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    Big changes planned for Port Arthur elementary schools Video included

    Under the reconfiguration, all Pre-K through second graders would attend Booker T. Washington Elementary, while third through fifth graders would head to DeQueen Elementary.

     

     

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    "Recognized" sign pulled down at BISD

     The decision to remove the sign was made by interim superintendent Vern Butler.

    According to BISD spokesperson Nakisha Myles, Butler did it because he says it's a new day for the district.

    Myles says the "Recognized" sign at the Thomas Center will be removed by the end of the week.

    Jefferson County District Attorney to request 15 percent budget increase Video included

    The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office will need $840,000 more in the next fiscal year for prosecutors to meet public demand, D.A. Cory Crenshaw said Monday.

    Crenshaw on Tuesday will propose to Commissioners a budget plan that request a 15 percent increase in funding.

    BISD's board of managers votes on firing superintendent, Timothy Chargois, but postpones decision on other layoffs Video included

    The seven members of the Beaumont Independent School District's board of managers were sworn into their new positions at Monday night's board meeting, taking over for trustees whose authority has been suspended by the state.

    While the managers were warmly received by the public, they know they have a tough road ahead.

    RAW VIDEO: 7/21/2014 First BISD Board of Managers meeting

    The seven members of the Beaumont Independent School District's board of managers were sworn into their new positions, then began their new roles as leaders in the district.

    Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of accused sexual predator

    A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office told 12News that a man wanted for two counts of indecency with a child and one count of failure to comply with sex offender registry is in custody thanks to an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.

    On Saturday, the US Marshal Service acting on information forwarded by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrant Division, found Matthew Cherry in Rotan, Honduras.

    Report: Perry to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to border

    (photo by: Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune) (photo by: Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune)

    Gov. Rick Perry will announce Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed.

    Burglary suspect arrested thanks to call to Beaumont police

    A man Beaumont police describe as a transient has been arrested for breaking into cars before the sun came up Monday morning.

    Around 4 a.m. officers were called to the Carley House Apartments located at 3580 S. Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy.  The caller said someone was prowling and trying to break into vehicles.  A man Beaumont police describe as a transient has been arrested for breaking into cars before the sun came up Monday morning.

    Beaumont homeowner shoots burglary suspect

    Beaumont police officers are searching for a burglary suspect who was shot Monday morning.

    Around 5:20 a.m. officers were called to the 2400 block of Liberty Avenue in reference a home-owner shooting a suspect as he tried to burglarize his vehicle. The homeowner's motion detector was activated and he stepped out to check on it. He saw a man on his property. The man charged the homeowner and the homeowner fired one shot that struck the suspect somewhere in the lower chest area.

    Man from South Padre Island among 2 Americans killed in Gaza fighting

    Two were Americans: California native Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli, from South Padre Island, Texas, the U.S. State Department said.

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    Mother, son escape Orange house fire

    Orange firefighters are investigating a massive house fire in the 1400 block of West Scholars Avenue. 

    A man and his mother were able to escape the house without injury.

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    Fire engulfs Orange County house

    Fire engulfed a two-story home in Orange County Saturday night.

    The fire was reported around 11 p.m. on Connolly Road.  This is off of FM 1131, north of Vidor, near Pine Forest.

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    Orange apartment fire leaves 15 without homes

    A fire erupted early Sunday morning at the Oakwood Village Apartments in the 1500 block of N. 37th Street in Orange.

    The call came in around 2:45 a.m.  Firefighters on the scene told 12News that one woman awoke to the smell of smoke and fell due to low visibility. She was treated on the scene. No other injuries have been reported.

    XL Pipeline foes fear worst for water supply, Rosebud Sioux tribe: 'We will fight'

    Facing the sunrise on a frigid morning, Rosebud Sioux tribal leader Royal Yellow Hawk offered an ancient prayer in song, his voice periodically muffled by the whistling prairie wind. Behind Yellow Hawk was a cinematic scene from another century: 30-foot-tall tipis arranged in a half circle, quickly brightening in the morning light.

    Flooding causes sewage fallout at Exxon Mobil in Beaumont Video included

    Friday's heavy rain caused sewage lines at the Exxon Mobil Refinery in Beaumont to overflow, spilling sewage into and around the refinery's property. An Exxon Mobil spokesperson said it has been monitoring since Saturday for any residual material within the sewage that might have escaped near Poplar and Lee street in South Beaumont.

    Famed actor James Garner dies at 86

    James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multi-generational success on both the small and big screen, has died. He was 86.

    Fisherman drowns in Keith Lake

    A fisherman drowned Saturday in Port Arthur.

    Authorities have identified the victim as Tychicus Sims, 22, of Beaumont.

    Robber hits game room employee with a gun

    An employee of a game room located in the 4300 block of South 4th Street in Beaumont received minor injuries during an overnight robbery.

    Ceiling collapse at East Texas prison injures inmates Video included

    Nineteen inmates at a East Texas prison were hurt when a suspended ceiling collapsed on them.  The incident happened in the dayroom of the Diboll Correctional Center, which is in Angelina County about ten miles south of Lufkin.

