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    Beaumont advertising pioneer remembered Video included

    As the nation continues to weigh in on the recent controversies surrounding the NFL, Southeast Texas prepares to bid a final farewell to a man who was instrumental in the founding of the National Football League Players' Association.


    One dead in overnight fatal accident

    An accident early Sunday morning claimed the life of one person. Beaumont police dispatch say they received a call at about 2:25 Sunday morning about a single vehicle accident on Cardinal Drive at Highland. 

    Bridge City residents remember Hurricane Ike Video included

    The eye of Hurricane Ike made landfall September 13, 2008, devastating much of the Gulf Coast. Bridge City took a beating and six years later residents vividly remember how their lives changed that fall.

    "We were going down the roads and people were just pulling out their carpet and their furniture and everything was just being pulled out to the road. And that's when it dawned on use that we really got the water," said Bridge City resident Kathy Viator.

    Game Warden tries to stop suspected shoplifter, dragged by vehicle in Port Arthur

    An off duty Game Warden was injured trying to stop a shoplifter in Port Arthur Saturday afternoon.

    Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were called to a theft in progress shortly after 2 p.m. They found an off duty Game Warden had tried to stop the suspect and was dragged by a vehicle and thrown into a parking lot.

    One in jail after Beaumont birthday party brawl Video included

    A Friday night birthday party that spilled into early Saturday morning ended with a large fight that left at least one man injured and another in jail.

    Tips from neighbors lead to 3 drug arrests in Beaumont neighborhood Video included

    A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson said tips from neighbors led to the arrest of 3 people on drug charges.

    The investigation stemmed from complaint calls from neighbors, according to Sgt. Rob Flores.  Officers gathered enough evidence to get felony warrants for Kody Burrows, 34, and Ashley Larsen, 39, both of Beaumont.

    BISD police received military guns

    The use of military- style equipment by local police agencies has been heavily scrutinized lately, especially since the protests in Ferguson Missouri.Almost 3 years ago

    The Beaumont ISD police force got military surplus firearms for free, But the weapons have been under lock and key ever since. After forking over shipping costs in October 2011, ten M-16 5.56mm rifles and ten 1911 .45 caliber handguns were sent to districts police department.

    A new surge of school spirit at BISD Video included

    The whirlwind of "change" that BISD has endured this summer has had one remarkable effect -- an atmosphere of hope, growing from the protests to save teachers involving hundreds of students.

    12-year-old boy invents 'Save Me' app Video included

    A 12-year-old middle school student came up with a new mobile app that turns the power button on any Android phone into a virtual panic button.

    Former BISD Asst. Director of Finance & Purchasing turns herself in to authorities and bonds out Video included

    Late Thursday night, former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Director of Finance and Purchasing Naomi Lawrence-Lee turned herself to authorities at the Jefferson County Jail.

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    BISD police fear their days are numbered Video included

    Beaumont Independent School District's police officers felt they had dodged a bullet in August, when BISD's board of managers passed a budget that kept the police force. But according to email exchanges obtained by 12News, Beaumont Police supervisors have already started asking their officers about their availability and interest in working at BISD

    Update: Beaumont clerk bitten in assault over burrito

    Beaumont police officers are looking for a man who bit a clerk during an assault that took place during an argument over a burrito.

    Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday officers were called to La Salsita restaurant in the 600 block of Washington.

    Beaumont officer cleared in shooting that killed 80-year-old Beaumont man

    A Jefferson County Grand Jury has declined to hand up charges against an officer involved in a shooting that claimed the life of an 80-year-old Beaumont man.

    Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw Thursday said the July term Grand Jury completed its investigation into the death of Stanley Leger and has voted to take no action against the officer.

    Batiste Breaux found guilty of murder in birthday party shooting that left two people dead Video included

    A jury in Jefferson County has returned a guilty verdict in the trial of a man accused of murder in the deaths of two people in 2008.

    Batiste Joseph Breaux Jr, 32, of Beaumont was found guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Kelly Evans, 25, and Gerald Evans, 27.  The shootings happened Aug. 5, 2008 at a house located at 4625 Ironton Ave. in North Beaumont as the men were celebrating a birthday.

    Man arrested, charged with murder in death of Beaumont man

    Beaumont police Thursday arrested a man wanted in a shooting death of another Beaumont man near Alice Keith Park. Police told 12News that 27-year-old Germaine Joseph Jackson of Beaumont turned himself into authorities Thursday afternoon. 

    Man who tried to outrun Silsbee police and Hardin County deputies awaiting arraignment in jail

    A man who tried to run from police and sheriff's deputies Thursday is in the Hardin County jail.

    Silsbee police say they received a call around 3:30 Thursday afternoon from Tyler County to be on the lookout for a vehicle driven by a man who stole checks out of Tyler County.

    Police say missing teen died in dirt bike accident

    Searchers looking for a teen who was reported missing around 5 p.m. Wednesday say they found him dead from an apparent dirt bike accident.

    Port Arthur police officers began searching for the teen around 4 a.m. Thursday and found his body and the dirt bike around Noon on private property near a levy.

