Jean Babineaux, sister of Jordan and Jonathan Babineaux, represented the Babineaux Family Foundation teamed up with Ranyasha Roberts, cousin of Charles who was representing Jamaal Charles “Youth Matters” Family Foundation gathered with volunters to distribute 200 meals, incuding turkey, to the needy at Sacred Heart-St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall on Monday.Babineaux said this is the fifth year the Babineaux Family Foundation has reached out to the community. Through the years the Babineaux’s have teamed up with fellow Port Arthuran Kevin Everett, now retired from the Buffalo Bills, as well as Trill Fashions, to help the less fortunate.“We are looking to feed 200 families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday,” she said. Outside the parish hall, hundreds of people stood upwards of three hours to receive the fixings for their holiday meal.Roberts said it feels wonderful to help this in need.“We are blessed, both families, with the opportunity to come back and help people in Port Arthur,” Roberts said. “If they weren’t in (football) season, they’d be here.”Tables inside the hall were filled with brown paper bags containing macaroni and cheese, stuffing mix, canned goods cranberry sauce and turkey. Asia Banks was one of about 200 who stood in line for some holiday assistance.“I think it’s real nice for them (Babineaux and Charles families) to do this,” Banks, who has a son, age 7, said. “Some people may not have much of a chance to have a Thanksgiving meal without this and I’m one of them.”[email protected] The Babineaux brothers and Jamaal Charles weren’t in town this week but they were still able to extend a helping hand to the community.The Port Arthur men are busy preparing for upcoming professional football games — Jordan Babineaux, plays for the Seattle Seahawks; Jonathan Babineaux plays for the Atlanta Falcons and Jamaal Charles plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.The families of the men have been giving back to the community for years and this year was no different.
Provide the receiver with back up. Give the recipient the original receipt in case the card is later lost or stolen. Also, before you buy retail gift cards, consider the financial condition of the retailer or restaurant. A card from a business that files for bankruptcy or goes out of business may be worthless. If the business closes a store near the recipient, it may be hard to find another location where the card can be used. A business that files for bankruptcy may honor its gift cards, or a competitor may accept the card. Call the business or its competitor to find out if they are redeeming the cards, or if they will do so at a later date.Treat the gift card like cash. For receivers, it’s important to report lost or stolen cards to the issuer immediately. Some issuers will not replace cards that are lost or stolen, while other issuers will, for a fee. Make sure to use gift cards as soon as possible, because it’s not unusual to lose or forget about them. Many shoppers looking for a simple, easy present for friends and family this holiday season will turn to gift cards, letting the recipient do the shopping at their favorite store or restaurant.But the Better Business Bureau says consumer complaints about gift cards are on the rise, and they are warning buyers to beware of potential pitfalls before purchasing them.The agency has received more than 750 complaints against the gift card industry so far this year, up from just 33 complaints last year. One of the biggest concerns? Consumers receiving expired gift cards that aren’t usable until the expiration date is corrected. When they send the card in for replacement, it never comes back, and they’re left empty-handed. Read the fine print before buying. Is there a fee to buy the card? Are there shipping and handling fees for cards bought by phone or online? Will any fees be deducted from the card after it is purchased?Inspect the card before buying it. Verify that no protective stickers have been removed, and that the codes on the back of the card haven’t been scratched off to reveal a PIN number. Report any damaged cards to the store selling the cards. Here are some tips for both givers and receivers of gift cards, courtesy of the BBB:Know the rules. New federal rules that took effect in August of 2010 are designed to protect consumers, restricting fees and affecting gift card expiration dates. These new rules apply to two types of cards: Retail gift cards, which can only be redeemed at the retailers and restaurants that sell them; and bank gift cards, which carry the logo of a payment card network like American Express, Visa, or Mastercard and can be used wherever the brand is accepted.Check it out. Make sure you are buying from a known and trusted source. Always check out a business at www.bbb.org. Avoid online auction sites, because the cards sold there may be counterfeit or may have been obtained fraudulently.
