Ollie Therese Patin, 86, of Houston, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011 in Houston. She was born on October 21, 1924 to Robert and Rosa Castille in Breaux Bridge, LA. Ollie was a graduate of Breaux Bridge High School. She was involved with the war efforts working as an expeditor in the shipyard in Orange, TX. She married Milton Patin on April 5, 1947. She had lived in Houston since 1996 moving there from Orangefield where she had lived for 16 years and prior to that she was a resident of Port Arthur for many years. She loved to garden, sew, crochet, volunteer at her church and before her husband passed away, they were known for visiting and caring for ill family members. Her favorite and most cherished times were being with family. Ollie is preceded in death by her late husband, Milton Patin in 1996; her parents; 2 sisters and 7 brothers. For those unable to attend services, please sign the online Guest Book at: www.grammieroberle.com. She is survived by 4 daughters, Glenda Patin of Houston; Maggie Messman and husband Jack of Weston, MA; Charlotte Patin and husband Dave Metcalfe of Columbus, OH and Arlene Brunn and husband David of Houston; a brother, Roy Castille and wife Jane of Port Arthur; a sister, Vivian Guidry of Breaux Bridge, LA; 4 grandchildren, Chris Franks of Houston, Frank Saran of Weston, MA; Amanda Sparks of Vidor; Alysa Wiggins of Vidor; 3 great grandchildren, Kyle Evans, Kasey Evans and Michael Wiggins. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 6:00 p.m. at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur. Entombment will follow in “The Chapel of Peace” Mausoleum, Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves. Pall bearers will be Jack Messman, Dave Metcalfe, Chris Franks, David Brunn, Frank Saran and Allen Thomas. Honorary pall bearer will be Roy Castille. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 -2008.
Next Up For the first time in almost two decades, Jefferson County voters in the Democratic Primary will be selecting a candidate for sheriff without one of the choices being incumbent Mitch Woods, who is retiring at the end of his term. Three candidates have tossed their hats into the ring and of those three, Rod Carroll, assistant deputy chief/corrections, would be the best choice for Democrats to elect to face Ray Beck in the general election in November. Beck is uncontested in the Republican Primary. The police officer associations for Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, Beaumont and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department have all endorsed Carroll, as have the Beaumont Firefighters Local and Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. His 27 years of experience along with two Officer of the Year awards and two Life Saving Awards plus numerous other commendations are strong indications that Carroll has the passion for law enforcement needed in the county’s top law enforcement position.The safety of Jefferson County’s residents and meeting the required standards for the jail would be Carroll’s priorities as sheriff. He believes that sheriff’s deputies must do a better job of communicating with the public and wants to bring a community policing program to the department. He believes having experienced deputies in high schools teaching criminal justice would build relationships with teens that would be beneficial to the students and to law enforcement far into the future. He also is a proponent of a law enforcement Explorer program for teens that would train the people who would be the future work force for law enforcement agencies throughout the county.The Sheriff’s Department has a $41 million budget and of that, $27 million — about two-thirds —is for jail operations. Carroll is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in public administration, strong qualifications for protecting taxpayers’ dollars in the county’s largest department. Carroll is a graduate of the Texas A&M Regional Police Academy and also has a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Sam Houston State University. He also earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Texas A&M University.Degrees and endorsements don’t necessarily qualify a person for a position like Jefferson County sheriff, but Carroll’s lifetime of learning and applying the lessons as CEO of State Care EMS, as a volunteer firefighter, as a paramedic, as a police officer and as a sheriff’s deputy have given Carroll the experience needed to serve the people of Jefferson County and the vision needed to lead the Sheriff’s Department into the future.
