Stolen Vehicle Pursuit/ Arrest 06/30/2015

 

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On Monday June 29, 2015, around 11:40 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a truck that was stolen from the Crawdad’s convenient store parking lot on North Highway 62 in Mauriceville, Orange County, Texas. The caller stated that when they saw the truck driving off, they got into another vehicle and followed. The stolen truck was a white 2006 GMC.

As Deputies responded to the area, a Deputy passed the stolen truck on N. Hwy 62 headed southbound. As the Deputy activated the emergency lights, the driver of the stolen truck began to attempt to evade the Deputy and turned down a driveway to a residence. The suspect then drove the truck behind the residence and exited the truck. The Deputy was able to gain on the suspect as he then began to flee on foot. The Deputy caught up to the suspect and ordered him to stop. When the suspect continued to flee, the Deputy used a Taser on the man and brought him into custody. The caller who owned the truck arrived on the scene shortly after the suspect was detained and said she did not know the suspect. The complainant wished to file charges for the theft of the truck.Martinez, Brandon Scott

The suspect was identified as 32 year old hispanic male Brandon Martinez of Hutto, Texas. Martinez was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Arrest. His bond was set at $14,500 and he remains in custody.

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Theft Arrest 06/30/2015

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On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, around 9:15 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call in reference to a theft in progress. The caller was an employee of the Mauriceville Utility District and reported that he was following a truck pulling a stolen trailer and generator from a Mauriceville Utility District well site off FM 2802 in Mauriceville, Orange County, Texas.

The caller was tailing the truck on IH-10 and when the truck noticed he was following, the suspect began driving at a high rate of speed weaving in and out of other traffic. The suspect then exited near FM 1132, quickly looped around, and turned into the parking lot of Diversified Metals. The suspects then tried to disconnect the stolen trailer with the generator and while doing so, the caller and several Sheriff’s Deputies drove into the parking lot. The two suspects were arrested and the trailer and generator were returned to the employee of the Mauriceville Utility District.

The two suspects in the truck were identified as 31 year old black male, Shaun Arceneaux of Raywood, Texas, and 23 year old white male, Robert Williamson of Liberty, Texas. Both were booked into the Orange County Jail for 3rd Degree Felony Theft. No bond has been set and they remain in custody.

Arceneaux, Shaun Williamson, Robert

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Theft Suspects Arrested 06/23/2015

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On Monday, June 22, 2015, around 8:00 p.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy met with a complainant in the 4200 block of Darlene St., Orangefield, Orange County, Texas, in reference to recovery of stolen property.

The complainant, who resides in the City of Orange, told the Sheriff’s Deputy that he had two motorcycles stolen from him sometime Sunday night, June 21, 2015. He filed a police report with the City of Orange Police Department once he discovered the motorcycles missing. The complainant managed to get information on a possible location of his stolen motorcycles and went to the area on Darlene St. When he arrived, he observed his two motorcycles behind a residence and that’s when he contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with two suspects at the residence and was able to verify with the vehicle identification numbers that the two motorcycles were stolen and belonged to the complainant. The Deputy returned the two motorcycles to the owner and arrested the two suspects at the residence for Possession of Stolen Property.

The suspects were identified as 44 year old white male Ely Carraway of Orangefield and 43 year old white female Shelia Suire of Bridge City, Texas. Both were booked into the Orange County Jail and a bond of $10,000 was set on each of them. They both remain in custody at this time.

Carraway, Ely Douglas Suire, Shelia Kaye

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Electrocution Incident 06/19/2015

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On Friday, June 19, 2015, around 1:57 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded along with Acadian Ambulance and the Bridge City Fire Department to the Orangefield Junior High School on Sandbar Road in Orangefield, Orange County, Texas, in reference to a person who was electrocuted.

On arrival, Deputies learned that an electrical crew working for a contractor was doing work for the school on a new air conditioning unit. One of the workers came in contact with an electrical panel that was live and was electrocuted. Medical personnel with Acadian attempted life saving measures on scene and also while enroute to the Baptist Hospital ER in Orange, Texas. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Justice of the Peace Precinct #3 Judge Joy Dubose-Simonton ordered an autopsy. The man has been identified as 54 year old white male Tommy Moser of Laporte, Texas. An investigation into the death is ongoing, but early indication is that it was an accident.

