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    Port Arthur mom says her son's dog was taken for ransom Video included

     Meghan Vital says she's filing charges with Port Arthur police against the people she believes stole her son's dog.

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    Congressional candidate defends negative campaign ad, opponent responds Video included

    In a new campaign spot for Congressional District 36 Republican Ben Streusand compares his run-off opponent Dr. Brian Babin to President Obama when it comes to defending tax increases. But documents provided to 12News suggest Streusand is cherry picking facts. Streusand defends the campaign advertisement and Babin responds saying public records prove his conservative values. 

    Port Neches chemical plant unveils new environmental education center for students Video included

    Wild alligators and majestic birds lounging in a beautiful green landscape is not something you'd expect to find across the street from a giant chemical plant, but that's the case with the Huntsman plant in Port Neches.

    On Earth Day 2014, Huntsman Corp. unveiled its new Environmental Education Center located across the street from its plant. The small building will serve as a classroom where students in PNG ISD can learn about biology and wildlife.

    Teen struggles to recover while mourning mother's death after Easter crash Video included

    The young survivor of an Easter motorcycle accident continues to cling to life as she grieves the death of her mother. Emergency workers on the scene said that Jessica Twiner, 14 and her mom, Ramona Tolman, 44, both of Mauriceville, were on a three-wheeled motorcycle when they ran off the road and hit a fence and tree. Tolman was pronounced dead on the scene.

    One dead in Jefferson County accident

    A Department of Public Safety spokesperson has identified a man killed in an accident Tuesday morning as Cuong Nguyen, 28, of Beaumont.

    The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. on West Port Arthur Road at South Garden Road in Jefferson County. This is in front of Live Oak Memorial Park.


    Warm weather continues for Southeast Texas

    Partly cloudy and warm today with highs in the lower 80's.

    Deweyville I.S.D. school board changes prom dress code Video included

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    Deweyville I.S.D. trustees change a controversial dress code that caused many students to plan on skipping prom just days before the big dance. 

    Major accident Phelan Boulevard at Arlington Drive in Beaumont

    Three people were taken to the hospital following a major accident at the intersection of Phelan Boulevard and Arlington Drive.  Their injuries were described as non life-threatening.

    The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.

    Port Arthur man to be sentenced in 2013 crime spree

    A Port Arthur man is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of robbery.

    According to a news release issued by the office of Jefferson County  District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, Domminique Adams, 29, of Port Arthur, entered guilty pleas Tuesday.  The charges are related to a July 2, 2013 attack on a Port Arthur couple.

    North Korea steps up activity at its nuclear site, South says

    North Korea has stepped up activity at its main nuclear test site, possibly preparing to carry out a fourth underground blast, South Korea said Tuesday.  The report comes just days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in South Korea.

    FBI seeks victims of teacher accused of molesting students he drugged

    The FBI is asking for the public's help to find victims of a suspected child predator who taught in private American schools overseas beginning in 1972.

    Cigarette bandits in custody, Beaumont police say

    Two men are in jail after police say they burglarized a convenience store and stole cigarettes.

    Shortly after 11 p.m. April 17, officers were called to a convenience store located at 55 E. Caldwood in reference to an alarm. The front glass was broken and the business had been burglarized. Numerous packs of cigarettes were stolen.

    Community remembers Silsbee teen killed in Easter morning accident Video included

    The Silsbee community is grieving the loss of one of its own after a student died in a fatal accident Easter morning. 

    Purple shirts and purple posters Monday filled the hallways of Silsbee High School in remembrance of Jamarcus Myers, 18, of Silsbee, one day after the teen's death.

    Wife of Jack Brooks passes away

    The wife of the late U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks has passed away.

    Charlotte Brooks died Sunday at 78. Funeral services are pending with Broussard’s in Beaumont.

    Brooks’ husband, Congressman Brooks, passed away in 2012 just days before his 90th birthday. According to 12News file stories, Brooks was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1946 where he sponsored a bill that ultimately made Lamar University a four-year institution.

    Three from Orange, One from Houston arrested for Louisiana armed robbery

    Three men from Orange and one from Houston have been arrested following an armed robbery in Louisiana.

    A spokesperson with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said around 11 p.m. Sunday deputies were called to a casino on Highway 109 South in Vinton. Two people said they were sitting inside their car in the parking lot of the casino when two men walked up. One had a handgun and they demanded money.The spok...

    One taken to hospital after Beaumont motorcycle accident

    One person was taken to the hospital with what are described as non life threatening injuries following a an accident involving a motorcycle and a pickup.

    The accident happened around 11:50 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 105 and Major Drive. A witness told 12News that the motorcycle was going out of the parking lot of the Exxon Station onto Highway 105 when it was clipped by a light blue pickup.

    Woman from Orange killed in motorcycle accident, daughter injured Video included

    The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident in Orange County.

    According to a DPS spokesperson, the accident happened around 2 p.m. Sunday on FM 1442 north of S. Terry Road.  The DPS spokesperson identified the person who was killed as Ramona Tolman, 44, of Orange. Tolman's 14-year-old daughter was seriously injured in the accident.

    Kids enjoy free Family Fun Day at the Museum of the Gulf Coast Video included

    The Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur hosted its free Family Fun Day Saturday .

    This year's theme is, "Under the Big Top."


    Newton police investigate apparent murder-suicide

    The Newton Police Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide.

    Sgt. Givien Kelley with the Newton Police Department told 12News that Donald Powell, 66, shot and killed his mother Pauline Powell, 88, with a .38 revolver.  He said the shooting happened in Pauline Powell's house on Fair Park Street around 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Two arrested after accident sends Liberty County Judge and wife to hospital Video included

     Liberty County Judge Craig McNair Liberty County Judge Craig McNair

    A spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office told 12News that Liberty County Judge Craig McNair and his wife, Lisa, were taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston following a head-on collision early Saturday morning.

    Liberty County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joel Davila said that both the Judge and his wife appeared to be in “stable” condition when the helicopter picked them up at the accident site.

    Exclusive: Baptist Beaumont at risk of losing Medicare/Medicaid program Video included

    The Medicare and Medicaid program at Baptist Beaumont Hospital is at risk of being terminated after an incident that occurred at the hospital's Behavioral Health Center.

    Baptist Hospital spokesperson Mary Poole told 12News that the incident had to do with inappropriate levels of monitoring at the facility.  It is required to have a 1:1 monitoring ratio of staff to patients.

    SLIDESHOW

    This week's Jefferson County Sheriff's Office most wanted 4/11/2014

    This week's most wanted fugitives from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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    This week's Orange County Sheriff's Office most wanted 4/11/2014

    Do you know any of these people?  They all have warrants for their arrest.  The Orange County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding them.

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