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    Beaumont Firefighters Battle House Fire

    Beaumont firefighters worked into Tuesday morning battling a a house fire on the city's North End. Beaumont firefighters got a call from a neighbor at about 10:30 p m that the house at 11155 Pine Haven Street was on fire.  Because of heavy fire conditions it took them an hour to bring the fire under control.

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    Strong job outlook in Orange this Labor Day Video included

    It may soon be a job-seekers market in the city of Orange as the number of available jobs continues to rise.

    The city's Director of Economic Development, Jay Trahan, said he credits expansion efforts in the chemical industry, like the $100 million project at Invista.

    New law speeds up drivers license process for minors

    Forget the long lines at the DMV office. A new state law allows minors to take the drivers license exam from a driver education instructor instead of going to the drivers license office.


    Pick up truck crashes into church

    The driver of a Ford F-150 pick up truck that crashed into a storefront church, causing a gaping hole in the side of the structure, told authorities the slick road was a factor in the accident.

    Beaumont Fire dispatch told 12News the accident happened at the Abundant Life Church located in the 6700 block right at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Shooting victim pronounced dead, suspect at large

    Beaumont police continue to search for a suspected shooter after a man has died from multiple gunshot wounds on Beaumont's north end.

    Officers responded to a call at the Northridge Manor Apartments in the 4100 of Maida road at 7:39 p.m. Sunday Aug. 31 where they found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.

    Ames couple robbed at home by fake cops days after real drug raid

    A Liberty County couple had their home 'raided' by what a Liberty County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said were fake cops.

    Police officers respond to a family disturbance that ends after two hours

    The Port Arthur Police Department is investigating a family disturbance that led a man to barricade himself inside a house.

    Officers responded to the 1300 block of Memphis Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Saturday after getting an emergency call about a family disturbance at the home..

    UPDATE: Ford Park G.M. says leaving lights on is "standard procedure"

    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.

    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 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.

    McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

    In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

    Suspect in custody, 5 kids safe after Amber Alert Video included

    An Amber Alert issued Wednesday evening for five missing children has been canceled.

    Port Arthur auto repair shop owner says city's actions threaten his livelihood Video included

     
    Wednesday morning, code enforcement officers went to Ben's Auto Shop on Bluebonnet Avenue and tagged most of the vehicles there with public nuisance notices, ordering the cars' removal within 10 days.

    Local gun owners stress careful firearm selection for children

    The shooting incident that left an Arizona gun range instructor dead has ignited a passionate national debate. The accidental killer was a 9 year old girl who was taking gun lessons with an uzi. Southeast Texans are also expressing strong feelings about the fatal Arizona shooting. 

    Embattled city councilman removed from EDC

    12News has learned that a Kountze City Councilman who served as president of the Kontze Economic Development Cooperation has been removed from from the EDC.

    Kountze Councilman Ira Braneff, who is facing criminal charges amid allegations he stole money paid to him for the purchase of gravestones, was dismissed from his EDC duties because he missed three consecutive session.

    Texas dad David Barajas acquitted of murdering man who killed sons Video included

    A man accused of murdering a drunk driver who killed his two kids has been found not guilty.

    Jurors came back with the verdict this afternoon after closings were presented this morning. David Barajas, 32, had been on trial for the 2012 murder of Joe Banda, 20.

    BISD board of managers adopts a budget and temporarily gives superintendent sole authority to hire teachers Video included

    Tuesday night, the Beaumont Independent School District's board of managers unanimously voted to grant superintendent Vern Butler sole authority to hire teachers, at least for 45 days.

    The temporary  policy change quickens the hiring process at a time when BISD has a shortage of teachers.

    Child firing Uzi at Arizona shooting range accidentally kills instructor, police say Video included

    A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.

    Former Beaumont club getting major renovations Video included

    12News has learned exclusively what the future holds for the facility once known as "Whiskey River," then just "The River."

    Concert venue creator and business mogul Jerry Nelson has purchased the facility in Beaumont's Gateway Shopping Center. 

    Peter Theo Curtis returns to U.S. after Syrian captivity

    Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held captive in Syria for two years, is back on American soil after being freed Sunday.Curtis met his mother, Nancy Curtis, at Logan International Airport in Boston

    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.

    BISD experiences a dramatic hike in enrollment on second day of class

    In a surprising turn of events, Beaumont ISD's enrollment increased by 486 students on the second day of class. 

    Downtown development draws strong reaction in Orange

     Orange attorney Lynwood Sanders has been watching development around the city for more than 50 years.
    At the old Orange Café just a couple blocks from the former Southern Printers building at 5th and Front Avenue -- many in the lunch crowd were optimistic about development of the building and the future of downtown. A company called "Brazos Urban" will renovate the building for retail and living spaces in the hopes of coaxing more people downtown

    City of Beaumont to cut $2 million from budget

    Our news partner, the Beaumont Enterprise, reports that the city of Beaumont could eliminate certain jobs as part of $2 million in proposed budget cuts. 

    City Manager Kyle Hayes told the city council during a budget workshop Tuesday that revenue is growing by 1.1%.  

    Apple announces recall on select iPhones

    Apple announced a recall Monday on the iPhones that are not holding a charge. According to the company website "a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently."

    30-year-old man gets 20 years for helping throw body off bridge

    A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he admitted in court to helping throw a murder victim's body off of a bridge in 2011.

    Alberto Bacho Solis entered the guilty plea Tuesday before Judge Larry Gist.

    Greyhound passengers call 911 when driver begins acting erratically Video included

    Frantic passengers aboard a South Florida bound Greyhound bus called 911 in Volusia County on Sunday saying the driver was all over the road and falling asleep at the wheel.

