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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a teen who went missing in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 30. Sharon West, a 14-year-old living in the Labelle-Fannett area, was last seen at the home of a family friend she was staying with around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. She was reported missing  July 30 around 8 p.m.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a suspicious death in Orange County, according to Sergeant Chad Hogan of the department.

Information from the sheriff's office reveals the female victim was discovered in a field on Elizabeth St. off South Teal Road in the Little Cypress area. The death is currently being investigated as a homicide, Hogan stated.

Hogan, shortly after 8 a.m. Aug. 1, said authorities were still working to identify the victim.

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After spending more than a million dollars over the past three years on equipment and personnel to scan and search citizens trying to enter the Jefferson County Courthouse, commissioners are considering axing the program, citing ineffectiveness and cost as the primary reasons.

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An arbitrator has ruled that, despite the fact former Orange Police Department Capt. Robert Arnold shot and killed James Whitehead at point blank range in the parking of the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on 16th Street in Orange last year, he must be returned to the police force because the city violated Arnold's due process rights.

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