Theft in North Vidor 02/24/2015

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On February 18, 2015, a theft of an enclosed trailer occurred at Turning Point Church, 3600 North Main St. in Vidor, Texas.  The incident was captured on surveillance cameras.  Around 11:34 p.m., a dark colored truck entered the parking lot of the church with the headlights turned off.  The suspect attached the trailer and left the area.  The trailer is described as a 2008 Blazer enclosed 8 ft. utility trailer, white in color, which had a Texas license plate of 83Z XCS.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that may lead to the recovery of the stolen trailer and prosecution of the suspect.  Please call the Sheriff’s Office at (409) 883-2612 or (409) 769-0291.

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Turning Point Church Theft


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Boat Rescue 02/14/2015

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On Saturday, February 14, 2015 around 3:18 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a stranded boater.  The caller stated that he and his partner were from Minnesota and were pre-fishing the upcoming Elite Series Bass Tournament in March. They had gone off the main river channel and were trying to reach a location he saw on his Google map.  Unfortunately, their bass boat got stuck on a mud flat, which was compounded further with the outgoing tide.  It ultimately led to the fishermen being stranded.

The Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher passed on the information to Sheriff Merritt who spoke with the fishermen by phone.  It was decided that an airboat would be necessary to reach the stranded men.  Their boat was approximately 1 mile from the main river channel in an area south of IH-10.  The men were concerned about it getting late in the day and they did not want to remain stranded all night.

Sheriff Merritt located the fishermen deep into the marsh and was able to hook onto the big bass boat and pull them to the main channel.  It took about 2 hours and it was all the airboat could handle pulling such a heavy boat through the mud.

Needless to say the boaters were extremely grateful, and had a very muddy bass boat to clean afterwards.

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Death Investigation 01/31/2015

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UPDATE:  February 3, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m.

The autopsy of Jason Murray Smith was completed this morning at the Jefferson County Morgue.  The preliminary result indicated that Mr. Smith’s death was not caused by any type of physical altercation.  While there is no confirmation on what caused the death of Mr. Smith at this time, the toxicology results will take several more weeks to return.  The investigation is ongoing while awaiting those results and more information may be released as it becomes available.


UPDATE:  February 2, 2015 @ 3:35 p.m.

The name of the 34 year old man from Kirbyville who died is Jason Murray Smith.  The autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  It remains unknown what caused Smith’s death and no charges have been filed at this time.  The investigation is ongoing and more information may be released as it becomes available.


On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 7:45 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Baptist Hospital in Orange, Texas in reference to a death investigation.  The preliminary investigation into the death revealed that a 34 year old white male from Kirbyville, Texas and a 40 year old white male from Bridge City, Texas were at a residence in the 3500 block of Beadle Road in the Orangefield area of Orange County.  It was reported that they were involved in a physical altercation with each other when the 34 year old man lost consciousness.  The other man put him in his personal vehicle and drove him to the hospital in Orange where authorities were notified.

Investigators were on scene at the hospital and the residence to investigate the incident further and collect any evidence available.  It is unknown at this time what actually caused the death of the man and an autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Dunn.  The 40 year old man is cooperating with Investigators and no arrest has been made at this time.  The name of the deceased man is being withheld until notification can be made with family members.  More information may be released later as it becomes available.

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Death Investigation 01/01/2015

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***UPDATE:  January 7, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.

The body of the man found in a wooded area on January 1, 2015 has been identified as Jose Eluid Vargas, a 35 year old Hispanic male from Mission, Texas.  Vargas was listed as a missing person from Hidalgo County, Texas since December 15, 2014.  The preliminary autopsy report indicates the cause of death remains unknown at this time.  The toxicology report is pending.  The investigation into Vargas’s death is ongoing.  More information will be released as it becomes available.


On Thursday, January 1, 2015, around 3:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to the discovery of human remains.  The caller reported finding the human remains in a wooded area off FM1135 near FM 105 in the Orangefield area of Orange County, Texas.

When Deputies arrived in the area, the caller directed the Deputies to a wooded area off FM 1135 where they found the remains of what appeared to be a Hispanic male.  The body was unclothed and decomposing.  Detectives believe the body had possibly been at the location for several weeks.  Detectives are currently trying to determine the identity of the male.  Detectives will be on scene throughout the night and into the morning when day light will allow for a better search of the area for evidence.  The cause of death remains unknown until the autopsy can be completed.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Dunn arrived on scene and ordered an autopsy.  The body was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue.  The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Shooting Incident 01/01/2015

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***UPDATE:  January 5, 2015 @ 4:10 p.m.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received the preliminary autopsy report on the cause of death for William Bloomer.  The report revealed that Mr. Bloomer died from gunshot wounds.  Two shots were fired from a .40 caliber handgun the morning of the incident and both struck Mr. Bloomer, mortally wounding him.  The toxicology report will not be available for several more weeks.

The investigation is ongoing and more information may be released later when available.


On Thursday, January 1, 2015, at 3:06 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call in reference to a possible intruder at a home in the 1500 block of Sawmill Road, Vidor, Orange County, Texas.  It was reported that when the homeowner located a lone intruder, the homeowner engaged the man with a handgun and fatally shot the man.

When Deputies arrived, they located the deceased man at the residence and began an investigation into the incident.  Detectives were also called to the scene.  It was discovered through the investigation that the deceased man had been at a New Year’s Eve party in the 800 block of Sawmill Road earlier.  According to witnesses at the party, the man was extremely intoxicated and left the residence on foot without anyone’s knowledge.  The man went to the residence in the 1500 block where he began to force entry into the home.  When the homeowner found the man in his home, he engaged him with his handgun.  Based on early information in the investigation, Detectives believe the man may have been intoxicated to a degree that he was mistakenly forcing his way into a home that he may have believed to be his own or someone he knew.  The homeowner, however, did not know the man.

