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    Dense fog is suspected as a factor in a collision involving two pickups in Beaumont Thursday morning.

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    No injuries after Lumberton school bus backs into utility pole

    No students were injured Thursday morning when a Lumberton Independent School District bus backed into a utility pole causing wires to land on the bus.

    The minor accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. in the 6300 block of Deer Park Lane at the intersection with Railroad Lane.

    Man wanted in fatal hit-and-run accident turns himself in

    A Vidor man charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident has turned himself in to authorities.

    The father of a Nederland teen, who police say was killed by a drunk driver, pays tribute to his daughter Video included

    Doctors pronounced Kristin Paris dead at 4:11 p.m. Tuesday, but she remains at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. That's because the teenager was an organ donor, and doctors are finding recipients. 

    Her family remains with her, but her dad came outside Wednesday evening to meet with 12News, to share his sadness, his anger and his pride

    Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation Video included

    Senators weigh Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job.

    Earl Thomas' parents, community ready for Super Bowl XLIX Video included

    He's the man that's put Orange, Texas on the map with his football fame and philanthropy, and now the Southeast Texas community is celebrating Earl Thomas III's second Super Bowl.

    His parents couldn't be more proud.

    Lack of communication from city frustrates China residents Video included

    Some concerned citizens left a meeting at China city hall Wednesday afternoon disappointed that an affordable housing project could come to their town.

    The meeting was held by city council in an effort towards transparency and to clear up any rumors about the development.

    Mother and baby dead, one hospitalized following Jasper fire Video included

    A mother in her late 20's and her infant child are dead this morning after a fire Tuesday evening in the north end of Jasper. 

    Jasper Police Chief Robert MacDonald told 12News the two died in a mobile home fire around 9:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Sylvester Street.  He said a man in his 40's was also burned in the fire and was taken to the hospital.

    Growth on College St. continues with new chicken restaurant Video included

    College St. in Beaumont is booming with changes and a popular fast food restaurant poised to open its doors Thursday has students at Vista College ecstatic they have a new spot for lunch."I love Chick-fil-a so it's a good thing that it's opening," said student Hannah Judice. Vista College is nestled in the Gateway shopping center a matter or yards from the new restaurant."When we're here for lunch we normally go way to the one on Dowlen," said Tiffany Harper.

    DPS spokesperson identifies man killed in auto-pedestrian accident Video included

    A Kountze man is dead after being hit by a car while walking on US Highway 96, near County Road 598. This is just South of Kirbyville.The deceased is identified as Chad Wayne Drake, 35, of Kountze

    Police seek witnesses to collision and events leading up to crash that killed 18-year-old

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department told 12News Wednesday that investigators want anyone who may have witnessed a suspect's pickup in the moments leading up to a fatal collision Monday night to call the Beaumont Police Department.

    Port Arthur man gets five years in synthetic marijuana conspiracy

    A 46-year-old Port Arthur man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking.

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    Teen declared "brain dead" after being hit by alleged drunk driver

    Family members of Kristin Paris, 18, told 12News Tuesday night that the Nederland teenager has been declared brain dead at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

    Paris was hit head-on by a driver on Interstate 10 near Ford Park late Monday night.  

    UPDATE: Brush fires in Orange County being monitored

    Officials in Orange County tell 12News that fires reported Tuesday night along Old Mansfield Ferry Road, south of Vidor, in part of a controlled burn. 

    A dispatcher with Orange County Emergency Services District #1 told 12News that officials are monitoring the fire which is about 6 miles from any kind of structures.

    Two suspects arrested after Port Arthur Domino's Pizza robbery

    Port Arthur police and K-9 units have arrested two teenage boys accused of robbing the Domino's Pizza on Memorial Drive. 

    Police say two 17-year-olds went into the pizza shop just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night armed with guns. 

    Lawyers say fugitive mom unlikely to return to Jasper County if daughter has to go back to father Video included

    It's been a month since Josh Fielder has seen his little girl, and he's not sure when he'll see her again.  Her mom, 27-year-old Miranda Ferguson, did not return the girl following what was supposed to just be a week of visitation. 

    White, Phelan push open carry handgun bills at Legislature

    Southeast Texas lawmakers James White and Dade Phelan have filed a bill to legalize the "open carry" of licensed handguns in Texas.Hillister State Representative James White authored HB 164 and Beaumont's Phelan joint authored the legislation.Only 6 states do not have "open carry" and Texas is one of those states.In addition to the White-Phelan bill, 8 other similar "open carry" bills have been filed with the Texas Legislative Budget Board.