    Castle Motel, which was once a former Beaumont landmark, goes up in flames Video included

    Around 45 Beaumont firefighters battled a blaze at the abandoned Castle Motel located at 1125 North 11th Street.

    The fire started around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. 

    Fire Captain Earl White said he believes it was intentionally set, possibly by a transient.

    Demonstrators protest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing Texas border Video included

    Holding Texas state flags and signs reading "Secure the Border", a group of demonstrators stood along Dowlen Road in front of Chick-fil-A in Beaumont Saturday.

    It was a small group, only about eight people, but their message was big.

    Beaumont woman attacked during Houston robbery shares her story

    One of the victims of a robbery at a Houston adult boutique is speaking out tonight in hopes that the robbers will be caught.

    Surveillance video shows a group of men shooting recklessly inside Katz's Boutique in Houston last month.

    Hours after the rain stopped, Port Arthur's West Side remained underwater Video included

     The historic West Side of Port Arthur of the city made history with the amount of flooding seen Friday.

    People living in the area are frustrated that it took so long to drain, and are insisting on answers from city leaders.

    They say lack of readiness by city officials made their situation worse.

    Beaumont 12-year-old gives back to mother's former foster home Video included

    At just 12 years old, Marshall Middle School student Brach Ross wants to do something most kids his age never think about during their summer vacation.

    Along with his best friend Micah, Brach is volunteering his time to help collect school supplies for the kids at Buckner Children's Village in Beaumont. But for Brach, it means so much more.

    Flooding submerges Southeast Texas

    Historic flooding this morning in Southeast Texas turned roads and underpasses into lakes as more than 6 inches of rain fell on some parts of our community.

    In just one hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., the Jack Brooks Regional Airport recorded 3.08 inches of rain.

    BISD agenda includes possible termination of superintendent, administration RIF

    The first agenda for the Beaumont Independent School District's new Board of Managers has been posted.  The 10-page document includes some major decisions to be considered by the new board.   CLICK HERE to see complete agenda

    UPDATE: James Arceneaux sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a 6-year-old

    A Jefferson County jury Thursday returned a guilty verdict in the trial of a man accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

    James Arceneaux, 53, was convicted of assaulting a 6-year-old victim.  On Friday Arceneaux was sentenced to 30 years in prison.  Arceneaux must serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

    Police: Pair of burglars arrested

    A police spokesperson Friday said two men worked as a team burglarizing cars, now they are both in jail facing charges.

    Officers were called to the Fountain Woods Apartments on Delaware Street around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Alleged phone call: 'We have just shot down a plane'

    "We have just shot down a plane. ... A plume of smoke is visible."The biggest clue so far into who may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 might be what Ukrainian officials say are intercepted communications between pro-Russian rebels operating in eastern Ukraine.

    Flames shooting from the roof of a house fire in LaBelle as occupants clear out

    LaBelle Fannett firefighters responded to a fully engulfed house fire on Humble Camp Road in LaBelle early Friday morning.

    Assistant Fire Chief Henry LaBrie said people at the home were able to get out safely as flames continued to shoot from the roof.

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    Open carry remains a hot topic in Southeast Texas Video included

    For the first time, members of the Beaumont Police Department and Derek Poe Thursday came together to discuss the right to openly carry long arms in public.

    As a Thursday meeting revealed, Texans like those who marched in an open carry rally in January have won friends in the Texas Legislature.

    Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 Video included

    Blues Foundation Hall of Famer and Beaumont's own Johnny Winter passed away Wednesday at a hotel in Switzerland where he was on tour. Winter was raised in Beaumont and began performing when he was just a teenager. 

    Four-vehicle accident in Beaumont includes charter bus

    Emergency crews are working an accident on Interstate 10 West at Washington in Beaumont.The accident involves at least 4 vehicles including a charter bus.

    Man suspected of killing his wife found dead

    A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Police Department Thursday said a man who is a suspect in the shooting death of his wife was found dead from an apparent suicide.

    Around 9:48 a.m. Thursday officers were called to a house located at 2735 9th Street in reference to a possible suicide. When officers arrived they found Wallis Mendoza Gervacio, 47, deceased.

    DPS identifies person killed in US 69 accident

    A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety has identified a person killed in an accident on US 69 Wednesday.

    The deceased is identified as James Nichols, 76, of Tyler County.

    New traffic lights final touch to make school commute in Lumberton safer Video included

    Commuters who drive through Lumberton on Highway 69 will be greeted by two new traffic lights once school starts in August. The Texas Department of Transportation has placed the new lights in front of Lumberton High and Intermediate Schools.

    SETX moms promote public breastfeeding Video included

    A group of Southeast Texas moms has created a coalition to offer information and support that they hope will help normalize breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding in public is legal in all 50 states and according to experts, more mothers are choosing to breast feed today than they were 30 or 40 years ago..

    Authorities release identity of Bridge City woman killed in auto-pedestrian accident

    Authorities have released the name of a woman killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in Bridge City Wednesday morning.

