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    Long-time assistant DA announces retirement to focus on campaign to become Jefferson County DA

    A long-time prosecutor with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office has announced his retirement.

    Perry Thomas’ last day will be July 31.

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    Three displaced after Beaumont house fire

    A spokesperson for Beaumont Fire Rescue said there are no injuries following a Monday-morning house fire.

    The fire was reported around 7 a.m. at a house located at 1120 Liveoak Street in North Beaumont.

    Beaumont I.S.D. Board of Managers set to vote on first phase of layoffs Video included

    Beaumont Independent School District's new Board of Managers is scheduled to begin making the tough decisions on which the former Board of Trustees chose not to vote.

    The Board of Managers will vote on Monday on the first phase of employee layoffs. Five positions are listed in the Reduction in Force or 'RIF' list.

    No injuries in Beaumont house fire

    An electrical problem is believed to be the cause of a fire in Beaumont Sunday morning.

    Port Arthur man faces robbery charge for trying to steal sister's purse

    A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Police Department Saturday said a man assaulted his sister during a struggle to steal her purse.

    Man shot outside Beaumont apartment building arrested for prior burglary warrant

    Beaumont police officers are investigating a shooting that happened Saturday at the Pine Club Apartments located at 5015 Pine Street.

    Officers were called to the apartments shortly after 9 a.m. The man who was shot told police he was waiting outside for a friend to arrive when a man came out of one of the apartments and shot him in the leg.

    Some welcome immigrant kids to North Texas; others don't

    Opponents of amnesty for the 2,000 undocumented minors now in U.S. custody took their frustrations to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins; front door on Saturday — literally.

    Southeast Texas commander addresses misconceptions about militias Video included

    The commander of the local unorganized militia speaks exclusively to 12News about the public's misconceptions about militia groups.

    He also explains the difference between his group and the so-called militia that prompted the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Libya Saturday.

    Judge denies change of venue in Baby Faith case Video included

    A woman charged with abusing her newborn child was in court Friday morning seeking a change of venue. The judge has denied her request.

    Christine Johnson is charged with first degree felony injury to a child in a case 12News first learned about in July 2013. Faith Mason, who was one-month-old at the time, suffered 19 fractures including a broken neck, arms and legs. 

    Doctor's jail stay not related to DEA raid on his office Video included

    Federal agents and local law enforcement agencies raided a Pinehurst doctor's office Thursday morning.

    Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer said the raid is part of an ongoing investigation which has been in progress for around three years.

    Exclusive: Exxon weighs expansion of Beaumont, Texas, refinery - sources Video included

    Exxon Mobil Corp is weighing a possible multibillion-dollar expansion of its 344,600 barrel-per-day (bpd) Beaumont, Texas, refinery that could make it the nation’s largest by 2020, according to sources familiar with the company’s deliberations.

    Lost tribute flag found almost 10 years later at flea market Video included

    A tribute flag dedicated to fallen Lance Corporal Fred Maciel was found July 7 at a Sabine County Flea Market after missing for almost 10 years. Lanie Brown and her husband bought the flag for a mere five dollars despite its true value.

    Brown says the flag was priced cheap because of writing found on the flag. Once she noticed the writing Brown says she knew it belonged to a fallen Marine.

    Bond for man charged in Orange County shooting set at $50,000

    A man charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following a shooting in Orange County Thursday has been arraigned.

    Chargois' exit is back on the agenda for the BISD board of managers Video included

    Last month, former Beaumont Independent School District superintendent, Timothy Chargois, Ed.D had talked about resigning and was seeking a $245,000 exit package.

    UPDATE: Committee considers $200 million bond for PAISD Video included

    Port Arthur voters will soon have to decide on whether to pass a bond proposal for the Port Arthur Independent School District.


