MANHUNT NEAR ROSE CITY

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Orange County deputies, Vidor Police, and other agencies are scrambling to an area just off I-10 at this hour in a search for an ESCAPED JAIL INMATE.

The inmate is identified as Drew Davis Paul

Preliminary reports indicate the inmate and an Orange County jailer were seen in a scuffle alongside the highway. It’s unclear HOW the inmate was able to initiate the fight, but a passerby noticed the confrontation and stopped to render aid to the OC deputy.

At that point, the inmate was able to flee into some woods alongside the interstate.

UPDATE 6:30 PM 

BIRD IN THE SKY on Rose City manhunt for an escaped inmate. Constable Matt Ortego says it’s unclear HOW Drew Davis Paul escaped but believes Paul was sentenced just today.

TDCJ Bloodhounds are on the way to the area near Rose City to continue the search which could continue into the night according to Ortego.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office chopper has now been deployed.

Stay with 1813News for additional details as they become available.

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SPEARS SWORN IN FOR 2ND TERM

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Mayor Larry Spears Jr. is sworn in for another term as Mayor of Orange, with his family by his side and in front of a packed house at this morning’s council meeting.

 

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Suspect run over by own car

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ORANGE | OVERNIGHT Chase ends with suspect in hospital.

 A theft at a gas station became a chase last night that ended with the suspect’s own car injuring him. OPD was called after a theft was reported at the Shell Station on Edgar Brown Drive. OPD responded and the suspect fled in his vehicle.

 A lengthy chase ensued through side streets and down 16th Street to Lutcher Drive, where the suspect’s car was observed to go “airborne”, according to the report from OPD.

Once the suspect stopped the car, he attempted to run on foot and his car ran over his legs. He then jumped up to run again. Tasering was attempted but unsuccessful.

 Eventually, the suspect, Fernando Atkinson, collapsed, was caught, and taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

 

This is a developing story…..

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NO INDICATION THAT LIST FOUND WAS “KILL” LIST

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The list found by Mauriceville utility workers along Highway 62 yesterday does NOT appear to be a ‘kill’ list. 

 Per Detective Joshua Lockett with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, they are in the very preliminary stage of investigating the list, but it appears that it is only a list of names that were tossed aside by a student. There was nothing else written on the piece of paper.

 He said that the student who dropped or threw out the note is a very young child. No charges are pending at this time.

 LC-M ISD sent out a notice last night alerting parents to the note, but the administration could not comment on the student or what, if any punishment, the student would face. They said the list was NOT found in the vicinity of the school.

 

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MAURICEVILLE ELEMENTARY

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From an LC-M CISD news release:

 While doing regular maintenance along Highway 62, the Mauriceville Utility District found a kill list off of school property and turned it over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who then notified the District. 

 The list contains the names of four Mauriceville Elementary students.

 The District’s Threat Assessment Team is investigating the incident, as is the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Parents of the students on the list have been contacted.

 The student who wrote the list has been identified and the Student Code of Conduct will be followed in dealing with this incident.

 The LCM School District takes threats to student safety seriously and thanks the Mauriceville Utility District for bringing this to the attention of the District and the Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Demolition of Home Means New Beginning

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This morning we were in Orange with Team Rubicon and Orange County Disaster Rebuild as a home on 11th Street was demolished, as part of continuing recovery from Hurricane Laura. 

 “This demolition is the first of its kind where a home will be demolished and then a new home built in its place,” said Michelle Tubbleville, with Orange County Disaster Rebuild. 

 “The materials used – you can pick up the floor and dry it and put it back,” she said. 

 Orange County Disaster Rebuild partners with Team Rubicon and many other agencies to bring relief and recovery to victims of natural disasters in the area, long after the event has passed. 

The non-profit was formed after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas. 

 The homeowner, Kerinique Jenkins was there to watch the demo, describing it as bittersweet. 

“It’s sad but it’s exciting.”

 Born and raised in the home, Jenkins had only just lost her mother and moved back in the house when Laura struck. 

 Team Rubicon is a national organization that helps to rebuild after disasters. They have been in southeast Texas since Harvey.

