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    BISD middle school teacher accused of having child pornography

    12News has learned that a Beaumont Independent School District middle school teacher has been asked not to return to work amid accusations of child pornography possession.

    Nakisha Myles, Communications Specialist for the district, told 12News the teacher, whose identity has not been released, is a teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.


    Controversial class at the Lamar Institute of Technology Video included

    The Lamar Institute of Technology has implemented mandatory training for all new students and employees this fall semester. It's a new class that teaches about the dangers of sexual assault and harassment on college campuses.

    BISD teachers aide fired amid accusations of inappropriate relationship with a student Video included

    The Beaumont Independent School District has fired a special education teacher's aide after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has confirmed that it has received and is reviewing the case against Alfred P. Thomas Jr, 37, who was a special education teacher's aide at Central Medical Magnet High School.

    Apple fans stand in line to buy iPhone 6 Video included

    Apple fans looking to be among the first to own an iPhone 6 are braving lines but getting their new devices before pre-orders placed last week have even arrived.The arrival of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus in stores world wide has apple fans calling in sick and even sneaking out of the house to be among the first to own the device. A line began to form at the Verizon Wireless store on Dowlen Rd. in Beaumont beginning at 11:30 Thursday night.

    One felony arrest made, more expected in Orange County metal theft joint investigation

    A joint effort police, deputies and state troopers to crack down on an increase in metal theft in Orange County has resulted in at least one felony arrest, and more are expected.

    On Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Vidor Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety worked a joint operation to target metal theft.

    BISD picks lead officer to head department following chief's suspension

    12News has learned which officer is holding the reins of the Beaumont Independent School District's police department following the suspension of Chief Clydell Duncan.

    One arrested following Jefferson County chase Friday morning

    One person in custody after a brief police chase through mid- county Friday morning. Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley says the incident started at Cardinal Drive and Fannett Road in Beaumont around 9:40 a.m.  

    BISD holds off on vote to decide fate of district police Video included

    The Beaumont Independent School District board of managers is postponing a vote that will decide the future of the district's police department.

    The board went into a closed executive session just before 8 p.m. Thursday to discuss those agenda items with attorneys.

    BISD police chief suspended without pay

    The Beaumont Independent School District board of managers has terminated BISD police chief Clydell Duncan's contract and suspended him without pay.

    BISD spokesperson Nakisha Myles told 12News Duncan did not have proper certification required by his contract.

    Bridge City Police Officer petitions parole board Video included

    Bridge City Police Officer Brittany Hilton is asking the state to keep her mother's killer behind bars. Hilton only really knows her mother through newspaper articles and pictures that her grandmother put together in a book. Hilton is trying to keep the murderer, Paul Taylor Jr. behind bars. She's also asking the state to change his eligibility for parole from once every 2 years to once every 5.

    Special Report: Stolen Lives Video included

    Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime.  

    Many of the victims are sold for sex against their will.  In our 12News investigation we talk to one victim and those who help victims get their lives back.

    Sheriff: Grandfather killed 6 grandkids, daughter, self

    A grandfather in Bell, Fla., fatally shot his daughter and her six children before killing himself, an official in Gilchrist County, Fla., said during a press conference Thursday night.

    Don Charles Spirit, 51, of Bell, a small community southeast of Tallahassee, contacted officials via 911 and said he was considering doing harm to himself and others.

    Couple complains after city cuts down trees Video included

    Jim and Sandra Cash are have a passion for greenery. But they're angry with the City of Pinehurst, for cutting down trees that once lined a street in front of a shopping center.

    Fourth arrest warrant issued after Beaumont sexual assault

    Beaumont police are looking for a fourth man wanted in a case of a woman they say was sexually assaulted after using social media to solicit prostitution.

    Paul Layton Singleton, Jr, 18, of Beaumont, is one of six men accused of sexually assaulting a Houston area woman after she placed an ad on backpage.com.

    Port Arthur man sentenced for drug trafficking

    A man who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in federal prison.

    Michael Joseph Barrett IV, 26, of Port Arthur, pleaded guilty on Feb. 11, 2014.

    Beaumont federal inmate sentenced for deadly assault

    A Missouri man serving time at a Beaumont federal prison has been sentenced for the deadly assault of another inmate.

    Two former BISD employees sentenced on federal charges Video included

    Two former Beaumont Independent School District employees were sentenced Thursday to federal prison and will have to pay restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling money from the district.

