Next Up If laughter is the best medicine, Southeast Texans should gear up for a triple dose of chuckles. Lafalot Entertainment challenges the Golden Triangle to “Lafalot or Die” as they present the first Triple Threat Comedy Tour show Saturday, Nov. 3 in Beaumont. The tour will feature some of comedy’s best acts including from the movie Next Friday staring Ice Cube and Mike Epps The African King of Comedy Michael Blackson, also from BET’s Comic View and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boys of Comedy; Rod Man, from Comedy Central, Nick Cannon’s “Wild N Out” and Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment” which airs on Starz. He has also been in the presence of comedy greats like the “queen of comedy” Monique and Showtime at the Apollo; and for the grand finale the tour presents 10 year comedy veteran Fat Natt who has been called “300 pounds of funny” coming from New Orleans, home of Lafalot Entertainment. The show will be hosted by Houston comedian Craig Bush. “Triple Threat is the signifying name that symbolizes what these comedians present on stage, a threat to those who dare not to ‘laf.’ This show will remind you of great triples such as The Three Stooges, the Dallas Cowboy’s Triplets Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, with a brand of comedy that won’t be presented on another tour this century,” said Woodie Horne, head honcho of Lafalot Entertainment. The show will be begin at 8 p.m. at the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont. Tickets are $35 per person or $50 for every two tickets purchased. Tickets are currently available at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or www.lafalotentertainment.com “Don’t miss it!” Woodie said. “It is guaranteed to be funny and the hottest comedy show you’ve seen.” The Triple Threat Comedy Tour will not end with the Golden Triangle show, they plan to go through numerous cities in an effort to “proclaim the same fame as the Kings of Comedy and Blue Collar T.V.” Next stop — Shreveport!
Services todayJames Harrold Daniel, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Houston, 10 a.m.Elodie Picou, St. Mary Catholic Church, Fannett, 11 a.m. Essie Mae Green, Ridgewood Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Johnnie Ola Zeno, New Hope Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Ashley Arrington Gantt, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves, 1 p.m. Death noticesJohn L. Setliff, 84, of Nederland died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.Theadora Williams of Fairfax, Va., died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Richard Lee Banks, 54, of Port Arthur died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Tuan Anh Tran, 66, of Port Arthur died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Gail “Gig” Elizabeth Guidry, 61, of Nederland, died Sept. 8, 2016. Broussards, Nederland.Peggy Holmes, 60, of Orange, and formerly of Nederland, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland. Wanda Thompson Rohrbaugh, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 p.m.Margaret “Babe” Ward, The Anchor Church of Beaumont, 11 a.m.Anna Earl Mitchell, Broussard’s, Nederland, 2 p.m.Kelly Nguyen, Queen Of Vietnam Catholic Church, Port Arthur 9 a.m.
Next Up Larry was born in Port Arthur, on July 22, 1947. He is the son of the late Tony Siragusa and Sadie Fertitta Siragusa. Larry had a great love for traveling. He loved playing volleyball and refereed for over twenty years as well. He proudly served our country as a medic in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. Those left to cherish Larry’s memory are his daughters, Stacey Siragusa and Sherry Souders, both of Katy, TX; his grandchildren, Ethan and Sophia Souders of Katy, TX; his beloved four pawed companion, Lexie. Larry is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Donald and Jerry Siragusa. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland. The funeral service will be Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland with the interment at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. Online guest registry available at www.melancons.org Larry James Siragusa, 69, of Port Neches passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at his residence.
