Mauriceville

Joshua Taylor

Detectives in Orange County are working to piece together the circumstances that led to a shooting Dec. 12.

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On Saturday, Oct. 20, around ‪5:37 p.m., the Vidor Police Department (VPD) was dispatched to the 2300 block of SH 12 in reference to a domestic disturbance with shots being fired.

Upon arriving, police found a woman and five children cowering down on the left side of a van. The woman stated that while she was driving, her husband had hit her and then had fired a gun once everyone had exited the vehicle. The female had a laceration on the right side of her face above her eye and there was fresh blood running down her face.

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What started out as innocent teenage mischief ended in tragedy Jan. 21 with the death of a 14-year-old girl, Madalyn Gracie Griffin, known as Gracie to family and friends. 

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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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In 1981, the Texas Legislature designated Mauriceville as the “Crawfish Capital of Texas,” and 37 years later, the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival has become the “go-to” festival for all things crawfish.

One of the oldest running festivals in the state, the 37th annual festival will begin Friday, April 21, and go through Sunday, April 23. Sitting on 15 acres, the festival also celebrates music, art and culture, highlighting the unique heritage of Mauriceville and the surrounding areas.

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UPDATE Nov. 16, second update: Deputies have identified a suspect arrested related to the Nov. 15 robbery of Mauriceville Family Pharmacy on Highway 12, Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Criminal Investigator Janois Strause Grizzaffi reported in a news release.

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Two teachers trying to break up a fight between two 10-year-olds at Mauriceville Elementary School in Orange were assaulted by one of the students involved in the altercation, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).

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Samantha Thomas

Narcotics investigators arrested a young Buna woman Feb. 22 after allegedly discovering more than 40 grams of methamphetamine in her possession.

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According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the office has had reports of an older, heavyset, white male with a white beard who is driving a white van stopping children to tell them he has a sick puppy in the back of the van. The 2006 white van has a white rack on top with Ohio license plates. He has most recently been in the downtown Orange area on John Street and possibly the Mauriceville area.

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Shaun Arceneaux and Robert Williamson

For the second time in the span of a week, a citizen has assisted officers in the capture of suspects fleeing from the scene of a crime in Orange County.

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