    Alligator hunting season gets underway

    The 30th alligator hunting season is underway in more than 20 texas counties. An avid fisherman, Tommy Edwards decided he wanted to go for gator. After making it through a strict permitting process, he only got one tag. But on day one Wednesday, he brought in a whopping 10' 10" alligator.

    Winnie dealership gives away guns with truck Video included

    Winnie Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is hosting the "Buy a Truck, Get a Gun" sales event, giving customers a 12-gauge shotgun with the purchase of a new truck.

    Beaumont mother killed, child injured in one-car accident

    A Beaumont mother is dead and her child is recovering from minor injuries following a one-car accident Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis the accident happened shortly after noon on FM 365 near Gilbert Road in Jefferson county.

    7th grade student spanked at school Video included

    The Newton School District allows corporal punishment to be used as a disciplinary technique. But one football mom tells 12News she wasn't expecting her son to come home with welts and a bruise. She says her son was at football practice last Thursday at Newton Middle School when coaches took out the paddle.

    UPDATE: DA recalls request that probation of former BISD spokesperson be revoked

    12News has learned that a request by the Jefferson County District Attorney to have probation revoked from former Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Jessie Haynes, has been recalled.

    The DA said the request to have probation revoked was made because Haynes failed to complete anger management.  The request was recalled because she has a pending appeal.

    Timothy Chargois no longer a finalist for MI school district chancellor

    12News has learned that former Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Timothy Chargois is no longer a finalist for the chancellor position at Michigan's state-run district for low-performing schools.

    Your questions answered by Beaumont ISD Superintendent

    The Beaumont ISD Board of Managers is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings and "Coffee with the Superintendent" events beginning Wednesday.

    US air marshal in 'Quarantine' after syringe attack in Nigeria, landing in Houston Video included

    A federal air marshal is in quarantine in Houston today after being attacked Sept. 7 by an unknown assailant at the Lagos, Nigeria airport wielding a syringe.

    Gumbo: a deadly drug mixture in SETX Video included

    There's a new type of gumbo in Southeast Texas but it's not your favorite creole cuisine. It's a slang name for the latest drug combination to pop up in our area.

    "Gumbo" is a marijuana cigar laced with a dangerous cocktail that sometimes includes ecstasy, synthetic marijuana and even cocaine in addition to phencyclidine, also known as PCP.

    Beaumont city council discusses tennis court fee

    The Southeast Texas League Coordinator for the U.S. Tennis Association uses the Beaumont municipal tennis courts almost every day. While Claude Guidroz sounds understanding of a proposal to start charging fees to use the courts, he's very pleased with some major upgrades there.

    10-year-old girl struggling with illness gets a special birthday party Video included

    Tuesday, Southland Rehabilitation and Healthcare helped Ali Najera celebrate her tenth birthday. Usually a double digit birthday is one of those birthdays that is special for kids, but for Ali and her family each birthday is a blessing.  

    "She has iron accumulating in her brain and that's the part that controls subconscious muscle movements and voluntary muscle movements," said Ali's mom, Tianna Morgan.  

    Search warrant yields nine drug-related arrests in Bridge City Video included

    Nine people have been arrested on drug charges after Bridge City Police searched a home on Roberts Drive Monday.

    Officers who executed the search warrant say they found a large amount of Methamphetamine at the house.

    UPDATE: Suspect in north-end shooting death now in custody

    A man charged with murder in an Aug. 31 north-end shooting has turned himself into police.

    Terrance Christopher Watts, 22, of Beaumont, arrived at the Beaumont Police Department shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.  He was accompanied by his attorney.

    Former BISD superintendent named finalist for chancellor position in Detroit

    The former Superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District has been named a finalist for a chancellor position in Detroit.

    Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams removed superintendent Timothy Chargois and the former school board from their positions in July and installed replacements.

    Southeast Texas reacts to Ray Rice video Video included

    Running back Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing Rice striking his then fiancée Janay Palmer in February.

    For months the team supported Rice who was allowed to enter a pretrial intervention program that will dismiss the aggravated assault charge against him upon completion.

    BISD board of managers fires Jessie Haynes

    The Beaumont Independent School District board of managers voted to terminate the district's communications director. 

    Jessie Haynes was fired because she failed to request an appeal hearing in a timely manner.  

    New virus in children shares symptoms of cold Video included

    The CDC reports more than a thousand children have come down with the enterovirus 68. 

    10 different states have already requested help from the CDC to fight it. The virus has not been reported here in Texas, but that's not stopping local doctors from talking about ways to prevent the virus. 

    Jury convicts Louisiana man in Orange County drug conspiracy

    A Vinton, Louisiana man has been convicted of drug trafficking.

    Silsbee man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident

    A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of a Silsbee man who died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday.

    The deceased is identified as Michael Hudson, 45, of Silsbee.

    Port Neches runner honors fallen officers Video included

    Jason Hanley, 32, of Port Neches, would call himself an avid runner having run 600 miles in less than six months, but his first time running a 26 mile marathon wasn't for a race.

    It was a personal challenge that he took on to honor two officers who died while serving and protecting their community.

