Skyler Vyse wasn’t the least bit anxious when the call came in on June 30.“My first thought was, ‘Can I go down there?’” said Vyse, 26, a Florida native and Boatswain Mate Third Class in the United States Coast Guard.As they approached their destination, Vyse grew more apprehensive. “I started tensing up,” he said.On Thursday, Vyse and nine other members of the U.S. Coast Guard received Heroic Actions awards for their response to the grisly events of June 30 that left three people dead. At the time however, the Coast Guard knew there was an active shooter on McFaddin Beach. They knew there had been casualties. Beyond that, information was scant.“We got the call around 4 p.m. and grabbed our guns,” said Shawn McCutchen, 28, a Florida native and maritime law enforcement specialist. Because of their location in Sabine Pass, the Coast Guard arrived at the scene within 10 minutes. A Port Arthur police officer was already there. “They took control and helped us secure the area,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods. “They kept the crowd back.”The Coast Guard found Lauren Brack, 31, of Groves, dead from a gunshot wound. Her shooter, Eric Barragan, 32, of Bridge City, was also dead, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Deputy Nick Garsee performed CPR on a second victim, Regino “Gino” Maybit, 34, of Groves, for approximately 30 minutes before Maybit died from his wounds.“All of them were invaluable that day,” Woods said.That’s why Garsee, the members of the Coast Guard, and two Port Arthur Police Department officers received the awards. “When a tragic event occurs, it brings us all together,” Woods said. “We have an invaluable partnership, and in instances like this, we realize what those partnerships mean.”McCutchen, who said this was the first incident of its kind he has seen during his seven years with the Coast Guard, was appreciative, but nonchalant.“We’re just out there doing our job,” he said.Email: [email protected]: @ErinnPA
Reviving the Statute of Limitations on DebtsAdditionally, making a payment on a debt can serve to revive a statute of limitations. For instance, suppose you stop making payments on a debt in a state where there is a five-year statute of limitations for such debts. The timeline for the statute of limitations ceased when you stopped making payments. In the event you never make another payment or take any other action that would otherwise extend the statute of limitations, the creditor’s option to sue you would end five years later. Should you make a payment at any time during that five-year period, however, the statute of limitations would begin again and not end until another five years had passed.Some creditors purchase old debts for a small amount of money and then attempt to collect the debt using aggressive collection tactics. In and of itself, this practice is not illegal, as you are still responsible for the debt. It is illegal if the creditor attempts to harass you, tricks you into renewing the statute of limitations, or threatens you in any way.Fortunately, most courts will not accept a renewed timeframe if you were unaware that the statute of limitations was being renewed. In the event a creditor attempts to sue you or even threatens to sue for a debt on which the statute of limitations has expired, it’s important that you contact your lawyer or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. By Drew Cloud, The Student Loan ReportStudent loans present a convenient option for many students who either do not qualify for financial aid or who need to supplement their scholarships and grants. Even so, it’s important to understand your rights prior to taking out those loans, including the methods lenders can use for collecting debt if you should fall behind on your loan payments. You should also understand the statutes of limitations that apply to student loans.What Is a Statute of Limitations? In terms of debt collection, a statute of limitations refers to the amount of time the lender has to sue for outstanding debt. This time limit does apply to private student loans but is not applicable to federal student loans, including the Perks, Stafford, and Parent PLUS loans, as well as federal consolidation loans. There has not been a statute of limitations for federal student loans since 1991. The specific amount of time for a statute of limitations also varies from one state to another.In some states, the statute of limitations is capped at three years, while it’s as long as 10 years in other states. Many times, consumers make the mistake of believing that simply because a statute of limitations has expired, the lender cannot continue attempting to collect the debt. This is not the case. The statute of limitations only prevents the lender from suing you. It does not eliminate the debt. If you are not clear about the statute of limitations as it applies to a specific debt, it’s important to consult with an attorney. You should also be aware that collectors are bound by law to inform you if the statute of limitations on your debt has expired, if you ask.Given this, it’s important to be aware that you also have the right to extend the statute of limitations. Depending on the