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    A fire destroys a mobile home in Lumberton displacing a family of seven Video included

    The Lumberton Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a mobile home Sunday afternoon in the 4700 block of Spillers Road.

    The fire displaced a family of seven.


    Victims identified in double homicide in Beaumont

    Five people are in custody charged with the deaths of two men on Roland Road.

    Terrell family killed in crash was on way to Disney World, teen charged

    MONROE, La. – Five members of a Terrell family en route to a vacation at Disney World were killed when their SUV rolled over on I-20, ejecting six of the vehicle's eight occupants. The incident occurred Wednesday night around 10:45 p.m. on I-20 west of Calhoun.   

    Ferguson grand jury won't reconvene until Monday

    A grand jury decision on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson with the shooting death of Michael Brown appears to be delayed until Monday

    Man captures pit bull that killed family cat Video included

    Edward Banchor let his cat, Princess Sianne outside to use mother nature's litter box Friday afternoon. But a few minutes later, Banchor discovered two pit bulls attacking his cat. The Lumberton man ran outside and scared off the animals but to his horror, Banchor was too late."My cat ended up dying in my arms. I bought that cat for my wife as a Christmas present," said Banchor.

    Couple adopts in time for holidays Video included

    A young Beaumont couple has welcomed a new addition to their home, and they're expecting a full Thanksgiving dinner soon, complete with what they expect to be some chaotic, "crazy" memories. The Briggs family has already adopted three children in addition to the two they had together.They believe, the bigger the better.

    Amber alert canceled, reported to be a hoax

    The Galveston Police Department has canceled an Amber Alert for a 6-month-old child. They say the whole thing was a hoax. 

    According to investigators, the person who reported the abduction made the story up and is now facing charges.

    Web Exclusive: Smith wins Jefferson Co. vote recount

    Web Exclusive: 12News has learned Beaumont City Councilman Jamie Smith has won the post of Jefferson County District Clerk.The results follow a day-long vote recount sought by Republican challenger Charlie Wiggins.Wiggins paid at least $11,000 for the recount, suspecting mistakes or irregularities in the vote count. The former Jefferson County constable was leading the race on election night by roughly 800 votes, but ultimately lost the race to Smith by 785 votes. A vote count was not release...

    Ferguson hears plea for calm from Michael Brown's dad

    The father of Michael Brown pleaded with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, to remain peaceful when an anxiously awaited grand jury's decision is announced because "hurting others... is not the answer."

    Fugitive Lake Charles sex offender arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child

    Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana found a registered sex offender they have been seeking for months since new charges arose that he sexually assaulted a young teen.

    Six-year-old walks out of school

    When you drop your child off at school, you expect to pick him up where you left him, on campus. One Beaumont mother found her 6-year-old son walking.

    Missouri building collapses after stolen SUV slams into its side

    A dramatic ending to a police chase in Kansas City, Missouri was caught on video as a stolen car smashed into the side of a building causing the structure to collapse.

    "It was like a bomb," said Cynthia Bell who witnessed it.

    12News investigates possible inappropriate voter influence Video included

    This general election was marked by recounts, frustration with voting machines, and arguments that the election may have had irregularities. But 12NewsHD has discovered surprising new details about this year's mail-in balloting that you may consider alarming. 

    The discovery may provide insight on why the number of mail-in ballots tripled during this general election. Increasing from an average of 1,200 ballots in a mid-term election - to more than 4,000 requests this year.

    Southeast Texas Hispanics hold watch party to hear Obama's executive order on immigration Video included

    Tacos La Bamba is a popular eating spot in Beaumont, but Thursday night, most of the people who went there were getting food for thought. It was served up by President Barack Obama.

    Mother says high school fight could have been avoided Video included

    A video showing two Kountze High School students fighting on school grounds Tuesday has sparked dozens of comments online. The mother of one of the students on the video posted the footage to Facebook hoping to get the school district's attention.Angela Renfro says her son has been in altercations at Kountze High School at least 4 times and says the school district told her they would handle the matter each time.

    Construction becoming a headache for Beaumont neighborhood Video included

    It's a much messier drive for those living in one Beaumont neighborhood.

