Orange County

While working a criminal interdiction assignment, on April 10 at about 12:30 a.m., Pinehurst Police Officer Kevin Norton reportedly arrested a 33-year-old woman for traffic offenses, and discovered drug parapehernalia and what appeared to be methamphetamine in her possession, reports Chief Fred Hanauer.

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TxDOT will be closing several lanes in Jefferson and Orange County this week for nighttime repairs, Sarah Dupre said in a release.

Orange County – The outside lanes of I-10 east and westbound from FM 1442 to Cow Bayou will be closed April 10 and April 11, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., to work on guardrail.

Orange – I-10 westbound at TX 87 will be closed nightly, 8pm-6am, April 10 through April 13 to work on the new TX 87 overpass. Traffic will be detoured to the frontage road.

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A man who was arrested and found hanging in his jail cell at the Orange County Correctional Facility April 6 is recovering, reports Orange County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi.

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Sheriff Keith Merritt (seated) and deputy sheriffs with the OCSO

The news at the Orange County Commissioners Court regular meeting was that there would be no changes for certificate pay to the Orange County’s Sheriff’s Office Employees Union — for now.

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Little Cypress-Mauriceville and West Orange-Stark High School student leaders have teamed up with Orange area leadership and Southeast Texas professionals to host a toy, game, and sports equipment collection drive to benefit children associated with CASA of the Sabine Neches Region.

Collection drop boxes are located at: 

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Police report that a woman suspected of robbing Capital One Bank in Orange on May 20, 2016, is in custody after allegedly robbing another bank in Louisiana, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department. 

Captain Robery Enmon reports that a lone white female suspect robbed the Orange bank, located at 3738 N. 16th St., in 2016. OPD and the FBI conducted an investigation, but no suspect was identified at that time.

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Police in Orange have arrested a suspect in the March 8 shooting of 24-year-old Centarius Chavis, reports the Orange Police Department.

According to a news release from OPD, police arrested 23-year-old O'shaquie Foster, aka O’shanique Foster, of Orange, for aggravated assault March 9 following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest.

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“The death is on our hands,” Orange County Judge Brint Carlton said.

Carlton was speaking about the death of inmate Robert Montano, who was held in the county jail “observation bubble” on suspicion of bath salts intoxication for four days in 2011 until he died of renal failure. Carlton confirmed that no evidence has even been produced to show that Montano was ever under the influence of any intoxicant, but he was instead a diagnosed mental health patient without prescribed medication.

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Feb. 26 about 1:15 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to an eight vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County. The crash occurred on the Neches River Bridge.

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Update, Feb. 27:

The inmate who was rushed to the hospital after reportedly being found hanging in her cell Feb. 24 has died, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

According to an update from Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Grizzaffi, Rosa Bonilla, 35, was pronounced deceased at Christus St. Elizabeth’s hospital on Sunday, February 26, at approximately 12:29 p.m. Bonilla had been transported to the hospital Friday night after she was discovered.

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