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Juan San Miguel

Monday, July 24, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was notified by the Beaumont Police Department that part-time Jefferson County Courthouse Security Officer Juan San Miguel was under investigation for sexual assault. It was planned that he would be placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, but San Miguel failed to show up for work Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. 

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The Jefferson County Courthouse, along with other government buildings, was evacuated Aug. 7 for the second time in about two months due to erroneous bomb threats at the building, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Police in Orange are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Orange County at about 9:25 p.m. on June 12, reports Captain Robert Enmon. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident. 

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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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Forrest Mabry

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Beaumont man March 13 who is a suspect in multiple burglaries, and recovered 15 grams of methamphetamine during the subsequent investigation, reports Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Crystal Holmes.

According to a news release from Holmes, at about 2:30 p.m., deputies stopped a black Mitsubishi matching the description of a vehicle involved in several Beaumont burglaries highlighted on Crimestoppers.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is warning local residents about a phishing scam targeting the area and citing a lawsuit, ironically, involving a fishing and bait company.

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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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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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