Louis and Maria Saldana say their Griffing Park neighborhood in Port Arthur is safe. They say they've left town many times leaving their garage doors open, and have returned to find nothing missing. But this past weekend, a statue of the Virgin Mary that they had in their bird bath was stolen. The Saldanas say it's not the dollar amount of the statue that concerns them, it's the sentimental value.
A spokesperson for the Hardin County Sheriff's Office told 12News three men are in jail after they slammed a man's face into a windshield so they could steal his limited-edition Nike Air Jordans.Kolton Ballance, Jordan Holmes and Marcus Williams are accused of attacking River Jones as he was leaving a party in the Cherryhill neighborhood of Kountze Saturday.
Film crews associated with Union Pacific Railroad is filming a nationwide railroad safety campaign in Beaumont.
The campaign, called "it is worth the wait" began filming at a crossing near Meeker Road and US Highway 90.
Sources say the video is designed to keep drivers from trying to sneak across railroad tracks when the barriers are down...
A Lake Charles, La. Man was convicted in a Nigerian mail fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas today, said U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 38-year-old Heesham "Sudan" Broussard was found guilty by a jury for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Court records show that Broussard participated in a Nigerian-based mail fraud scheme that distributed counterfeit postal money orders and checks. Broussa...
If there's one thing that can get a whole neighborhood in the street in 100 degree heat, it's this: "That's worms! That is so worms!" said neighbor Tammy Early. "That's just gross. Oh my God, I'm freaking out right now."Tiny worms clogged Early's sprinkler and it was even worse for Tara Miles."This water was coming out of the bathroom faucet," said Miles...
Texas Rangers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are meeting with Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham to determine how to investigate a jail altercation. Video from the night of February 19 shows a 4-foot-11-inch, 120-pound woman being hit by a corrections officer during book-in at the Jefferson County jail.
16-year-old Anne Kathryn Trevino's mission to help as many girls as possible build their self esteem through her "Being Your Best Selfie" seminar ended today at Buckner Children and Family Services Center in Beaumont. Trevino, who will be a junior at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School this upcoming school year, spent many months planning the 3-day seminar that teaches teen girls self-esteem, hygiene and etiquette...
Representatives for Sunoco contractor McCraney told 12News Wednesday the large crane that toppled into the Neches River last week was fully recovered and removed.
As the nation continues to focus on Sandra Bland's death in a Texas jail cell, another jail encounter is making headlines in Jefferson County. This week, Nederland political blogger Philip Klein released video of a beating in the Jefferson County Jail. It shows a corrections officer punching a Beaumont woman several times while she was handcuffed.
A Dayton, Texas man has been indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter in connection with a collision in May that claimed the life of a Beaumont woman.
12News has learned that Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens has named a prosecutor pro tem in the wake of a controversial arrest made over two years ago at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Judge Stevens said he chose Josh Schaffer out of Houston to investigate the May 2013 arrest of Steve Hartman.
A spokesperson for the Louisiana State Police says two Houston residents were arrested after they were caught cheating in separate incidents at two different Lake Charles area casinos.
Many Southeast Texans look for way to save money on groceries. Staying on budget can be tough with eggs, beef and other food prices constantly on the rise. Some shoppers turn to coupons, sale ads or even try grocery apps for savings, but don't always see success. A Southeast Texas mom says everyone can benefit from the method she uses to stay on budget and shares how she does so without wasting valuable family time. Monica Jarrell is a busy mom.
Orange Fire Department is investigating the cause of a house fire in the 700 block of Burton Ave.
Fire crews responded to the blaze around 10:11 p.m.
According to authorities, no one was home at the time of the fire. The blaze was under control, and put out, about 30 minutes after authorities arrived on scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at press time...
Beaumont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine at city parks during city-sponsored events.
Total S.A. is selling half of its stake in its Port Arthur refinery -- the only refinery the French oil giant has in the U.S., Reuters reported. A Total spokesman told Reuters the group was studying the possibility of a "tie-up with a long-term strategic partner to develop Port Arthur, like it has with its other non-European platforms in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and South Korea."
Abby McFarlan said that her life has changed since last week after a someone threw a 7-week-old puppy out of a moving vehicle, and in front of her grooming business. "I mean who could do that to a little puppy," McFarlan said. After it happened, a witness ran inside of her shop, and told her a trick passenger dumped Reggie on the road in front of her lot...