    Old city sewage lines caused sinkhole

    City crews are working to fix a hole measuring several feet that opened up on the corner of Orange and Royal streets near the “avenues” in Beaumont Tuesday morning.

    As a result, city crews have blocked off parts of those streets.

    Chemical release prompts shelter-in-place at Taft Elementary Video included

    A chemical release from a refinery near Groves Tuesday prompted an elementary school to shelter in place.

    Groves Fire Chief Dale Jackson told 12News they were notified of the release around 11:30 a.m.  He said the wind direction prompted them to shelter-in-place at Taft Elementary for about 10 minutes.

    Two sent to hospital in two vehicle accident on Eastex service road

    Traffic is backed up on southbound Eastex in Beaumont due to an accident. More information as it becomes available.

    Beaumont City Council approves deal with annual marathon Video included

    The sixth annual Gusher Marathon is just over a month away and preparations are moving forward following a Beaumont City Council decision Tuesday. Jennifer Theriac wasn't a runner just a few months ago. That is until she was dared to run the Houston Marathon."I'd run like a mile here and there but it was never anything long distance," said Theriac. Determined to hold up her end of the bargain, the Mauriceville woman started training in June. 

    Former Stiles Unit correctional officer charged with improper sexual relationship with an inmate

    A former correctional officer of the Stiles Unit in Beaumont is charged with having an improper relationship with an inmate.

    Terra Nicole Crawford, of Lufkin, resigned in April when the accusation was made.

    Dog owner attacked animal services officer, police say

    A Beaumont man was arrested Tuesday morning after police say he got into a scuffle with an animal control officer. 

    Matthew Fortenberry with the Beaumont Animal Services told 12News his officer stopped after he saw a pit bull running loose across from South Park Middle School near the 5700 block of Highland. 

    High-speed chase starts in Pinehurst ends in Harris County Video included

    Several agencies were involved in a high speed chase early Tuesday morning that started in Pinehurst and continued on Interstate 10 into Harris County.

    Dispatchers tells us the chase started around 1 a.m. when officers in Pinehurst tried to stop a suspicious vehicle.

    BISD police use pepper spray to stop 9-student fight, investigation ongoing Video included

    Beaumont Independent School District Police officers are at Central Medical Magnet High School because of a fight Tuesday morning.

    According to BISD police, pepper spray had to be used to break up the fight.

    Motorcycle rider receives serious injuries in collision near Port Arthur Video included

    Port Arthur police officers and troopers with the Department of Public Safety were called to two collisions in the 3600 block of Twin City Highway early Tuesday morning.

    A police dispatcher described one of the collisions as "definitely major." 

    Arrest warrant issued for Southeast Texas mom on the run with her daughter Video included

    Jasper County deputies are searching for a woman on the run with her seven-year-old daughter who legally should be with her dad.  Josh Fielder, of Evadale, said his daughter went to spend a week with her mom on Dec. 28, and he has not seen her since then.

    By court order, Miranda Ferguson, 27, had to return the girl to Fielder on Jan. 4.  Fielder said this means her daughter has been out of school that entire time.

    Ten West Brook students face school suspensions Video included

    12News has learned that ten students have been suspended as a result of a January 14 fight at the West Brook High School parking lot.One of the suspended students was hospitalized after the fight. Two other young men were also taken for treatment.Beaumont Independent School District police have recommended charges of assault and aggravated assault for the students. And the District Attorney's Office is now considering whether to prosecute.A parent who spoke with 12News at the time of the figh...

    Commissioners approve 'In God We Trust' plaque Video included

    Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously voted today in favor of prominently displaying "In God We Trust" inside their courtroom. Even though, commissioners flew by the item on their agenda with no objection from the crowd, many of our viewers have expressed their opinions on the social networking site.

    Football fans make Super Bowl plans Video included

    The Super Bowl is less than a week away and even though teams from Texas don't play until next season, there's still lots of buzz locally about the big game. The Super Bowl is so much more than a football game, it's a day where millions of Americans spend an afternoon with family and friends enjoying some good food, watching amazing plays on the field and of course gossiping about the commercials.

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    KFC releases Double Down Dog sandwich

    Photo: Screenshot of KFC Philippines Facebook post Photo: Screenshot of KFC Philippines Facebook post

    Kentucky Fried Chicken is replacing bread with meat at select Philippines restaurants, according to a Facebook post from KFC Philippines. The new Double Down Dog sandwich features a hot dog covered in cheese and fitted into a bun-size piece of fried chicken.