situation, you may be able to either waive or extend the existing statute of limitations by agreeing either verbally or in writing to repay the debt or agree that the debt is valid. This is only applicable in situations in which the lender is allowed to sue you for the debt. Most creditors will not do this if you are making payments in a satisfactory manner. It can be relatively easy to settle a loan with an expired statute of limitations. Once a creditor knows it’s no longer an option to force you to pay back the debt using legal action, it is often much more agreeable to settling the debt for less than what is actually owed.There is no statute of limitations on federal student loans. Regardless of whether the loan is several decades old, if you have failed to make payments, you can still be sued for payment by the federal government. In the interim, collection costs and interest will likely continue accruing, which will make the amount owed even greater. For this reason, it’s a good idea to try to work out a solution with your loan holder. Doing so will usually be far less expensive than simply ignoring the issue.Other factors can also affect the statute of limitations behind state laws. Among those factors are whether the school was accredited at the time you attended and how the loan was used. These two factors alone can have a significant impact on which part of a loan and even whether the loan can be collected.The Difference Between Credit Reporting and Statute of Limitations on DebtBorrowers should also be aware that the length of time that information regarding loan payments, including collection accounts and late payments, can remain on credit reports differs from the statute of limitations for being sued for collection. The Fair Credit Reporting Act governs negative information reported on credit reports. Simply because the statute of limitations has expired on a loan, it does not mean that negative information will no longer appear on a credit report. Likewise, just because there is no information regarding a debt on your credit report, it does not mean the creditor can longer attempt to collect the debt.Remember, when researching student loans, it’s vital to understand the collection rules as they apply to such loans. Furthermore, never borrow more money than you realistically expect you will be able to repay and carefully consider the impact it could have on your life if you experience financial problems in the future and are not able to repay your loans.he Student Loan Report is a content partner of The Port Arthur News providing news and commentary. This content is produced independently of The Port Arthur News.
Staff reportBEAUMONT — Beaumont police early Sunday responded to a call on Irving Avenue, where they found a victim dead on the sidewalk. An issued statement said the “check welfare” call came at 2:46 a.m. on Irving Avenue’s 2600 block.Beaumont Emergency Medical Services pronounced the victim dead. Cause of death was not known; an autopsy was expected. The victim was identified as Eustiseu Rocha, 58.
“As a veteran myself I appreciate everyone coming out and taking time to pause of reflect on the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Weaver said. There are plenty of chances to honor our nation’s fallen military on Memorial Day.The first will be with a special event at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, 618 Block St. in Port Neches. The Rev. Kevin “Kikker” McWilliams will be the speaker in the event sponsored by Oak Bluff, Dews Memorials and Melancon’s Funeral Home. A second event will begin with music at 2 p.m. and the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 7626 Texas 73 not far from the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge in Port Arthur.The guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Tx. Jefferson County Commissioner Brent Weaver said there would be activities and displays on hand during the annual event.
Funeral Services, under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home, will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Port Arthur, TX; visitation from 8:00 am to 10:00 am; recitation of the rosary at 9:15.Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Juanita Florence Moses Ray stepped into eternity on Friday, July 12, 2019.A native of Port Arthur, Texas, she was born to the union of Florence Pipkins Moses and Clarence Moses, October 3, 1922. Juanita, a 1944 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Port Arthur, Texas, married James Joseph Ray, Sr., in 1949.She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart and a dedicated member of The Knights of Peter Claver, Cartegena Court 32. She was a newspaper distributor for the Port Arthur News for more than 35 years.Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, Florence and Clarence Moses; her siblings, Ruth Ivy Yowman and Clarence Julius Moses; her husband James Joseph Ray, Sr., and her son, James Joseph Ray Jr.She leaves four children to rejoice her life: Barbara Polk (Robert); Kennard Ray of Tacoma, Washington; Leonard Ray; and Steven Ray (Denise); fourteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, family, and friends.
