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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a teen who went missing in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 30. Sharon West, a 14-year-old living in the Labelle-Fannett area, was last seen at the home of a family friend she was staying with around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. She was reported missing  July 30 around 8 p.m.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a suspicious death in Orange County, according to Sergeant Chad Hogan of the department.

Information from the sheriff's office reveals the female victim was discovered in a field on Elizabeth St. off South Teal Road in the Little Cypress area. The death is currently being investigated as a homicide, Hogan stated.

Hogan, shortly after 8 a.m. Aug. 1, said authorities were still working to identify the victim.

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After spending more than a million dollars over the past three years on equipment and personnel to scan and search citizens trying to enter the Jefferson County Courthouse, commissioners are considering axing the program, citing ineffectiveness and cost as the primary reasons.

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An arbitrator has ruled that, despite the fact former Orange Police Department Capt. Robert Arnold shot and killed James Whitehead at point blank range in the parking of the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on 16th Street in Orange last year, he must be returned to the police force because the city violated Arnold's due process rights.

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The Jefferson County Grand Jury has indicted Beaumont Independent School District Police Officer Michael Trahan for allegedly committing the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a female.

The incident is said to have occurred on April 15, 2011, following his work at an extra job. The indictment states Trahan coerced the alleged victim into performing oral sex on him using his authority as a peace officer.

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A 29-year-old man arguing with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend turned violent early Saturday morning when Clint Owens stabbed William Castille, the Port Arthur Police reported in a statement.

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A car chase that started in Hardin County, ended on Interstate 10 around Beaumont when the vehicle lost control, crashed and caught fire.

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The search for a lost cat named Jack in the city of Port Arthur led to the discovery of inhumane practices and mistreatment of animals by employees of the animal control department there, an investigation by The Examiner has found.

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Pinehurst Police Department Chief Fred Hanauer has confirmed the agency has confiscated marijuana plants growing in a wooded area on Gunn Drive in Pinehurst. 

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