    Former Comptroller Sharika Allison, 43, and former finance director Devin McCraney, 35, both pleaded guilty earlier this year. 

    Lumberton man dead, two injured in Highway 87 accident

    A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety has released the identity of a man killed in a Thursday-morning accident in Newton County.

    The deceased is identified as Nathan Harves, 21, of Lumberton.  Harves was pronounced dead on the scene by Newton County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Dana Ashmore.

    One injured in Port Neches chemical spill

    One person was taken to the hospital following a chemical leak Thursday morning at a Port Neches facility.

    Huntsman Senior Communications Manager Anne Knisley told 12News that the leak happened around 11:30 a.m. in the shipping and receiving area. She said a Huntsman employee was treated on scene, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The injuries were described as non life-threatening.

    Beaumont police look for gunman who robbed south-side Family Dollar store

    No injuries have been reported as police try to find a man who robbed the Family Dollar store located at 1005 Washington Blvd. Wednesday evening.

    According to a police spokesperson, the robbery was reported around 9:40 p.m.

    Police: Man in jail after rooftop break in at grocery store

     A man Port Arthur police say is a burglar who made a rooftop entrance in the middle of the night has been charged and sent to jail.

    A police spokesperson said officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Gulfway Food mart located at 100 Gulfway Drive around 2 a.m. Thursday.  Officers determined that someone had broken into the store through the rooftop.

    Orange man faces up to 20 years in prison for child porn

    An Orange County man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

    According to a news release from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Jason Ryan Bickham, 32, of Orange, entered the guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

    Trooper shooting suspect might try to target more officers, police say

    He's a survivalist with an extensive shooting background and a grudge against law enforcement, officials say.

    Videos offer clues in search for missing University of Virginia student

    Several surveillance videos show her walking and running alone. But police say new footage of a missing University of Virginia student appears to show someone following her the night she disappeared.

    Scratch off leaves ticket buyers disappointed

    A Texas lottery ticket is making headlines as players claim it's duping them into thinking they're winners when they're not.

    The Fun 5's scratch off consists of five separate games to place, and one of those games has hundreds of players trying to cash in their winnings only to be turned away.

    BISD superintendent denies the elimination of the school district's police force is a done deal Video included

    Less than two months into the new administration at the Beaumont Independent School District, the district is facing its first controversy.  The superintendent, and even the board of managers, are facing questions about transparency, dealing with the possible elimination of the BISD police force.

    Beaumont tenants scramble to find new housing after mass eviction notice

    Tensions are high at the Ridgewood Garden Apartments in Beaumont. Residents received a notice Monday to move out within 10 days. Tenants are shocked."I want to know what's going on because we pay our rent every month and we pay our bills and all of a sudden we have to get out of here for no reason," said Paul Mackey. He's lived at the complex off Sweetgum Lane for 7 years.Many say everything seemed fine until the water was shut off earlier this month.

    Citizenship Day swearing in Video included

    To celebrate National Constitution and Citizenship Day, southeast Texas residents were sworn-in today as new American citizens at the Beaumont Public Library. The diverse group today represented Mexico, Vietnam, Morocco, Israel and Pakistan, but they all had one thing in common.

    WEB EXTRA: 12News anchor Angel San Juan talks to Beaumont police chief about possible end of BISD police force Video included

    On the eve of a vote by the Beaumont Independent School District board of managers that could eliminate the BISD police force, and replace it with off-duty Beaumont police officers, Beaumont police chief Jimmy Singletary gives his first comments on the issue.

    Two people hospitalized after a head-on collision

    Two people were taken to the hospital after a head on collision just west of Beaumont.

    According to Labelle-Fannett Assistant Fire Chief Henry LaBrie, the accident was reported around 11:30 p.m. Monday.  He said a man was driving a pickukp the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 around a half-mile from Smith Road.  The pickup collided with car, flipping the car and trapping its driver.

    A pesky problem is driving an Orange County woman "batty" Video included

    Walking around Willie Ann Gardner's home, you'll notice bat droppings on her driveway and on her vehicles.

    She says 200 bats have nestled their way into her roof and they're forcing her family to stay indoors at night.  She lives near a wooded area, on Knox Avenue near Simmons Drive, and that's where the bats fly to at night.

