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On Saturday, June 4th, at about 3:48 pm, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 2800 block of North Hwy 62 in Orange regarding a shooting.
Upon arrival, deputies located a male subject who resides at a nearby residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper right arm and chest. The victim was immediately transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for medical treatment.
The victim’s wife who retreated from the residence at the time of the shooting was then interviewed. She informed deputies that after her arrival home from a trip out of town, she entered her home and heard a single gunshot. Shortly thereafter, she observed her husband running from the back portion of the residence stating he had just been shot.
Both individuals, along with their infant child vacated their residence and ran to nearby neighbors for safety.
Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, along with area law enforcement immediately established a perimeter around the location due to the suspect remaining inside the victim’s home. Moments later, law enforcement officials reported hearing a gunshot from within the garage area of the residence.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team arrived on the scene and attempted to gain communications with the suspect, but received no response. During this time period, an additional shot was fired from within the home.
At this point, heavy smoke was seen coming from the residence. The suspect had set fire to the garage area of the family’s home. A tactical robot was deployed inside the residence, but due to the heavy amount of smoke from the fire, no visual benefit was gained.
Law Enforcement officials positioned on the north side of the residence could then begin hearing the suspect yelling out for help from within the residence. With heavy smoke and flames emitting from the structure, a window was breached and officials were able to safely remove the suspect from the burning home.
He was then taken into custody.
The suspect was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for a medical evaluation before he was booked into the Orange County Jail.
The suspect has been identified as Eric Ray-Martin Thibodeaux, W/M, DOB: 01/22/1983. He is charged with Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon and Arson.
The victim along with his wife believes burglary may have been the motivation and upon discovery of the suspect inside their home, the suspect utilized their stolen firearm to shoot the homeowner.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division will be investigating this incident with additional criminal charges pending against Thibodeaux.
Orange County Sheriff Jimmy Lane Mooney would like to express his appreciation to area law enforcement and first responders for their assistance regarding this matter.
OCDR hosting 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays, looking for Food Vendors
Orange County Disaster Rebuild is hosting the 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays on November 16th at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center.
They are looking for food establishments in Orange County interested in participating to contact them at 409-745-9719. They are hoping to have more than 30 vendors at this year’s event.
Tickets go on sale the first week in October.
County Tax Office releases updated Trust Property List
The Orange County Tax Office released its updated trust property list.
They are accepting minimum bid amounts only at this time. According to the tax district, if properties do not sell, the may be sold at a reduced amount at our next online tax resale auction in 2024.
Please call for more information. 409-882-7971
West Orange-Cove CISD Unveils Innovative Mobile Classroom, Revolutionizing Learning On the Go
WOCCISD is proud to announce the launch of our innovative and fully equipped mobile learning lab, a solution funded by the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant. Pioneered by Dr. Alicia Sigee, Director of Student Services at WOCCISD, the new mobile classroom is committed to providing an adaptable learning environment for various learning needs and community engagement.
The mobile classroom redefines traditional learning methods. This state-of-the-art vehicle boasts two slide-outs, three touch-screen television monitors, comfortable seating, and a versatile table that can be removed to create more space for students. Additionally, the unit includes a restroom, a kitchenette, a back room with pull-down seats, and an ADA wheelchair elevator, ensuring an inclusive learning environment for all. Finally, the classrooms are outfitted with dry-erase boards and touchscreen monitors to allow teaching on every surface. This innovative vehicle transforms learning into an engaging, interactive experience that can stand alone entirely with four AC units and a generator onboard.
The primary focus of this vehicle will be the expansion of the successful “Read and Roll” program, particularly during the crucial summer months of the learning slide; however, we plan that this mobile unit will have many uses throughout the year.
“The “Read and Roll” program is already established as an impactful community initiative and has been a cornerstone of WOCCISD’s commitment to student learning loss,” stated Dr. Alicia Sigee. “Operating during the summer, the program combines literacy initiatives with meals and community service opportunities for student groups. By going directly into the neighborhoods where students live and play, the program ensures accessibility and community engagement.”
Other initiatives the vehicle will be used for include but are not limited to
Community Resilience: During crises such as hurricanes and disasters, the lab transforms into a disaster command unit and feeding site, providing vital support to the community.
Community Engagement: The lab enhances community engagement through an enrollment hub for parents, local parades, family nights, and parent education initiatives.
Education Empowerment: Parent education sessions on platforms like Skyward and insights into grading periods provide parents with tools to participate in their child’s education.
Comprehensive Events: From “Back to School at LCSO” to FASFA Nights, the lab facilitates diverse community programs such as meet-the-programs nights and mobile job fairs.
“We are thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking diverse mobile classroom,” said WOCCISD Superintendent Dr. Rickie Harris. “Our goal is to provide an educational space that accommodates various learning styles and ensures that every student feels welcome and included. This vehicle embodies our dedication to delivering a high-quality education beyond traditional boundaries.”
This innovative mobile learning lab embodies WOCCISD’s dedication to adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of students, families, and the community. It symbolizes resilience, innovation, and commitment to empowering lives through excellence every day!