    Those who live on Josey St. and Doty St. between Major Dr. and Keith Rd. said they're tired of the damaged, dirt roads tearing up their vehicles.

    Small overnight fire at West Brook High School put out without injury

    Beaumont Fire-Rescue worked a small fire at West Brook High School in the pre-dawn hours Thursday.

    When firefighters arrived, they found a small building at the rear of the school on fire. This small building is the saw-dust collection area behind the school's wood shop. 

    No injuries in Silsbee house fire

    A Silsbee Fire Department spokesperson told 12News that there are no injuries following a house fire Thursday morning.

    The call came in just after 8 a.m. at a house located at 1250 block of Marshall Lane in Silsbee.

    Already snowed under, Buffalo braces for up to 3 feet more

    Shivering under up to 6 feet of snow in its hardest-hit sections, Buffalo, New York, may see another 3 feet Thursday.

    TxDOT says Jasper County bridge damage is only cosmetic

    New developments on the damaged bridge in Jasper County that 12News exposed Tuesday night. 

    The bridge had caused concerns for some drivers after the concrete supports underneath deteriorated so severely the metal wiring became exposed. 

    Grand jury clears Jasper officers accused of brutality Video included

    12News has learned that two Jasper police officers have been cleared by a grand jury after they were accused of police brutality.

    The grand jury cleared officer's Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham.

    $3,000 reward offered to help find person who stabbed dog

     A $3,000 reward has been offered to find and prosecute the person,  or persons, responsible for an act of animal cruelty.

    Police train for violence Video included

    All eyes are on Ferguson, Missouri as the nation waits for a grand jury to decide whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The FBI warned that the decision of the grand jury could spark violent protests -- not only in the suburban St. Louis area -- but across the country.

    Two men charged with capital murder in Timberlake Courts shooting

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department said Wednesday that two men have been charged in the Nov. 3 shooting death of Chad Slaughter, 26, of Beaumont.

    The shooting happened at the Timberlake Courts.  Slaughter was already dead when police arrived.

    CUTE VIDEO: Boys caught with paint all over their faces, try to get out of trouble

    You know that cute moment when a kid will eat a blue lollipop and then try to deny it even though their tongue is blue?

    Lamar University asks students to report mold

    Take out boxes, a mini fridge and textbooks are all staples in the average college dorm room but an unwelcome friend is creeping in on some students at Lamar University. Now, the University is asking students to help fight against mold in the dorms.

    Corrosion under Jasper County bridge raises concerns for drivers Video included

    Most of the drivers passing over a Jasper County bridge have no idea what's lurking below.

    The concrete supports under the bridge are deteriorating so bad, the metal wirings in the pillars are exposed.

    BISD attendance record discrepancy to result in 'significant reimbursement' to the state Video included

    A spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency Tuesday released an executive summary of the TEA's Special Accreditation Investigation into the Beaumont Independent School District.

    According to the TEA, kids who did not attend in-school suspension and field trips were accounted as present for funding purposes.  

    BISD looks to change punishment policy Video included

    Beaumont ISD tells 12News, Superintendent Vern Butler wants to get rid of the district's current corporal punishment policy. It allows school administrators to spank children if parental approval is granted.

    Jefferson Co. grand jury clears officer accused of assault

    A Jefferson County grand jury Tuesday decided there was no cause to hand up criminal charges against a Port Arthur Police Officer charged with misdemeanor assault.

    Two accused of molesting 11-year-old

    A man and woman are in jail amid charges of child molestation.

    UPDATE: Police release names of two killed in weekend accident

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department has released the names of two people who died in an accident over the weekend.

    The deceased are identified as the driver, Justin Douglas Lakey,  25, of Orange and a passenger, Christopher Jason Smith, 36, also of Orange. 

    DuPont victim's daughter hires Beaumont attorney Video included

    Family members of the DuPont chemical leak victims are left searching for answers in the wake of tragedy.

    Two days after the catastrophe, Jasmine Wise, the daughter of one of the four victims Crystle Wise, hired Beaumont attorney Brent Coon to bring to light what lead to employees being exposed to those deadly fumes.

