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Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens

“I didn’t make history; this community made history,” Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens said of her historic bid for the elected office this past November 2016. The monumental election, which also saw a Republican come out victorious as the nominee for president from the typically Democratic-leaning Jefferson County, secured the veteran law enforcer’s designation as the first black woman to hold the post in the state – only the second black woman to be county sheriff in the country.

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Deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 36-year-old Kevin S. Edwards of Orange Feb. 5 and charged him with attempted first-degree murder following a shooting that severely injured a Louisiana man who was still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) recovering from surgery Feb. 6, reports the sheriff's office.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff Zena Stephens and JCSA President “Ike” Eichelberger

Some schools call it “Project Graduation,” and at least one local school calls it “Project Celebration.” Whatever they may call it, public schools in Jefferson County are all preparing graduation-night festivities for student seniors, meant to reward long years of hard work and to keep the students safe on a night fraught with peril.

Jan. 12, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association (JCSA) donated $1,000 to each of several high schools for their graduation night events.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force seized 10 pounds of marijuana and $5,000 in cash during a traffic stop Jan. 23, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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The sheriff, his deputies, family and friends gave away toys to fulfill families’ Christmas wishes during the Orange County Blue Santa giveaway at the VFW in Orange on Dec. 17.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and community volunteers provided the parents of 437 children with gifts, including 93 bicycles.

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A group of apparently youthful vandals has been destroying inflatable Christmas decorations after dark in Mid-County, reports Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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Woods’ administrative assistant Edie Francis said Woods had been a great boss.

An emotional Sheriff Mitch Woods bade a fond farewell to staff, fellow peace officers and friends of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office during a retirement celebration for the longtime lawman on Dec. 2. Woods is saying goodbye after 42 years of service to the Southeast Texas community.

“You’ve all made me look good,” a tearful Woods told deputies and staff at the party. “I can’t express my appreciation enough. My wish is that the sheriff’s office continues to progress. … I’m confident it will.

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A man in Orange County is facing felony child abuse charges after he allegedly told investigators he shook his infant son and threw him onto the tile floor because the child was crying while the father was trying to take a nap.

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Zena Stephens (center) took 51.4 percent of the vote to become county sheriff.

With just a couple percentage points separating winners from losers in key Jefferson County races, talk of a recount made the rounds as the sun came up Nov. 9.

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Sheriff Mitch Woods presents Deputy Ryan Warhola with a Meritorious Action Award

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the heroic efforts of a deputy who recently attempted to save a kayaker by presenting the officer with a Meritorious Action Award on Aug. 31.

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