More than 2,000 people have watched a YouTube video of a food delivery by drone in Beaumont. Frankie Randazzo, who owns the “Taco Local” food truck next to a popular new bar on Phelan Boulevard, delivered it across the street to a couple near West Bar & Grill.
LCPD is not releasing the names of the officers involved at this time.
A Lake Charles man is held on $400,000 bond on accusations he secretly video recorded sexual encounters with a woman without her knowledge.
A Port Arthur police spokesperson said there has been a string of burglaries throughout the city, and officers are calling on residents to help them apprehend two suspects caught on camera looting two different businesses.
Jefferson County deputies, Chris Burleigh Ryan Edgar, and DPS Corporal David Crawford were honored for their courage in combating a truck that caught fire, and saving the driver that was caught inside the vehicle in June.
The ceremony took place at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility's Police Academy Classroom on Monday afternoon, where an official from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office presented them with awards for their heroic efforts...
At a meeting on Monday night, Lumberton City Council members rejected a proposal that would have placed a 24-hour convenience store at the corner of US69 in the Boykin neighborhood.
A new convenience store in the area means that the Boykin neighborhood would have had to undergo a re-zone. A re-zone happens when a city creates makes minor changes to an existing zoning for a property...
Some Port Arthur citizens don't believe enough is being done to discipline officers who have made controversial posts on social media.
Beginning August 3, drivers can expect to see a different speed limit along State Highway 12 in Orange County, as a result of a recent speed study. The stretch of highway between Vidor and Mauriceville will be lowered from 75 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour, said Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Public Information Officer Sarah Dupre...
A 45-year-old Galveston, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
An emergency worker on the scene of an accident in the 7300 block of College Street in Beaumont said there are only minor injuries.The accident happened around 1 p.m. The emergency worker said it appears an SUV was turning into a parking lot when it was rear-ended by a truck that failed to control speed.
A 26-year-old man is in police custody after police say he and someone else tried to steal from the Quick Stop at 3110 16th St. in Orange.According to police they got a call at 12:39 a.m. Monday morning that someone was trying to break into the building.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy Rod Carroll tells 12News a boat has capsized in the Intercoastal Waterway between Sabine Pass and Cherniere refinery.
Sources tell 12News that this week Judge John Stevens will likely appoint lawyer Tom Roebuck (pictured) to serve as special prosecutor to investigate if those who pursued charges against Hartman violated any laws.
A spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to 12News that a child has drowned at Nine Mile Lake Water Park located at 756 County Road 650 in South Liberty County.
A man was arrested Saturday evening after Beaumont police said he made angry outbursts at the mall. A mall patron yelled that the man had a gun and people started fleeing the mall.
With the temperatures soaring this summer, doctors say it's increasingly important to keep a closer watch on kids and their physical activity. Places as innocent as playgrounds can hold hidden heat dangers.
Southeast Texans are flocking to the "Everyday #3" store in the 2900 block of Washington Boulevard after someone bought a winning scratch-off ticket there. That winner is Glen Murray. Murray is a regular shopper at "Everyday #3", where he purchased three "Diamond Dollars" scratch-off tickets, the third one proved to be the charm. Murray won $7.5 million.
A gunman who shot two people to death in a packed movie theater in Lafayette, La., before killing himself was described Friday as a middle-age "drifter" from Alabama with a history of mental problems who apparently planned to flee the area after the rampage, possibly using wigs and other disguises.
A 7-week-old puppy is recovering after being thrown from a moving car Thursday morning. It happened on Highway 96 just south of Houston Street in Jasper.
A Nederland firefighter was injured Friday while working to put out flames after a dump truck caught fire at Sunoco.The fire was reported around Noon.
Jefferson County sheriff's deputies are investigating vandalism at the Nederland Little League Field of Dreams on Helena Avenue in Nederland.The vandalism was discovered Thursday evening. Investigators are working to determine who did it, when and why.
A state appeals court has thrown out one of two felony indictments against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.The 3rd Court of Appeals sided Friday with the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful's attorneys, saying the charge of coercion of a public servant essentially constituted a violation of Perry's free speech rights.
A church building off of FM 252, south of Jasper, was heavily damaged after a fire consumed the structure Thursday. Throne Room Ministries, just off of Highway 190, was described as being "fully engulfed in flames".
Postings made on social media by three Port Arthur police officers and a civilian employee of the police department are causing community outrage, and even angering Police Chief Mark Blanton.12News learned of the postings from a packet received from an anonymous source, calling himself a concerned citizen. The citizen attached a letter to copies of the postings, saying the comments are "racially driven and/or with racial overtones".