“Easter Lilies bending low in the golden afterglow, Bear a message from the sod, To the heavenly towers of God.” Louise Lewin Matthews Next Up“Stately lilies pure and white, flooding darkness with their light,” The Easter Lily, lilium longiflorum, ranks fourth in floral sales after poinsettias, mums and azaleas. The Easter Lily or “Nellie White” is the most commonly grown cultivar. It can grow up to 3 feet high. It is commercially begun 2 weeks before Christmas. The root systems are established in cool situations. Then they are exposed to light and heat to bring them on. The blooms are manipulated by temperature to be in full flower on the right day as Easter occurs on different days each year. “Bloom and sorrow drifts away, On this holy hallow’d day.” After bringing your Easter lily home remove the decorative foil wrapping to ensure that water does not stand underneath the pot. Root rot will be prevented. To help them last longer, keep daytime temperatures at 60-65 degrees and nighttime temperature slightly cooler. Avoid drafts, heat and glaring direct sunlight. Water thoroughly when the surface feels dry to the touch. When the flower starts to wither after its prime, cut it off to make the plant more attractive. Open blooms last about 7 days. When the lily has finished blooming plant the green foliage outdoors in a sunny, well drained area. A well-drained potting mixture to use is a mixture of 1-part soil, 1-part peat moss and 1-part perlite. Easter lilies need morning sun and afternoon shade. Add 1 teaspoon slow release fertilizer every 6 weeks. As the plant dies, cut stems back to soil surface. Mulch to conserve water. Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (409)835-8461. “Easter morn with lilies fair, Fills the church with perfumes rare,” is the beginning of a poem excerpt from Louise Lewin Matthews. The intoxicating smell of the Easter lily fills many Christian churches on Easter. They symbolically remind us of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The bulbs emerge from their earthly graves and bloom into majestic trumpet-shaped white flowers. In Luke 12:27 Jesus said, “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not; and yet I say to unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”“As their clouds of incense rise, Sweetest offerings to the skies.” Easter lilies in churches and other venues are groomed by removing the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed. This gives the flower a longer life and prevents pollen from staining the white flowers. Gently pull the yellow anthers out with your fingers.
• Road Runners: Cynthia Williams 168-405, Hedy Zampini 162-440, Charlotte Banks 155-446, Phil Rogers 233-531, James Pitre 235-587, Geraldine Rebert 190-521, Robert Seymour 196-539, Blanch Comeaux 202-511.• Medical Center: Kerri Babineaux 134-338, Merced Rodriguez 189-489, Ray Pena 191-467, Joe Hurst 140-323, Shane Bryan 113-313, Susan Rikoff 194-529, Judy Lynch 153-417, Melissa Toon 137-392, Ron Carlin 162-432. • Queen Tumblers: Chris Marze 213-540, Brenda Dodson 176-490, Sheila Vaughan 170-427, Emily Davis 135-330, Frances Boudreaux 173-477, Donna Kelly 164-431, Betty Shannon 176-439, Donna Loupe 149-393, Elsie Tweedel 172-437, Joyce Porter 144-385, Martha Thomasson 163-427, Flo Benoit 165-472, Beverly Wallace 143-394.