Orange County

A 38-year-old Vinton, Louisiana man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales Feb. 17.

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Sheriff pilots airboat during 2013 apprehension of accused carjackers

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt reportedly rescued two fishermen over the weekend after they got stuck in muddy marsh and became stranded while they were preparing for the Elite Series Bass Tournament coming to Orange in March, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Brandon Paul Pay (inset) was arrested with more than 20 pounds of cocaine.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly arrested a 23-year-old Florida man and recovered more than 20 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Feb. 5.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is still awaiting final autopsy findings and toxicology results, but, according to Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson, preliminary autopsy results indicate a physical altercation 34-year-old Jason Murray Smith of Kirbyville was involved in at the time he collapsed was not what caused his death.

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William Bloomer from Facebook post

Sheriff's deputies report that a drunken night ringing in the New Year resulted in the death of a Vidor man over the holiday.

According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 1 at 3:06 a.m., they received an emergency call in reference to a possible home intruder in the 1500 block of Sawmill Road in Vidor. It was reported that when the homeowner located a lone intruder, the homeowner engaged the man with a handgun, fatally shooting him.

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Deputies in Orange County are investigating a grisly discovery made Jan. 1 near Orangefield, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

According to a news release from OCSO, the office received a call in reference to the discovery of human remains at about 3:30 p.m. The caller reported finding the human remains in a wooded area off F.M. 1135 near F.M. 105 in the Orangefield area of Orange County.

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Orange County sheriff's deputies are searching for suspects in the aggravated robbery of a convenience store in the Little Cypress area, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Wendall Shane Nichols (left) and Dalton Lee Foster

A Department of Public Safety trooper tracked down and arrested two would-be metal thieves, who were attempting to steal from an oilfield site in Jasper County, in Orange County, reports the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

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An Orange County Jail frequent flier has been arrested again, according to incident reports from the Orange Police Department. Melody Travonne Johnson, 27 of Orange, a repeat offender who has been arrested on several occasions over the last two years for numerous crimes including public intoxication, causing a disturbance and more, was again arrested on Nov. 30 for warrants and for evading police.

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