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Zena Stephens and Eddie Shannon

Of the 9,631 votes cast in the runoff election for Jefferson County Sheriff Democratic nominee, contender Zena Stephens was able to secure nearly 53 percent of the vote over competitor Joe “QB” Stevenson. Stephens will now face Republican candidate Ray Beck in the General Election in November.

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Two men have been arrested and four more are wanted on warrants in Jefferson County related to a dog fighting ring discovered last month on Rogers Avenue in Beaumont, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies seized several abused dogs after discovering what they say is an illegal dog-fighting operation in Jefferson County on March 28, Deputy Marcus McLellan reports.

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Jefferson County swearing-in

Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods swore in six new deputies and promoted a veteran peace officer during a ceremony at the Jefferson County Jail on March 10.

Trent Ikner, Derrick Hill, Lester Reeves, Kenneth Harrell, Lim Nguyen and Todd Guidry were sworn in Thursday morning. Five of the new deputies serve as corrections officers at the jail, and one is a Reserve Deputy with the sheriff's office. All now hold the title Deputy Sheriff.

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Deputy Rod Carroll announced March 3 that he is resigning from his position at the end of he year after a disappointing finish in the primary election for Jefferson County Sheriff. 

On a Facebook post, Carroll thanked his supporters and friends for their efforts during his campaign for sheriff, and said he is unsure about what the future holds. 

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A registered sex offender fleeing a local campus after being caught trespassing led a deputy constable and sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase across county lines Feb. 19, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Marcus McLellan reported in a news release. 

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Gary Martin, Laurie Revis Martin and Britni Martin

Orange County Sheriff's deputies, Orange Police officers and DEA agents arrested three people for methamphetamine distribution after executing a search warrant Feb. 18, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).

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William Blankenship

A 13-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated after reportedly driving his vehicle into a ditch in Nederland on Feb. 7, the sheriff's office confirmed in a news release.

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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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Ray Beck stood on the steps of the Jecourthouse to announce his candidacy.

With Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods recently announcing that he won’t be running after his current term is complete, 38-year law enforcement veteran and certified Master Peace Officer Ray Beck has announced his candidacy for sheriff.

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