• Golden Oldies: Mary Gravitt 179-453, Donna Clifton 115-326, Bonnie Timaeus 142-385, William Gore 189-480, Hedy Zampini 165-469, Art Leon 168-471, Mary Kay Rios 149-407, Brenda Mire 149-365, Frank Rios 147-424, Robert Seymour 219-527, Charlotte Banks 154-404, Bill Lawless 190-547, Phil Rogers 190-489.• Mid-County Mixed: Mita Ikari 137-378, Resty Baluyot 166-451, Vladie Quirante 192; Resty Baluyot 166-451, Rose Quirante 162-429, Rey Diestro 181-464.• Fun Bowlers: Zach Smith 156-363, Devon Rankin 236-562, Dawn Carona 175-496, Mike Wagner 191-449, Michael Morvant 175-503, Eric Kyles 234-594, Chayla Merritt 147-421, Matt Lumpkin 156-401, Jonathan Marler 175-496, Charles Venable 242-555, Aaron Wersig 193-479, Steve Killion 223-533, Lorrie Gallien 179-486, Molly Hogan 180-501, Perry Swiney 164-416, Joseph Commorato 203-555, Jeff Lopez 133-329, Judy Lynch 166-442, Kerry Stevens 220-553, Sue Rikoff 213-586, Tyler Rikoff 244-577, Kenny Johnson 206-478, Kara Castillo 169-417, Aubrey McKee 233-593, Charlene Wersig 206-580, Carl Quinn 213-541, Bryan Chichester 236-565, Dick Chichester 192-499, Larry Perio 208-542, Missy O’Connor 204-529.• Energy Country: Mike Charles 251-575, Gina Wilson 227-521, Kayla Menard 143-345, Larry Witzleben 184-491, Ashlea Witzleben 191-514, Susan Rankin 190-490, Devon Rankin 230-596, Daniel Torres 232-559, George Duke 247-574, Rene Pulver 193-515, John Ferguson 190-483, Tony Falgout 202-539, Keith Morel 204-589, Ryan Worthy 225-578, Eric Brown 249-585, Jonathan Martin 245-594, Aaron Richardson 168-388, Bonnie Maxwell 157-434, Michael Palermo 182-514, Glen Lee 203-507, Houston Rideaux 214-576, Leroy Young 215-595, Lynn Bourgeois 214-597, Art Turner 191-543, Tommy Girolamo 241-589, Theresa Beavens 160-435, Chuck Clark 193-485, Tammy Nick 205-570, Kirk Edwards 189-454, Larry Manganice 237-520, Laura Scully 182-444, Rudy Gonzalez 122-338, Michael Morvant 198-545, John Truong 214-571, Kevin Truong 199-526, Chase Leger 218-569, John Ramsey 233-568, Logan Cain 149-406, Giles Broussard 155-428, Travis Johnson 227-592, Rhonda Stout 200-547, Heather LaBauve 154-412, Shelly Moity 195-486, Kevin Gros 177-496, Robert Seymour 192-509, Chris Edwards 216-568.• Stars of Tomorrow: Cain Shaw 195-152-158—505, Blaine Seymour 144-166-156—466, Brandon Bertrand 165-110-145—420. • 700s: Kurt Cullums 287-236-218—741, Logan Lomasney 246-290-205— 741, George Duke 253-249-289—791, Sami Jo Williams 254-226-255—735, C.J. Moity 247-252-257—756, Trey Todora 214-248-259—721, RaeAnna Todora 243-233-224—700, Jamie Engle 256-226-247—729, Derek Williams 257-268-206—731, James Moity 258-235-225—718, Branden Powell 280-218-278—776, Skipper Arsenault 244-230-257—731, George Gund 257-247-224—728, Eric Manthei 227-257-226—710.