He was a retired Motiva Operator with 34 years of service.Joseph was a US Navy and US Navy Reserve Veteran, serving his active duty in Coronado, California.He loved to hunt and fish with family and friends and was the “Garage PawPaw” who was very proud of his family. Joseph Clayton Stewart Jr., 70, of Port Acres, Texas passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.Joseph was born October 22, 1949 in Port Arthur, Texas to Joseph Clayton Stewart Sr. and Anna Lee Breaux Stewart.Joseph was a lifelong resident of this area and a member of Jade Avenue Baptist Church. Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, March 6, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Military Graveside Honors to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving relatives include his wife of 49 years, Janice Landry Stewart of Port Acres, Texas; son, Ken Stewart and wife Becki of Beaumont, Texas; daughter, Jill Sandberg and husband Stephen of Beaumont, Texas; grandchildren, Kendall Stewart, Parker Stewart, Kyler Harrington, and Kohen Sandberg; brother, Keith Stewart and wife Jo of Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Connie Barlow and husband Doug of College Station, Texas; mother-in-law, Della Landry of Fannett, Texas, brother-in-law, Kernice Landry and wife Vicki of Port Acres, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minority Chamber office will be closed to the public until further notice. “After the loss of our previous office due to Hurricane Harvey, we are excited about relocating our office downtown into the EDC building,” chamber President Ike Mills said.“Working with existing and new minority businesses, along with fostering entrepreneurial development efforts, will be the overall focus of the Minority Chamber. Industrial tax abatements, employment and minority contracting opportunities will continue to play a key role in the development/redevelopment of Port Arthur. We look forward to working on these issues with the city, county, state and other national entities to address the historical barriers that exist.” For more on the Minority Chamber, visit pagmcc.com or email Mills at [email protected] The Port Arthur Greater Minority Chamber of Commerce has relocated to the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation building at 501 Procter St.The Minority Chamber was previously located on Anchor Drive.
Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:• Midland Odessa – $1.61/g, down 5.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.66/g.• San Antonio – $1.41/g, down 1.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.43/g.• Austin – $1.46/g, down 3.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.49/g. It’s becoming clearer that 99-cent per gallon gas prices from the COVID-19 pandemic are solidly behind us as gasoline demand rebounds across the country with cities and states slowly reopening.“The lowest-priced stations in the country will see some upward movement, but most areas will still see declines,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.Texas gas prices have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.49/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 stations. Gas prices in Texas are 17 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 110.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.“While oil may continue to struggle, a disconnect between low oil prices and rising gasoline prices has emerged at the hands of refineries that have slowed production over the past month to avoid flooding the market with unwanted gasoline,” DeHaan said.“As demand stages a rebound, it remains to be seen how quickly refiners will raise production to meet the locations that have or will begin to re-open in the days and weeks ahead. For now, expect prices to see upward potential- but only in the lower priced states- as we await a boost in gasoline production.” According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Texas is priced at $1.09/g today while the most expensive is $2.39/g, a difference of $1.30/g.The lowest price in the state today is $1.09/g while the highest is $2.39/g, a difference of $1.30/g.The national average price of gasoline has risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $1.75/g today.The national average is down 14.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 114.7 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.Historical gasoline prices in Texas and the national average going back ten years:May 4, 2019: $2.59/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)May 4, 2018: $2.57/g (U.S. Average: $2.81/g)May 4, 2017: $2.20/g (U.S. Average: $2.35/g)May 4, 2016: $1.99/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)May 4, 2015: $2.39/g (U.S. Average: $2.62/g)May 4, 2014: $3.45/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g)May 4, 2013: $3.34/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)May 4, 2012: $3.66/g (U.S. Average: $3.80/g)May 4, 2011: $3.86/g (U.S. Average: $3.99/g)May 4, 2010: $2.78/g (U.S. Average: $2.89/g)