    Hypothetical talk of U.S. combat troops in Iraq reveals disconnect Video included

    It's the one tenet of President Barack Obama's ISIS strategy that's remained ironclad: No U.S. troops are headed back into Iraq for combat.

    Girl makes gridiron history at Marshall Middle School Video included

    For the first time ever Marshall Middle School has a female football player.

    Nastazia Corbin, 13, of Beaumont, is a Bulldog defensive lineman and sports her number 60 jersey with pride.

    Texans tussle over textbooks Video included

     They say you can't judge a book by it's cover, but what's inside the proposed new textbooks for Texas students is getting plenty of judging by all sides of the political spectrum.

    Liberal groups say the books have inaccurate descriptions of world religions and out-of-date racial terminology.

    The State Board of Education held a public hearing on the books on Tuesday.

    Downtown Revitalization group stirs up Silsbee business owners

    The Silsbee Downtown Revitalization Group met in its second meeting Tuesday night. While the effort is new, it's already getting loads of support. The group is only a few weeks old but despite its short existence is already making waves in the community.The initiative is taking off with over 1,700 likes on its Facebook page and over 100 people wanting to attend the second meeting since the group started.

    Concerns over future without BISD police force Video included

    The 7-year-old Beaumont ISD police department might be coming to an end. The district's board of managers will vote Thursday to replace its police and security services with off-duty Beaumont police department officers.

    HPD: Police arrest wrong-way driver speeding 100 mph with kids in vehicle Video included

    A quick-thinking, local police officer protected a string of drivers from a car going the wrong way on the highway.

    Police: Six charged after sexually assaulting woman met online Video included

    Beaumont police say six people have been charged after sexually assaulting a woman they met on the website Backpage.com.

    Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son Video included

    New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:

    Two early morning collisions shut down Jimmy Johnson Boulevard

    US69 southbound in Port Arthur is back open after two separate accidents forced police to shut it down for a little over an hour early Tuesday morning. 

    According to a police spokesperson, around 1:30 a.m. officers responded to two single-vehicle accidents near Jimmy Johnson Boulevard. One of those accidents was a rollover accident.

    Jasper booster club members fight district's plans for new athletic complex Video included

    Several members of Jasper High School's baseball booster club were outraged after last night's meeting was re-scheduled by the school board, as the group fights plans to build new baseball fields.

    The Jasper ISD school board voted to approve a multi-million dollar athletic complex that will feature a new track, soccer field, lighting and parking in addition to the new softball and baseball fields.

    BISD needs 17 elementary school teachers to alleviate classroom overcrowding Video included

    The "Help Wanted" sign is being posted at Beaumont Independent School District elementary campuses.  The district is in need of 17 teachers. In the meantime, that means some elementary classrooms are overcrowded, exceeding the state-mandated maximum of 22 students per teacher, in grades kindergarten through fourth.

    Report: Adrian Peterson previously accused of injuring another son

    HOUSTON -- Photos and text messages obtained by the I-Team reveal another incident in which Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the boy.The 4-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child. 

    UPDATE: BISD board of managers to vote to eliminate BISD police force Video included

     Beaumont Independent School District board of managers set to vote to eliminate BISD police and security services, and replace them with off-duty Beaumont police officers.

    Beaumont police investigate stabbing

    Beaumont police officers are investigating a stabbing that was reported around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

    A witness told a 12News crew on the scene that it happened at the bus stop in front of the Circle Trailer Park.  One man was stabbed and a woman was punched in the face.  Both were taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

    Beaumont building collapses into Irving Street

    Beaumont emergency crews are on the scene of a building collapse in the city's south end.

    Witnesses told 12News the former Signature Club located in the 2100 block of Irving Street collapsed into the street just after 11 a.m.

    Vikings: Adrian Peterson to return

    The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practices and meetings this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

    Miss American winner was inspired by "Pitch Perfect" Video included

    Hmm, there must be something in the water in New York.

    One dead in Saturday night accident

    An accident early Sunday morning claimed the life of a Groves man.A Beaumont police dispatcher said the call came in around 2:25 a.m. Sunday.  The caller reported a single vehicle accident on Cardinal Drive at Highland Avenue.

    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.

    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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    Did you take a weather photo today?  Send it to 12News and let us share it with everyone.  Post it to our facebook page or email your weather photos to dingram@kbmt12.com

    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.

    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.

    Jury convicts Louisiana man in Orange County drug conspiracy

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

    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.

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