• 600s: Bill White 236—686, Mark Maxwell 277—611, Skipper Arsenault 269—643, Kim Bourque 235—670, Mack McPhatter 244—642, Bob Cullums 220—608, Trey Todora 226—610, John Parent 233—610, Caleb Klein 256—630, Dean Wersig 224—630, James Coldwell 236—649, Tyler Combs 258—622, Bill White 245—663, Eric Monarch 223—614, Kat Douglas 226—636, Kyle Miller 231—608, Aaron Vanover 232—618, Mike Jacquet 234—638, Zachary Beckett 222—606, Kevin Smith 244—654, Paul Vaughan 232—620, James Pitre 267—602, Bill White 244—653, Casey Smith 254—611, Johnny Simon 248—640, Blake Dugas 246—635, Logan Lomasney 244—630, Jason Beavens 238—609, James Pitre 225—663, Drew McClary 246—665, David Bruno 237—676, Roger Fregia 223—614, Jacob McConnell 278—690, Karen Bellow 213—622, John Allen 264—684, Ryan Cooper 253—637, Rick Hermsen 258—697, Paul Vaughan 214—606, Derik Gund 266—618, George Parsley 237—610, Thang Nguyen 252—656, Chuck Burns 265—632, Jeff Wright 247—685, Bobby Clark 223—652, Hunter Engle 235—621, Ray Todora 266—669, RaeAnna Todora 277—679, Darryl LeBlanc 227—601, Bret Chipman 269—664, Jason Nettelbeck 232—646, Richard Calder 228—605, Mike Jones 221—600, Belinda Powell 267—618, Eric Harrington 234—680.• Monday Seniors: Bill Lawless 181—489, Cynthia Williams 149—359, William Gore 165—443, Venix Morris 184—545, Stacie Williams 148—408, Cotton Glidewell 185—482, John Robison 209—483, James Pitre 214—598.• Valero: Bonnie Maxwell 203-512, Georgeann Richardson 211-573, Patsy Ronquille 192-525, Ryan Smith 205-565, Chris Marze 205-514, Walter Tucker 208-545, Adam Wersig 196-564, Chris Heath 163-427, Alanda Boldt 198-552, Christopher Keisler 218-498, Jason Hale 197-544, Shannon O’Connor 210-554, Missy O’Connor 183-488, Charlene Wersig 226-545, Shelly Moity 181-456, Eric Kyles 233-557, Kaci Leatherwood 152-348, Kaylen Vera 158-451, Greg Year 154-440, Will Bailey 152-364, Zach Wiley 162-438, Sean Connor 212-565, Arlis Jones 136-346, Roger Caldwell 153-424, Doug Fear 195-490, Charles Heider 197-494, Britt Morphew 212-588, Monte Morphew 167-411, Christie Marcantel 137-313, Les Perrin 185-494, Scott Harlow 207-469, Rusty Doucet 199-559, Mark Richard 185-489, Justin Cates 203-530, Zach Lege 100-271. The Stars of Tomorrow had Cain Shaw leading the way. Cain had games of 192-152-158 for a 505 series.The first weekend of the Knights of Columbus State Tournament are in the books. The leaders of the women’s portion of the tournament saw the locals atop the leaderboard. Judy Arsenault, Port Arthur, sits in first place in the singles division with a 678 series. Janice Todora, Bridge City, and Barbara Blanchette, Sour Lake, lead the doubles division with a 1,427 combined series. After today’s team event the SETX Cacey Queens are sitting on top with a 2,560 team event score. This column will have all the champions, including the men and series, in next week’s column. The Monday night Valero League highlighted this week’s action at the Max.The Duke, Robert Duke that is, lit up the lanes by firing games of 253-249-289 for a league-leading 791 series. Sami Jo Williams led all the women as she fired games of 254-226-255 for a nice 735 set. The senior men were led this week by the Chief. C.J. Moity shot games of 247-252-257 for a sweet 756 series.Thursday night’s Energy Country Ford League had the senior lady bowler of the week. Karen Bellow continues to get back to the top of her game as she hammered games of 213-205-204 for a 622 set.