    Truck driver arrested by Pinehurst police, three passengers run from officers

    A spokesperson for the Pinehurst Police Office said Monday that a truck driver is in jail for an outstanding warrant, and officers are working to determine why three people ran from his truck Sunday.

    Woman suffers burn injuries in kitchen fire in Vidor

    A woman suffers burn injuries from a grease fire at a mobile home in Vidor.

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    Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe, with Miss USA as runner-up

    Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, smiles after being crowned Miss Universe in Miami on Sunday. Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, smiles after being crowned Miss Universe in Miami on Sunday.

    Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night, while Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, came in second. The other finalists, chosen from among 88 contestants, were Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell; Miss Ukraine, Diana Harkusha; and Miss Netherlands, Yasmin Verheijen.The crowning happened live on K-JAC from Miami, Florida.Vega, of Barranquilla, Colombia, granddaughter of the legendary tenor Gastón Vega, said the contests leading to MIss Universe were the first she'd participated in and ...

    American sniper snubbed from SAG

    American Sniper is based on the experiences of Navy SEALS Chris Kyle during his time in the Iraq War and his struggles after he returned home. The movie has grossed more than $200 million but has created a lot of buzz online and amongst politicians.

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    Suspect identified in Georgia disappearance case of elderly couple who went to meet online car seller

    Elrey "Bud" and June Runion Elrey "Bud" and June Runion

    The GBI and Georgia State Patrol have joined deputies from Telfair, Wheeler and Jeff Davis counties in the search for a Marietta couple who are missing since Thursday after going to McRae to buy a car from someone through Craigslist. The Georgia State Patrol's aviation unit has joined local officials searching for Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife June.

    Savvy science students show off their skills at a robotics competition Video included

    Nearly 240 students from across Southeast Texas competed in a robotics competition put on by the Texas Computer Education Association at Hamshire-Fannett High School.

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    All-clear given after bomb threats targeted two commercial jets; landed with F-16 escorts

    Evacuated Delta plane. Photo courtesy: Ashley Askew Evacuated Delta plane. Photo courtesy: Ashley Askew

    "Credible" bomb threats caused delays at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday afternoon.  The threats emerged on Twitter and targeted flights from Delta and Southwest Airlines. 

    Proposed affordable housing complex divides community of China Video included

    12News has learned a petition battle is underway in the Jefferson County town of China. Two petitions in the small city west of Beaumont are circulating against an affordable housing complex being built in the city, and there's a third petition is being passed around supporting the project from people who say there's a housing shortage in China.

    Mr. Cub Ernie Banks passes at age 83

    Banks dead at 83 Banks dead at 83

    The groundbreaking star of Chicago Cubs baseball, Ernie Banks, has passed away at age 83 according to family attorney Mark Bogan.Banks was known as Mr. Cub by thousands of baseball fans and even earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.He was among the pioneering black players of Major League Baseball, starting his career with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues.And Banks was a two-time MVP after hitting 512 career home runs and hit 40 homers five times in his 19-year career.

    Lamar coach's take on Deflategate Video included

    The Deflategate conversation is heating up and a local coach who used to play in the NFL says athletes trying to bend the rules is nothing uncommon in sports.

    Rain causes sewage dilemma

    Backed-up sewage from a heavy downpour of rain has neighbors in north Beaumont up to their ears in disgust. They say they have been calling the city for years -- with no success. The City of Beaumont said an old, worn-down sewage pipe is to blame.

    Mardi Gras party to raise money for local charities Video included

    Mardi Gras season is here. King cakes, masks and beads are available in stores across Southeast Texas and Beaumont is getting in on the party this year. It's being called Pardi Gras and is set to kick off Saturday at the Civic Center downtown. Those planning to attend say they think the event is a great way to have fun while helping our community.When Mardi Gras season rolls around event invites start popping up in Facebook inboxes and a lot of the festivities take place in Port Arthur.

    Two Lake Charles men arrested for stealing guns

    Investigators with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office say a burglary case from December has resulted in conspiracy and theft charges filed against two Lake Charles men this week.

    Woman hospitalized with gunshot wound, Hardin Co. deputies investigating Video included

    The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Friday-morning shooting that happened in the 5500 block of Westchase Loop just outside of Lumberton.

