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Entergy Scam 04/08/2014

For Immediate Release:

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.

Vehicle Pursuit 04/07/2014

For Immediate Release:

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

Narcotics Arrest 03/23/2014

For Immediate Release:

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.

Vehicle Pursuit/ Narcotics Arrest 03/20/2014

For Immediate Release:

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.

Narcotics Arrest 03/12/2014

For Immediate Release:

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, around 11:00 p.m., a Detective with the Orange County Special Services Division was traveling west bound on the IH-10 north service road near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when he saw a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling in the same direction swerve, causing the vehicle to fail to maintain a single lane of travel.

The Detective stopped the vehicle for the traffic violation and made contact with the driver and passenger.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed an amount of a liquid substance contained in two separate baby bottles hidden within the center console.  Due to the Detective’s past training and experience, he believed the substance to be Codeine, a controlled substance and in the approximate amount of twelve ounces.  The Detective also found one 9mm semi-automatic firearm located in plain view.

The driver, Desmond Spears, a black male, D.O.B. 10/4/1984 of Orange, and passenger, Darrell Powell, a black male, D.O.B. 8/16/1981, also of Orange, were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.  Both Desmond Spears  and Darrell Powell were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 1st Degree Felony.  Desmond Spears was also charged with Unlawfully Carrying of a Weapon Class A Misdemeanor. It was discovered that Darrell Powell was a previously convicted felon, therefore he was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony.

Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck arraigned both men Thursday morning, March 13, 2014.  Spears had bond amounts totaling $42,000.  Powell had bond amounts totaling $60,000.  Both men remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

Narcotics Arrest 03/11/2014

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On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, around 8:45 p.m., Detectives with the Orange County Special Services Division were in the 2600 block of S. Lutcher, Orange, Texas, when they observed a Dodge truck with defective lighting equipment in violation of state law.

The Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the truck as it pulled into a parking lot of nearby gas station in the 2300 block of S. Lutcher.   The driver failed to produce a driver’s license and was detained.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine.

The driver was identified as Justin Keith Martin, w/m, date of birth 8/22/1987, of Orange. There was also a passenger identified as John Mason Edwards, w /m, date of birth 8/16/1987, of Bridge City.  Both men were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd Degree Felony, and were transported to the Orange County Jail.

Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck arraigned both men at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and set their bonds at $50,000 each.  Both men remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will continue to target individuals who sell, distribute, or use drugs in Orange County, and will use all resources available to get drugs out of the community.

 

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit 03/11/2014

For Immediate Release:

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, around 12:45 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call from the Vidor Superette, 5645 North Main, Vidor, Orange County, Texas, in reference to a stolen vehicle.  The caller stated that while the owner of the vehicle was inside the convenient store, a male suspect got into the truck and drove away.

When Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched the information, they located the stolen vehicle as it was fleeing the area.  The marked Sheriff’s vehicles got behind the stolen truck on North Main in Vidor and attempted to stop the driver.  The suspect refused to stop and led Deputies to IH-10 westbound towards Beaumont.  The suspect continued fleeing at speeds around 100 mph.  He continued on IH-10 westbound and exited at Hwy 69.  He then drove at a high rate of speed until he exited onto Hwy 347.  As he approached the intersection with Spurlock Road, the suspect crashed into a passenger vehicle and then side swiped the trailer of an eighteen wheeler.  The suspect then fled on foot where officers were able to apprehend him on Hill St., just off Hwy 347.

The stolen vehicle was a 1996 Chevrolet truck.  The driver of the passenger car that was involved in the collision was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas for non-life threatening injuries.  The eighteen wheeler driver was not hurt.

The suspect was not injured, but was transported to the Baptist Hospital in Orange for a medical evaluation.  After being evaluated, he was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Arrest with a vehicle, both offenses a State Jail Felony.

The suspect was identified as 22 year old Hispanic male, Cesar Olmedo of Nederland, Texas.  Olmedo remains in custody in the Orange County Jail.  He has not yet been arraigned and therefore has no bond at this time.

The Beaumont Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the incident.