“She brought myself closer to God. I found prayer in it praying for her,” he said. “She changed my life. She was an angel sent here four years ago.”News of Austyn’s passing spread quickly along social media sites under #AustynStrong.Austyn, born January 20, 2013, is the daughter of Joshua and Sarah Halter, according to her obituary. “She was the answer to their prayers. She enjoyed spending time with her family, singing, dancing, painting, shopping, Starbucks coffee, watching movies, and dressing up as her favorite princess or superhero. She was a ‘Mommy’ to many dolls, and loved to pretend that she was a nurse. She even said that’s what she wanted to be when she grew up. During her short time on earth, she touched thousands of hearts with her unwavering strength, bravery, and her contagious smile. Austyn loved to love, and was loved by all. She will be greatly missed.”Visitation will be held at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves, on Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 3 until 9p.m; with a memorial service from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday Aug. 10 at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches immediately following the funeral mass, under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Please join Sarah, Josh, and family for a gathering at Beau Reve in Port Arthur after funeral and burial services.“Sarah and Josh would like to thank the doctors and staff at Texas Children’s Hospital and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their incredible care provided to Austyn and the entire family. The family appreciates all prayers and concerns extended during this difficult time,” according to the obituary. #AustynStrong #ForeverFour. Next UpProfessional golfer Andrew Landry, originally from Groves, donated his first endorsement check of $10,000 from Moonshine Sweet Tea to Austyn shortly after his performance at the 2016 U.S. Open, where he led after one round and remained in position to win going into the final round.He said the news of Austyn’s death was “super devastating.”“My heart goes out to her family and friends who’d been a part of her life,” Landry said. “… It’s just devastating. On the other hand, the way I’m looking at it, it was a true angel who was sent down. She touched my life. I never even met the girl. Just following her story and talking to her mom and dad and hearing how passionate and strong she was, it’s crazy to me to think a girl that incredible could go through something like that. A little girl who captivated the hearts of area residents during her battle with leukemia has died.Austyn Halter, 4, dubbed by family as their “Miracle Girl,” passed away Aug. 4 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee after a two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia.Becky Ballard, Austyn’s great-aunt, said the family thanks everyone for their love, support and prayers at this time.
“You have got to do this,” people told her. “We have got to have some sense of normalcy. We’ve got to have something to look forward to.”Well, as much “normalcy” as a Carnival season can provide, they got it.Harvey took another bite from our pleasure with the cancelation of Thursday’s parade — there was only so much that could be done this year — and Mother Nature took her own portion on Saturday afternoon, dumping rain on downtown and causing cancelation of the Krewes Royalty March.But nonetheless, traffic poured down Memorial Boulevard toward the Mardi Gras events for four days. Beads flew, music played and a community could smile. No matter the head count, no matter the bottom line, no matter the hours worked or the miles traveled to Procter Street and the Festival Area, Mardi Gras Southeast Texas and its supporters accomplished a brave and beautiful thing in presenting to Greater Port Arthur this year’s Carnival events.Well done. You can’t quantify fun. You can’t quantify the creation of family memories. You can’t quantify how important it is for a community that’s been beleaguered by record-setting flooding and its ill effects since last summer to find some restored sense of equilibrium. People got all of that from this year’s Mardi Gras schedule.Devastating floods may have altered much of the autumn and winter for Port Arthur and Mid County people. But it did not wipe away Mardi Gras, which for 26 years has been a seasonal mainstay here.Laura Childress of Mardi Gras Southeast Texas said she could feel some sense of local urgency when it came to this season’s Mardi Gras events, capped off by four days of parades and parties and music in downtown Port Arthur, from Atlanta Avenue to Austin Avenue. Urgent it was. “People want to be involved,” said Barbara Phillips, spokewoman for Valero, which led the Valero Krewe of Krewes Parade on Friday evening. Many plant employees, like people everywhere in this community, suffered some losses during the flooding, but there they were on their float Friday, along the seawall, waiting to play.Teresa Hayslette and Harold and Susan Schkade of Port Neches said there was little they could do about the rain except hoist their umbrellas. But standing on the Krewe of Carnival float Friday, they braved the weather still.Standing alongside Procter Street, awaiting the parade’s start, Loan Le and Tram Vo watched toddler Christian Vo sample some snacks. A little rain was not going to dampen his spirit nor theirs.We salute Mardi Gras organizers, volunteers and participants — they have served us well — for keeping the Carnival and Mardi Gras spirit alive during this difficult year.
