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    Deweyville High student leads effort to amend or abolish prom dress code Video included

    Deweyville High School's junior/senior prom will be on Saturday, April 26, but on that day there are plans for two proms.  The second prom, which is being called an anti-prom, is being put together by students upset about Deweyville's dress code for prom.

    But junior class co-president Talon Shoemake does not support a protest prom because it would split his classmates, but he does not support the restrictive dress code either.


    BISD school board votes to appeal state takeover by the TEA Video included

    The Beaumont Independent School District will fight the takeover by the Texas Education Agency. Trustees Thursday night voted 5-2 to appeal the appointment of a conservator and board of managers.

    The two votes against making an appeal came from trustees Tom Neild and Mike Neil.

    During a special meeting board members went into executive session for about 30 minutes before voting on the appeal.

    Third suspect arrested in connection with Dallas man's murder

    There has been a major development in the killing of a Dallas man whose body was found near China. Authorities have made a third arrest in the death of 53-year-old Kevin Alton Moyer.

    27-year-old Cody Jamar Lewis was taken into custody Thursday night in Trinity County.

    Jeff. Co. Sheriff's Office shows off new tactical armored vehicle Video included

    It looks like something out of the movie "Transformers", but the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office new big, bad armored vehicle is anything but a product of Hollywood.

    It's called an MRAP, which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. It weighs 15 tons, and costs close to $750,000. It came to Jefferson County this past fall, however, free of charge.

    Beaumont Basilica home to second sacred saint relic Video included

    A reception was held at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Thursday to welcome the zucchetto, or skull cap, that belonged to Pope John Paul XXIII.

    It is the second relic of its kind to be housed there; Pope John Paul II's zucchetto is also on display at the Basilica. Monsignor Michael Jamail said it is extremely rare for a cathedral to house two relics of two soon-to-be saints.

    Newton elementary student attacked by adult

    A Newton elementary student was punched by an adult Thursday morning.  The man then ran from the campus after the attack, according to a statement issued by the superintendent.

    The incident happened in a hall between classes.

    The statement from Superintendent Michelle Barrow says the adult male attacker persuaded the student to open a locked exterior door.  Once the door was opened, the adult punched the student

    One cut from wreckage following Port Arthur accident

    A firefighter on the scene of an accident in Port Arthur told 12News that a driver's injuries do not appear to be life threatening following.

    The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. in front of the landfill on Highway 73.

    The driver had to be cut out of the vehicle.

    Instagram account targets students at Hardin-Jefferson ISD Video included

    The account is called H-J Hoes, and it asks followers to submit pictures that should be featured on the site.

    The account has more than 450 followers.

    Superintendent Shannon Holmes, Ed.D, is taking the matter seriously.  He says it's not known if it's a student or someone in the community, but he says whomever it is could possibly face child pornography charges.

    LISD Superintendent yet to decide on fate of transgender substitute teacher Video included

    Lumberton Independent School District Superintendent John Valastro said he has not made a decision on whether to allow a transgender substitute teacher back into the classroom.

    This latest news comes almost a week after the substitute teacher, Laura Jane Klug, said she was told she would be kept on the list of substitutes.

    Thousands line up for Port Arthur housing assistance Video included

    The Port Arthur Housing Authority opened its Section 8 housing voucher waiting list for the first time in nearly three years. As a result, a line of thousands wrapped around the Bob Bowers Civic Center Wednesday in search of permanent housing.

    Section 8 is a national program that provides housing vouchers for low-income individuals or families.  The voucher can be used to pay up to 70% of a client's rent and utility costs.

    Judge extends TRO preventing former BISD coach from receiving checks

    A hearing was held Wednesday before 136th District Judge Milton Shuffield concerning a temporary restraining order preventing the Beaumont Independent School District from paying former coach Keeath Magee as part of a separation agreement.

    Judge Shuffield extended an existing TRO by 14 additional days.

    DPS offers $13,000 reward for Spring, Texas sex offender

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered a cash reward information leading to the capture of Juan Carlos Pena, 49, of Spring Texas.  The reward is good if the tip comes in before the end of the month.

