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Police in Orange are investigating a case of suspected insurance fraud following a single-car accident that appeared to have resulted in injuries to the parties involved, all of whom were paid by insurance, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Police in Beaumont are investigating and searching for suspects in a fatal shooting that occurred in the 4600 block of Maddox Street in Beaumont on June 2, Beaumont Police Department Officer Tony Harding reported in a news release. 

According to Harding, BPD patrol officers responded to Maddox Street in South Park in reference to call reporting a suspicious vehicle early Thursday morning, just before 1:00 a.m. While officers were en route to the location, the complainant reported hearing multiple gunshots.

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An Orange County Sheriff's Office detective has resigned amid a federal investigation, Sheriff Keith Merritt confirmed March 10.

OCSO Detective Chad Hogan, the office's public information officer, turned in his letter of resignation March 10 after federal investigators showed up at his place of work looking for him. Federal agents also raided his home in the morning before interviewing at the sheriff's office. 

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On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at approximately 10:17 p.m., officers of the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to the 7900 block of Memorial Blvd. in reference to an auto pedestrian accident.

According to Sergeant Lloyd, officers learned a 2013 Dodge Ram had been northbound in the inside lane when it struck a 30-year-old male pedestrian who was in the roadway. The pedestrian was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Ram remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

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On Friday, December 18, 2015, at approximately 12:34 p.m., officers of the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to 1745 10th Street in reference to an unresponsive person.

According to Major Raymond Clark, upon arrival, it was determined that a male, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Reed, was deceased. Investigators believe that Reed had sustained injuries consistent with being attacked. Investigators conducted a thorough examination of the crime scene and are treating the death as a homicide.

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According to Marcelo Molfino, Assistant Chief Criminal Investigator for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, in the early morning hours of September 24, 2015, the Jefferson County D.A.’s office received a request from the Port Arthur Police Department for assistance in an investigation involving an off-duty Port Arthur Police officer who was home and confronted by an intruder attempting to gain entry into his residence.

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A family dispute in Orange turned deadly when one of two brothers was fatally stabbed by his stepfather Sept. 20, reports the Orange Police Department. According to OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave, 30-year-old Orange resident Jamey Myers was killed during the altercation on Sunday.

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The Examiner has obtained a copy of a Texas Education Agency investigation report that outlines multiple deficiencies in the Special Education Department of the Beaumont Independent School District.

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Police in Orange are investigating the death of 23-year-old Lacorius Desean Garrett of Orange who was last seen jumping into the water from a pier of the boat launch at the City of Orange Boat Ramp located on Simmons Drive sometime after midnight Friday, Oct. 11.

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