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BC man receives probation term for criminally negligent homicide

Tyler Wayne Hodgkinson, 20, of Bridge City, who was involved in a fatal wreck in March 2015, accepted a plea bargain agreement and sentenced to five years probation and $1,000 fine... — Updated 6/21/2016


Peaceful march planned for Orange

March organizer JaCoby Ross, 23, of Orange has taken it upon himself to represent his community and do what he thinks is right. Feeling of injustice riding high in the community... — Updated 6/21/2016


Joshua Latham receives 5 year sentence on lesser charge

Family disappointed in sentence Joshua Latham, 28, of Mauriceville, was sentenced to five years in prison for failure to appear charges in Newton County when he failed to show up... — Updated 12/15/2015


Turmoil for murder victim's family continues

The family of Tami Higgenbotham, who was murdered in Feb. 2013, stand outside the Newton County court house awaiting the trial of Joshua Latham of Mauriceville. The charges of murde... — Updated 11/17/2015


From civilian ID Tech to Investigator Ward gives it his all

Stephen Ward has worked in various departments at the Orange Police Department. He currently is a Detective Sgt. Before becoming a detective he worked as an ID Tech and on patrol.... — Updated 11/17/2015


October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Josie and Jacob LeBlanc have been together since high school. They want to become parents but instead have thousands of others who have lost a baby due to a miscarriage. October is... — Updated 10/20/2015


OCSO deputy devoted to children and career

Orange County Sheriff's Office Investigator, Janois Strause, (right) is enjoying some time with her two children. Ashlyn is 22 years old and a recent graduate of the University of... — Updated 10/20/2015


October marks breast cancer awareness month

Janelle Cochran was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She takes a daily pill and will continue to do so until she reaches five years of being cancer-free which she fully... — Updated 10/13/2015


Job has its rewards

Jonathan Baggett, detective for the Orange Police Department, works on a caseload of up to 40 cases at one time. Each day he has the possibility of getting more cases added. But,... — Updated 10/13/2015


30-year-old murder case fresh on the mind of victim's mother

Murder victim's mom wants to keep her promise October 15th will mark 30 years since 26-year-old Thomas "Tommy" Bates was murdered. His mother, Mary Bates, 89, refuses to let it go... — Updated 10/6/2015


Thirty-one year old case leaves unanswered questions, Box of bones is all that remains

A box of bones sits on a shelf at Texas Tech University. The scattered remnants of a teen whose life was taken too soon. A forensic artist used the skull to sketch a picture of... — Updated 10/1/2015


OCSO deputy and dog on patrol

Russell Hall, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, and his dog, Stryker, are ready to go out on patrol. Hall has been with the OCSO for 10 years. He is part of the canine unit.... — Updated 9/22/2015


Polio victim urges parents to get children immunized

Linda Roush will be retiring from a job she loves because of doctor's orders. Roush suffers from post-polio syndrome and is battling the side effects of the disease. She hopes paren... — Updated 9/22/2015


Burn victim continues to touch the lives of many, Mom starts organization to help others

Adam Doiron, 29, touches his mother’s face, Tracy Doiron, as he lays in the burn unit in Galveston after a wreck in a tractor-trailer September 2014 on Interstate 10. After more... — Updated 9/1/2015


Lauren Kemp; making a difference

Investigator Lauren Kemp, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, works on her caseload. She is a special victims investigator. Sex crimes involving people of all ages in various... — Updated 9/1/2015


Mark Philpott: a man of the people

Mark Philpott, Precinct 3 constable, drives a black 2009 Dodge Challenger with sleek gold lettering. But, this vehicle is not provided by the county. The upkeep, fuel and other... — Updated 8/14/2015


Murder charges dropped; Victim's family calls foul

Murder charges are expected to be dropped against Joshua Latham, 27, of Mauriceville, as part of a plea bargain agreement between Latham and the Newton County District Attorney,... — Updated 8/11/2015


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