County Judge

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick advises insured homeowners with flood damage to file their insurance claims immediately, before Sept. 1, due to legislation going into effect at the end of the week.

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“The death is on our hands,” Orange County Judge Brint Carlton said.

Carlton was speaking about the death of inmate Robert Montano, who was held in the county jail “observation bubble” on suspicion of bath salts intoxication for four days in 2011 until he died of renal failure. Carlton confirmed that no evidence has even been produced to show that Montano was ever under the influence of any intoxicant, but he was instead a diagnosed mental health patient without prescribed medication.

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Sheriff Mitch Woods accepted the donation of photographs of previous sheriffs.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is getting a new piece of art with some great history courtesy of former Jefferson County Judge and Sheriff Carl Griffith. Thanks to a bit of luck and networking, Griffith recently acquired a rustic plaque that features the pictures of all the men who served as Jefferson County Sheriff from 1877-1947.

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