Pursuit & Drug Arrest 05/28/2014

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On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, around 12:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were eastbound on IH-10 near Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Orange, Orange County, Texas, when they observed a black passenger van also traveling eastbound. The driver of the van failed to signal a lane change and abruptly exited the Interstate near Adams Bayou. The Deputies activated the emergency lighting and siren behind the van, but the driver accelerated and reached a speed around 90 mph while on the eastbound service road. The van proceeded onto N. 16th St. and then turned westbound on the IH-10 service road. The driver of the van continued without stopping and entered IH-10 westbound traveling at speeds near 115 mph. As the van approached the area of IH-10 at the Womack overpass, other Deputies were arriving in the area ahead of the van. As the suspect driver observed the Deputies ahead, he pulled the van over at the IH-10 and Hwy 62 exit.

The driver was the lone occupant in the vehicle and was taken into custody for Evading Arrest. Once the suspect was detained, approximately 350 pounds of marijuana was found in the back of the passenger van. It was wrapped in black garbage bags, several layers of plastic wrap, packaging tape, and aluminum foil. The suspect was later identified as 30 year old white male Luis Cendejas of Fort Pierce, Florida. Cendejas was taken to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for Evading Arrest, a State Jail Felony, and Possession of Marijuana, a 2nd Degree Felony. Cendejas remains in custody awaiting arraignment.

350 lbs. MarijuanaCendejas, Luis Mendez

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Felony Theft Arrests 05/22/2014

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On Thursday, May 22, 2014, around 7:20 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a stolen travel trailer from the 3100 block of Texas Avenue near the Bridge City area of Orange County. The travel trailer had been parked on the previous date near a business that had video surveillance. Upon reviewing the recorded video, it was discovered that a white male and white female drove up to the travel trailer in a white Ford SUV sometime around the late afternoon daylight hours of Wednesday, May 21, and then returned several hours later after dark. When they returned the second time, they hooked up to the trailer and drove off.

While a Deputy was reviewing the video recordings, information was passed on to other patrol Deputies in Orange County. Around 8:00 a.m., a Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy working in the north Vidor area of Orange County spotted a travel trailer being pulled by a white Ford SUV. It was northbound on FM 105 heading into Jasper County. Once the Deputy got close to the trailer, he could read the license plate and determined it was in fact the stolen trailer. He followed behind the trailer headed northbound while Dispatchers notified Jasper County that the Orange County Deputy was behind the stolen trailer. The Orange County Deputy was able to stop and detain the white male and female on FM 105 in Jasper County. Jasper County Justice of the Peace Debbie Berry arrived on scene to hold a hearing enabling the Orange County Deputy to detain both subjects and transport the two back across the county line to the Orange County Jail.

The white male was later identified as 33 year old Jacob Lee Childree of Stowell, Texas. The white female was identified as 35 year old Amanda Brooke Manuel of Buna, Texas. Both were booked for 3rd Degree Felony Theft and remain in custody with no bond, awaiting arraignment. The owner of the travel trailer was able to recover his property.

Childree, Jacob LeeManuel, Amada Brooke

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Impersonating a Public Servant 05/16/2014

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a report made to Deputies that a 24 year old Bridge City man was stopped by a person who he says he believes was impersonating a police officer. The incident was reported to have occurred on Friday, May 9, 2014, around 9:00 p.m., on IH-10 eastbound in the area of the Neches River Bridge near the Orange County line.

The man who reported the incident said the suspect is a heavy set, bald black male. According to the victim, the man was not wearing a uniform, had no badge or weapon, and did not identify himself or any agency affiliation. The suspect was driving a dark colored SUV with flashing lights just above the visor, according to the victim.

Investigators have been working to develop leads and ask that if anyone has any information on the crime or suspect to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Burglary in Little Cypress 05/08/2014

On May 8, 2014, around 2:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Little Cypress Volunteer Fire Department in reference to an elderly white male who appeared to have been assaulted. The elderly man drove himself to the fire station located at 8465 N. Hwy 87, Orange, Orange County, Texas and relayed to the personnel at the fire department that he had been assaulted at his home in the 800 block of Lawn Oak Dr., which is located in the Little Cypress area of north Orange.

When Deputies arrived, it was learned that the elderly man had just recently arrived at his home sometime around 1:30 p.m. on this date and he heard a knock at his door. When he opened the door, a black male entered the home and assaulted him in the head and face, causing swelling and knocking him unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he discovered that his wallet was missing and the black male was gone.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office are still gathering details from the victim, who was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. More details will be released as they become available.

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Narcotics Arrest 05/01/2014

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, around 1:30 p.m., Deputies arrived at a residence in the 1100 block of Central Street in Vidor, Orange County, Texas, to investigate suspicious activity reported at the residence. After making contact with several subjects at the residence, a white male identified as 30 year old Derek Ryan Gray of Vidor, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and several illegally possessed prescription drugs. Another white male identified as 29 year old Bobby Timothy Smith Jr. of Vidor, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, including a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine.