    The deceased is identified as Natalie Chaison, 35, of Bridge City.

    Man pleads guilty in double-murder case, gets 50 years

    A man charged in a 2012 double murder in Beaumont entered a guilty plea Wednesday morning.  Jose Wilfredo Chinchilla, 30, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

    Witnesses said Chinchilla opened fire killing his girlfriend, 24-year-old Francisca Garza, and 44-year-old Gregario Sanchez, in the 5300 block of Margo Lane in North Beaumont.

    Driver taken to hospital after 18-wheeler overturns, spills forklifts

    An 18-wheeler carrying forklifts overturned on Cardinal Drive Wednesday morning. The accident happened near the intersection with MLK in front of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas around 11 a.m.

    The driver was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.  An officer on the scene did not know the extent of the driver's injuries.


    PA man sentenced for 2012 burglary and standoff that disrupted nearby school

    A Port Arthur man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for a burglary and standoff that happened in 2012.

    The sentence was handed down to Milton Stevenson, 43, on Wednesday.

    New details on Kountze city council member charged with felony

    Ira Braneff turned himself in Sunday morning after facing allegations from the mother of a teenager killed in a January car accident.

    The councilman is accused with pocketing more than $3,000 earmarked for the headstone of Kountze high school senior Keiron Edwards.

     

    Orange County precinct looks to legalize sale of alcohol Video included

    Walking into a gas station in Orange County Precinct 2 you may find it difficult to buy beer, or any alcohol for that matter.

    Precinct 2, which covers the northern center of the county (Mauriceville) and has about 12,000 residents, is a dry precinct. But that could change.

    Retirements and resignations reducing number of BISD layoffs Video included

     
    According to BISD's personnel department, there are 94 teachers on the proposed layoff list, but 55 vacancies with the possibility of more spots becoming open.

    Conservator Fred Shafer said, "With these resignations and retirements, they've opened up more vacancies for teachers who are on the RIF(Reduction in Force) list, greater opportunity for them to find employment."

    Account set up to benefit family who lost a child in a boating accident

    10-year-old Janae Borel was killed, and her sister, 7-year-old Anna borel, was severely injured when the boat they were in with their father collided with a dock on the Sabine River Saturday.

    So far, more than $9,200 has been raised through Go Fund Me for funeral expenses, medical bills, and travel expenses.

    Law allows use of drastic action to save children locked in hot cars Video included

    According to kidsandcars.org roughly 39 children die each year from being left in hot cars. The organization estimates there have been more than 600 heat related children deaths dating back to 1990. 

    But can the average person do more than just call 911 if they witness a child trapped in a vehicle? A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson says yes.


    Entergy Texas helps Low-Income Customers 'Beat the Heat'

    You know summer has arrived when Entergy Texas, Inc. sets out to help customers "Beat the Heat" by giving away fans to help many of them stay more comfortable during Southeast Texas' sweltering summer.

    Reaction from two of the seven members of the Board of Managers Video included

    12News has obtained a list of the members of the newly appointed Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers.

    TEA Commissioner Michael Williams shows confidence in Board of Managers picks Video included

    "This district has not had an election in two and a half to three years, and so in many ways, voters have been disenfranchised by this very Board of Trustees who are now exiting," said Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.

    12News was granted an exclusive interview with Commissioner Williams Monday.

    Public pressure deflates gas plant proposal in Port Arthur

    Almost 100 people showed up at Port Arthur city council Monday night to let council members know they don't want a plant that converts natural gas into gasoline in their neighborhood.

    The startup company ZeoGas has proposed the $1.2 billion plant be built near the El Vista neighborhood, off Highway 73 in west Port Arthur.

    Mixed emotions surround final chapter of TEA Takeover of Beaumont I.S.D. Video included

    Dr. Timothy Chargois left Beaumont Independent School District's Administration building Monday appearing defeated, ignoring requests to talk.  His departure follows the biggest upset of his career as Superintendent.

    Within the hour the Texas Education Agency announced Dr. Chargois along with the board of trustees would be no more.

    BISD interim superintendent also served as interim over embattled El Paso school district

    Commissioner Michael Williams Monday announced the man who would take over on an interim basis as the new Superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District.

    Wiliams named Vern Butler as the interim superintendent to take over the duties of Timothy Chargois. Chargois served as super indent for the district for 2 years.

    Marijuana supporters rally for man facing felony possession Video included

    A Port Acres man who says he grows marijuana for medicinal purposes will stand trial in October on a felony possession charge after his home was raided by police in February.

    Jeremy Bourque told 12News that he grows and smokes weed as medicine for his epilepsy.

    Port Neches man already serving time for child porn production is sentenced to 25 years for continuous sexual abuse of a child

    A man who pleaded guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child was sentenced Monday.

    A statement from the office of Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw says that Christopher Dale Harrison, 33, of Port Neches, entered a plea Monday and was immediately sentenced to 25 years

    BISD board bows to public pressure and postpones decision on layoffs Video included

    Four hundred people packed into the board meeting room and expressed their discontent over the proposed layoffs of fine arts teachers.

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