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Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville

An Orange County mother is searching for her runaway daughter, 15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). 

According to Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi, Tammy Cox called to the sheriff’s office at 3 p.m. on Nov. 26 to report that her daughter had run away, leaving a note telling her mother that the teen was possibly traveling to California. 

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James LeBlanc, Paul Stephenson, and William ‘Ike’ Eichelberger

Veteran Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office employees Deputy James LeBlanc, Sergeant Paul D. Stephenson, and Deputy William B. “Ike” Eichelberger are calling it quits and entering retirement – after almost 100 years of combined service to the county on top of decades of service to the country as well, as all have also served as U.S. Marines.

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TEA to analyze funding

Hurricane Harvey’s destructive flooding on the Texas Coast has left property damage in excess of tens of billions of dollars, and with it, losses to state and local government programs that depend on property values to generate tax income. Among the entities expecting to see a significant decline in collections are the local school districts that traditionally claim a lion’s share of the Texas homeowner property tax payments.

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District Attorney Bob wortham, ADA Tatiana Zelezniak and ADA Kim Pipkin

Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham has a message for unregistered sex offenders looking for a place to hide: Stay away from Southeast Texas.

“I really think sexual predators should find somewhere else to go,” Wortham said, adding that unregistered sex offenders in Jefferson County would be prosecuted for failing to register and for failing to change their address within seven days of moving. They face third-degree felony charges and punishment ranging from two to 10 years behind bars.

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Trooper Damon Allen

Funeral services for the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who died while on duty Thanksgiving Day will be on Friday, Dec. 1, in Mexia, Texas, DPS said in a statement.

Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot during a traffic stop south of Fairfield in Freestone County at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

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UPDATE, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: Heaven Cox has been found. The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports she was in Louisiana at the home of a relative of an acquaintance. Detectives are still investigating the incident.

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Original release:

An Orange County mother is searching for her runaway daughter, 15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).

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A 69-year-old Liberty, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to a federal tax violation in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Nov. 29.

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Thomas Mansur | Photo: Louisiana State Police

On Nov. 28, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A were contacted by the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office to assist with an investigation involving a person that identified themselves as a LSP Trooper, Louisiana State Police said in a release.

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Sherri Penton | Photo: Louisiana State Police

On Oct. 24, Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were requested by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation into an alleged rape committed by one of their deputies, Louisiana State Patrol said in a release.

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Trevino Clark | Photo: Louisiana State Troop D
Vehicle allegedly used in hit and run | Photo: Louisiana State Troop D

An arrest has been made in a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a Moss Bluff woman early Monday, Nov. 27, Louisiana State Troop D said in a release.

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