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    Lights left on all night at Ford Park baseball fields

    Something has been brought to "light" that may be a concern to Jefferson County taxpayers. Acting on a tip, 12News discovered the lights at Ford Park's baseball fields were left on overnight Friday.

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    Tropical Wave headed for the Gulf

    A tropical wave in the Caribbean will head towards the Gulf with possible development possible early next week.  High pressure though should keep the system well to our south.

    Local group throws cook-off benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

    Barbecue pits are smoking all across Southeast Texas this Labor day weekend and at the Elks Lodge 311 in Beaumont, a charity cook-off drew over a dozen teams for a special competition.Margaret Duncan of Beaumont, began cooking around 5:30 Saturday morning.Chicken, ribs and brisket all get their own place on the judge's table.

    More morning rain possible on Sunday

    Showers will again reemerge later tonight towards daybreak on Sunday, as another surge of Gulf moisture moves into the area. That could make for a wet ride to church in the morning, but if you are planning to do some afternoon grilling, showers will become more widely scattered by then.

    More Texans to hit the road for Labor day Video included

    Shooting hoops, throwing a barbecue or spending time at the park are just a few ways Southeast Texans will be spending the long holiday weekend. Labor day often provides an extra day to play and many Southeast Texans will be heading out of town. Shoppers out Friday evening shared plans of heading to Houston, Austin, Lake Sam Rayburn and even Crystal Beach.Those trips mean filling up the gas tank.

    Child flown to Houston hospital following Orange County lawnmower accident

    A young girl had to be flown to the hospital by air ambulance after a lawnmower accident in Orange County.

    The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday near Vidor.

    Sheriff: Former Crystal Beach VFD chief stole $25K to use at race track and casino, misappropriated other money

    12News has learned that a former fire chief of the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department has been indicted.

    A Galveston County Grand Jury returned two indictments on former chief David Miles Loop, 56.

    Greg Abbott backs out of only statewide TV debate Video included

    Republican candidate Greg Abbott has reversed his decision to appear in the only gubernatorial debate to be broadcast statewide on television.

    Nederland's Finch Hutton closed for money owed

    The doors to the popular Nederland restaurant, Finch Hutton, are closed. It has been seized for non-payment of taxes owed to the State of Texas.

    Central High parents want to boost image of their booster club after controversial year Video included

    It's a new beginning for Central High's Booster Club, after a year of controversy. The Booster Club is now back under the control of parents.  A 12News investigative report last year revealed that the former principal of Central, Patricia Lambert, took control of the booster club from parents in 2007, and since then it had been under the school's authority.

    Armed Texans say they're heading to the border to deter illegal immigration

    "So it's pretty disgusting that our own citizens--Texans haven't stepped up to patrol their own border."That disgust has sparked action in Derek Poe. The owner of Golden Triangle Tactical in Beaumont is forming a volunteer group that Poe says will go to the border to act as a "force multiplier.""We can't detain [illegal immigrants]... we'll just call it in to the border patrol, have the border patrol come and pick them up."

    Pride restored in Beaumont with the start of football season

    Football season has finally arrived in Southeast Texas and after troubling times for the Beaumont Independent School District this year, it's finally a time for the joy of high school football.

    It's been an emotional summer for the Beaumont community after the accusations of mismanagement, corruption and a lack of public confidence, which lead to a state takeover of the school district.

    Former Beaumont mayor in ICU after quadruple bypass surgery

    Beaumont's first and only African-American mayor is in the hospital.  

    Former mayor David Moore is in the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital after having surgery Wednesday afternoon to unblock an artery.

    Electricity bills to drop 12%, Entergy says

    A spokesperson for Entergy Texas says Southeast Texas electric bills will drop about 12%.

    A news release issued by Entergy says the decrease will last into next year.

    Judge: Texas school finance system unconstitutional

    Nearly three years after more than 600 Texas school districts filed litigation challenging the state's school finance system, a Travis County district judge has ruled in their favor.

    UPDATE: Man convicted on murder charge in Vidor High School student's death gets 75 years Video included

    A man found guilty of murder Wednesday in the death of a Vidor High School student has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

    Jury members Wednesday sided with prosecutors who say there was enough evidence to show that Kelvin Lee Roy, 32, of Beaumont, purposely caused the Feb. 7 collision that killed Alexandria "Lexy" Nicole Bertrand, 16, of Vidor, and that her death was a murder.  His sentence was decided by Thursday afternoon.

    Mosquitoes in Jefferson County test positive for West Nile Virus Video included

    Jefferson County has its first reported case of West Nile in mosquitoes for 2014.

    Jefferson County Mosquito director Kevin Sexton told 12News that confirmation was received late Wednesday. The mosquitoes that were tested were collected in the area of south 11th Street and Corley Ave. in Beaumont on August 19.

    Jefferson County public corruption task force question BISD maintenance employees

    The Beaumont Independent School District says it is cooperating with current and past reviews being conducted by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

    SLIDESHOW

    This week's Jefferson County Sheriff's Office most wanted 8/15/2014

    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 8/15/2014

    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.

    This week's Hardin County Sheriff's Office most wanted 8/15/2014

    This week's Hardin County Sheriff's Office most wanted 7/18/2014

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