    Crude by rail raises concerns Video included

    Photo: Joshua Polson AP Photo: Joshua Polson AP

    Southeast Texas is faced with the dilemma of how to address safety in the rapidly growing crude-by-rail business, after a series of fiery train crashes have occurred in the last year and a half.

    The US has seen more than a dozen derailments of trains carrying crude oil, six of which led to major fires and one in Canada, which caused the death of 47 people.

    House a total loss, no injuries following Orange County fire


    A firefighter on the scene of a large house fire in Mauriceville Thursday said there are no injuries, but the house is a total loss.

    The fire was reported around 2 p.m. at a house located on the corner of FM 1130 and Saxon Circle.

    Trooper injured while working an accident released from hospital

    One lane of Interstate 10 eastbound at FM 1136 will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday so that the Department of Public Safety can investigate an accident in which a trooper was injured Wednesday night.

    An initial investigation by DPS indicates the trooper might have been struck by her own patrol car after it was hit by a minivan in Orange County.

    Meth and guns found in Mauriceville home, two arrested

    A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office told 12News that two people are in jail after deputies and Police officers found drugs and guns while executing a search warrant.

    Summer bookmobile program big hit with Vidor kids Video included

    Kids in Vidor are getting a helping hand from some humanitarians in a big green bus. 

    It's all part of a program called "Read and Feed", started about 2 years ago by the Vidor Rotary Club.

    Shooting at Beaumont apartment complex leaves one man wounded

    Beaumont police are looking for a shooter who wounded a man at an apartment complex in the 4300 bock of South 4th Street Wednesday night.

    Jefferson County Judge says undocumented immigrant children will not be housed at former Al Price center Video included

    It was in June, when Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas first approached County Judge Jeff Branick about using the county-owned center to house a few hundred of the children who are part of a huge exodus of immigrants from Central America.  That is no longer an option.

    Men falsely accused of being serial rapist Video included

    Several pictures are circulating on social media by people claiming to know the identity of the man police say is responsible for multiple sexual assaults of women on Beaumont’s north end.

    Sgt. Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department said they have spoken to persons of interest and have made no arrests.


    Beaumont man gets 50 years for sexually assaulting a child

    A 40-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

    According to information from Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, Stevie Blaschke Hanke, 40, of Beaumont, was sentenced Wednesday before Senior Criminal District Judge Larry Gist.

    DA expects more indictments related to fraud at BISD within a week

    The Jefferson County District Attorney said he expects more indictments to be handed up within a week in connection with fraud at the Beaumont Independent School District.

    District Attorney Cory Crenshaw made the comment Wednesday at a meeting of Beaumont's Rotary Club.

    Non life-threatening injuries following 6-car accident

    An emergency worker on the scene of a 6-car accident in Beaumont said there were no major injuries from the collision.

    The accident happened shortly before 8 a.m. at the intersection of 11th at Fannin Streets.

    BISD's interim superintendent begins working on restoring the public's trust in the school district Video included

     Vern Butler told BISD employees, "Yesterday is gone; it's today. No excuses, we need to be certain that we are moving forward."

    Police discuss effects transients have on crime Video included

    Authorities believe transients, or the homeless, may have caused or played a role in some recent Beaumont crimes. But police don't believe transients commit a lot of crime on a regular basis.

    What’s more worrisome is that more people are calling the streets their home.

    Big changes planned for Port Arthur elementary schools Video included

    The Port Arthur Independent School District is planning to make some big changes in the district to better educate students, just in time for the new school year.

    Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie said he believes the new plan will strengthen the schools and its students, but some parents, like Latisha Montgomery, are not on board with the new plan.

    "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.

    Beaumont councilwoman pushes to regulate short term lenders Video included

    Beaumont City Councilwoman "Get" Williams-Wright requested a workshop Tuesday to consider the options of passing an ordinance to regulate payday and auto title lenders.

    It is a joint effort with the Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas. A spokesperson for the Charity said an ordinance would protect the elderly and low-income who are targets for short term lenders.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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