    The shooting was reported around 9:30 a.m.

    Armed robbery at Beaumont Jack In The Box Video included

    Beaumont police are investigating a robbery at a Jack In The Box Restaurant.

    According to police the robbery happened at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday night at the Jack In The Box on Interstate 10 East near Martin Luther King Boulevard.

    Woman escapes Beaumont house fire with minor injuries Video included

    Fire destroyed a house on Beaumont's north end early Friday morning.

    Firefighters were called to the home on the 2200 block of Leight Street at about 3:00 a.m.

    When they arrived the house was fully involved.

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    Cowboys fan sues NFL for $88 billion over reversed call

    Terrance Hendrix, Photo: Fremont Correctional Facility Terrance Hendrix, Photo: Fremont Correctional Facility

    A man incarcerated in a Colorado correctional facility filed a lawsuit against NFL officials seeking over $88 billion in damages because of an overturned call in the Cowboys' NFC divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers.

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    CAUGHT ON CAMERA: North Texas woman forced into trunk during drive-thru ATM robbery

    Arlington Police Department Arlington Police Department

    Arlington police are searching for a man accused of robbing and kidnapping a woman last week. She told police she endured a night in her own vehicle's trunk, being shuttled from bank to bank as the man forced her to take money out of her account at each location.

    BISD Board of Managers postpones making decision on teacher contracts Video included

    Beaumont Independent School District teachers will have to wait another month before learning if their two year contracts will become one year.  In a 4-to-2 vote, the board of managers postponed making a decision after recognizing how complicated and controversial the issue had become. The teachers fear it will be used as a bully tactic against them by abusive administrators, and they took their concerns to Thursday night's board meeting carrying signs.

    Orange company contributes airboats to stop Montana oil leak

    Picture of an airboat from Orange working at the oil leak site Picture of an airboat from Orange working at the oil leak site

    Water testing was improving Thursday at Montana's Yellowstone River where an Orange company has committed resources to help with a leak of more than 50,000 gallons of oil.American Airboats of Orange has volunteered boats and skilled operators to help contain the oil leak.The water testing in Glendive, Montana has showed elevated levels of benzene since the leak. But those levels are no longer an issue and more than 6,000 Glendive residents may be able to go back to their drinking water soon.

    Woman claims online SETX ad used for "creepy motive" Video included

    A Southeast Texas woman said she feels violated after answering an online ad to buy a washing machine.

    The woman said she went to the seller's Nederland home with her dad but left after no one came to the door. She said the man began sending her vulgar messages inviting her to come inside his home.

    Local filmmakers to make historical fiction short film Video included

    In a couple months there may be some camera crew sightings around Beaumont that are not reporters out gathering news. A group of local filmmakers are in the pre-production stage of a big project right now and plan to shoot scenes for a short film in Southeast Texas. A handful of Lamar University graduates and a couple others are getting a project underway that's been in the works for over a decade and it's based during a turbulent time in Beaumont's past.

    Beaumont police: Similarities between two Family Dollar robberies this month Video included

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department told 12News that there appear to be a lot of similarities between an armed robbery at the Family Dollar store located at 6010 Hwy 105, and a recent robbery at the Family Dollar Store on 11th Street.

    The robbery of the Family Dollar on HWY 105 happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

    Deputies say Lake Charles man's victim was only 6 when improper touching started

    A 63-year-old Lake Charles man has been arrested after he admitted to touching a 12-year-old girl improperly, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

    Patriots coach says he doesn't know how balls were deflated

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he doesn't know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl.

    Patriots coach says he doesn't know how balls were deflated

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he doesn't know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl.

    Port Arthur coach suspended after allegations he forcibly removed player from game Video included

    Port Arthur Memorial High School Head Basketball Coach Travis Williams has been suspended indefinitely after an incident during the Titan's win over West Brook.

    According to reports, Williams is accused of grabbing one of his players off the court. Some fans took it that Williams forcibly removed the player from the game.

    Disney parks-linked measles outbreak grows to 70 cases Video included

    Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated.

    Officials release identity of pedestrian killed by large truck in Jasper County Video included

    A pedestrian is dead after he was hit by a large truck in Jasper County early Wednesday morning.

    The accident happened around 6:45 a.m. approximately two miles south of Jasper in the southbound lanes of State Highway 96.  

    Fire Destroys Automotive Repair Shop

    Orange County fire officials are investigating the cause of fire that destroyed an automotive repair shop in Vidor.