A North Carolina man who police say led them on a high-speed chase is said to have ripped Tasers from his body while trying to fight officers and later ran away while handcuffed before being caught.Vidor Police were notified around 9:15 a.m. Sunday that Louisiana State Patrol was in pursuit of a black Acura bearing North Carolina plates at speeds in excess of 100 mph westbound on I-10. As the pursuit neared the Vidor city limits, officers received additional information that the vehicle was attempting to run other vehicles off the road, according to a press release from the Vidor Police Department.Vidor Police deployed “stop sticks” which caused the front driver’s tire to deflate, coming to a stop on the 855B ramp. That’s when the driver allegedly left his car and tried to steal a second vehicle from a motorist. The driver of the second vehicle was armed and held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.At this time officers from VPD and Texas Department of Public Safety deployed Tasers.The man ripped the first set of prongs out and was attempting to fight officers. He was finally subdued and placed into cuffs but while sitting on the ground awaiting EMS to check on him, he got to his feet and took off running. He was captured a second time. The suspect is identified as Diego Gomez, 22, of Monroe, North Carolina. He is charged with evading arrest/detention in a motor vehicle and aggravated kidnapping.He is currently in custody at the Orange County Correctional Facility awaiting a bond hearing. Louisiana is in the process of getting charges filed on Gomez for fleeing and traffic violations.
In a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll a year before the election, 69% of Texans had no real impression of O’Rourke; only 17% didn’t view Cruz positively or negatively. In another UT/TT Poll in March of this year, the neutral opinions of O’Rourke — one measure of his recognizability — had dropped to 12 percent.One of the many things that happened between point A and point B on the O’Rourke timeline was $70 million in campaigning. He was a good candidate, but money made him a threat.Hegar’s congressional race was probably a beneficiary of whatever Democratic momentum O’Rourke built up. But she also had money, a good story and, in her case, a less energetic incumbent to knock off. If she’d pulled a few more votes in veteran-heavy Bell County — she’s a veteran, too, which is why the door from the helicopter she flew in Afghanistan is in her dining room — she might be in Congress today.Hegar had to wrestle her way to Carter, finishing first in last year’s Democratic primary and then prevailing in a runoff with Christine Eady Mann. She’s the most serious Democrat to enter the race with Cornyn, but U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, has been openly considering a run. By Ross RamseyThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org The two face obstacles O’Rourke overcame, starting with introductions. Neither has run a statewide campaign, and both can expect to see a lot of strangers on their way to a 2020 race.The incumbent before them is formidable. Cornyn is finishing his third term in the U.S. Senate. He had four challengers in 2014 and got 61.6% of the vote. No other statewide Republican candidate did as well. Six years earlier, in the second slot on a presidential ballot topped by John McCain and Barack Obama, Cornyn got 54.82%. In 2002, he got 55.3%. He won a statewide race for attorney general in 1998 and races for Texas Supreme Court in 1996 and 1990.That makes him a political brand name in Texas — but a weaker one than Cruz. In that March 2019 UT/TT Poll, 62% of Republican voters approved of the job Cornyn has been doing in Washington and 83% approved of Cruz. That’s a sign of a stronger base. On the plus side, 60% of Democrats disapproved of Cornyn, while 78% disapproved of Cruz. That’s a sign that the anti-Cornyn crowd is smaller than the anti-Cruz brigade.Texas might be a real battleground in 2020. Both parties are saying so now, but the races haven’t developed and the parties have been known to bait and switch when one hotspot cools and another place heats up. National Democrats have their eyes on a half-dozen congressional races in Texas where they think Democrats might be able to beat incumbent Republicans. The Republicans have their eyes on two seats the Democrats took from Republicans in 2018; they want those back.The coattails will be set in the top race — the one for president. But the U.S. Senate race is next on the ballot, a place to either build on positive momentum or to counter a bad result. The best recent example of a stopper like that was Gov. Greg Abbott. Cruz had a close race at the top of the ticket, winning by 2.6 percentage points. Two Republican incumbents lost in Congress, and then Abbott won his race by 13.3 percentage points. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won by just 4.8 percentage points, and Attorney General Ken Paxton won by 3.6 percentage points.You think those two were glad Abbott was there?That’s Cornyn’s job next year — to win and protect the Republicans below him from whatever might happen in the presidential contest.As for Hegar or Castro? It’s the other side of the same page: win, and help some down-ballot Democrats along the way.Personality counts, but it’s going to be expensive. Watch the money.Disclosure: The University of Texas 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. Tattoos, a motorcycle, a helicopter door in a dining room and a terrific personal story will all help MJ Hegar in her race against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. But it’s going to take something else to turn hers into a Beto O’Rourke-sized challenge: money.Hegar knows this by experience. She ran against U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Georgetown, in 2018 and lost by 2.91 percentage points. He got 8,318 more votes than she did, out of 286,007 cast. She beat him in Williamson County, too — notable because Carter was one of the builders of that county’s once-stout Republican dominance.It was money that made that possible, just as money made O’Rourke’s challenge to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last year. O’Rourke had a lot going for him then, as Hegar does now. He’s got a knack for getting attention. His 254-county tour of Texas got him a lot of notice. Cruz is popular with Texas Republicans and gets the full-throated support of the loud ones. But he has the opposite effect on Democrats and Democratic activists. In the early days of the race, when the average Texan could pass O’Rourke in a parking lot without noticing him, the El Paso Democrat was already running pretty well against Cruz.