According to law enforcement, the child was being cared for by his grandmother. The case remains under investigation. It is unknown if the grandmother is facing any charges at this time.Previous reporting: Man saves toddler found walking near highway An official with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed that the toddler was taken into custody and is still in foster care as of Monday afternoon. The child, a 2-year-old boy, was found by a passerby on Texas 73 not far from Nutty Jerry’s near Winnie on Friday. The toddler was at the edge of the roadway when Joey Villemez stopped to check on him.The child was wearing a diaper and shirt, no shoes and was carrying a purple towel, he said in a previous story. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services are continuing their investigating into the case where a toddler was found walking along the highway.
BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County grand jury indicted the following people Wednesday:Daniel Charles Boutte, 17, of Beaumont was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred July 15.Waynan Allen Cormier, 19, of Beaumont was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred July 15.Abdul Amar Akbar, 17, of Beaumont was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred July 15.Deldrien Baker, 17, of Beaumont was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred Aug. 11.Joey Antonio Kenebrew, also known as Joey Antione Kenebrew, Joey Antonio Kennerbrew, Joey Atione Kennerbrew, Joey Antione, Kennerbrew, Joey Kennerbrew, 27, of Beaumont was indicted for retaliation for an incident that occurred April 11.Randy Davis, also known as Randy Oneil Davis and Randy Neil Davis, 60, of Sugarland was indicted for robbery for an incident that occurred July 1.Buster Hawk Kay, 41, of Beaumont was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by felon for an incident that occurred May 14, 2018.Buster Hawk Kay, 41, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance for an incident that occurred May 14, 2018.Buster Hawk Kay, 41, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Jan. 30.Jose Hugo White, 41, of Port Arthur was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by felon for an incident that occurred May 14, 2018.Jose Hugo White, 41, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred May 14, 2018.Deven Jones, 17, of Beaumont was indicted for theft of a firearm for an incident that occurred June 27.Narcisco G. Gonzalez, 24, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was indicted for tampering with physical evidence for an incident that occurred May 2.Terrence Christopher Kelley II, 28, of Beaumont was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon for an incident that occurred March 26.Roderick Demond James, 18, of Beaumont was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred July 22.DeQuincy J. Beatty, 27, of Beaumont was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred July 22.Roderic Demond James, 18, of Beaumont was indicted for burglary of a building for an incident that occurred July 4.Rashad Malik James, 17, of Beaumont was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred July 4.Josue Nathan Castillo, 35, of Port Arthur was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred June 27.Ariel Faye Heathcoe, 30, of Beaumont, also known as Erica Malanie Trahan and Elizabeth Sheyann Primrose was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Feb. 17.Erroll Joseph Melonson, 41, of Groves was indicted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements for an incident that occurred June 28.Christopher Jones, also known as Christopher Bryan Jones and Christopher Brian Jones, 40, of Port Arthur was indicted for burglary of a building for an incident that occurred June 1.Christopher Bryan Jones also known as Christopher Brian Jones, 40, of Port Arthur was indicted for evading arrest/detention with previous convictions for an incident that occurred June 15.Anthony James Harris also known as A J Harris, 33, of Port Arthur was indicted for evading arrest/detention with previous convictions for an incident that occurred July 6.Ashley Renee Delarosa, 33, of Port Neches was indicted for forgery of an elderly individual for an incident that occurred April 22.Ashley Renee Delarosa, 33, of Port Neches was indicted for forgery of an elderly individual for an incident that occurred April 27.Teresa Fulcher, 41, transient, was indicted for felony theft with prior theft convictions for an incident that occurred April 27.Miranda Nicole Hancock, 36, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, phencyclidine, or PCP, for an incident that occurred Feb. 5.Miranda Nicole Hancock, 36, of Beaumont was indicted prohibited substances in correctional facility for an incident that occurred Feb. 5.Jaylin Cleveland Francois, 25, of Beaumont was indicted for tampering with physical evidence for an incident that occurred April 18.Jaylin Cleveland Francois, 25, of Beaumont was indicted for evading arrest/detention use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred April 18.Kyle Gene Chism, 33, of Orange was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 20.Robert C. Cunningham, 59, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 27.Robert C. Cunningham, 59, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 27.Dean Allen Daugherty, 35, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred March 9.Wendy Lynn Flowers, also known as Wiendy Lynn Flowers, 33, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred March 26.Shies Jerome Harrison, 39, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, phencyclidine, or PCP, for an incident that occurred Feb. 3.Shies Jerome Harrison, 39, transient, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, phencyclidine, or PCP, for an incident that occurred Feb. 16.Derrick Wayne Hayward, 55, of Beaumont was indicted for felony theft with prior theft convictions for an incident that occurred June 7.Devonta Carda Joubert, 18, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, for an incident that occurred Feb. 9.Kendon L. Leger, 36, of Orange was indicted for felony theft with prior theft convictions for an incident that occurred March 4.