Survivors include his longtime partner, Cindy Scea; daughters, Destiny Serres and Ashley Washburn and her husband, Paul, all of Nederland; stepson, Zachery Highlander and fiancée, Sandy Daigle, of Port Neches; grandchildren, Jace and Victoria Mattingly, Grace and Ava Washburn, Ryan Highlander, and Remington LeBlanc; brother, Mike Serres and his wife, Christine, of Buna; sister, Peggy Griffin and her husband, Mark, of Buna; Uncle and Aunt, Weldon and Ann Duke of Shiner; and beloved dog, Jack.He was preceded in death by his parents; and close friend, Greg Bales. A gathering of Mr. Serres’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, 101 Block Street, Port Neches. Chris E. Serres, 57, of Nederland, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016. He was born on April 27, 1959, in Port Arthur, to Joyce Earline Duke Serres and Melvin Lloyd Serres.Chris was a 1977 graduate of Nederland High School and was a driver and mechanic for M & T Pallet Company. He loved motorcycles and if it could be done on a motorcycle, he could do it. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Serres’ memory to South East Texas Circle of Hope, P.O. Box 953, Nederland, Texas 77627, or to Harbor Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 23077, Beaumont , Texas 77720.Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
By Officer Rickey AntoineCam from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, you always provide some good driving information that pertains to the law in Texas, can you please give some tips about driving in winter weather in Southeast Texas? Thanks for all you do, Officer Antoine and yes, I’ve written my letter of support for you to appear on the “Dr Phil show.” No matter if people love or hate you, they must be honest to the fact that Officer Antoine has made a difference in our Southeast Texas community. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know you or hasn’t heard about Officer Antoine in this area and it’s all because you do what you are paid to do- YOUR JOB!!!!Answer: Good question Cam! What a timely question to a very unpredictable area: seasonal weather. Cam, we all know in Southeast Texas we don’t know what the weather will bring us, either rain, sunshine, lightning, storm, freezing, hail or fog. If we hold our breath, we might see that white stuff on the ground — I think its called SNOW! As residents of Southeast Tex- Susan from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine my mom and I just love and appreciate this column, like many readers we find ourselves turning to this section “Ask A Cop” first on Tuesday mornings. Officer Antoine, my mom’s driver license is due for renewal. She will turn 81 years of age on January 21 and I’ve tried to go on-line to request it and we’ve even mailed it in, but the request was rejected. Now Mom is afraid that something bad has happened to her license, what should we do?Answer: Good question Susan! Tell your Mom to calm down; I believe I see the problem. Susan your mom has reached beyond the magic age of for license renewal (79). In Texas, once you have reached the age of 79, you will no longer be eligible to renew you license online or by mail. You must go up there in person. Licensed drivers in Texas must renew their license every 6 years, and Susan, when your Mom reaches the golden young age of 85, she will experience another change. Instead of renewing her license every 6 years, she will have to go in every 2 years to renew her driver license. Susan I would like to extend to your mom — and I know she’s reading — a very Happy Birthday MOM!!!Join Me, Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop live, on KSAP 96.9 FM The Breeze radio station, every Tuesday for at least 1 hour from 1p-until we are done. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released “Ask A Cop” article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet atwww.ksapthebreeze.org. Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at (409) 982-0247. Remember to email your questions to [email protected] , or call 409-984-8541 and leave a voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can always free and comfortable to approach and “Ask A Cop”! as, we know that we can experience many, if not ALL, of those conditions in the SAME day. My first advice is if you don’t have to drive, stay off the roads during inclement weather conditions. In Southeast Texas we will have to deal with heavy downpours during thunderstorms as well as iced roads, bridges and thick fog. Excessive Speed kills during optimum driving conditions and if we add the element of rain, fog, iced roads, Speeding will be your enemy multiplied by 100. REDUCED SPEED DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER IS SMART DRIVING. It is advisable for all drivers to move into the right lane and operate your vehicle at a safe speed, even if it’s well below the posted speed limit. If a safe speed for you is 25 or 30 mph be-cause of the weather condition on Hwy 69, make sure to turn on your hazard lamps. Cam, here’s a suggestion if your vehicle starts to hydroplane, ease off the gas pedal or brakes and steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction, then straighten your vehicle. Check your vehicle and make sure you have good tire maintenance and good windshield wiper blades now that we are in the winter season. Normally, inclement weather don’t sneak up on us, so daily look in The News, local TV News channel, smart phones, but learn to check your weather condition in advance to know what driving conditions you will be facing.Mims from Nederland asks: Officer Antoine I’ve seen on television a lot of police departments have a sobriety checkpoint to get the drunks off the road. Why don’t we have sobriety checkpoints here in Southeast Texas? I’m sure you can meet your quota and beyond. I was hit by a drunk driver, so I have no sympathy for arresting drunk drivers.Answer: Good question Mims! First and foremost, sobriety checkpoints are not authorized in Texas. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, Texas sobriety checkpoints “are not permissible in Texas under the federal constitution only because Texas has no statutory scheme authorizing them.” Mims, I stand with you that there are too many intoxicated drivers on our roads. But in Texas sobriety checkpoints are ILLEGAL! Even though they consistently reduce alcohol related accidents, the State of Texas has not authorized police officers to conduct roadblocks nor have they sanctioned their enforcements techniques. This makes sobriety checkpoints in Texas unconstitutional! Police officers in Texas have to use their skills of noticing signs of intoxication while driving instead of stopping all vehicles on the road in a checkpoint.