    Firefighters were called to the location at 295 Oldbury Road at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

    Jasper police receive conflict resolution training from Feds

    In light of officer conflicts in Jasper many have questioned the tactics officers use and the type of training they receive especially in cases in which race is involved.

    One recent conflict was the case of Keyarika Diggles.

    Beaumont PD and NAACP join forces to increase diversity on police force

    In Beaumont, there's concern that the police force does not reflect the population. The black community in Beaumont makes up 47% of the city's population. Yet only 24% of officers are black. Whites are 35% of the population in Beaumont, yet make up 70% of the police force.

    Video shows man shot by New Jersey police raising his hands

    With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

    Screaming over and over "Don't you f---ing move!" and "Show me your hands!" at the man in the passenger seat, the officer reached into the car and appeared to remove a silver handgun.

    Couple celebrates 70th anniversary

    After seven decades of marriage, a Beaumont couple is still going strong. Vernon and Agnes Northrup tied the knot in 1945 and the couple says they are just as happy as they were back then.

    Port Arthur community and police discuss trust

    You may have seen the hashtag "Starts with Trust" trending on social media.It's a nationwide effort to increase trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. 

    12News is joining the conversation by taking a closer look at the relationship between the men and women in blue, and the public.

    Man with 6 warrants arrested on new charges after stealing a truck in West Beaumont, police say

    A Beaumont man was arrested early Wednesday after police say he stole a truck in the area of Phelan Boulevard and Major Drive.

    Beaumont Police Department spokesperson Officer Carol Riley said a father was helping his son whose car broke down.  

    Lumberton Police Officers Continuously Seek Community Support

    Thousands of people across the United States are joining the conversation this morning about why they trust or don't trust law enforcement. People living in Lumberton seem fairly happy with police there saying officers have earned their trust by being there when they needed help. A Lumberton woman loading up groceries in the trunk of her car Tuesday says her experience with police has been positive; especially after officers were able to find a golf cart that was stolen out of her backyard.

    'Good Samaritan' helps Beaumont police find blind man

    A potential tragedy was averted due to the assistance of Patrol Officers, dispatchers and a Good Samaritan when a blind man became disoriented and lost in the heavy fog.

    Person of interest in Beaumont homicide arrested in Houston

    A man wanted in connection with a murder in Beaumont has been arrested in Clear Lake, according to a U.S. Marshal

    Adam Fuller was arrested Tuesday at a location across from NASA. A U.S. Marshal told 12News that Fuller is a suspect in the murder of Derek Allen Phillips, 27, of Beaumont. A Beaumont Police Department Spokesperson said Fuller is a person of interest in the investigation.

    Early morning fire in Port Arthur possibly arson Video included

    Port Arthur fire investigators are looking into whether a fire early Wednesday morning was arson. 

    Firefighters were called to the home in the 900 block of Foley at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Beaumont ISD teachers fear their job security is in jeopardy Video included

    Last summer, Beaumont Independent School District teachers were fighting for their jobs, now they're seeking job security. Sebrina Dollar, who's the vice president of the Beaumont Teachers' Association is encouraging teachers to go to this week's board of managers meeting to convince those running the district not to cut teacher contracts from two years to one.

    BISD superintendent search begins with public input

    BISD logo BISD logo

    The search for a new Beaumont Independent School District superintendent has officially started with the first round of meetings with district employees and the public. 

    The Texas Association of School Boards has been hired to conduct the search. 

    Nederland High School receives historic trophy case Video included

    Nederland High School is honoring Bum Phillips, one of its most famous coaches with things from his old stomping grounds.“We know the trophy is very unique,” said Bruce DeCuir, carpenter and building maintenance supervisor of Nederland High School. “It honors a great man, Bum Phillips and with that we knew we had to have a unique trophy case to go with it.”

    Pets euthanized without owner's knowledge Video included

    One family's 12 pets were put down by City of Orange Animal Control without the family's knowledge. 


    The city says employees broke a policy requiring them to wait at least 72 hours before euthanizing -- they waited less than two hours.

    Jogger attack has others on guard Video included

    Southeast Texans who like to workout outdoors are being more cautious after a woman who was jogging by herself in the west part of Beaumont was attacked. Beaumont police are still looking for a man that is suspected of trying to drag the woman into some bushes as she was jogging down Delaware St. Friday. Walkers and Joggers at a park just a few blocks from where the attack happened say they are making sure to take steps to stay protected against a similar attack.

