death

Brenda Cannon  Henley

Life sometimes hits us with surprise after surprise. This seems especially true the older we become. I go to way too many funerals these days, and seldom a week goes by that I don’t get a call letting me know of the death of a friend or a relative. I said to someone at the funeral home last night, “We really have to quit meeting like this.” My friend laughed as we remembered the last occasion where we visited together.

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A memorial fund to assist the family of Orange County Sheriff's Captain Tom Ray has been set up at the Gulf Credit Union, 4721 Texas Hwy 87, Orange, TX 77630. Capt. Ray died unexpectedly Oct. 20 of an apparent heart attack leaving behind a wife and two sons.

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Police in Orange are investigating a shooting incident stemming from an altercation between family members that claimed one man's life Oct. 14, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Manuel Delacruz

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Oct. 5 that a grand jury has returned a no bill in the matter of the in-custody death of Manuel Delacruz, 26, of Port Arthur on Aug. 1.

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Police in Orange are looking for information surrounding the death of 29-year-old Gretta Danielle Franks of Iowa, La., whose body was discovered in a ditch along Interstate 10 on Oct. 8, reports Capt. Robert Enmon of the Orange Police Department. 

Officers responded to a call reporting a deceased person in the 2400 block of S. Lutcher Drive at about 10:55 a.m. 

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Sovereign Explorer (www.oilrig-photos.com)

An oil worker died after he fell from the Sovereign Explorer rig in Sabine Pass on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

According to Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Washburn of the Port Arthur Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 9 a.m. after information was received that an individual may have fallen off the oil rig into the water.

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The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Hardin County Jail who was found unresponsive in his cell following a public intoxication arrest on Aug. 27, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a news release. 

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of a vaccine candidate intended to prevent Zika virus infection.

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Workers on a boat under Veterans Memorial Bridge in Orange County recovered the body of a 54-year-old woman Aug. 2, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office. 

According to a news release from OCSO, deputies responded to a call for assistance on a welfare concern at the bridge at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday. When deputies arrived, they were advised a white female had been rescued from the water by workers that had been in a boat working under the bridge. 

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The 21-year-old passenger of a truck traveling down Major Drive in Beaumont late Saturday morning shot himself accidentally while handling a revolver and died as a result, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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