We would like to thank the Gift of Life for expanding services and for also seeking community support from within Port Arthur.The 22-year-old nonprofit has helped hundreds of people from our area for decades; and now, when they seek help from our community, we hope our community does the right thing and returns the favor. The group is seeking a business partner to underwrite their Blessing Bags food program, and we are sure someone will step up and do the right thing. Ideally the Chamber of Commerce will put the word out and help organize something — a group of businesses could agree to underwrite one month a year, for example — and soon this worthy idea will be fully funded.However, even more than money, the group needs community leaders and especially church leaders and retired people to volunteer to talk to groups and translate. If you need something to do or if you want to give back and participate with something more substantial than a donation, please call their offices and offer up your time. Speaking volunteers need not be medical experts — only generous. To sign up, please call 409-833-3663.
HBU knocked down 12 of its first 22 attempts from the field and finished the night 27-of-55 (.491), including five three-pointers. HBU also had a sizeable advantage at the free throw line converting 35 of 44 (.795), while the Cardinals went to the stripe only 13 times.Garth was joined in double figures by 14 points from sophomore Josh Nzeakor – all in the second half – and 11 each from juniors Zjori Bosha and Torey Noel. Classmate Colton Weisbrod added 10 points.Ibarra was one of two Huskies to record a double-double. He finished the night with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Reveal Chukwujekwu added 15 and 10. “We got what we deserved tonight,” said head coach Tic Price. “For a team that prides itself on making stops we just couldn’t make any, especially in the first half. We did a little bit better job defensively in the second but it wasn’t good enough. I always say you play like you practice and yesterday we had one of our worst practices of the season.”After falling behind by seven points early, the Cardinals turned to the long ball to get back in the game. Garth checked into the lineup and knocked down consecutive threes to cap an 8-0 run to hand LU its first lead of the game, 12-11, with 14:24 remaining in the opening half.The Huskies responded to 8-0 by outscoring LU, 33-16 for the rest of the half. The Cardinals had no answer for HBU on the glass. Led by Ibarra’s eight first-half rebounds, the Huskies went into the locker room with a 20-11 advantage on the glass. HBU also finished the half shooting better than 55 percent from the field (16 of 29), while holding the Cardinals to an 11-of-29 (.393) performance.Garth served as a bright spot in the opening 20 minutes scoring 13 points on 3-of-6 (.500) shooting from beyond the arc. He was the lone Cardinal to score more than four in the first 20 minutes. Lamar sports informationHOUSTON – Sophomore Nick Garth scored a game-high 24 points and led an offense that shot better than 56 percent but had no answer for a slow start falling at Houston Baptist, 94-87, Saturday night at Sharp Gym. The loss ends a three-game win streak for the Cardinals who have never won at Houston Baptist.LU (15-10, 7-5 SLC) knocked down 32 of 57 (.561) shots, including 13 of 28 (.464) three-pointers but never found an answer for HBU’s (11-12, 7-6 SLC) Josh Ibarra on the glass. Ibarra was one of two Huskies to pull down double-digit rebounds as LU was outrebounded by 14. The Huskies also grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. In addition to HBU’s advantage on the glass and hot start shooting the ball, LU put its host on the free throw line 14 times (8-of-14) in the opening half, while LU attempted just three.Houston Baptist pushed its lead up over 20 points before the Red and White started to chip away at the deficit. Garth picked up where he left off in the first half knocking down four three-pointers in the early stages of the second to spark 12-5 run to pull the Cardinals within 13, 62-49, with 11:29 remaining.HBU pushed the advantage back to 19 points before Big Red went on another run this time led by consecutive threes from Bosha. LU trimmed the deficit down to 11 points, 76-65, with 5:14 remaining in the contest. The Cardinals continued to chip away at the HBU lead cutting it down to seven with less than 11 seconds to play, but the Huskies hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the lead.The Cardinals return to action Thursday when they travel to Nacogdoches to take on Stephen F. Austin. The game against the Lumberjacks is slated to begin at 8 p.m. from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
I had a chance to go fishing at a local reservoir this past weekend and I caught my first frog fish of the year. Fishing with a frog is one of my favorite methods, and it can lead to some big bass and some breath taking explosions.Bass will hit frogs from now until the water cools down next winter. While some lakes are better than others, I have managed to catch bass on a frog in just about every body of water that I have fished in this state. Below are a couple of tips and tactics to help you become a better frogger. Go big or go home!If you want to be an effective frogger, you will need a medium heavy or heavy duty rod that is at least 7 foot long. I recommend a reel that has at least a 7:1 gear ratio and 65 pound or heavier braid. Frog fishing is usually done in heavy grass which means you need to get the bass out quickly before she tangles you up or gets off of the hook. The heavy rod will give you the backbone to get the fish up and the fast