 

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Death Investigation 06/17/2015

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On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, around 2:10 p.m., an inmate in the Orange County Jail was found attempting to commit suicide by hanging himself. Corrections and nursing staff were able to perform life saving measures until first responders from the Orange Fire Department and an Acadian Ambulance arrived on scene. He was revived and found to have a heartbeat. He was then taken by ambulance first to the Baptist Hospital in Orange, Texas, and then later to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where he remained overnight.

During treatment at the hospital, he eventually succumbed and was pronounced deceased at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The man is identified as 25 year old white male Brandon Mayo of Orangefield, Texas. He had been taken into custody on June 11, 2015 during sentencing in the 260th District Court for prior drug charges. He was to remain in the Orange County Jail while waiting for transport to a State facility. The Orange County Jail reported the incident to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Rangers, who conduct an independent investigation into all in custody deaths.

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Narcotics Arrest 06/10/2015

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On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, around 2:10 AM, Narcotics Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office observed a silver minivan commit several traffic violations in the area of Interstate 10 South Service Road in Vidor, Texas. Investigators stopped the vehicle east of the Rose City Travel Plaza.

During the traffic stop, a 33 year old white male identified as Christopher Allen Thompson of Sulphur, Louisiana, was found to have an outstanding Parole Warrant out of Louisiana. Thompson was placed under arrest for the Parole Warrant. During his arrest, a search of the vehicle was conducted and Thompson was found to be in possession of two semi-automatic pistols, 50 rounds of ammunition, and approximately 80 Grams of methamphetamine.

Thompson was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The drug possession charge was enhanced to a 1st degree Felony due to prior convictions. A 37 year old white female from Cameron, Louisiana, identified as Raedella Peloquin, was also arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both were transported to the Orange County Jail and booked.

Thompson remains in custody for the Louisiana Parole Warrant with no bond. A bond totaling $170,000 was set after his arraignment on the additional charges. Peloquin also remains in custody with a bond totaling $100,000.

Thompson, Christopher Peloquin, Raedella Drug Arrest-6-10-2015

 

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Body Recovered 05/04/2015

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On Monday, May 4, 2015, around 1:17 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Rainbow Bridge in reference to a report of a vehicle that had been left on top of the bridge unoccupied.  Upon arrival, Deputies found the vehicle engine was running with no one around.  After making contact with the registered owner of the vehicle who resides in the City of Orange, it was believed that the person operating the vehicle possibly jumped from the bridge.

The Sheriff’s Office continued the investigation by dispatching boats into the water for a search of the Neches River.  Around 12:20 p.m., Deputies located a body that was floating on the shoreline about 300 yards south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.  The shallow water required use of the Sheriff’s Office airboat in order to recover the body.  Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Joy Dubose-Simonton arrived on scene and ordered an autopsy.  The body was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue to determine the cause of death.   It is believed that the body is that of 51 year old white female, Gwendolyn Myran, from Orange, Texas.

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Narcotics Search Warrant 05/02/2015

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On Saturday, May 02nd, 2015, around 8:50 p.m., Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division, in a joint operation with the City of Orange Narcotics and Major Crimes Unit, Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Beaumont Police Department K-9 Unit, performed a State Search and Arrest Warrant issued by District Judge Courtney Arkeen.  The warrant was effected at a residence located within the 100 Block of Claire Street, Vidor, Orange County, Texas.

During the search of the residence, Investigators located approximately one half pound of methamphetamine in a vehicle which belonged to a white male resident identified as Ben Doyle Vaughn III.  Detectives contacted the City of Beaumont Police Department and requested the assistance of the Beaumont Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

The K-9 Units were deployed on the property and after an intensive search, the police dogs alerted on an area in the driveway.  Investigators dug in the area that the K-9 Team alerted and uncovered an additional pound and a half of methamphetamine and a pound of marihuana that was buried in a sealed container approximately 6 inches deep in gravel and clay.

