Orange County

Wendall Shane Nichols (left) and Dalton Lee Foster

A Department of Public Safety trooper tracked down and arrested two would-be metal thieves, who were attempting to steal from an oilfield site in Jasper County, in Orange County, reports the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

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An Orange County Jail frequent flier has been arrested again, according to incident reports from the Orange Police Department. Melody Travonne Johnson, 27 of Orange, a repeat offender who has been arrested on several occasions over the last two years for numerous crimes including public intoxication, causing a disturbance and more, was again arrested on Nov. 30 for warrants and for evading police.

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Echoing caution expressed in recent weeks from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is warning local residents to beware of phone scams going on in the area. 

According to information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), with the holiday season in full swing, con artists are resorting to their old tricks to try to get folks to part with their hard-earned dollars.

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Two people were injured in an accident in Orange County after a driver veered into oncoming traffic in order to try to avoid an accident, reports the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Orange resident on Saturday, Oct. 18, after busting him with more than 5 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

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A three-vehicle crash Thursday, Oct. 16, in Vidor on Interstate 10 East between Highway 12 and Highway 1132 caused a diesel spill and sent an Orange woman to the hospital.

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Update: Melissa Ringhardt, the babysitter on duty at the time of 5-year-old Vidor resident John “Johnny” Read’s accidental shooting death in October 2013, was located and arrested by deputies of the Pope County Sheriff’s Department in Russellville, Arkansas on Oct. 2, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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A former Vidor ISD teacher accused of an improper relationship with a student pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to probation in Orange County.

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Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies rounded up 27 suspects with outstanding warrants on Monday, Oct. 6, during an unannounced warrant round-up covering all of Orange County.

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A joint operation conducted by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Vidor Police Department and the Texas Department of Pubic Safety into metal thefts in the area led to the arrest of six people on miscellaneous, unrelated warrants and resulted in the solving of one felony theft case, OCSO reports.

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