reel will allow you to get the fish out of cover as quick as possible. The heavy braid will insure that you don’t get broke off in the process. Try a variety of frogs.There are several brands of frogs that are on the market today. While they may look similar, rest assured that there are differences. Some have a skirt, some have paddle feet, some float, and others sink. I have even seen frogs made out of rabbit hair. If you aren’t having luck with one type, be sure to try another. Vary your technique. Sometimes the bass will strike better when you simply reel the dog like a buzz bait. Other times a slow approach is more necessary. I have even reels a sinking frog across the grass and let it sing in the open holes. Once you find the method that works then stick with it, but don’t be afraid to change it up if they stop biting. Don’t be afraid to fish super heavy cover.Everyone targets the outer edges of grass and cover. However, bass are often way back in the thick stuff. Frogs are weedless so you can throw them just about anywhere. I often cast over bushes and heavy hay grass to catch bass on the other side. While it may be hard to get them out, remember the first goal is to get them to bite. Remember big bass love heavy cover!I hope these tips help and that you have a great “frog season” for bass. Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and outdoors writer for The News. •
Funeral services will be Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church.Visitation will be 9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m. with the Holy Rosary beginning at 10:30a.m.Final Disposition Haven of Rest Crematory. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Morris “Mo” Broussard, 74 of Port Arthur, TX passed away on August 7, 2019 at his home.
Curly McZeal, 71, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Funeral arrangements are pending at Gabriel Funeral Home. Jeanette Rita (Rodriguez) LaBove, 90, of Groves and former resident of Sabine Pass passed way on July 2, 2020. Arrangements pending with Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.
BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County grand jury indicted the following individuals this week:Naomi Loutricia Johnson, 48, of Beaumont was indicted for murder for an incident that occurred June 30.Henry Paul Barron, also known as Henry Paul Barron IV, 30, of Nederland was indicted for felony driving while intoxicated for an incident that occurred April 23.Mark Galen Brown Jr., also known as Mark Brown, 41, of Beaumont was indicted for felony driving while intoxicated for an incident that occurred Sept. 14.Robert Kennedy Brown, 52, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Jan. 28.Mary Louise Caswell, 31, transient, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred March 14.Matthew Sigarst, 31, of Beaumont was indicted for tampering with physical evidence for an incident that occurred April 25.Matthew Sigarst, 31, of Beaumont was indicted for evading arrest/detention use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred April 25.Christopher Craig Smith, also known as Christopher C. Smith and Christopher Smith, 40, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 28.Christopher Craig Smith, also known as Christopher C. Smith and Christopher Smith, 40, of Beaumont was indicted for evading arrest/detention with previous convictions for an incident that occurred Dec. 28.Curtis Ray Moore, 65, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Feb. 15.Wallace Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 15.Meghan Michelle Morris, 42, of Port Neches was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 2.Esdras Homero Pedroza, 26, of Nederland was indicted for deadly conduct for an incident that occurred Jan. 28.Bruce Jadale Posey, 27, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 7.Kevin Kenneth Provost, also known as Kevin Kenneth Provost Jr., 27, of Port Arthur was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred May 28.Frank Quinoneo Vega, 28, of Nederland was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred July 22.David A. Rebollar, 19, of Beaumont was indicted for felony theft for an incident that occurred June 30.Kasee Rae Reed, also known as Kasee Reed, 27, of Silsbee was indicted for evading arrest/detention use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred Dec. 20.Kojhmon J. Roberts, 17, of Beaumont was indicted for evading arrest/detention use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred April 2.Djuan Terrel Robson, 26, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 7.Zachary James Dean Rogers, also known as Zachary James Rogers, 24, of LaPorte, was indicted for attempted aggravated assault of a peace officer for an incident that occurred July 11.Zachary James Dean Rogers, also known as Zachary James Rogers, 24, of LaPorte, was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred July 11.Zachary James Dean Rogers, also known as Zachary James Rogers, 24, of LaPorte, was indicted for evading arrest/detention with previous convictions for an incident that occurred July 11.Patrick Rouse, 24, of Kountze was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Jan. 26.Benjamin J. Salerius II, 37, of Port Arthur was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred July 13.Kaylynn Denise Salzar, 24, of Port Arthur was indicted for aggravated assault/family violence for an incident that occurred Feb. 19.Reynaldo Sanchez, also known as Reynaldo Anaya Sanchez and Reynaldo A. Sanchez, 54, of Port Arthur was indicted for felony driving while intoxicated for an incident that occurred March 14. Next Up 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.