Both Gray and Smith were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.   Once at the jail, it was discovered that Gray had more hidden prescription pills on his person. Gray was charged with 4 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, ranging from 3rd Degree Felony to Class B Misdemeanors. Smith was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On the morning of May 1, 2014, Judge David Peck arraigned Gray and Smith. Gray’s bond was set at $10,000 and he remains in custody. Smith’s bond was set at $500 and he has since posted bond and was released from the Orange County Jail.

Gray, Derek RyanSmith, Bobby Timothy Jr.

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Narcotics Arrest 04/29/2014

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 around 10:10 PM, Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division were patrolling the area Hwy 62 near Tulane Road in Orange, Orange County, Texas. Detectives observed a white Ford pick- up truck northbound on the Hwy 62 service road near the overpass with Tulane Road.   The truck veered across the center yellow dividing lines of the northbound and southbound lanes and crossed into the on-coming lane of travel. After the truck veered back into the northbound lane, it then crossed over the white line into the unimproved shoulder area. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the white Ford truck for the traffic violations.

As the vehicle was pulling over, Detectives observed an object, which was later determined to be a methamphetamine pipe, thrown from the driver’s side window of the vehicle. Detectives searched the vehicle and located a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The three occupants in the truck were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.

The driver was identified as 34 year old white male, Timothy Murphy, of Orange. The middle seat passenger was identified as 33 year old white female, Sarah Smith, of Orange. The right seat passenger was identified as 31 year old white male, Jonathan Quebedeaux, of Vidor.

During the book-in process at the jail, Sarah Smith was found to be in possession of methamphetamine that was hidden under her clothing. It was then discovered that she also had an amount of illegal drugs concealed in her body parts. She was transported to the hospital so that the remaining illegal drugs could be removed from her person by a medical professional. The concealed illegal drugs were determined to be methamphetamine.

All three suspects were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd Degree Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Timothy Murphy had an additional charge of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor. Jonathan Quebedeaux had an additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony.

On the morning of Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned the three suspects and set Murphy’s and Quebedeaux’s bonds at $30,500 each. Smith’s bond was set at $25,000. All three remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

 

SEARCH WARRANT:

During the investigation after the arrests of the three suspects, Detectives were able to obtain a Search Warrant for Timothy Murphy’s residence at 5438 South Burton Road, Orange, Orange County, Texas. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office executed the Search Warrant around 10:07 a.m. on April 30, 2014. Three suspects were located in the residence at the time of the Search Warrant. All three suspects were found to be in possession of methamphetamine. One of the suspects was a previously convicted felon and was found to be in possession of a firearm.

The three suspects were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail. They were identified as 40 year old white male, Jason Penn, of Orange; 31 year old white female, Tarah Murphy, of Orange; and 19 year old white female, Hillary Fenton, of Beaumont. All three were booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Fenton and Murphy possessed a 3rd Degree Felony amount of Methamphetamine and Penn possessed a 2nd Degree Felony amount of Methamphetamine. Penn also had an additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony. All are currently in the Orange County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said he will continue utilizing every resource the Sheriff’s Office has available to take drugs off the streets and out of our neighborhoods in Orange County.

Smith, Sarah KatherineQuebedeaux, Jonathan DalePenn, Jason MichaelMurphy, Timothy ScottMurphy, Tarah AnnFenton, Hillary Christine

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Entergy Scam 04/08/2014

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In recent weeks, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received a rise in reports of scammers targeting Entergy customers.  Entergy is aware of the scam and has an internet web page dedicated to this particular scam.  The link is: http://www.entergy.com/alerts/scam2.aspx

This particular scam involves a phone call to an Entergy customer by a person claiming to be an employee of Entergy.  The victims are told that they are currently behind on their electric bill and their electricity will be turned off if the bill is not paid in full within an hour.  Then they are directed to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through the system known as “MoneyPak.”

Entergy acknowledges that it sometimes places courtesy calls for a disconnect notice, but they are usually recorded messages.  Entergy insists they will not demand immediate payment over the phone.

While the Sheriff’s Office is unaware of any persons in Orange County falling victim to the scam, we are hoping to keep the public aware of the scams in which we see an increase.  If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, or any other scam, please contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Keith Merritt cautions all citizens to be wary of suspicious phone calls when someone is asking for personal information or demanding payment.  These are usually indicators that it is a potential scam.

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Vehicle Pursuit 04/07/2014

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On Monday, April 07, 2014, around 12:10 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area of North Main St. and Old Hwy 90 in VIdor when the Deputy saw a Ford U-Haul truck traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on N. Main St.  The U-haul truck then turned westbound onto Old Hwy 90.   The Deputy got behind the truck and the driver of the U-haul turned off the headlights and began accelerating at a faster speed.

