Orange County

hristopher Duane Cartlidge

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly discovered more than 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and “assorted drug paraphernalia” after stopping a man for failing to use his turn signal Sept. 18.

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UPDATE (9/18): The fatal crash that occurred on Sept. 17 on TX 12 in Orange County has claimed the life of a second person. The passenger on the Yamaha motorcycle, 24-year-old Chelsea Miller of Buna, died late Sunday night from injuries sustained in the two vehicle crash. Initially, Miller was flown to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. This crash remains under investigation.

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On Sept. 11 at about 3:15 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a one vehicle crash on I-10 in Orange County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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The double murder of 83-year-old Richard Ames and 85-year-old Edna Phillips, who were violently stabbed to death at Ames' Vidor home in 2015, shocked and appalled the small community with the police chief at the time, Dave Shows, describing the killings as "the most senseless, brutal murders" he'd ever seen as a longtime law enforcer.

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On August 9, at about 11:45 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a one vehicle crash on I-10, near the 16th Street exit, in Orange County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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Orange County Commissioner for Pct. 4 Jody Crump

After decades of discussion, the Texas Transportation Commission of the Texas Department of Transportation has authorized Orange County to move toward construction of the controversial Vidor Loop, or FM 299, earmarking $34.2 million for the project from TxDOT’s pass-through toll program.

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On Wednesday, July 26 at 10:44 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a subject who had been shot in the stomach.

Sheriff’s deputies and Acadian Ambulance arrived on the scene to find 24-year-old Gaven J. Wilcox with a gunshot wound to the abdominal area. After questioning several witnesses, it appears Wilcox may have been shot accidentally while trying to diffuse a disturbance between several subjects. All subjects are cooperating with the ongoing investigation. 

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A 23-year-old Eagle Pass, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced June 14.

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Orange County has been introducing children to first responders through the annual Cops N Kids picnic for more than 20 years, with each event drawing in a large crowd. About 2,700 people attended the picnic last year, and thousands were again present at Claiborne Park for the 2017 picnic.

Matt Schneider is a flight paramedic with Air Evac and rides in the air rescue helicopter regularly. It’s his job to provide medical care for patients in critical need. When those patients are children, the job can be even tougher.

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A 67-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced June 8.

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