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December 31, 2012

Year in Review


ORANGE — November General Elections

Orange County saw a huge turnout for the general elections in November.

A total of 30,827 voters submitted ballots for the November general election, which is a record in Orange County.

In the race for Judge of County Court at Law, Mandy White-Rogers received 71 percent of the vote to defeat opponent Mike Abbott.

The race for County Commissioner in Precinct 3 was slightly closer, but challenger John Banken defeated incumbent Democrat, John P. Dubose by more than 800 votes. Banken received 55.60 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Chris Humble won re-election as Orange County Constable of Precinct 2 as he received 60.42 percent of the vote to be challenger Sarah Jefferson-Simon.

Republican candidate David Cagle won the race for Orange County Constable in Precinct 3 as he defeated challenger Lynn Arceneaux. Cagle received 64.18 percent of the vote.

Stockman defeated Democrat Max Martin. Stockman received 72 percent of the vote, while his winning margin across the district was 71 percent of the vote.

Stockman served one term as a congressman from 1995 to 1997.

Texas voters made Ted Cruz the state’s first Hispanic U.S. senator but their overwhelming support for fellow Republican Mitt Romney wasn’t enough to keep Democratic President Barack Obama from winning re-election to a second term.

Murders in Vidor

Vidor resident Curtis Allen Garrison was charged with capital murder in the shooting death of husband and wife, Aaron and Summer Conn, November 2012 in north Vidor. The shooting occurred at the end of Woodside Drive, where Garrison’s residence is secured with crime scene tape.

In an unrelated event, Kelly Gene Mitchell, 43, turned himself in to officers at the Orange County Jail after an arrest warrant was issued for him by the Vidor Police Department. Mitchell later paid bond, which was set at $50,000.

A probable cause affidavit detailed Vidor Officer L.B. Cupit’s account of an investigation into Rodger Dale Allen’s death in April 2012. Allen was Mitchell’s former stepfather.

According to the affidavit, investigators learned Allen intentionally wrecked into his stepson’s Ford truck.

Allen then started to run towards Mitchell’s truck with a “crazed” look and screamed “I am going to kill you now” before calling his former stepson a profane name, Mitchell told Cupit and Texas Ranger Bobby Smith in a voluntary statement.

Mitchell then told the investigators he fired at his ex-step father with an AR15 rifle until “Rodger stopped coming.”

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