    Board votes to keep BISD police

    The Beaumont Independent School District board of managers voted to keep the core of its district police department intact Monday night. 

    In a five to two vote, managers decided to keep the chief and 14 other officers in the police department instead of disbanding the agency and turning its responsibilities over to off-duty Beaumont police security.

    Public pressure mounts for Port Arthur city council to hire a forensic auditor; issue might be decided by voters

    Antone Goudeaux is man on a mission, a mission he believes Port Arthur city leaders don't want to accomplish. Goudeaux says, "I think that they possibly have something to hide, or they are afraid that they are incompetent in performing their duties, and are ashamed to say they need help or they're not qualified for the jobs."

    City's crime data investigated

    A new study ranks Beaumont as the ninth most dangerous small city in the US. A web-based media company covering the world of law ranked Beaumont on the list of top 10 most dangerous cities with populations under 200,000.

    Missouri gov declares 'emergency' ahead of grand jury

    (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY) (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of a grand jury decision in the case of a white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager.

    Port Arthur council members name lone finalist to become city manager

    The Port Arthur City Council has chosen a lone finalist for the city manager position.

    Council members Monday narrowed the field of candidates to one, Brian McDougal. 

    Mayor, others take part in unique ground breaking for new Beaumont HEB

    The City of Beaumont Monday kicked off construction of HEB's newest location.

    Beaumont police investigate Monday-morning shooting

    Beaumont police are investigating a shooting in north-west Beaumont.

    The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the Kingsgate Apartments located in the 5000 block of North Major Drive.

    Groves woman killed in DuPont chemical leak remembered Video included

    12 News has learned one of the four workers killed in the DuPont chemical leak is from Groves. A family friend identified the woman as Crystle Wise. 

    Escaped Jasper Co. inmate captured, stolen truck recovered

    An inmate that escaped while on trustee duty and stole a Jasper County employee's truck, has been captured in Evadale.

    Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said about 2 p.m. on Friday, Shane D. Borel, 39, was working at the Jasper County Precinct 4 Road Bridge Maintenance Barn on FM 1004 in Buna, when he escaped.

    Two dead in Beaumont accident

    Beaumont police have not yet released the names of two people killed in an early-morning accident on Sunday.  

    Officers have asked that the names not be released pending notification of next of kin.

    Beaumont police investigate North end shooting

    Beaumont Police dispatch says officers are investigating after a woman was shot in the north end of town. Police say the shooting happened just after 6:45 p.m. Saturday night in the 8300 block of Lawrence. BPD dispatch says the victim was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth with non life-threatening injuries. Police do not have a suspect in custody at this time.

    Beaumont family claims contractor ripped them off Video included

    K Scott and her family are living in cramped quarters. The English teacher and her son moved back in with mom and dad to help out with the house and cooking healthy meals but a construction project that would have added 900 square feet to the house sits incomplete. Scott says the contractor her family hired for the project has disappeared."The man took advantage of our ignorance when we decided to hire a building contractor," said Scott.

    Persons of interest sought in a Jasper Homicide Investigation

    Persons of Interest: Robert Mounts, Ashley Lewsi Persons of Interest: Robert Mounts, Ashley Lewsi

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Office wants to locate a couple consider persons of interest in connection with a homicide investigation.

    Beaumont ice business adjusts to cooler weather

    When a hard freeze sets in, Sam Debes sits by the phone hoping the device stays silent but knowing the chances are high of getting a call that busted water lines have left a business with unusable ice machines."What we don't want is for an extended freeze to come in when it gets cold, because when it does, usually the community gets hurt and when the community hurts so do we," said Sam Debes.

    Police arrest suspect in Beaumont stabbing

    Beaumont police tell 12News they have one suspect in custody who is possibly connected to a stabbing Friday evening. 

    Around 5:15 p.m. Friday, one person was stabbed in the 4600 block of Hartel.

    Know Before you Go: Emergency Care Guide Video included

    The holidays are here. But frying up a turkey in a cauldron of hot oil or watching cousin ed show off a triple back flip can be recipes that could have you spending your holiday and your gift money in the emergency room. While Southeast Texas offers medical treatment in all shapes and sizes and with care centers popping up in strip centers and on street corners knowing where to go when disaster strikes is crucial to the patient's care and your wallet.

