Orange County

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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A 32-year-old Orange man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced.  

Jason Ryan Bickham pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Sept. 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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In an Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Sept. 8, commissioners voted to approve a pay raise for Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt, a pay raise for which Merritt has been fighting for about three years.

Orange County uses the Matrix system, a pay system that charts county salaries and divides officials into terms based on the longevity of service. The system determines pay rates and pay raises.

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A multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Highway 62 in Orange County left an Elmendorf man dead, his passenger severely burned, and sent an elderly couple to the hospital.

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