Answer: Good question, Mary Ann! Well, hello Opelousas, Louisiana; what a pleasure to hear from you. Mary, you are correct in knowing that each state law may differ no matter how close the states are to each other. Now, Mary Ann, in the great state of Texas there is no law that states if you turn on windshield wipers that your headlights must be on. I understand that a motorist will turn on his wipers during inclement weather conditions. In Texas there are three events that mandate the use of headlights:30 minutes after sunset30 minutes before sunrise.If visibility is less than a 1,000 feet which equates to about three city blocks. Mary, with that said, it’s not a bad idea to turn on the headlights when it’s raining.Willie from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, I’m loving this column every Tuesday and the radio show is off the chain. Officer Antoine, one day I was drinking some water and I laughed so hard I choked myself. You guys must really be going at it, but in the end I always learn something. I wanted to know about my wife going to sleep in the passenger seat on long drives. If we go to visit family in Louisiana or Dallas she can’t stay awake and always go to sleep. Now sleeping isn’t the concern; her sleeping position is the concern. She reclines her front passenger seat back so far till she’s almost lying down. Officer Antoine, is this legal to sleep in this position in a car while traveling on the roads of Texas even if her seat belt is on?Answer: Good question, Willie! It’s always good to hear that this weekly column and the weekly radio show are reaching our community in a positive manner. Willie, the answer to your question regarding sleeping position in a car may shock many. Willie, it is totally acceptable to sleep in a moving motor vehicle on the roads of Texas, but the seat position is the problem concerning your wife. Willie, the safety belt is not on properly if it’s not against the upper torso, and your wife could be issued a ticket for not wearing her seatbelt. I know this sounds crazy but you can go to sleep but don’t change your seat position, which alters the protection that your vehicle seatbelt can provide. This goes for children as well, do not lay your children on the back seat so they can sleep even if you keep their seat belt on their lap. If you’re involved in a crash the seatbelt can cause more damage than help if it’s not worn correctly. Mae from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, just the other day something very weird happened to my daughter. She received a text message from an unfamiliar number claiming to be the Port Arthur Police Department urging her to respond to the text by calling the number displayed on the caller ID. Officer Antoine, we are law-abiding citizens and huge supporters of our police officers that put their lives on the line daily to protect us! So receiving this text startled us, just to say the least, because my daughter doesn’t recall having any communications with Port Arthur PD. So why would Port Arthur PD be texting her? What should she do about this text urging her to call?Answer: Good Question Mae! I can truly understand yours and your daughter’s concern, which can be quite alarming — almost like looking in your rearview mirror and seeing red and blue flashing lights! Mae, here is a phrase you and all readers should familiarize yourselves with: “ Beware scammers are everywhere!” Scammers are now trying to instill fear into suspected victims by using governmental entities such as the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security office, law enforcement departments to deceive innocent victims into giving certain personal information or giving money! Mae, we should always be in a guarded state of mind when we are dealing with anyone with whom we are not familiar. The Port Arthur Police Department does not send out random text messages requesting someone to call a number. Mae, there should be red flags popping up your head anytime someone you’re not familiar with asks for money, your address, your Social Security number, any debit or credit card number, bank account number and even your phone number! You don’t have to engage in a conversation with them; simply hang up. What gets my goat the most is when these unsavory people prey on the elderly. Keep this in mind: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true! Mae, believe me when I tell you I receive an email almost monthly now telling me that someone in a foreign country has died and they had millions of dollars that a family member is wanting to give to me and all I need to do is provide my name, bank account number, date of birth, Social Security number and they will out of the kindness of their heart transfer millions of dollars to my account! Beware: Scammers are everywhere.Mary Ann from Opelousas, Louisiana asks: Officer Antoine, I visit Port Arthur often and oftentimes my family and I find ourselves comparing law differences in Texas and Louisiana. Officer Antoine, in Louisiana the police are very strict concerning the windshield wiper/headlight law in Louisiana; it says when you turn on your windshield wipers you must turn on your car headlights. Is that the same law here in Texas? Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” radio station every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. 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 at www.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 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 Fourth St., Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop!
She spent her spare time volunteering at the McFadden Ward House in Beaumont, and she was also a member of the Red Hat Society.Barbara enjoyed traveling and was a dedicated shopper.Throughout her time on earth, she remained a faithful woman who loved the Lord and her family above all else.Barbara will be missed by all who knew and loved her.Please pray for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Betty Bell; and her brother, James Bell Jr.She is survived by her loving husband of over 50 years, A. J. “Sandy” Aucoin; her children, Troy Aucoin and Keely Rogers of Bulverde, George Aucoin and wife Jill of Bridge City, and Natalie Allen and husband Jerry of Lumberton; her grandchildren, Sean Aucoin and wife Helen, Hunter Aucoin and wife Kamryn, Heather Aucoin, Chelsea Allen, Seth Allen, and Peyton Allen; her great-grandchildren, Hudson, Karrington, and Madeline; and her sisters-in-law, Rachel Bell, Joyce Feltman, andVicki Gibson. Barbara Bell Aucoin, 78, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on February 14, 2020, in Beaumont, Texas.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2020, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.Officiating will be Reverend Mark Bunch of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. Barbara graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur.During her time in high school, she was a part of Red Hussars Drum and Bugle Corps.Barbara then went on to graduate from Port Arthur Business School.She worked as the Finance Director for the city of Bridge City for over 25 years. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2020, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on February 15, 1941, she was the daughter of James Thomas Bell and Betty (Speed) Bell.
The following individuals were arrested by Port Neches Police between July 20 and 26:Holly Pritchard, 35, possession of a controlled substance and other agency warrant(s)Cody Badon, 40, other agency warrant(s)Port Neches Police responded to the following calls between July 20 and 26:July 20Officer investigated a report of theft in the 2200 block of 8th St.Officer investigated a report of assault in the 1100 block of Washington.July 21Officer investigated a report of criminal mischief in the 700 block of Montgomery.Officer investigated a report of assault in the 800 block of Ridgewood.Officer investigated a report of fraud in the 300 block of Twin City Hwy.Officer investigated a report of theft, burglary of a habitation and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 800 block of Ridgewood.Officer investigated a report of assault in the 800 block of Ridgewood and in the 2100 block of Merriman. July 25Officer investigated a report of assault in the 200 block of E. Port Neches Ave.Officer investigated a report of assault in the 1400 block of Merriman.July 26No reports July 22No reportsJuly 23 Officer arrested a subject for other agency warrant(s) in the 600 block of Ave. C.Officer investigated a report of criminal mischief in the 1800 block of Live Oak.Officer investigated a report of criminal mischief in the 2300 block of 1st St.Officer arrested a subject for possession of controlled substance(s) and other agency warrant(s) in the 700 block of Magnolia.July 24Officer investigated a report of assault in the 900 block of Montrose.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens in reference to a phone scam.The caller falsely represents themselves as Entergy employees. They are telling citizens their electricity bill is due immediately and if they don’t make arrangements to pay the bill, they will be disconnected.They are telling people who pay by check or a monthly automated payment that they have not received their payment. This is a SCAM. If you have questions about your Entergy bill, contact Entergy directly. The number that shows up on caller ID is Entergy’s actual number. The message that they leave you is to call another phone number to pay your bill.If a call sounds suspicious, hang-up and call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak directly with an Entergy customer service representative.
