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    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 Donald Towell, 66, shot and killed his mother Pauline Towell, 88, with a .38 revolver. He said the shooting happened in Pauline Towell's house on Fair Park Street around 6 p.m. Thursday.


    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.

    Mary Poole with Baptist Hospital told 12 news the incident had to do with inappropriate levels of monitoring at the facility, where it is required to have a 1:1 monitoring ratio of staff to patients.

    Deweyville High student leads effort to amend or abolish prom dress code Video included

    Deweyville High School's junior/senior prom will be on Saturday, April 26, but on that day there are plans for two proms.  The second prom, which is being called an anti-prom, is being put together by students upset about Deweyville's dress code for prom.

    But junior class co-president Talon Shoemake does not support a protest prom because it would split his classmates, but he does not support the restrictive dress code either.

    Below average hurricane season expected

    The 2014 hurricane forecast is out and indications are that it should be fairly quiet season, but that does not mean we should take this year any less lightly.

    Becoming even warmer through Easter weekend

    We are getting back to normal in the temperature department, in fact we are expecting some of the warmest weather of the year next week.

    Ukraine protesters: Russian foreign minister 'did not sign anything for us'

    The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk on Friday defied an international deal for protesters to vacate seized buildings and lay down their arms.

    Police: Arrest warrant issued for captain, 2 crew members of sunken S. Korea ferry Video included

    An arrest warrant has been issued for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea, an accident that killed 28 people and left nearly 270 missing.

    Two other crew members also face arrest, a spokesman for the joint prosecutor and police investigators said Friday.

    The spokesman did not provide any further detail.

    BISD school board votes to appeal state takeover by the TEA Video included

    The Beaumont Independent School District will fight the takeover by the Texas Education Agency. Trustees Thursday night voted 5-2 to appeal the appointment of a conservator and board of managers.

    The two votes against making an appeal came from trustees Tom Neild and Mike Neil.

    During a special meeting board members went into executive session for about 30 minutes before voting on the appeal.

    Third suspect arrested in connection with Dallas man's murder

    There has been a major development in the killing of a Dallas man whose body was found near China. Authorities have made a third arrest in the death of 53-year-old Kevin Alton Moyer.

    27-year-old Cody Jamar Lewis was taken into custody Thursday night in Trinity County.

    Jeff. Co. Sheriff's Office shows off new tactical armored vehicle Video included

    It looks like something out of the movie "Transformers", but the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office new big, bad armored vehicle is anything but a product of Hollywood.

    It's called an MRAP, which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. It weighs 15 tons, and costs close to $750,000. It came to Jefferson County this past fall, however, free of charge.

    Beaumont Basilica home to second sacred saint relic Video included

    A reception was held at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Thursday to welcome the zucchetto, or skull cap, that belonged to Pope John Paul XXIII.

    It is the second relic of its kind to be housed there; Pope John Paul II's zucchetto is also on display at the Basilica. Monsignor Michael Jamail said it is extremely rare for a cathedral to house two relics of two soon-to-be saints.

    Newton elementary student attacked by adult

    A Newton elementary student was punched by an adult Thursday morning.  The man then ran from the campus after the attack, according to a statement issued by the superintendent.

    The incident happened in a hall between classes.

    The statement from Superintendent Michelle Barrow says the adult male attacker persuaded the student to open a locked exterior door.  Once the door was opened, the adult punched the student

    Thousands line up for Port Arthur housing assistance Video included

    The Port Arthur Housing Authority opened its Section 8 housing voucher waiting list for the first time in nearly three years. As a result, a line of thousands wrapped around the Bob Bowers Civic Center Wednesday in search of permanent housing.

    Section 8 is a national program that provides housing vouchers for low-income individuals or families.  The voucher can be used to pay up to 70% of a client's rent and utility costs.

    One cut from wreckage following Port Arthur accident

    A firefighter on the scene of an accident in Port Arthur told 12News that a driver's injuries do not appear to be life threatening following.

    The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. in front of the landfill on Highway 73.

    The driver had to be cut out of the vehicle.

    Instagram account targets students at Hardin-Jefferson ISD Video included

    The account is called H-J Hoes, and it asks followers to submit pictures that should be featured on the site.

    The account has more than 450 followers.

    Superintendent Shannon Holmes, Ed.D, is taking the matter seriously.  He says it's not known if it's a student or someone in the community, but he says whomever it is could possibly face child pornography charges.

    LISD Superintendent yet to decide on fate of transgender substitute teacher Video included

    Lumberton Independent School District Superintendent John Valastro said he has not made a decision on whether to allow a transgender substitute teacher back into the classroom.

    This latest news comes almost a week after the substitute teacher, Laura Jane Klug, said she was told she would be kept on the list of substitutes.

    Judge extends TRO preventing former BISD coach from receiving checks

    A hearing was held Wednesday before 136th District Judge Milton Shuffield concerning a temporary restraining order preventing the Beaumont Independent School District from paying former coach Keeath Magee as part of a separation agreement.

    Judge Shuffield extended an existing TRO by 14 additional days.

    DPS offers $13,000 reward for Spring, Texas sex offender

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered a cash reward information leading to the capture of Juan Carlos Pena, 49, of Spring Texas.  The reward is good if the tip comes in before the end of the month.

    Video captures suspect watching sleeping baby during west Harris County burglary Video included

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released home surveillance video showing a burglary suspect walking through a victim's home, even staring at a sleeping baby.

    UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, missing Magnolia girl found safe

    MAGNOLIA, Texas -  The Amber Alert for the missing Magnolia girl has been cancelled after she was found safe in South Texas.

    Investigators say Elizabeth Rex, 14, was last seen on Monday at her home on Memory Lane when she went outside to play and never returned home.

    Guessing game begins about who'll serve on BISD board of managers Video included

    Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams must first wait on whether the Beaumont Independent School District will appeal his decision to take over the school district, before he can appoint a board of managers.

    But already, several names are being floated as possible candidates to serve as managers.


    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


    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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