 “They’re going to rebuild this home but our organization can partner up and supply her (the owner) with appliances, furniture. That’s where the cooperation between our agencies comes through,” said Tubbleville.

 Today’s demo was the beginning of a pilot program for Team Rubicon, where homes that must be demolished are rebuilt with higher elevations and removable and cleanable flooring and walls – instead of tearing out floors and sheetrock after a flood event.

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DEVELOPING – Mauriceville Elementary Issues Notice to Parents

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***DEVELOPING**** | MAURICEVILLE ELEMENTARY
From a LC-M CISD news release:
While doing regular maintenance along Highway 62, the Mauriceville Utility District found a kill list off of school property and turned it over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who then notified the District.
The list contains the names of four Mauriceville Elementary students.
The District’s Threat Assessment Team is investigating the incident, as is the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Parents of the students on the list have been contacted.
The student who wrote the list has been identified and the Student Code of Conduct will be followed in dealing with this incident.
The LCM School District takes threats to student safety seriously and thanks the Mauriceville Utility District for bringing this to the attention of the District and the Sheriff’s Department.

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Orange County Commissioners Approve Protection District

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Orange County Commissioners Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the formation of Gulf Coast Protection District, which would oversee the construction of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ federal levee system. The proposed levee system would be 65% funded by the federal government and 35% from non-federal sources. 

Right now the cost for Orange County’s portion is at $800 million to $1 billion, per a conversation with Judge John Gothia today. 

 However, $76 million of that has been covered by the General Land Office, and Gothia says they will continue to work with the legislature during the 2021 session to get more for construction. 

 The entire levee project would be designed to alleviate coastal flooding from storm surge and inland flooding and would stretch from Orange County to Brazoria County along the Gulf Coast. 

General discussions about needing such a system have taken place in Orange over the years, even at one point calling the project the “Ike Dike”, after Hurricane Ike in 2008. 

 This project would consist of building, (from scratch in the case of Orange County), a system of levees, floodwalls, gates, and pump stations. 

 

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BODY FOUND NEAR RAINBOW BRIDGE

***UPDATE TO LAST NIGHT’S BREAKING NEWS *******

There is speculation that the body found is that of a missing TN man whose vehicle was found in Bridge City – we have NOT received confirmation of identity, and will NOT confirm until we receive it, out of respect to the family.

BODY FOUND NEAR RAINBOW BRIDGE

May 3rd, at 3:21 pm Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a body by Hwy. 87 and the Rainbow Bridge.  Texas Parks and Wildlife assisted.

IDENTITY IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING TESTS – victim was transported to Jefferson County Morgue.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING MAN

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Law enforcement searched the area along and surrounding Bailey’s road for missing man Luis Martinez Hernandez, from Tennessee. Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Texas game wardens searched by air and boat over the weekend and will update his family today.

 “Let’s Make Bailey’s Great Again”, a volunteer organization from Bridge City who has been tackling the clean up of Bailey’s Road, held a prayer meeting Sunday night for Mr. Martinez, and there are discussions about putting together a volunteer group to search for him. 

Martinez’s keys and personal items, including a passport, were found inside his abandoned car at the end of Bailey’s Road on April 29th. His family had previously reported him missing in Tennessee on April 26th, but on April 28th, Martinez was spotted and stopped in Lumberton and seemed okay, and the missing alert was dropped. 

 Once his car was found on Bailey’s Road, Orange County Sheriff’s Department reissued the missing person’s alert.

 Via social media, his sister, Sonia stated that “We are asking any volunteers or anyone with drones or watercraft to assist in searching the areas in which we can until we can receive consent from Mr. Bailey,” Ms. Martinez said in the post.

 Ms. Martinez, who said she had never heard of Bridge City, prior to her brother going missing, added, “We appreciate each and every one of you for the heart and soul you have put into a complete stranger. You guys are what makes small-town America as wonderful as it is. 

 We want to bring my brother back home and thank any and all efforts from the city and people in it.”

If you have any info for investigators, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612.

 

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