    Video captures suspect watching sleeping baby during west Harris County burglary Video included

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released home surveillance video showing a burglary suspect walking through a victim's home, even staring at a sleeping baby.

    UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, missing Magnolia girl found safe

    MAGNOLIA, Texas -  The Amber Alert for the missing Magnolia girl has been cancelled after she was found safe in South Texas.

    Investigators say Elizabeth Rex, 14, was last seen on Monday at her home on Memory Lane when she went outside to play and never returned home.

    Guessing game begins about who'll serve on BISD board of managers Video included

    Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams must first wait on whether the Beaumont Independent School District will appeal his decision to take over the school district, before he can appoint a board of managers.

    But already, several names are being floated as possible candidates to serve as managers.

    Bar re-opens under new owners after closing due to TABC violations Video included

    New owners have taken over a popular Beaumont bar that has been in trouble recently with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

    The West Bar and Grill closed November 2013.

    The business was cited for multiple violations by the TABC including two violations for serving a minor. The minor was 19-year-old Sarah Comstock of Lumberton.

    Orange County names April "Confederate History and Heritage Month" Video included

    Some residents in Orange County want the county to reconsider a recent decision proclaiming this April "Confederate History and Heritage Month".

    "I feel that it resurrected some of the bad feelings of the 19th century, and I think people need to move on," said Orange County resident Ralph Hawkins.

    Two-car accident ties up Tuesday-afternoon commute

    A two car accident Tuesday afternoon snarled the afternoon commute on Interstate 10 near the 11th Street exit in Beaumont. 

    Water park plans move forward at Ford Park Video included

    On Tuesday Beaumont city council members passed a vote to allow the city manager and city attorney to negotiate a project that would bring a water park and hotel to Ford Park.

    Ford Park's General Manager John Hughes said he's confident the city council will pass the final vote next week to bring the attractions because of the benefit he thinks it will bring to Beaumont.

    Liberty County man sentenced for child pornography

    A 70-year-old Daisetta man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for child pornograph possession.

    Symphony of SETX executive director resigns

    A spokesperson for The Symphony of Southeast Texas Tuesday announced that Executive Director Craig Escamilla will resign his position effective May 31 to accept a position at Lamar University.

    A board search committee has been formed to find his replacement and encourages interested parties to visit www.sost.org for information and apply by April 25.

    BISD school board to vote on possible appeal of TEA takeover

    The Beaumont Independent School District Board of trustees is set to vote on an agenda item that would essentially appeal the Texas Education Agency's decision to take control of the district.

    An item on Thursday's agenda says trustees will consider a measure to, "Authorize the Attorney to Appeal TEA's Appointment of a Conservator and Board of Managers."

    Beaumont attorney pleads guilty to tax violation

    A spokesperson for the office of U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday that Craig J. Schexnaider, of Beaumont, entered a guilty plea Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn to one count of failing to file an income tax return.

    City of Beaumont to mull over possible incentives to lure hotel and water park

    The Beaumont City Council Tuesday will hold an executive session to discuss development negotiations with a company proposing to build a hotel and water park development at Ford Park.

    Pate Development of Wichita, Kansas is working with city and county officials to negotiate an economic development agreement for the proposed development.

    Possible hate crime charges for alleged Jewish center gunman Video included

    A man suspected of fatally shooting three people at two Jewish-affiliated facilities could be formally charged with hate crimes as early as Tuesday.

    Community reacts to TEA takeover of BISD

    Reaction from the community about the takeover of the Beaumont Independent School District has been mixed.  It seems a lot of people, especially parents of BISD students, are relieved that things with are finally moving forward.

    BISD parent Brittney Burdick said she is thankful that the Texas Education Agency cared enough about the Beaumont school district to intervene.

    Newly appointed Conservator sits in on first BISD board meeting Video included

    Within hours of Education Commissioner Michael Williams announcing a state takeover of Beaumont Independent School District, Fred Shafer sat in on his first board meeting as the newly appointed Conservator of the district.