******UPDATE:  March 12, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck arraigned Cesar Olmedo and his bond was set at $50,000 for Evading Arrest, and $100,000 for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.  Olmedo remains in custody at the Orange County Jail.

Narcotics Arrest 03/06/2014

For Immediate Release:

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, around 11:14 a.m., Detectives with the Orange County Special Services Division were working patrol in the area of FM 105 near the Orangefield High School, in Orange County, when they observed the driver of a black Chevrolet truck commit a traffic violation.

The Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the truck and it pulled into a parking lot of nearby gas station.   As Detectives approached the vehicle, they observed a synthetic marijuana cigarette in plain view on the center console of the truck.  The driver and passenger were detained for possession of the synthetic marijuana.

Detectives searched the vehicle and found approximately 23 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of Ecstasy, and numerous alprazolam tablets.

The driver was identified as Scott Shaunesey, W/M, date of birth: 04/10/1982, of Orange. The passenger was identified as Christopher Briggs, W/M, date of birth: 03/02/1985, also of Orange. Both men were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone, a Felony, and were transported to the Orange County Jail.

Once at the jail, it was discovered that Briggs had two felony indictments for Tampering with a Government Document, and one felony indictment for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.  The warrants had a bond of $25,000 each, totaling $75,000.  There has been no bond set for the new charges for Shaunesey or Briggs. Both remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said the Sheriff’s Office will continue diligently to eradicate drugs from all areas of Orange County’s neighborhoods.

Narcotics Search Warrant Executed in Orangefield 02/18/2014

For Immediate Release:

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, around 9:00 p.m., Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division, along with the Orange County Area SWAT Team, executed a search warrant at the residence located at 3249 Stephenson Road, in Orangefield, Orange County, Texas. 

During the search of the residence, a white male identified as  24 year old Justin Lee Noland of Orangefield, and a white female identified as  26 year old Amber Nichole Mcghen of Orange, were found to be in possession of approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine.

Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility where they were booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a second degree felony.  Noland was arraigned by Judge David Peck and his bond was set at $25,000.  McGhen was also arraigned by Judge Peck, but she also had two warrants out of Orange County Court of Law #2 for FTA and AFRS for a previous Possession of Dangerous Drugs case.  Her bond was set at $40,500.  Both Noland and McGhen remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Detectives from the City of West Orange and Orange Police Departments.

 

 

Kidnapping 02/18/2014

For Immediate Release:

 

**UPDATE (2-19-2014): 

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have been busy interviewing the individuals who were at the house where this incident occurred.  Investigators can now release that the residence location is 3392 Woodcock Street in Orangefield.  It has been determined that the case is drug related.  As stated previously, while this case may seem “bizarre” and unusual to the general public, Investigators stand firm that this is a drug related incident and strictly confined to the circumstances that took place at that residence, which eventually led to the victim being dropped off on Bessie Heights Road.  During this investigation, some of the facts surrounding the case, including the victim’s identity, are being withheld at this time to preserve the integrity of the case.  Investigators will continue diligently to gather all the evidence to determine what charges, if any, are brought against any persons.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

 


ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Monday, February 17, 2014, around 4:30 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a passing motorist in the 7100 block of Bessie Heights in Orangefield, who reported that a white female was near the edge of the roadway and appeared to have been assaulted.  The caller also reported that it appeared the female’s hands and feet were tied together with rope.

 

Once on scene, the Deputies located the victim and discovered that her hands were tied behind her back, her feet were tied together, her mouth was duct taped, and she was blind folded.  The victim was conscious and alert with only minor abrasion type injuries.  The victim told Deputies that on Sunday evening, the previous day, she had gone along with several friends to a house in the Orangefield area where there were several subjects she did not know.  A disagreement started between her and several of those subjects and they tied her up and placed duct tape over her mouth.  After a while, they placed her in a vehicle blind folded and drove her to Bessie Heights Road where they left her on the side of the roadway.

The investigation into the kidnapping is ongoing and the suspects are still being identified.  Although the incident appears bizarre, Investigators believe that this is an isolated case among those who were at the house where this incident occurred, and the community should not be alarmed.  More information will be released as it becomes available.