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    Dozens turn out to support local charity

    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 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. 

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    Lightning causes tree to fall on house Video included

    The heavy rains that swept Southeast Texas caused some headaches for some in the area, especially for a family on Beaumont's north end.

    Neighbors called Beaumont Fire Department around 4 p.m. Tuesday to report a tree that had smashed into a home on Ironton and they say lightning is to blame.


    Defiant Rick Perry at courthouse: 'We will prevail'

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    A defiant Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was booked on Tuesday on two felony charges related to his handling of a local political controversy.

    Perry voluntarily appeared at the Travis County Court to be fingerprinted and to have his mug shot taken.

    Rescue crews respond to Phoenix flash floods

    As many as 4 inches of rain fell near Phoenix on Tuesday, sending flash floodwater through areas of Arizona already saturated from recent rains.

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    Port Arthur Police find remains of two puppies after report of baby being buried in backyard

    Port Arthur Police have found the remains of two puppies as they were investigating a report of an infant child being buried in the backyard of a home on 19th Street.

    Police got a call at about 10:26 Monday night saying someone had buried an infant in the backyard of a home. Officers and crime lab specialists spent several hours on the scene investigating.

    Kevin Steele takes the ice bucket challenge Video included

    The ice bucket challenge is sweeping the country, even right here in Southeast Texas. 

    12News anchor Kevin Steele was challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on his head within 24 hours or make a donation to the ALS association. 

    Exclusive: Father of Ferguson officer lives in SETX Video included

    Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson is under fire and under wraps since it was revealed that he was the policeman involved in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

    A photo posted to Facebook six months ago, shows the 28-year-old officer who shot Michael Brown setting off a series of protests that have at times turned violent.

    More BISD employees expected to lose their jobs Video included

    More Beaumont Independent School District employees could be losing their jobs soon.

    The job cuts were proposed Monday night at a meeting of the Board of Managers. Interim Chief Financial Officer Leroy Saleme made the recommendations that would affect athletics, the BISD police force and transportation.

    Jury convicts Jasper man on charges of solicitation and attempted sexual assault of a child

     A jury has found a Jasper man guilty of solicitation and attempted sexual assault of a child.

    The sentencing phase of 44-year-old Bobby Ray Houston's trial will start Tuesday.

    Port Arthur argument turns deadly, one in custody Video included

    Port Arthur police have released the identity of a man stabbed to death early Saturday morning.

    The deceased is identified as Xavier Cane, 20, of Port Arthur.

    Gov. Perry does not have to surrender before criminal case can proceed

    No arrest warrant was issued for Governor Rick Perry after a Travis County grand jury indicted him on two felony charges of coercion and abuse of official capacity. Instead the judge issued a summons, which means the governor does not have to surrender to be fingerprinted and photographed before his criminal case can proceed.

    Autopsy results enough to charge officer, Brown family attorney says

    The chaos in Ferguson has gotten so unruly that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order deploying National Guard troops to the St. Louis suburb.

    Bridge City over troubled water Video included

    It's been exactly ten days since 12News first reported on smelly, murky brown water flowing out of faucets in Bridge City.

    At the time, city officials promised a fairly quick fix, but almost two week later, 12News has received dozens of pictures from people living in Bridge City showing just how ugly the water continues to be.

    Beaumont police investigating report of fake cop Video included

    A woman told police she was pulled over Friday night by a man she believes was posing as an officer. Detectives are working to determine exactly what took place.

    A police spokesperson said the incident is alleged to have happened around 11:30 pm on Eastex Freeway between E. Lucas and Dowlen.

    Gov. Rick Perry: 'We don't settle political differences with indictments' Video included

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, calling his indictment politically motivated, vowed Saturday to fight charges he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.

    "This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and those responsible will be held accountable," Perry said at a news conference in Austin, the capital.

    Gov. Rick Perry indicted on two felony charges Video included

    A grand jury has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, saying he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.

    The two felony counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she stepped down, the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, said.

    2 charged in abduction of Amish girls Video included

    Police have arrested a couple and charged them with kidnapping in the apparent abduction of two Amish girls in upstate New York this week, authorities said late Friday.

    UPDATE: Man in custody may be behind string of pizza delivery driver robberies

    Police in Orange have a man in custody they believe robbed a pizza delivery driver on Aug. 2, and is also responsible for other robberies in the city.

    On Thursday, Detectives got an arrest warrant for Devin R. Strong, 24, of Orange, charging him with the Aug. 2 robbery of a Papa John's pizza delivery person.  He was taken into custody late Friday afternoon.

