Vidor

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John Virden Lewis

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll reports that officers have identified a deceased man found in a canal as that of 47-year-old John Virden Lewis of Vidor.          

Carroll reports that Lewis was found Tuesday, Aug. 20, at approximately 5:37 p.m., when the Vidor Police Department received a call from an individual in reference to a body floating in the canal near S. Main and Greathouse Road. 

Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton ordered an autopsy. Aug. 23, Carroll reported that Lewis’ tentative cause of death is drowning. 

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A Vidor police officer investigating the fraudulent use of a credit card had to go to a local hospital emergency room for treatment after encountering an unidentified substance that caused him to become ill.

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A 39-year-old Vidor man with a history of crimes against the state has now been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown March 7.

Brandon Aaron Holeman was named in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 6, charging him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested a man in possession of 250 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop Feb. 5, reports Detective Janois Grizzaffi.

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Police in Vidor have arrested the same convicted felon for evading arrest and possession of drugs and firearms for the second time in two months, reports Vidor Police Department (VPD) Chief Rod Carroll. Officers arrested Branden Aaron Holeman, 39, of Orange County, on Feb. 2 following a previous arrest on similar charges, still pending, on Dec. 12. 

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Two men are behind bars in Jefferson County following a traffic stop initiated by a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy on Saturday, Feb. 2 at about 3:50 p.m.

According to information from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, a black Chevy Malibu was stopped on Interstate 10 near Smith road for speeding. The driver, identified as Bryan Roy, 30, of Vidor, was found to have an outstanding warrant for felony theft of a motor vehicle out of Louisiana. 

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Two Louisiana residents where arrested on Saturday, Jan. 12, after an attempted traffic stop lead to a car chase spanning three counties. 

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