Orange County

Sheriff Keith Merritt

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is seeking a third term as sheriff in the upcoming elections and kicked off his campaign for re-election on Nov. 17, 2015.

Merritt took office as sheriff on Jan. 1, 2009, but his career in law enforcement that began in 1979 when he started as a Reserve Deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Merritt also served as Constable for Pct. 1 in Orange County for fourteen years. He is certified as a Master Peace Officer with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

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Steven Coutee of Vidor was shot and killed Oct. 29
Ronald Barnes of Hartburg was killed June 7, 2014

The shooter reportedly responsible for the death of a Vidor man Oct.

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A five-year-old Vidor boy was tragically killed as the result of a vicious dog attack over the weekend, the Orange County Sheriff's Office reports.

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Two separate incidents in Orange County, both involving All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), have left teenagers hospitalized.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, there was a motor vehicle crash involving an ATV that occurred on Dixie Road near FM 2802 in Orange County.

According to Trooper Stephanie Davis, a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling northbound on Dixie Road. The driver of the ATV failed to yield the right of way from a private driveway and pulled out in front of the truck, striking it in the front right quarter panel of the vehicle.

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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at approximately 1 p.m., there was a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 at the Simmons Drive exit in Orange County.

According to a press release, a 2007 Chevrolet passenger vehicle was eastbound on Interstate 10. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Chevrolet took the Simmons Drive exit (mile marker 878) at a high rate of speed and lost control. The vehicle went down the exit ramp in a side skid, continued over a curb, and struck a metal beam.

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On Sunday, October 4, 2015, at approximately 4:25 p.m., officers of the Orange Police Department were dispatched to the 2400 block of 16th Street in regards to an auto-pedestrian accident.

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Katelyn Elizabeth Pass

Sheriff's deputies are requesting the public's assistance in locating a juvenile runaway, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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DPS Troopers are investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash in Orange County that injured at least one person, reports DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis.

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An Orange County man had to seek medical treatment on Aug. 22 after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while attempting to rid his property of an unwelcome pest.

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The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued an excessive heat warning for Southeast Texas, including Jefferson and Orange Counties. Temperatures could reach the triple digits this afternoon, Aug. 10, NWS reports, and the heat index could rise to 115 degrees.

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