    Richard Campbell, 59, was arrested on Interstate 95 near Mims shortly after 8 p.m. and charged with DUI.

    Sheriff's Office Spokesperson: it's imperative that sex offender be found Video included

    A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said with the start of the school year it is imperative that deputies find a registered sex offender who has absconded.

    Carl Wade Lowe was convicted in 2004 for Indecency with a Child and was sentenced to 5 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The victim was an 11-year-old female.

    Four reported dead in Ohio plane crash

    A plane crashed on takeoff in northern Ohio Monday, killing four people, police told ABC affiliate WEWS-TV.

    Where have Beaumont ISD students gone? Video included

    The Beaumont Independent School District released its preliminary enrollment report showing a 500 student drop from last year.

    Meanwhile nearby private, charter and public schools reported increases across the board.

    Soldier who apparently shot self, dies, Army says

    A soldier apparently shot herself on Monday at a military post in central Virginia and later died, the Army said.

    Beaumont ISD's attendance drops 500 students Video included

    Preliminary figures released by the Beaumont Independent School District show the embattled district has lost 500 students over the same time last year. According to figures released Friday, 18,393 students were enrolled, compared to 18,897 in the 2013-14 school year.

    A stretch of Highway 365 was closed for about an hour after a major wreck

    A stretch of Highway 365 westbound in front of Central Mall in Port Arthur has re-opened.

    The area between Central Mall Drive and Highway 69 had to be shut down Monday afternoon following a major accident that sent two people to the hospital.

    Off they go! Little ones head to class for first time

    Summer break is officially over! A lot of tears were shed Monday morning as parents sent their kids off to school. Entering each grade is a milestone. But, what may be the biggest turning point is when a parent drops their kid off for the first time ever!

    Some parents were all smiles. Others were teary-eyed and everyone left their child with a hug. A lot of tears were shed Monday morning as parents sent their kids off to school.

    First Day of School 2014

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    California earthquake: Bay Area picks up pieces after strongest quake in 25 years

    In the heart of Northern California's wine country, piles of stemware lay shattered on the ground.

    Building facades in historic downtown Napa crumbled into the streets.

    School zone laws return with the start of a new year Video included

    Whether you're a parent, teacher or just someone who drives by schools on your morning commute, law enforcement officials are reminding everyone to pay attention especially when the school zone lights are flashing.

    Cash raised for Mo. cop surpasses Brown donations

    Online fundraisers for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson surpassed the amount of money raised for Michael Brown's family as the officer's supporters gathered at an afternoon rally Saturday.

    Students say goodbye to summer

    Students are saying goodbye to summer.

    While students are trying to savor the last hours before school starts Monday, many of their parents have been out shopping for last minute supplies.
    School supplies and reminders that summer is almost over has students looking for the bright side of heading back to class.

    Motorcyclist severely injured in accident while trying to avoid hitting dog

    A motorcyclist is hospitalized with sever injuries following a major accident in Ivanhoe Friday night.

    An official told 12News that the motorcyclist, identified as Larry Lee, was unable to avoid hitting a dog in the road and he lost control of the motorcycle.

    Multi-sports complex proposed next to Ford Arena

    A $700,000 multi-sports facility could be coming to Ford Park. 

    Jefferson County Commissioners will make that call Monday.
    Those behind the proposal say it's a win-win. 
    The cost of the facility would be paid out of pocket and the county would make money off the lease agreement.

    Jury convicts Nederland man in Orange County drug conspiracy

    A Nederland man has been convicted for drug trafficking.

    Stephen Shane Hall, 40, of Nederland, was convicted in federal court Thursday, according to a news release issued Friday by U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

    Woman from Orange, man from Louisiana arrested on drug charges

    A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office Friday said a man and woman were arrested after officers found 36 grams of Methamphetamine.

    Orange County Sheriff's Deputies and Vidor Police Officers obtained a warrant for a search at a house in the 4500 block of Caribou Road in Orange County. During the search, deputies say they found the 36 grams of meth.

    Radio station causes a stir, gives free gas to 100 people

    A local radio station caused a stir this morning in Beaumont by giving away free gas to the first 100 people to show up at the pump.

    The promotion, started at 7:15 a.m. at the Shell Station located at Interstate 10 at Washington Blvd.

    Bring Your Own Device set to start at Central Middle School in Nederland

    As technology evolves, those picking up on the advances seem to be getting younger and younger. 

    Even children use internet connected devices for gaming or social media sites.

    Students at Central Middle school in Nederland can now bring electronic devices to class. 

    While technology in the classroom isn't a foreign concept, CMS now has increased capabilities.

    Back to school sparks new stress

    Back to school.

    Those three words can instantaneously agitate your child. 
    Saying goodbye to summer and getting back to the books can be a tough transition time for students. 
    The toll is often displayed in your child's emotions.

    Nederland Police tackle moving day

    Amid heat indexes of 109, Nederland police officers began tackling the tedious task of moving into a freshly renovated station Wednesday.

    The police department has called 1400 Boston Avenue home since 1977, but everyone packed up and moved down the street 13 months ago so construction crews could remodel the station.

    BISD announces new leader for Human Resources Department

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Independent School District Wednesday announced a new head of the district's Human Resources Department. 

    Beaumont Civic Center packed to raise money for feeding hungry people Video included

    Just $10 bought many Southeast Texans a ticket Tuesday night to good eats and good music; all for a good cause.

    The 12th annual tasting for Some Other Place proved to be a big hit as it drew a large crowd to the Beaumont Civic Center. More than 55 booths lined the building and were staffed with members of local restaurants, churches and civic groups. The volunteers offered up a tasty bite to satisfy just about any palette.

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