Inside the residence Detectives found two stolen firearms with an amount of United States Currency believed to be proceeds of methamphetamine sales.  Ben Doyle Vaughn III was arrested and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility where he was charged with Possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine) 1st Degree Felony, Possession of marihuana greater that four ounces less than five pounds- State Jail Felony and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Vaughn was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Judge Dunn and his total bond was set at $130,200.  Vaughn was able to make bail on Sunday, May 3, 2015 and was released from the Orange County Correctional Facility.

This search warrant was the result of a six-month investigation into the illegal distribution of methamphetamine that had been impacting Jefferson County, Orange County, the City of Orange and the Cities of Lake Charles and Sulphur Louisiana.

The above agencies listed above were also assisted in the investigation by the City of Sulphur Police Department and the Texas Rangers-Beaumont Office.

Vaughn, Ben Doyle III

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Phone Scam 04/02/2105

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports about a phone call scam using the Orange County Sheriff’s Office name to solicit money from unsuspecting victims.  The scammer tells the person receiving the phone call that there is an active warrant for the person answering the phone.  The person is then told that in order to avoid being arrested, the person must purchase some type of gift card for a specific amount and provide the card number to the caller.  The caller may also mention that the warrant is in reference to failing to respond to a Grand Jury Subpoena.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that this is a scam.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will not call anyone and ask for a payment to be made over the phone.

Currently, the only known identified phone number used by the suspect so far in this scam is 409-238-0229.   If you receive a suspicious, unsolicited phone call from anyone who identifies themselves as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or a Deputy asking or demanding money, please call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Orange area number at 409-883-2612, or the Vidor area number at 409-769-0291 to make a report.  Again, do not provide the caller any payment over the phone as this is a scam.

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Narcotics Search Warrant 03/26/2015

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On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, around 9:00 PM, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted a narcotics search warrant at a residence located at 9380 Terri Road off of FM 1136 in Mauriceville, Texas.   During the search of the residence, Narcotics Officers seized in excess of five pounds of high-grade marihuana, over 100 ecstasy tablets and numerous psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushrooms that were packaged for sale.

A total of eight persons were arrested during the warrant for possession of marihuana and possession of a controlled substance, and one person was arrested for outstanding warrants.

The persons arrested were:

Justin Scales, W/M, 19 year old from Orange, Texas (still in custody)

-Possession of Marihuana-Class B -$500 bond

-Possession of a Controlled Substance- $15,000 bond

Tyler Richard, B/M, 19 year old from Orange, Texas (still in custody)

-Possession of Marihuana-Class B -$500 bond

-Possession of a Controlled Substance- $15,000 bond

James Truett, W/M, 46 year old from Lake Charles, Louisiana (still in custody)

-Possession of Marihuana-Class B -$500 bond

-Possession of a Controlled Substance- $15,000 bond

James Montano, W/M, 37 year old from Orange, Texas (still in custody)

-Possession of Marihuana-Class B -$500 bond

-Possession of a Controlled Substance- $15,000 bond

Jacob Alred, W/M, 19 year old from Orange, Texas (made bail, out of custody)

-Possession of Marihuana-Class B -$500 bond

-Possession of a Controlled Substance- $15,000 bond

 

Floyd Winters III, B/M, 38 year old from Orange, Texas (out of custody)

-Possession of a Marihuana-Felony 3-$15,000 bond

-Possession of a Controlled Substance-Felony 2-$15,000

-2nd count of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Felony 2-$15,000

-Total bond of $45,000, made bail and no longer in custody.

 

Robert Hicks, W/M, 42 year old from Orange, Texas (still in custody)

-Possession of Marihuana-Class B- $1,000 bond

 

Justin Williams, W/M, 34 year old from Orange, Texas (out of custody)

-Bad Check Issuance-$500 bond, made bail 3-26-15

This search warrant was the product of a month long joint investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division and the City of Orange Police Department’s Narcotics and Major Crimes unit.  Sheriff Keith Merritt will continue to dedicate all necessary resources to combat illegal drug activities in our communities.

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