    Not guilty verdict returned in intoxication manslaughter case

     A woman accused of intoxication assault in the 2011 death of a bicyclist has been found not guilty.

    Seventh Street Project hinders business Video included

    Construction in Beaumont's Old Town neighborhood has been frustrating for local businesses as the multimillion dollar Seventh Street Project near Calder Ave. continues.

    The project is expected to wrap up in December but business owners in the area say over the last year and a half they've lost as much as half their sales.

    Gift of sports wheelchair helps young athlete make his moves on basketball court Video included

    Last year 12News introduced you to Aaron Cater who devised his own way to play soccer, and he stole our hearts.  But we were not the only ones.

    A Cater family friend is a member of Quota International of Southeast Texas.  When she told her club about Aaron, that got the ball bouncing for a special gift that will help Aaron in his athletic endeavors.

    Michael Brown was a robbery suspect before he was shot to death, police say

    Darren Wilson was just one of 53 officers in a small-town police department until his encounter with a unarmed teenager on a street in a St. Louis suburb.

    Port Neches house fire started by teen who had a candle on a bed

    A Port Neches Fire Department spokesperson said a fire that damaged a residential duplex Friday morning appears to have been started accidentally by a 15-year-old who had a candle on a bed.

    Beaumont firefighter injured working possible 10th arson since last month Video included

    A Beaumont firefighter was injured while helping put out what fire officials believe to be the city's tenth intentionally set fire.

    The firefighter sustained an injury to an arm. He was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where he was treated and released.

    Missing Amish girls found alive in New York

    Two missing Amish girls in northern New York were found alive Thursday night and the Amber Alert for them was canceled.

    Applause erupted at the search command center when word came of their recovery.

    African-American parents explain "The Talk" Video included

       When we hear about parents having "The Talk" with their children, it usually refers to the "birds and the bees" conversation.

    Not so in the African-American community, where "The Talk" is instructions on what to do if an African-American teenaged boy is stopped by police officers.

    More money for Jefferson County DA to fight fraud, investigate public officials

    The Jefferson County District Attorney's office will have an extra $625,000 in it's budget for the next fiscal year. District Attorney Cory Crenshaw originally asked for $850,000 but an agreement was reached with County Commissioners Thursday to lower that request.

    Port Arthur woman staged automobile collisions, submitted insurance claims

    A Port Arthur woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges after she was accused of staging automobile accidents so she should could get compensation from insurance companies.

    Mosquito in Jefferson County tests positive for St. Louis Encephalitis

    A spokesperson for Jefferson County Mosquito Control told 12News Thursday morning that the county has its first positive test for St. Louis Encephalitis in mosquitoes.

    Investigators ask for tips after overnight Beaumont arson

    Beaumont firefighters are investigating another arson of a vacant house.

    Shortly before 4 a.m. firefighters with Beaumont Fire Rescue were called to a fire at a house located at 2255 Rusk Street.  When they got to the house, it was already heavily involved with fire.

    Local church's former music director charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child

    12News has learned that a former music director of a Beaumont Methodist church has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child.

    Garrett Adam Kyler, 24, is facing two counts, one out of Rockwall County and a second out of Dallas County. The Texas Rangers arrested Kyler and booked him into the Jefferson County Jail. He was released after posting $100,000 bond on each charge.

    Port Arthur mother blames mentally challenged son's death on police brutality, not drugs Video included

    A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Police Department said Dustin Glover resisted and fought officers as they tried to arrest him, after he was accused of theft on April 3, 2014.

    Police Chief Mark Blanton told 12News that Glover seriously injured one of his officers, Herbert Otis, during the struggle.

    BISD board of managers & outgoing superintendent say resignation it is in their "respective best interests"

     The Beaumont Independent School District board of managers and outgoing superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois have issued a joint statement about the retirement of Dr. Chargois.

    Man killed falling onto deck of ship Tuesday identified

    Officials have released the identity of a man who died in an industrial accident on a ship that was docked at the ExxonMobile Refinery Dock Tuesday.

    The victim is identified as Andrey Pakholchuk, 44, of Russia.

    Two taken to hospital after accident on U.S. 69 near Tram in Beaumont

    A two-vehicle accident brought traffic to a stand still on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont Wednesday afternoon.

    The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes of U.S. 69 near Tram Road, according to Beaumont Fire Rescue dispatch.