    Documents released following arrest of Orange County Sheriff's Deputy

    A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office has released documents concerning the arrest of a Sheriff's Deputy on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

    Auto-pedestrian accident in Beaumont

    Beaumont Police worked an auto-pedestrian accident on Eastex Freeway at the Lucas Exit Tuesday afternoon.

    The accident was reported around 2:45 p.m.  

    Only minor injuries reported following rollover accident on Interstate 10

    A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety told 12News there are only non life-threatening injuries following a rollover accident that snarled traffic on Interstate 10 Tuesday morning.


    Trooper Stephanie Davis said the accident was called in to the dispatch center at 7:45 a.m. When troopers arrived on the scene they found a 3-vehicle accident.

    Port Arthur clerk robbed at gunpoint

    Police are on the look out for the suspect responsible for a aggravated robbery Monday night in Port Arthur. It happened at 10:26 p.m. at Percy's Market and Deli.

    Abbott Inauguration set for Tuesday

    Four tons of brisket signals "Texas" right away and Tuesday all that brisket will be consumed at the Inauguration of new Texas Governor Greg Abbott.Abbott becomes the 48th Governor of the Lone Star State with a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol in Austin.Roughly 30,000 people are expected at the swearing-in ceremony and related events.You will need tickets for the BBQ lunch and evening ball, but the swearing-in ceremonies for Abbott and Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick - are free.

    Students hold vigil for slain student Video included

    Students at Lamar University are mourning the death of fellow student Rhydan Bolton after he was shot to death early Monday morning.

    Arrest made after I-210 bridge in Louisiana closed due to bomb threat

    On January 19, 2015, at 4:33 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a report of a vehicle fire on the Interstate 210 Calcasieu River Bridge just west of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.  Upon arrival, Troopers determined that the vehicle was not on fire.  

    Southeast Texans continue to work towards equality Video included

    Thousands are taking some time over the long weekend to attend programs and parades honoring the selfless accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made during the civil rights movement. Decades after the assassination of Dr. King sent shock waves through households across the United States and the world, Southeast Texans say there's still progress to be made in unifying all Americans. Rose Jones lives in Beaumont and says fulfilling Dr. King's dream is something to strive for even today.

    Beaumont firefighters investigate spill in canal

    Firefighters with Beaumont Fire-Rescue are investigating an oil spill in a canal off of Cardinal Drive.

    The spill was reported around 9:15 a.m. Monday.

    Cornyn says Keystone pipeline could be approved without Obama

    While touring Gulf Coast Fabricators in Beaumont Friday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn told 12News he believes Republicans need only 2 Democratic Senate votes for an overriding supermajority that would allow approval of the Keystone Pipeline.President Barack Obama has promised to veto the bill. But Cornyn has a keen understanding of the Senate as Senate Majority Whip.Cornyn also criticized the President's Executive Order allowing up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.Critics...

    Volunteers rescue puppies dumped in marsh, crews still looking for more

    A group of kind-hearted southeast Texas are taking part in a rescue effort after they learned that someone dumped a litter of puppies near the former Bailey's fish camp in Bridge City.

    Five puppies were originally found, and two more were rescued after searching the area.  One puppy was found, but was able to elude capture.

    Lumberton ISD Superintendent explains aftermath of stands-clearing melee

    Lumberton High On-court melee Lumberton High On-court melee

    Lumberton ISD Superintendent John Valastro says "physical play" that was allowed by referees played a role in creating a Tuesday night brawl that ended with fans scuffling on the basketball court during the game.Lumberton hosted the game with Baytown Lee.Valastro says a Lumberton player will be disciplined with punishment to be decided by the Raider head basketball coach and the Athletic Director.A Baytown Lee player reported racial slurs, but Valastro said he was unable to confirm the report...

    After pulling a woman from the edge of a bridge, Vidor woman encourages others to lend a hand Video included

    Vidor Crime Watch member pulls woman from edge of Rainbow Bridge Vidor Crime Watch member pulls woman from edge of Rainbow Bridge

    A daring rescue at the Rainbow Bridge has a Vidor woman glad she jumped into action, convinced she saved a life. A member of a crime watch initiative in Vidor, Kelli Godeaux says sometimes she keeps an ear to law enforcement scanners online. A conversation she heard early Sunday morning about a woman on the Rainbow Bridge, a friend afraid she would jump, struck a chord with Godeaux. There was no thinking twice, Godeaux said.

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