The deceased man has been identified as William Bloomer, a 38 year old white male from Vidor, Texas.  Detectives are still investigating the incident and an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, January 3, 2015.  No charges have been filed on the homeowner and the investigation is ongoing.

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Narcotics Search Warrant 10/29/2014

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UPDATE: 10-30-2014 at 11:50 p.m.

As of 11:20 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Marcus Robinson and he is again in custody at the Orange County Jail.  This arrest was for a Parole Warrant that was issued shortly after he was able to post a $200,000 bond at 9:30 a.m.  He currently has no bond.


On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, around 2:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Orange Police Department, conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 3100 block of Oakmont, in Orange, Texas.

The Detectives located 19 pounds of marijuana, two handguns, a digital scale, and nearly $7,000 in cash.  The resident, identified as 44 year old black male Marcus Lynn Robinson, was placed under arrest for Felony Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon.  Robinson was previously incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Possession of a Controlled Substance and is currently on parole until 2055.

Robinson was booked in the Orange County Jail for the two new charges, both of which are 3rd Degree Felonies.  He was arraigned the morning of October 30, 2014 by Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck and his total bond was set at $200,000.  Robinson was able to post bond several hours later and is currently out of jail.


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Narcotics Arrest 10/18/2014

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On Saturday, October 18, 2014, around 2:20 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy on patrol in the area of Tulane Road and Avenue B in Orange, Orange County, Texas, stopped a maroon 2007 Chrysler minivan for Defective Equipment.  As the Deputy made contact with the driver, who was the sole occupant, he noticed the man was overly nervous.  He had the driver exit his vehicle and obtained consent to search the man’s vehicle and person.  The Deputy found numerous small plastic baggies used to divide drugs into smaller amounts for distribution.  The Deputy also located approximately 5.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle.

The driver, identified as 45 year old Jimmy Oathoudt, a white male from Orange, Texas, was placed under arrest for Possession/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a 1st Degree Felony.  He was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was arraigned later that same morning and his bond was set by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Janice Menard at $5,000.00.  Oathoudt was released once he was able to make bond around 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Oathoudt, Jimmy Russell

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Stolen Vehicle Pursuit 10/07/2014

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On Tuesday, October 07, 2014, around 7:40 a.m., the Bridge City Police Department received a phone call in reference to an attempted stolen vehicle in the 1200 block of Cottage Lane, in Orange County, Texas, just outside the city limits of Bridge City.  An Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the area to meet with the complainant who was reporting the attempted theft of his vehicle.  While in the area of Cottage Lane, the Deputy was flagged down by another person on Cottage Lane who stated that her vehicle had been stolen from her residence within the last 45 minutes.  The stolen vehicle was a Buick Enclave that was equipped with On-Star.

The complainant contacted On-Star and the vehicle was located in the area of the Bridge City Wal-Mart.  The Bridge City Police Department arrived in the area of Wal-Mart and located the suspect still inside the vehicle.  Once the suspect made eye contact with the Officers, he began fleeing in the vehicle on Ferry Drive towards FM 1442.  The suspect continued to evade officers as he turned northbound on FM 1442 and reached speeds near 100 mph.  A Sheriff’s Deputy near FM 1442 and Bessie Heights Road was able to stop and prepare to deploy tire deflation devices.  As the suspect neared the parked Deputy, he attempted to go around the tire deflation devices and lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle spun out of control and left the roadway where it struck a culvert and turned over on its side.  The suspect was taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries.  No citizens or law enforcement personnel were injured during the pursuit.

The suspect was identified as 29 year old Henry Vincent Caldwell, a white male of Vidor, Texas.  He was transported to the Baptist Hospital in Orange for treatment and remains in custody.  Once he is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Orange County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Detention.

Caldwell Henry Vincent

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Warrant Roundup 10/06/2014

On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted an unannounced warrant round-up throughout Orange County, Texas. The focus of this warrant round-up was to locate and apprehend the fugitives of Felony and County Court Misdemeanor warrants in Orange County. A total of 27 individuals were arrested during the operation. There were 34 felonies and 11 misdemeanor warrants served. The criminal offenses ranged from Felony Theft, Burglary, Assault, Fail to Register as a Sex Offender, Forgery, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Felony DWI, along with the misdemeanor violations.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Cities of Vidor and Orange Police Departments, along with the United States Marshall’s Service Fugitive Task Force. These unannounced warrant round-ups are part of an ongoing operation to reduce the number of fugitives in Orange County and help bring justice to the victims of these crimes. If anyone has any information on a wanted person in Orange County, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612 or 409-769-0291. A warrant list for Justices of the Peace, County Courts, and District Courts, can be found on the “County Warrants” link on the Orange County web page .

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Narcotics Arrest 09/25/2014

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On Thursday, September 25, 2014, around 7:10 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Narcotics Deputies were patrolling the area of Lakeview Road near the intersection of Neches Road in the Lakeview area of Orange County, Texas, when they observed a brown Chevy truck pulling a trailer that did not have a license plate. There was also a Pontiac car on the trailer.

The Deputies stopped the truck for the traffic violation and obtained consent to search the vehicles. Upon searching the car on the trailer, Deputies located approximately 34 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic bag inside the car. Both the driver and passenger in the truck were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd Degree Felony, and transported to the Orange County Jail to be booked.

The driver was identified as 39 year old white male Michael Durr of Vidor, Texas. The passenger was identified as 40 year old white male Robert Droddy, also of Vidor. The two men were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Precinct #1 Judge David Peck on Friday morning. Each was given a bond of $1,500 and remains in custody at this time.

Durr, Michael Droddy, Robert

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