    Spirits were high in the board room Monday night as many in the community were happy with the news of a state takeover of the district.

    TEA announces takeover of BISD, New superintendent to be appointed Video included

    A spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency has confirmed to 12News that the TEA will take over the Beaumont Independent School District.  A takeover means that a board of managers will run the district.

    BISD's school board president and superintendent were notified of the decision to take over the district by a notice sent by TEA Commissioner Michael Williams Monday morning.

    Former BISD employees plead guilty to stealing over $4 million

    The former Director of Finance and Comptroller of the Beaumont Independent School District pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges.

    According to a news release issued by the office of U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Devin Wayne McCraney, 35, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to the charge of fraud upon programs receiving federal funds before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

    Fred Shafer appointed conservator

    (Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise) (Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

    12News has learned that Fred E. Shafer Jr has been appointed Conservator to the Beaumont Independent School District.  Shafer has been serving as a Special Education Monitor of the district since February.

    Motorcycle collides with minivan filled with children

    The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a collision involving a motorcycle and minivan.

    The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday on FM 92 at Gore Store Road.

    Pinehurst man gets life sentence for sexual assault of a child

    An Orange County jury has sentenced Curtis Nathaniel Bullman, of Pinehurst, to life in prison without parole for continuous aggravated sexual assault of a child.  The sentence was handed down Thursday.

    Red Cross called in to help after fire destroys Bridge City home

    A fire Friday night left a Bridge City house in ashes.

    Firefighters were called to the home in the 3100 block of Texas Avenue at about 9:30 p.m.

    A neighbor told 12News that four adults live in the home and three were in the house at the time of the fire. All three made it out.

    Community comes together to remember life of shooting victim Video included

    It was a sight no parent should ever have to see: their child being carried out of a church in a casket.

    Hundreds came to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Saturday to pay their respects and honor the life of Dominique Reed, just 22 years old when she was shot and killed at the intersection of 11th Street and Laurel the morning of April 3.

    Jasper man killed in head-on collision

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of a man killed in a Jasper County collision.

    A DPS spokesperson has identified the man who died as Darrel Jason Brown, 31, of Jasper. The spokesperson said Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Beaumont woman pleads guilty to coma theft Video included

    The Beaumont woman accused of fraudulently marrying her spouse while he was in a coma pled guilty to felony theft Friday.

    Lenora Reese-McNair, 52, was originally charged with exploitation of the elderly, but her attorney Kevin Laine says they had the charge changed to better reflect what he calls the truth.

    Texas Rangers investigating incident involving BISD police officer Video included

    12News has learned that an investigation into an incident involving a Beaumont Independent School District Police Department officer accused of breaking a student's arm has been turned over to the Texas Rangers. 

    The investigation was handed over to the Texas Rangers at the request of Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw.

    Former BISD comptroller faces up to 5-year sentence in plea deal to be announced Monday

    12News has learned a former Beaumont Independent School District Comptroller will plead guilty to federal charges on Monday.

    The attorney for Sharika Allison told 12news his client is pleading guilty to the lesser charge of conspiracy which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

    TOP BISD officials in Austin to meet with TEA Commissioner

    Sources close to the investigation into the Beaumont Independent School District Friday confirmed to 12News that Superintendent Doctor Timothy Chargois and Board President Gwen Ambres are in Austin for a meeting with Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.

    Body found in Newton County may be missing San Augustine County man

    A spokesperson for the Newton County Sheriff's Office Friday said a body found Thursday might that of a missing San Augustine County man.

    Sebelius out, Obama nominates new health secretary Video included

    President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who's ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare.

    876 callers participate in tele-town hall meeting on possible BISD takeover Video included

    Thursday night's tele-town hall meeting with State Education Commissioner Michael Williams generated almost 900 calls during the 90-minute span.

    Out of those, 38 callers were able to directly talk to Commissioner Williams.

    UPDATE: Shacobi Yates gets 12-year sentence Video included

    UPDATE: Shacobi Yates was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for a 2009 aggravated robbery in which Peter Pumphrey was fatally beaten.