The inspector general’s report is based on a telephone survey of 323 hospitals around the country, from March 23-27. With hundreds of new coronavirus cases daily, the situation is becoming more dire for many the nation’s 6,000 hospitals. Others can still scramble to prepare.“Hospitals reported that their most significant challenges centered on testing and caring for patients with known or suspected COVID-19, and keeping staff safe,” the report concluded.“It’s likely that every hospital in America is going to have to deal with this,” Maxwell said. WASHINGTON (AP) — Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.A report Monday from a federal watchdog agency warns that different, widely reported problems are feeding off each other in a vicious cycle. Such problems include insufficient tests, slow results, scarcity of protective gear, the shortage of breathing machines for seriously ill patients and burned-out staffs anxious for their own safety.“There’s this sort of domino effect,” said Ann Maxwell, an assistant inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services. “These challenges play off each other and exacerbate the situation. There’s a cascade effect.” Michelle Adams, director of business development and physician recruitment with The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, said they are committed to equipping Port Arthur staff members with the materials needed to safely care for patients.Officials are reviewing updated guidance from the CDC and Texas Department of Health daily to assist in that effort.“Steward Health Care’s preparations began months ago, when the virus initially emerged in the United States,” Adams said. “As part of this, we launched a substantial program to acquire and stockpile specialty equipment required to treat COVID-19 patients, including ventilators and personal protective equipment.”In most people, the coronavirus causes mild to moderate symptoms. Others, particularly older people and those with underlying health issues, can develop life-threatening breathing problems. The U.S. has more diagnosed cases in the global pandemic than any other country, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Projections show the nation will see the peak impact later this month. Maxwell said the key insight from the report is that different problems — usually addressed individually — are building on each other to entangle the whole system.For example, a lack of testing and slow results means hospitals must keep patients with unconfirmed coronavirus disease longer.That takes up precious beds and uses up protective equipment like gowns, masks and face shields, since doctors and nurses have to assume that patients with symptoms of respiratory distress may be positive.The increased workload raises the stress on clinical staff, who are also concerned they may be unable to properly protect themselves.“Health care workers feel like they’re at war right now,” a hospital administrator in New York City told the inspector general’s investigators. They “are seeing people in their 30s, 40s, 50s dying. … This takes a large emotional toll.”The inspector general’s office did not identify survey respondents due to privacy concerns.Overtime hours and increased use of supplies are raising costs at the same time that many hospitals experience a revenue crunch because elective surgeries have been canceled. The recently passed federal stimulus bill pumps money to hospitals.“It is in fact a national challenge, not just from the hot spots, but from all over the country,” Maxwell said. Rural hospitals are vulnerable because of a limited number of beds and smaller staffs.Of the 323 hospitals in the survey, 117 reported they were treating one or more patients with confirmed COVID-19, while 130 said they were treating one or more patients suspected to have the disease. Suspected infections are treated similarly, because of the uncertainties around testing. Only 32 hospitals said they were not treating any patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Another 44 hospitals did not provide that information.“Hospitals anticipated being overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 patients, who would need specialty beds and isolation areas for effective treatment,” the report said.The head of a group representing for-profit hospitals said Monday that, on top of the problems in the report, facilities are finding that COVID-19 patients take long to recover.