The developments in the speaker’s race came hours after the GOP maintained its majority over the lower chamber, fending off a well-funded challenge from Democrats who had hoped to flip the House for the first time in nearly two decades.At a noon press conference at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, Phelan said “the race is over” and said he had backings from a “supermajority of the Republican caucus” and a “broad coalition of support” from Democrats. A candidate needs a majority of the 150-member chamber in order to win the gavel and preside over the House.Phelan’s list of supporters released Wednesday consisted of about 50 Republicans and roughly 30 Democrats. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, a Southlake Republican who chairs the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee, was on the list. And a number of high-profile Democrats, including some who were running for speaker heading into Election Day, were also among Phelan’s supporters: state Rep. Senfronia Thompson of Houston, the longest-serving woman and Black person in the Legislature’s history; state Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso, speaker pro tempore; and state Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas, chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.Phelan, who has served in the House since 2015, is chair of the powerful House State Affairs Committee. He was a top lieutenant of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, a Republican who will retire at the end of his term thanks to a political scandal last summer. Morrison, meanwhile, has served in the lower chamber since 1999 and is chair of the Local and Consent Calendars Committee.Before he ended his speaker’s bid, Ashby stressed in a statement earlier Wednesday a desire for the GOP caucus to meet to consider reforms to the House’s governing process and to vote on a speaker candidate, citing the group’s bylaws to select a leader within the bloc. Ashby’s request tapped into a sentiment some Republicans who were critical of how Bonnen won the gavel in 2018 have expressed: House Republicans should elect the next speaker as transparently as possible.As election results came in Tuesday, the eight-candidate field for speaker — four Democrats and four Republicans — seemed to consolidate into two camps: a group supporting Phelan and another backing Ashby. Both candidates filed for the gavel in recent days as the race quickly escalated heading into Election Day. On Tuesday night, Morrison had announced she was backing Ashby for the job. And on Wednesday morning, another Republican in the race, Chris Paddie of Marshall, announced he was supporting Phelan. The House will officially elect a speaker on the first day of the legislative session in January.Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response:“Now that we know Rep. Dade Phelan will serve as our next Speaker, it’s time for all representatives to focus on the issues we face together as a state – especially the challenges we face as a result of the still-spreading COVID-19 pandemic and the related revenue shortfall. We look forward to working with Rep. Phelan cooperatively and effectively to pass policies that will build a better future for all Texans…”— By Cassandra Pollock of The Texas TribuneThe Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, announced Wednesday he has the votes needed to become the next speaker of the Texas House and soon after released a bipartisan list of 83 members supporting his candidacy. That number, should it hold, is more than enough votes for Phelan to win the gavel when the Legislature convenes in January.But by Wednesday evening, a group of Republicans who had not signed on to support Phelan’s candidacy indicated they were not backing down.State Rep. Trent Ashby, a Lufkin Republican, had been Phelan’s main competitor for the speakership — and after Phelan’s announcement Wednesday, Ashby said the GOP caucus should meet to “vote to back a candidate … as soon as possible.” Hours later, though, Ashby said he would support state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, for the job — less than 24 hours after Morrison had pledged her support to Ashby for the gavel. If elected, Morrison would be the first woman to serve as speaker.