    Pumphrey was robbed and beaten at his home in December 2009.  He died the following day of blunt force trauma to the head.

    New details emerge surrounding Jefferson County murder investigation Video included

    Two days after deputies were alerted of a body found in the back seat of a car off South China Road, authorities arrested Arthur Harmon and Yiannis Mihail for murder.

    Two days after that, the body was identified as a 53-year-old Dallas man. What he was doing in Jefferson County and how he knows the suspects is still under investigation, but the relationship between Harmon and Mihail is becoming more clear.

    Transgender substitute teacher allowed to return to work at Lumberton I.S.D. Video included

    Lumberton Independent School District Superintendent John Valastro has decided to keep transgender substitute teacher Laura Jane Klug on the substitute roll with the district. 

    Klug was met with opposition after parents complained that she as a transgender woman was causing a distraction among 10 and 11-year-old students.

    State Representative expresses support for TEA takeover of BISD

    Texas State Representative Joe Deshotel Wednesday issued a statement expressing his support for a Texas Education Agency takeover of the Beaumont Independent School District.

    Victim in South China Road homicide identified

    Kevin Alton Moyer (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Kevin Alton Moyer (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

    A murder victim whose body was found on South China Road has been positively identified by the medical examiner via dental records as Kevin Alton Moyer, 53, of Dallas.

    The Jefferson County Warrant Division is continuing to search for Cody Jamar Lewis, age 27, as a person involved in the murder of Mr. Moyer.

    LC-M parents of teens busted on prom party bus want answers

    Parents of the teens who were busted on a prom bus over the weekend are demanding answers.

    A spokesperson with the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district said they are working on figuring out the facts, after parents of some of the teens involved with a prom party bus bust, have said an LCM-CISD trustee may have been responsible for renting the bus.

    Organizers welcome community to Beaumont's first gay pride event Video included

    On a beautiful day you can see American flags waving in the wind near Beaumont's Crockett Street, but on Saturday, June 21, a different kind of flag will be seen along the streets of downtown Beaumont.

    Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will take to the streets for Beaumont Pride, the area's first gay pride event.

    Servicewoman returns home to learn of father's murder Video included

    An Army Staff Sergeant planning to surprise her father with news of an engagement instead learned he was murdered.

    Police say the body of John R. Neff was discovered in the backyard of a home in the 5400 block of Sunbury Drive Monday night by a family which employed Neff as a maintenance man.

    Neff's daughter Haley says Neff did full time work renovating homes.

    Photos of suspects in 'Cindy's Bridal & Formal' robbery case released

    A spokesperson for the Vidor Police Department has released surveillance photos from a March 12 robbery that happened at Cindy's Bridal on North Main in Vidor.

    Det. Mark Steele said two men stole jewelry from two clerks and tried to take the cash out of the register.

    Transgender substitute teacher upsets Lumberton ISD parents Video included

    A transgender substitute teacher said she's been told she should not return to her classes, after parents complained about her.

    Laura Jane Klug, who was born Kurt Klug, filled in as a fifth grade substitute teacher at Lumberton Intermediate School, but was asked not to return after some of the students' parents contacted the school.

    BISD Superintendent appoints new "Special Accreditation Committee" Video included

    Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois has created what he believes may be a solution to the district's problems.

    Chargois revealed Tuesday a "Special Accreditation Committee" consisting of about 16 various community leaders handpicked by Chargois himself to oversee district operations.

    DPS will reconstruct Lumberton collision that claimed 3 lives

    The Department of Public Safety will seek more details of a fatal collision Wednesday.  Troopers at 9 a.m. Wednesday will reconstruct  the triple-fatal Lumberton accident that claimed the lives of a 20-year-old pregnant woman, her unborn son, and her sister.

    Parts of US-69 and US-96 will be closed, and detours will be set up.

    Parts of US-69 and US-96 will be closed, and detours will be set up.

    Ozen's principal disputes former coach's allegations Video included

    Ozen High School principal Odis Norris is firing back at accusations made by the school's former head football coach.

    In emails made public last week, Coach Keeath Magee insinuated there was cheating taking place on campus.

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