Orange County

Jeremy James Wimberly and Jessica Diane Smith

Deputies had to call out the dogs to locate two suspects who fled after narcotics investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at approximately 6:30 p.m. near Orangefield, according to a news release from OCSO.

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Neighbors who reside on Ford Lane in Orange County flocked to a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, to express their concerns about and opposition to changing the speed limit on their street from 10 mph. to 20 mph. The proposed change was on the agenda and up for vote at the Oct. 21 Orange County Commissioners Court meeting following the hearing, and seven Ford Lane residents told commissioners at the public hearing that they absolutely do not want the speed limit raised on the short, dead-end road with several other neighbors also in attendance.

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According to the Texas Department of Transportation, FM 105 between the limits of FM1135 and FM1442 will be reduced from two lanes to one lane of traffic with flaggers at each end. The traffic closure is from Friday, Aug. 23 through Monday, Aug. 26, and then Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. for road work.

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Orange County Commissioners have been discussing the county budget in a series of workshops over the last two weeks. Commissioners and staff are going over the budget with a fine-tooth comb to try to minimize expenses. In their latest meeting Wednesday, June 26, commissioners discussed pending negotiations with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Employee Union.

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According to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, an armed homeowner confronted two people he caught attempting to burglarize his home.

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Close to 1800 people showed up to Claiborne West Park on Friday, June 14 to take part in the 19th Annual Cops and Kids event for Orange County. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, firemen and numerous people representing other emergency and safety services participated to make the event a huge success.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina County deputies arrested Curtis Nathaniel Bullman, 43, on a fugitive warrant Monday, June 3 related to an aggravated sexual assault charge in Texas, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Texas Transportation Commission approved approximately $400,000 for improvements to the Orange County Airport at a May meeting.

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Orange County Commissioners have unanimously approved a resolution to nominate International Paper as a double jumbo enterprise project and entered into a contract with iDocket.com for the company to provide public, fee-based access to records of the district and county clerk offices.

Jonathan Ferguson with Ryan LLC, a consulting firm assisting International Paper with the double jumbo enterprise project, approached the podium at the Commissioners Court meeting Monday, May 20, to explain the request for nomination.

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The man whose body was discovered on the Orange County side of the Neches River on May 5 has been identified as Desmond Gerard O’Hara of Beaumont, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. O’Hara, 35-year-old black male, was reported missing by his family to Beaumont Police Department on Feb. 16, 2013.

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