    House fire severely injures elderly man

    A Beaumont man is in critical condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston tonight after a fire destroyed his home this morning and left him with severe injuries. The man was actually burning, outside his home, when Beaumont firefighters arrived at the house located in the 5300 block of Margo Lane -- off East Lucas Drive.

    TEA commissioner who recommended BISD takeover may be on the way out

    Last week's mid-term election could result in the departure of the man who oversaw the replacement of the Beaumont Independent School district Board of Trustees with a Board of Managers.

    Jasper County death investigation

    Jasper County sheriff's deputies are investigating a death.

    A spokesperson for the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said a body was found just west of Jasper.

    One taken to hospital from north Beaumont house fire

    A 72-year-old man was taken to the hospital with first and second degree burns following a house fire started by a space heater.

    A dispatcher got the call around 9:30 a.m. Friday from a house on Margo Lane in north Beaumont.

    Children find "forever families" Video included

    The cold weather didn't hold back families who today capped off their adoption process with a ceremony at the Orange County courthouse. To celebrate National Adoption Month, Orange county judges decided to make today adoption day in the county.

    Vinton school bus driver admitted having sex with 14-year-old, deputies say

    A 38-year-old Vinton, LA woman is held on $500,000 bond after investigators say she admitted having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

    Port Arthur public library to debut wallpaper promoting digital media offerings

    Southeast Texans will soon have an even easier way to borrow electronic books, free of charge through the Port Arthur public library. The library's digital collection is getting its own shelf: made out of vinyl."Drama, suspense, science fiction, you know all the grim stories, I like that too," said Port Arthur resident, Alex Kalinchuk.Book lovers like Kalinchuk often use electronic devices as a way to sneak in a few minutes of reading throughout the day.

    Council debates new senior center Video included

    Even though the people who use the center have different opinions on where the facility should be moved, they all agree they need a new building. Carolyn Banks said she has been coming to the Best Years Center off 4th street and Fannin for two years.

    Phone scammer poses as Jefferson County deputy to get your cash

    A phone scammer posing as a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy is trying to lure victims into his snare by claiming there is an arrest warrant issued and the only way to avoid being hauled into jail is to supply them with a $500 or $1,000 gift card.

    Activists call for more body cameras on Port Arthur Police officers

    Police agencies nationwide are putting cameras on the uniforms of officers that help tell what happens during traffic stops, police interventions, and other incidents. Now, a group called PRO-ACT asking the Port Arthur city council for action that could eventually lead to more police body cams. Cuevas Peacock is an activist with the group PRO-ACT that says every Port Arthur police officer should be outfitted with a body camera.

    Southeast Texans honor veterans Video included

    Hundreds of southeast Texans honored service men and women through several different ceremonies and events held across the region on this special day. Hamshire-Fannett High School, Lamar University and Lumberton High School all held Veterans Day ceremonies -- and all were brimming with men and women who proudly sacrificed for our country.

    VETERAN PHOTOS: These men and women are some of our SETX heroes

    Help us honor our SETX veterans! 

    Send us your veteran's photo by clicking HERE.

    DPS investigates Orange County head-on collision

     The Department of Public Safety is investigating a head-on collision that happened around 8 p.m. Monday on Highway 62 in Orange County.

    Trooper Stephanie Davis said the accident happened on Highway 62 at Walea Road in Orange county. 

    Beaumont police raise money for comrade

    A Beaumont police officer struggling with a form of leukemia got reinforcement today from his police department comrades.Officers held a gumbo fundraiser for the family of Ty Smith at the downtown police station.The officer has to get treatments each month from local hospitals and Houston facilities. and that requires a lot of travel, and expense.Police spokesperson Officer Carol Riley told us, "This is just one way that our department and our brothers and sisters in blue can get together, an...

    Desert storm vet looks back on career

    Millions of veterans will be honored tomorrow for their service to this country. In some families, that's mostly men. But one Beaumont woman was the first female in her military family to fight for her country.

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