Orange County

Two investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have been recognized by the United States Department of Justice for their outstanding efforts toward preventing and ending organized crime and for pursuing affiliates of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a deadly white supremacist organization.

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One man was arrested and investigators confiscated more than 80 gram of methamphetamine, seven firearms and a variety of drug paraphernalia during a narcotics raid at a Vidor residence on Jan. 29, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Steven Gary Upshaw

Police in Vidor arrested a resident there for making a false report of a crime Jan. 15. Steven Gary Upshaw, 53, of Vidor has been arrested multiple times in the city for various charges, primarily involving numerous harassing calls to the Vidor Police Department.

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After being struck from behind while driving his truck during an early morning accident in Orange County, a 77-year-old Louisiana man attempting to direct traffic around the wreck was then struck by another vehicle.

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At approximately 6 p.m., Thursday, December 24, the Texas Department of Public Safety received

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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at 2 p.m., a search warrant was executed at 3520 Ridgemont Drive in Orange, Texas.

The warrant was from a combined investigation between the Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Pierre Moise Patin

A Lake Charles man attempting to escape his vehicle after an auto accident fell off of the Neches River/Purple Heart Bridge to his death on Dec. 5, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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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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Steven Coutee of Vidor was shot and killed Oct. 29
Ronald Barnes of Hartburg was killed June 7, 2014

The shooter reportedly responsible for the death of a Vidor man Oct.

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A five-year-old Vidor boy was tragically killed as the result of a vicious dog attack over the weekend, the Orange County Sheriff's Office reports.

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