“We are finding that their lengths of stay are much longer than comparable illnesses like pneumonia and flu, and they are requiring a lot of drugs,” said Chip Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitals.Parts of Europe provide a glimpse of what hospitals in the U.S. are trying to avoid. The AP reported last week that some European nations are throwing together makeshift hospitals and shipping coronavirus patients out of overwhelmed cities via high-speed trains and military jets. In Spain, doctors are having to make agonizing decisions about who gets the best care. In the U.S., two Navy hospital ships have been deployed and field hospitals erected.How to set priorities for the use of ventilators, breathing machines that can sustain life, is one of the most worrisome questions. Hospitals from Louisiana to New York and Michigan are already confronting projected shortages, the AP reported last week.“Government needs to provide guidelines on ethics if health resources are limited and decisions need to be made about which patients to treat,” a hospital official in Broward County, Florida, told the inspector general’s office. “Are physicians liable for their decisions if that happens?”Many hospitals are responding by improvising their own solutions. Some explored buying face masks from nail salons due to the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE. Others have been trying to make their own hand sanitizer by blending ultrasound gel with alcohol from local distilleries.Ingenuity can create its own worries.“We are throwing all of our PPE best practices out the window,” a hospital administrator in West Texas told the inspector general’s office. “That one will come back and bite us.”
May 15Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 1500 block of Gary.Assault family violence-impede breathing / circulation was reported in the 800 block of South 15th Street.Assault offensive touch was reported in the 2500 block of Nederland Avenue.A person was arrested for deadly conduct in the 3500 block of Canal.Theft of a firearm was reported in the 3500 block of Canal.Purchase / furnish alcohol to a minor was reported in the 500 block of South 37th Street.May 16Assault causes bodily injury was reported in the 500 block of North 15th Street.Assault causes bodily injury was reported in the 3700 block of Nederland Avenue. May 12Assault causes bodily injury-family violence was reported in the 2100 block of Helena.Theft was reported in the 2600 block of FM 365.Aggravated sexual assault of a child was reported in the 500 block of North 35th Street.A dog at large was reported in the 3100 block of Youmans.May 13An information report was made in the 400 block of North 24th Street.Assault offensive touch-family violence was reported in the 3400 block of Nashville.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 200 block of North 27th Street.May 14Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 2300 block of Knickerbocker.Theft was reported in the 1300 block of Avenue H.A person was found to be in possession of a controlled substance in the 1500 block of South 27th Street.A person was arrested for public intoxication in the 1100 block of North 18th Street. May 17Theft was reported in the 2100 block of FM 365.Criminal mischief was reported in the 1000 block of Boston. The following individuals were arrested by Nederland Police Department from May 11-17:John Landrum, 40, Nederland warrants/warrant other agencyAnthony Martinez, 30, warrant other agencyJaylon Fitzgerald, 21, public intoxicationEvan Boden, 23, deadly conductNederland Police responded to the following calls from May 11-17:May 11A person was arrested on Nederland warrants and another agency’s warrants in the 3400 block of Avenue B.Deadly conduct was reported in the 200 block of North 31st Street.Identity theft was reported in the 800 block of Chicago.Credit card or debit card abuse was reported in the 100 block of North Memorial.Theft of a motor vehicle was reported in the 3000 block of West Boston.Harassment was reported in the 8000 block of Viterbo.Assault offensive touch-family violence was reported in the 3400 block of Avenue B.An information report was made in the 2000 block of FM 365.Assault offensive touch-family violence was reported in the 3400 block of Avenue B.