Ozamay (Junior) Pullin and Lidney Thompson, Nederland teammates in the early 1950s, were visiting their old hometown this week when they met up with a Bulldog who came along 30 years later, Coach Monte Barrow.Pullin and Thompson, now 85 and 84, are hoping to return Aug. 1 for the 18th annual Morgan-Adkins old timers’ luncheon. Event spokesman Ronnie Vize said plans are proceeding for the gathering, while staying alert for COVID-19 restrictions.Pullin laughingly labels himself “the worst quarterback Bum Phillips ever had.” Thompson played on the freshman team at the University of Houston, and lettered three years after one season as a redshirt. He coached football and boxing at the Harris County Boys Home for a year, got homesick and was hired on as a boilermarker helper at Neches Butane.Thompson then returned to UH for a semester, finished his degree and began a three-year stint as an assistant at Groves Junior High.He was at Itasca in 1967, then began a seven-year stretch at Newton, culminating with a 56-26 win over Spearman for the Class 2A crown in 1974.Thompson earned his master’s degree at McNeese State University, and was in roles as a principal and superintendent at Chester and Newton. His coaching resume also includes stops as Beaumont French, Beaumont Forest Park, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Silsbee, Port Arthur Stephen F. Austin, Hemphill, DeRidder and Merryville, Louisiana. His senior season, 1952, Nederland managed to go 5-5, laying the groundwork for five straight district titles and the eventual state championship in 1957. Thompson was a strapping 6-foot-1, 170-pound end when he became the first Bulldog all-stater in 1953.Lidney Thompson’s storied career as a player, administrator and coach began and ended in Nederland and Newton. He was the Bulldogs’ first all-stater in 1953 and coached in five state championship games in Newton. (Russ Devillier/Special to The News)The careers of Thompson and Barrow provide stark contrasts in paths to success. Thompson made a myriad of stops while coaching in five state championship games for the Newton Eagles.Barrow was an assistant for 24 years before succeeding Larry Neumann as head coach. He begins his fourth year at the helm when Nederland opens a new season Aug. 28 at West Orange-Stark. The latter was as an assistant to son-in-law Tod Stark.He was on Curtis Barbay’s staff when the Eagles won it all in 1998, blanking Daingerfield, 21-0. Nineteen years later, Thompson would again be on the sidelines when W.T. Johnston’s Eagle outfit beat Gunter in the 3A Division II finals. Newton repeated in 2018, edging Canadian. Last year’s team made it to the regionals.Thompson and his wife Jackie have been married for 59 years. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. The old Bulldog stays in shape with regular two-mile walks at their home in Rayburn Country.Pullin is a sprightly Cajun widower who now lives in Clinton, Tennessee, near his son Tommy. He makes the 830-mile trip to Nederland alone several times a years, visiting his sister Mary Kirkendall.He was born in Groves, moved to Nederland in the ninth grade and married his sweetheart, Earlene Hooks.They were together for 62 years before her passing in 2016.Pullin recalls that their wedding at Hillcrest Baptist was attended by two carpenters who were working on the pastor’s adjacent home. He worked at Texaco before going to B.F. Goodrich in Port Neches and becoming a supervisor.The thrifty young couple used savings to invest in the Wick ’N Sticks chain, owning 12 stores in four states before taking early retirement to enjoy travel.
A camera reportedly captured White jump the counter of the kiosk, pick the lock to a drawer and take $5,016.94 in jewelry, which was later recovered in the parking lot.Police then learned White attempted to enter trough Dillard’s by crashing his vehicle into the south entrance door but was unable to make entry.Estimated damages to the mall totaled approximately $36,900. A Beaumont man accused of driving his vehicle through the entrance of Parkdale Mall in an apparent attempt to steal jewelry has been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury.Beaumont Police responded to Parkdale Mall just after 8 p.m. July 4 and discovered a red Chevrolet Impala driven by Garrick Sterling White, 40, of Beaumont had crashed through the mall entrance and was parked near the Buckle store close to American Jewelry kiosk.According to the probable cause affidavit for is arrest, the crash and alleged subsequent theft was captured on security cameras. White was arrested for felony criminal mischief and two counts of burglary of a building. He has since bonded out of jail.He was indicted on those charges last week. 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.