    BPD names murder suspect

    Beaumont Police have issued a murder warrant for a suspect in the shooting death of a man Friday afternoon.The suspect is identified as Germaine Joseph Jackson, 27. He has numerous tattoos, which include one with the letters “RR” outlined with a box on his throat.

    Southeast Texans anticipate iPhone reveal

    The manager at Best Buy in Beaumont says phone launches are a lot like black Friday.Marcus Johnson says extra employees will be on hand when the iPhone 6 does drop and a line will form outside if necessary.Shoppers in the electronics store are not strangers to selection and many know what they expect from a smartphone.

    Car jumps canal and crashes into a fence in Nederland

    The Nederland Police Department responded to a single car  accident Saturday afternoon at 14th Street and Canal.Witnesses say the driver hit the bank which caused the car to fly over the canal. It crashed into a fence and landed in a field. Sources tell 12News one person was transported to the hospital by a medical helicopter.

    Ongoing dispute in Beaumont turns deadly

    Beaumont police officers are investigating a homicide in the Avenues area.

    Just before 1 p.m. Friday, police dispatch received a report of shots fired in the 4100 block of Sparks Street on Beaumont's South End. Minutes later officers also received a call about a shooting victim in the 3200 block of Avenue A.

    Men soliciting sex at public parks Video included

    Tyrrell Park has been a favorite among Beaumont residents for golfing and family fun. But some parents have stopped taking children to the park because its been used as a place for the solicitation of sex. A 12News crew today rode along with Beaumont police to catch the accused sex offenders involved.

    Three arrests made in Nederland home invasion

    12News has learned that three men have been arrested in connection with a Nederland home invasion that happened earlier this week.

    The three suspects were arrested in Mansfield, Louisiana in DeSoto Parish.


    Two men arrested for drug possession in Vidor

    An early morning neighborhood patrol led to the arrest of two Vidor men who police say were in possession of a controlled substance.

    According to a Vidor Police Department spokesperson, several officers were on foot patrol in the 1900 block of Dogwood around 3:40 a.m. Friday when they noticed a person walking a couple of hundred yards ahead of them.

    Doctor loses custody of 139 collies

    There are new disturbing details in the case of a Tomball area optometrist accused of hoarding more than 100 collies.

    Volunteers returned on Thursday afternoon and seized 19 more collies and seven cats.

    Jasper Police Department to purchase body cameras Video included

    As technology advances, the Jasper Police Department is determined to keep up.In just a few weeks the force will add several "body cameras" to their evolving arsenal of tools.The will record everything that happens in a stop.Since May and before the Ferguson rioting, Jasper Police chief Robert Mac Donald has been looking into outfitting his officers with a tiny camera worn on the officer during assignments.Now he can do it.Mac Donald believes the footage may help clear up disputes.

    Coaches take quick action after 7th grader injured on field Video included

    The parent of a Mauriceville Middle School football player is incredibly thankful to her son's coaches for keeping her 12-year-old son calm after he suffered a scary, on-field injury Wednesday -- a practice injury that put the coaching staff to the test.

    Man arrested after leading Beaumont police officer on chase

    Beaumont police are working to identify a man lead an officer on a chase Thursday morning that ended when he crashed his car.

    Around 11:45 a.m. a patrol officer near the intersection of magnolia and Hale noticed a car with something dragging underneath it.  She tried to catch up to the driver and get his attention, but he ignored her.

    Twenty-One Sex Offenders Arrested in Calcasieu Parish

    Calcasieu Parish – Earlier this summer, detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations examined the online Internet activities of registered sex offenders in Calcasieu Parish.

    Beaumont residents ponder impact of CVS pulling tobacco from store shelves

    A popular drugstore chain is taking a bold move. The CEO of CVS says his company will stop selling tobacco products and give up roughly 2 billion dollars a year in sales. He says pulling those products off shelves will improve the health "of all Americans." Drugstore competitor Walgreens is still evaluating if its a good thing.

    Former Super Bowl players object to NFL concussion settlement

    A number of former NFL players, many of whom played in Super Bowls, filed objections Wednesday to the NFL's proposed concussion settlement, according to information from Attorney Mitchell A. Toups.

    Beaumont Salvation Army on guard after copper theft

    The Beaumont Salvation Army is pressing forward after a copper theft that left one of their air conditioning units out of commission. William Ener stayed the night at the Salvation Army Monday night, but when he walked into the chapel on Sunday, he walked into a wall of heat. Copper thieves damaged the air conditioning unit used to keep the chapel cool.

    Accused former Crystal Beach fire chief turns himself in

    A former fire chief accused of stealing from the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department has turned himself in.

    Ex-Fire Chief David Miles Loop, 56, turned himself into the Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning.  Loop is facing two indictments for theft and misapplication of fiduciary property. 

    I-10 closed two miles inside LA due to fatal accident

    Interstate 10 eastbound, about two miles from the Texas-Louisiana border, will be closed until at least 11 a.m.

    State police said a two-vehicle crash resulted in at least one fatality.

    Officials identify man killed in Burkeville ATV accident

    Authorities have released the identity of a man killed in a Burkeville ATV accident on Saturday.

    The deceased is identified as Toi Calvin Warren, 22, of Louisiana.

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