A man was evaluated by paramedics for a possible medical condition, following a chase that began in Chambers County.The chase ended around 5 p.m. on I-10 east at Washington Blvd.Deputies said the chase never reached high speeds, adding the man was being evaluated to see if he was either under the influence or suffering from a medical emergency...
The confrontational traffic stop between Sandra Bland and a DPS trooper has raised questions of what to do and not do when being pulled over. 12News sat down with law enforcement and a legal expert to find out.
After 64 years in business Don Still’s Hobby Haven is shutting its doors in Beaumont for the last time Saturday.
Johnny Atkins, a longtime leader of the local Boy Scouts chapter has passed away. Atkins, a 1957 graduate of Midwestern State University, was actively involved in the Boy Scout's Southeast Texas chapter for more than 70 years, as both as a member and an employee. He joined the Scouts when he was 8-years-old, and later went up the ranks to become an Eagle Scout - the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program...
A Beaumont woman is charged with aggravated assault family violence after police say she stabbed a man late Wednesday evening.The report came into dispatch around 11 p.m. from the Primrose Apartments in the 2500 block of Primrose Street. This is off of Concord Road in the north end.
Turbulent times continue at Beaumont's water department. It's been plagued by controversy since former director Hani Tohme was demoted, then fired earlier this year. Now Mother Nature is contributing to the city's water woes. Dry conditions could be creating the perfect storm for a water emergency. Interim Water Utilities Director Molly Villarreal told 12News, "When it's hot and dry, you start seeing breaks in the pipe."
Beaumont City Council members unanimously voted to allow Beaumont Police Chief Jim Singletary to promote one of his captains to assistant police chief. Singletary tells 12News that a new person could be promoted to the position sometime next week. He says that the reason for the new promotion is because the current Beaumont Police Department Assistant Chief, Charles Jeffcoat, needs more administrative help...
The Mid-County community is remembering the legacy a long-time business owner left in the region.80-year-old Nathan Dickerson died Tuesday afternoon at a hospice in Tyler, Texas after battling a lengthy illness.Many remember him as the owner of the last, full-service gas station in Nederland – Dickerson Exxon. He also owned Dickerson Automotive, a car repair shop next to the gas station.
A Kountze native just brought the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) trophy home to Southeast Texas. In a release on the Championship Bull Riding website, Cody Teel beat out 25 other competitors, and will be crowned the 2015 CBR World Champion. His victory came after, what the release described as, "Five rounds of non-stop heart pounding,...
A Southeast Texas military veteran and the daughter of a Vietnam vet are teaming up in the fight to bring a Veterans Affairs hospital to Orange – where Baptist Orange Hospital now operates in a reduced capacity.
The Waller County sheriff says a woman who was found hanged in her jail cell told the guard as she was being booked into the facility that she previously tried to kill herself.Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 28-year-old Sandra Bland had told a jailer July 10 about a previous suicide attempt. He says she provided the information while being asked a series of questions posed to each person booked into the jail in Hempstead, about 60 miles nor...
A man from Orange is dead after he was shot in the leg early Wednesday morning.The deceased is identified as Daryl King, 37, of Orange.
The Humane Society of Southeast Texas is looking for new real estate for their animals and staff...
If you've ever driven down the Cardinal Drive service road, you probably noticed the road appearing as though it was caving in...
A spokesperson for the Chambers County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday.The deceased is identified as Joshua LeBoeuf, 35.
Oscar Still wasn't about to wait for government leaders to protect military service recruiters."The military can't do this," he said...
The Beaumont Public words department issued a statement today saying that a part of Lavaca Street will be closed for construction starting July 22. Lavaca Street, from Sullivan Street to Highland Avenue will be closed to all traffic until Aug. 21. Officials say that the closure will allow the South Park Drainage Improvement Project to construct a new road there. Motorists are encouraged to detour the the road via Highland Avenue, East Virginia Street, and Universi...
An Orange woman is vowing never to pay at gas pumps again, because her credit card information was stolen after she swiped her card at a pump in Beaumont. There’s no question paying at the pump is done out of convenience.
Courtesy Josh Chapin, KHOU 11 NewsPORT ARTHUR, Texas – She began playing music in the 1920s and she's still going strong to this day.Her name is Louise Trotter and she's a 91-year-old Port Arthur native."I can play out or I can play really soft," said Trotter, as she plucked away Monday afternoon. "I mean that's so rich compared to the piano."On Monday she played for the small retirement community where she now lives."If you know the music and...
