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    Texas Education Commissioner is confident BISD won't be able to prevent state takeover Video included

     
    During the interview with 12News, Commissioner Michael Williams told us, "The elected leadership had totally and wholly lost the confidence and trust of the people of Beaumont.  They truly failed to implement the safeguards and procedures and systems that they had been directed to do so that would have protected the taxpayers."

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    Police: Family's pet raccoon attacks two-week-old son Video included

    A newborn is recovering and his mother faces possible criminal charges after Kountze Police say a pet raccoon attacked the infant. 

    Community to help teachers affected by school fire Video included

    Investigators are hoping to soon determine what caused the fire that ripped through Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School last month. The State Fire Marshal's Office tells 12News they are currently waiting for asbestos test results to come back before they can do an on-site investigation.

    A former Hamshire-Fannett ISD student and a friend are putting on a community fundraiser this weekend for teachers who lost personal items in the fire.

    Thousands of bees invade a Nederland home

    Homeowners in Nederland are being forced out of their home by bees... thousands of them. 

    Exterminators say the bees slowly started infesting a home on Woodridge last year,but with all the warm weather, they've multiplied.

    Three home invasions in Port Arthur in less than an hour Video included

    The Port Arthur Police Department is investigating three home invasion robberies that happened early Wednesday morning.

    A police department spokesperson said the first robbery happened at 1:13 a.m. in the 5100 block of 4th Street. Less than 20 minutes later officers were called to a house in the 2900 block of 19th Street and at 2 a.m. officers were called to a home in the 3700 block of 5th Street.  

    Lockdown lifted at Beaumont school campuses, police investigate nearby shooting

    Three Beaumont school campuses were placed on lockdown as police began investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting.

    The lockdowns at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Fletcher Elementary and Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont were put in place as a precaution after police received a call from a man at the Oriental Food Market located at 1305 Franklin Street saying a shooting had happened nearby. This is at the intersection with Orange Street.

    Port Arthur mother says her son's dog is being held for ransom Video included

    A heartbroken mother had to tell her son that his dog was missing.

    Tucker is the family dog. Meghan Vital of Port Arthur says they adopted him from a rescue shelter. The dog was deaf and was about to be put to sleep, if the shelter didn't find him a family.

    Vital says her third grade son Tyson and Tucker were inseparable, and even slept together at night.

    Three arrested, charged with helping murder suspect hide

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects as part of a murder investigation Wednesday.

    Hope Pennington, 27, of Groveton, Terrance Edwards, 33, of Crockett and Cedrick Edwards, 31, of Groveton are all relatives of murder suspect Cody Lewis. A sheriff’s office spokesperson said all three are charged with hindering apprehension of a fugitive.

    Chance for some late afternoon storms Thursday

    Rain is now possible tomorrow as our next weather maker could generate some late afternoon showers and storms.

    Teacher accused of not allowing student to read Bible during reading time Video included

    A Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District teacher is being accused of telling an elementary school student she can't read the Bible in school and is not even allowed to bring the Bible to school.The allegations surfaced on Tuesday afternoon when the Liberty Institute released a statement and said it sent a letter to the Hamilton Elementary School principal and Cy-Fair ISD superintendent.

    Ukraine: Pro-Russian militants to be targeted in renewed security operation Video included

    Pro-Russian militants in four key cities will be targeted as authorities seek to regain control of Ukraine's restive east, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema said Wednesday.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

    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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