    Detention hearing for man accused in Alfred Wright death

    Shane Hadnot's mother arrives at Federal Courthouse 8/13/2014 Shane Hadnot's mother arrives at Federal Courthouse 8/13/2014

    A detention hearing for a Jasper man indicted in connection with the death of Alfred Wright was held Wednesday in Beaumont.

    A Federal Grand Jury handed up charges against Shane Dwayne Hadnot, 28, of Jasper, accusing him of selling Wright drugs that led to his death.

    Nederland man guilty of wire fraud related to insurance claims

    A Nederland man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud according to a news release from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.
     
    Antonio Govea Figueroa, 42, entered the guilty plea Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

    Rescue workers unable to save unresponsive infant

    Officials are awaiting results of an autopsy following the death of an infant in Orange.

    A police spokesperson said that around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday officers and medics were dispatched to an apartment located in the 2600 block of Alley Payne Road for an unresponsive child.
     

    Police search for accused robbers who held up Lamar student at gunpoint

    Lamar University police are looking for three men who robbed an international student early Wednesday morning.

    Officers were called to the 600 block of Adams Street just after midnight.  A man told police he had just been robbed by three men.  He said at least one of them had a handgun.  The robbers were wearing basketball shorts and t-shirts.

    BISD's additional cuts could include athletics and police force; tax rate hike also considered Video included

     The Beaumont Independent School District is seeking an additional $17 million in cuts.  The goal is to limit spending next year to $130 million.

    Former BISD superintendent Timothy Chargois gets three months of his salary to exit

    12News has learned how much former Beaumont Independent School District superintendent Timothy Chargois' departure has cost the district.

    District officials tell us that as part of Chargois' resignation agreement, he received three months of his salary, which comes out to more than $50,000.

    Beaumont man defeating depression while helping others with mental illness Video included

    The suicide of Robin Williams has turned the nation's focus back to the discussion about mental health. Mental illness is always a topic of discussion at Spindletop MHMR in Beaumont. 

    BISD asking for public input on ways to trim budget

    The Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers and Superintendent Vernon Butler are seeking staff and community input on ways to trim the budget for the upcoming 14-15 school year.

    Grand Jury clears accused Beaumont city councilman

    12News has learned that a Beaumont City Councilman who was accused of improperly using city resources to promote Democratic candidates has been cleared of any legal wrongdoing.

    The accusation against Beaumont ward 4 councilman Jamie Smith was made in the wake of this year's Juneteenth celebration.

    Family believes excessive force by Port Arthur police caused man's death Video included

    The family of a man who died after being released by police is asking some serious questions.

    Dustin Glover's family says he was unconscious when officers signed his name to a personal recognizance bond releasing him from custody.

    Port Arthur city council will consider suing Calvin Walker for alleged overcharges

    It seems public pressure and a couple of 12News reports have changed some minds on Port Arthur city council. The council will have a special meeting Thursday to consider suing the company owned by embattled electrical contractor Calvin Walker.

    One taken to hospital after car hits building in Beaumont

    Emergency crews worked an accident involving a car that struck a building at the corner of MLK and Interstate 10.

    Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, a black Impala side-swiped the Golden State Mutual building before running into a fence.

    Fire investigators suspect transients are responsible for Beaumont arsons Video included

      Since last month, there have been at least eight arsons in Beaumont.  Investigators say what they all have in common is that they were all vacant structures.

    Orange County J-P could be home this week after bout with flesh-killing bacteria

    Orange County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn continues on the road to recovery, and could be back home this week. 12News spoke to Dunn over the phone from his Houston hospital room, where he's under the care of an infectious disease control medical team.

    PAPD officer could face unpaid suspension this week after arrest for family violence

    Port Arthur police officer George Clark's job status could be changing this week. Chief Mark Blanton says once the criminal case against Clark is filed with the Jefferson County District Attorney's office, and Clark is formally charged, then Blanton plans on changing Clark's status from paid leave to indefinite suspension without pay.

    Hearse carrying body involved in Tyler County accident

    A jaws of life had to be used to free a person from a two-car accident in Tyler County.

    The accident was reported around 2:30 on Highway 69 north of Warren.

    No injuries in Beaumont arson

    (Photo: Beaumont Fire-Rescue) (Photo: Beaumont Fire-Rescue)

    A spokesperson for Beaumont Fire-Rescue said there are no injuries following an arson Wednesday morning in the city's north side.

    Shortly after 4:30 a.m. firefighters were called to a house fire at 3360 St Helena Street. When they arrived they found the front of a vacant house on fire. Flames were spreading into the attic area. Firefighters were able to control the fire within five minutes.

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