Summer camps are in full swing in Beaumont and while many Southeast Texas youth are busy learning new skills, making friends and getting creative, the Beaumont Children's Museum this week is holding a girls only class. The week long day camp is an effort to change the gender gap often found in Engineering jobs."It's very interesting seeing how things are made and trying to put them back together," said Clara Schreck.
The man who was known as the "Rocketman", a long-time hot air balloonist, and Chuck Norris' stunt double, Kinnie Gibson, lost his battle with brain cancer July 16.
Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith says he's doing the best he can to be transparent in the death investigation case of Sandra Bland, so the nation knows, "we are not a bunch of murderers".
Liberty County Sheriff's are looking for a burglar who robbed the Maci Feed Store on SH 146N in his underwear. Sheriff's officials say the robbery happened at about 3:25 a.m., when a video surveillance camera captured a suspect, possible a juvenile, with no shoes or shirt, and dressed only in what appeared to be a pair of boxer underwear shorts, breaking a front window of the Maci Feed Store located at 10769 SH146N. After breaking the window, the suspect stole t...
Courtesy KHOU.com staffFREEPORT, Texas – A family outing to a Freeport beach took an unexpected turn Saturday when an 8-foot gator suddenly appeared.Ray McGee said his family was surf fishing on Bryan Beach when his son shouted, "Get out of the water!"McGee, his wife and their 10-year-old son quickly ran to shore, along with the older son who spotted the alligator.He ran along the beach to warn others about the gator that was hiding in the murky, shallow water.The McGee...
Graduates from all Port Arthur school graduates came together in unity for the second annual Port Arthur Alumni Picnic on Pleasure Island. The annual event unites graduates from Lincoln, Jefferson, Austin, Bishop Byrne, and Memorial High Schools, allowing them to catch up and socialize. While there, graduates indulged in food, music, and fellowship while catching up with their classmates. "we are unified in Port Arthur," said Geraldine Viltz, the 1965 Lincoln High S...
One person has died in an accident on Interstate 10 between Major Dr. and Smith Rd. in Jefferson County.The accident happened at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.According to first responders the accident involved an 18-wheeler and 3 other vehicles.
A spokesperson for the Bridge City Police Department told 12News a body found Monday morning is that of a man who was reported missing Sunday.The victim is identified by authorities as Richard Stone, 52. Police say he was last seen around 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has added Michael Dwayne Cox, 46, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Cox, who is a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Fire crews have put out a blaze that broke out aboard a barge after it collided with another barge near Galveston.
Officials in Mexico report that so far seven people who were being questioned in connection with the jailbreak of the drug lord known as "El Chapo" have been formally arrested. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration remains confident that Joaquin Guzman will be returned to prison. The Sinaloa Cartel leader's prison escape on July 11th brings new attention to the international drug trade and the role Southeast Texas plays in the big business.
Two people are in custody following a stabbing and a shooting in Jasper County Sunday afternoon.According to the Jasper County Sheriff's office the incident took place on County Road 219 in the Lakeland edition of Brookeland.
Port Arthur police are thanking a tipster who called to report a suspicious person early Saturday morning, leading to the arrest of a suspected serial burglar. Dispatch took a call just after 7:00 a.m. from a concerned citizen who says they saw a suspicious person leaving a barber shop in the 2900 block of 25th St. Officers spotted a Port Arthur man, 51, a few blocks away fitting the description given by the caller.
You don't need to be married to compete. This year organizers expect record crowds because whoever crosses this finish line first will walk away with $2,000.
New accusations have surfaced against a Sulphur, LA man awaiting trial on molestation charges. Officers say his victims are as young as 6-years-old.
An emergency worker on the scene told 12News that there are only minor injuries following an accident involving an overturned dump truck.The truck was going west on HWY 365 and tried to make a right turn onto LaBelle Road. The truck overturned while the driver was making the turn.
Sexual Assault is one of the most horrific crimes one can experience. A 12News and USA Today investigation shows a tool for testing a suspect's DNA is being used but is not always being tested. Many times these kits sit for years in storage after being used, awaiting testing. Our study shows 75,000 untested rape kits are in storage at law enforcement agencies nationwide and some are at police departments right here in Southeast Texas.
Nearly a foot of rain in Silsbee during mid-June caused creek levels to rise dangerously...
One person is dead following a major accident on Highway 365 Thursday afternoon.
They took part The Longest Day Bridge game, which helps raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease.
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