the Red and White attempted 21. “Our defense played well tonight, which was huge considering we had to make a last-minute scratch,” said Holeman. “Macie just couldn’t go, so we put replaced her with a freshman, Mya Anders, at center back. Mya was solid tonight in her first collegiate start. Our backline was tested, but they withstood the test. Jocelyn (Hanrath) in goal tonight, her first Division I game and she got a clean sheet.”Riding the wave of a 4-0 lead, it was more of a defensive struggle in the second half. Only one goal was scored, and that coming from Peskin in the 55th minute of action. Peskin took the pass from Manibo for her second assist of the night.The Cardinals return to action Sunday to face Houston. The game against the Cougars will begin at 7 p.m. from the LU Soccer Complex. “The first 10-15 minutes it looked like it was going to be a close game,” said LU head coach Steve Holeman. “Then we got that first goal and that really kind of opened things up. Grambling is a very good team. We didn’t know what to expect coming into tonight because they didn’t play a preseason game. We knew they played very well in their conference last year. From start to finish, I felt like this was a good game for us.”One of four seniors on the squad, Peskin was credited with the first goal of the season on a nice feed from goalkeeper Jocelyn Hanrath. A Salt Lake City, Utah, native, Hanrath boomed the ball right down the center of the field to Peskin who made one move to get by the defender and rifled her shot in the back of the net.It took LU just over 14 minutes to score its first goal of the game, their second would come just 9 minutes later. Ashworth added the second goal on a nice feed from Sophia Manibo to give the Cards a 2-0 advantage.The Cardinals’ offense wasn’t finished yet, and neither was Ashworth. Just 70 seconds after recording her first goal of the season, Ashworth netted a second, as Big Red built an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Just for good measure, LU tacked on a fourth (Ali Hebert) in the 37th minute of action.last_img read more

UPDATE: JCSO says missing Fannett man found safe

first_img Wilson is 5’08” tall and weighs 170 pounds.He has gray hair, receding, green eyes, nose bent to left and tattoos — Longhorn Bull with Texas map on right outer bicep and redbird with Ken and Beverly on outer right forearm. (Editor’s note: Missing person Kenneth Wilson located Wednesday morning in Beaumont. Thanks to several citizens who notified the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were able to confirm he is safe and healthy.)The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Fannett man.62-year-old Kenneth Lee Wilson was last seen Dec. 23 near Craigen Road and Highway 124 (Fannett Road). He was riding either a white bicycle with blue lettering or a blue bicycle.The bike was built like either a mountain bike or 10 speed.If you have recently seen Wilson or happen to know his current location, contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 409-835-8411.last_img read more

OUT IN THE YARD — Chili peppers fun to grow but bring lots of heat

first_img One million drops of water is needed to dilute the heat of 1.5 Scoville units. Most people are familiar with the common jalapeno pepper (2,500-8,000 Scoville units), but have you ever grown or tasted the ghost pepper (1,000,000 Scoville units) or the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper (1,200,000 Scoville units)?This year many gardeners have been blessed with an overabundance of peppers.What do you do if you have more peppers than you want, and you have shared so many that your friends don’t want them either? After frozen, transfer them to a plastic zipper bag and use as needed.To dehydrate peppers, put them on a dehydrator or in the oven at 150 degrees until they are crisp, but not burnt.Then store them in a cool dry place or put them in a coffee grinder (one used only for peppers) and grind them into a powder. Don’t forget to wear gloves and a mask when working with chili peppers.Is it worth it to grow hot peppers if they are going to set your mouth on fire?First, it is fun to say that you have grown the hottest peppers in the world. In addition, chili peppers, especially the ghost pepper, have excellent flavor as long as you use a tiny amount.I can take a pinch of ghost pepper powder and flavor a whole pot of chili. Delicious!You can reach Jefferson County Master Gardener, Melissa Starr, at [email protected] or call the AgriLife Ext. Office at 409-835-8461. If your tongue is burning, your eyes are watering, and you can’t stop sneezing, then you probably just ate a chili pepper.Chili peppers are high in Vitamins A and C, and one red pepper can meet the daily requirements for these two antioxidants. However, these fiery red delights, when hot enough, can blister your tongue and send you running for a glass of cold milk.The heat of peppers comes from the substance capsaicin and is measured in Scoville units, the amount of water needed to dilute the pepper until you can’t feel the heat.center_img Most people don’t want to sit and eat just chili peppers, and they normally use only one or two peppers at a time when cooking. Last year and this year, we grew habanero, ghost peppers and jalapenos.In the past, we have also grown scorpion peppers and Carolina Reapers. When it was time to harvest, I didn’t want to eat the pepper by itself because the ghost pepper itself would blister my tongue.However, I didn’t want to waste them either. Therefore, I froze some, dehydrated some, pickled some and made jelly out of the rest.When freezing peppers, chop them to the desired size, put them on a cookie sheet or small tray and set them in the freezer.last_img read more