The Deputy attempted to stop the U-haul truck using emergency lighting equipment and audible siren, but the suspect continued driving without stopping at speeds up to 90 mph.  The U-haul truck turned south off Old Hwy 90 onto South Dewitt.  The suspect continued on South Dewitt until the intersection with Goliad Street where the suspect lost control of the U-haul and got stuck in a yard in the 900 block of Goliad.  The Deputy was about to exit the patrol vehicle when the suspect finally got traction in the U-haul truck and rammed the patrol vehicle.  The suspect then attempted to drive through the yard and collided with a fence, where the truck once again got stuck.  The Deputy exited his vehicle and approached the U-haul truck.  The suspect was revving the engine and attempting to dislodge the truck from the fence.  The Deputy yelled at the suspect to stop and the suspect shook his head “no.”

The suspect was able to get the truck free from the fence and fled northbound on South Dewitt.  The Deputy was able to regain pursuit of the suspect.  The suspect turned east onto Byrd Street and drove into a yard in the 300 block where the U-haul truck got stuck again.  The Deputy again approached the driver side of the truck and ordered the suspect to stop.  The suspect tried to free the truck by revving the engine and spinning the tires.  As the suspect was trying to get away, the Deputy broke through the glass window on the driver side door and told the suspect to stop.  The suspect continued to disregard the Deputy and make every effort to get the truck going again.  The Deputy then used a taser on the suspect, and with the assistance of another Deputy, the suspect was finally detained.

The suspect was identified as 21 year old white male, Dylan Chadwell, of Mauriceville.  Chadwell was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Felony Evading Arrest, and an outstanding Felony Theft warrant out of Orange County.  He was transported to the Orange County Jail where he remains in custody.

Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned Chadwell and set his bond at $50,000 for the Evading Arrest, $50,000 for the Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, and the Felony Theft warrant had a $5,000 bond.

It is believed that the U-haul truck was possibly stolen; however, no official Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle report had been filed as of the time of this news release.

Chadwell Dylan

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Narcotics Arrest 03/23/2014

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On Sunday, March 23, 2014, around 2:00 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area of Four Oaks Ranch Road in Vidor, Orange County, Texas.  The Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle parked vehicle in the 500 block with a male and white female occupant.  When the Deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed the subjects shuffling around inside.  It appeared to the Deputy that they were trying to hide something in the front floorboard or under the seats.

When the Deputy walked up to the vehicle, he noticed a small plastic baggie, which is commonly used to contain narcotics, in plain view on the console.  The Deputy said he could also smell a strong odor of what smelt like a chemical burning.  When the male who was seated on the driver’s seat was asked to step out of the vehicle, the Deputy saw him drop a plastic baggie that contained a crystal like substance, recognized by the Deputy to be methamphetamine.

The driver, Darryl Wayne Bergeron, a 31 year old white male of Vidor, was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The female occupant was not arrested.

Bergeron was booked into the Orange County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 3rd Degree Felony.  Bergeron was arraigned on Sunday, March 23, 2014 and his bond was set at $5,000.  Bergeron was able to bond out of jail and is no longer in custody.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will continue to aggressively seek out and arrest those who use and sell illegal drugs in our community.

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Vehicle Pursuit/ Narcotics Arrest 03/20/2014

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On Thursday, March 20, 2014, around 11:33 p.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling the 9000 block of FM 105 in Orangefield, Orange County, Texas, observed a black Chevy truck pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and accelerating at a high rate of speed.

The Deputy attempted to stop the truck for the traffic violations, but the truck continued without stopping in an attempt to elude the Deputy.  Speeds reached as high as 85 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.  The driver of the truck pulled into a residence driveway at 10109 FM 105 and came to a stop after it collided into a fence.  The driver exited the truck and attempted to climb over the fence to evade the Deputy on foot.  The Deputy ordered the suspect to stop and the suspect realized he could not climb the damaged fence.  The suspect continued his attempt to get away from the Deputy, however, the Deputy managed to get close enough to the suspect to deploy a Tazer and bring the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as 22 year old white male Levi Gollihare of Orange.  He was detained for Evading Arrest with a vehicle.  A small amount of synthetic marijuana and Valium were located in the vehicle that Gollihare was driving.  Gollihare also had an outstanding warrant, a Motion to Revoke Probation out of the 128th District Court.

Gollihare was transported to the Orange County Jail and booked for Evading Arrest-State Jail Felony, Possession of a Controlled substance-Misdemeanor B, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana-Misdemeanor B, and the MTRP Warrant.  He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace David Peck around 7:45 a.m. on March 21, 2014.  The bond amounts for all offenses totaled $2,500.  The MTRP Warrant had NO Bond.  Gollihare remains in custody at the Orange County Jail.

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