Police identify driver who led them on police chase as 32-year-old Ronald Wayne Rice of Orange. They say he's accused of robberies in Beaumont, Orange and Lufkin.
Port Arthur police say a man suffered a minor injury Friday afternoon during a robbery on 9th Avenue. They say it happened near Lan's Quick Stop. The victim said a man approached him with a knife from behind and demanded his wallet and phone.
12News HD has learned a facility on Highway 69 between Beaumont and Port Arthur is creating such a commotion among local lawmakers because of the type of inmates who could be housed at the facility.
When Susan Steele and Lisa Simon moved into their Nederland homes near the intersection of Sixth Street and Boston Avenue it was quiet. Nowadays, all they hear is the constant chattering of a train engine.
Student loan debt is in the trillions of dollars nationwide and Texas students hold their fair share. Projectstudentdebt.org has compiled data from loan service providers and says Lamar University students who graduated in 2013 left school with an average of over $28,000 worth of student loan debt. Students still in school say the bill is just part of growing up.
The Deweyville Elementary School campus was placed on lockdown Friday as deputies investigated a report of shots fired in a neighborhood near the campus.
A spokesperson for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said two people have been arrested after an armed robbery at a Lake Charles casino during which an employee had a gun held to her head.
The robbery happened around 1 a.m. on March 13 at the Vegas Magic casino located at 520 Hwy. 397 in Lake Charles.
After hearing a 12News report of an agenda item on the Jefferson County Commissioners' Court at the behest of the Governor, to transfer the Al Price Unit back to the state, Rep. Joe Deshotel made inquiries to various state agencies as to its intended purpose. He said he discovered that the Governor's office wishes to use the facility to house sex offenders from across the state, a move Deshotel strongly opposes.
A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office said around 9 p.m. Wednesday, deputies with a narcotics search warrant searched a house located at 9380 Terri Road off of FM 1136 in Mauriceville.
Photos from this year's fair
No injuries have been reported following a mobile home fire in Nederland Friday morning.
The state of Texas is in need of more space for inmates. That's why the governor's office has reached out to Jefferson County for help. The state wants to reclaim the former Al Price Juvenile Correctional Facility on Highway 69. On the agenda for Monday's Jefferson County Commissioners' Court meeting, commissioners will be voting on transferring ownership of the facility back to the state.
It's once again fair time in Southeast Texas.The YMBL South Texas State Fair kicked off Thursday night, with an opening ceremony and an eager crowd.
That means Southeast Texans have from now until April 5 to enjoy the rides, food and nightly live music.
Several inches deep, and several feet wide – drivers on county road 1325 near Warren said all of the potholes have hurt their pockets.
The Pentagon has launched a propaganda program in Syria aimed at creating fissures among Islamic State fighters by dropping 60,000 leaflets at the center of the militants' power base.
At least 12 people were hurt, three critically, in an explosion and collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan Thursday, and a seven-alarm fire raged in the aftermath.
A sign posted on the reception window at an Orange County family practice doctor's office reads: “shoes required,” “shirt required” and "any visible tattoos must be covered." Many people have expressed disgust to the dress code policy after someone snapped a picture of the sign and posted it on social media.
A mistrial was declared Thursday in the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a pregnant mother of two and her boyfriend.
According to a news release from the Lake Charles Police Department, Kevin Lynn Hill, 41, of Vidor, was arrested after an incident at the Golden Nugget Casino.
Southeast Texas has contributed to a substantial increase in the number of state criminal truancy cases, and Texas has the highest number of cases in the country.
According to Port Arthur Constable Deputy Jennifer Vogel, who handles the districts truancies, the Pct. 8 Justice of the Peace heard more than 5,000 cases concerning school violations between 2011 and 2014, a majority of those violations being truancy.
The Beaumont man sent to a mental institution after killing his mother, thanked Judge Larry Gist for Gist's decision to let Harrison out of Rusk State Hospital after 20 years there. A jury found Harrison not guilty by reason of insanity, but he still lost his freedom. Harrison said, "I thank the judge for being fair and honest."
People living in one Beaumont neighborhood told 12News HD they want the city to fix the plugged sewer causing standing water to stink-up their neighborhood.
Among the 150 passengers on board the Germanwings plane crash that occurred on Tuesday, March 24, three Americans are now being confirmed to have been on the flight. Two of the known passengers are Yvonne Selke and daughter, Emily. The other victim's identity is still unknown.
Road construction in the north side of Beaumont is causing a bumpy ride for those who frequently drive down Delaware St. Many drivers take Delaware to avoid construction on the Eastex Freeway but now, orange cones and work crews are popping up on the surface street as well. Crews have already removed asphalt on Delaware St. from the Eastex Freeway to Lucas in phase one of a three phase project.
A second arrest has been made in the wake of the creation of Jefferson County's first gang injunction that was announced earlier this year. Javier Palacios was arrested Tuesday night by Port Arthur Police Street Crimes Unit members along with the assistance of Groves Police Department.
A second arrest has been made in the wake of the creation of Jefferson County's first gang injunction that was announced earlier this year.
Javier Palacios was arrested Tuesday night by Port Arthur Police Street Crimes Unit members along with the assistance of Groves Police Department.
A Beaumont man has been indicted in connection with a shooting that claimed the life of a Lamar University student last year.
A 35-year-old man from Nome is indicted on one count of criminally negligent homicide in connection with an Oct 14, 2014 fatal collision. The charge was handed up this week against Trevor Heath Denton, 36, of Nome.
A Pinehurst motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital with serious injuries following an accident Tuesday afternoon.
A woman was trapped early Wednesday morning when her car rolled over in Jasper County.
The accident happened at about 4 a.m. at FM 105 and CR 829 near Evadale.
Neighbors say the crash sounded like an explosion and one person who lives nearby was able to rescue the driver from the overturned car.
A spokesperson for the Nederland Independent School District has notified 12News that the district was notified of a student's admission to the hospital with symptoms of viral meningitis.
In Jasper today, movie crews from the United Kingdom interviewed former Sheriff Billy Rowles about his role investigating the murder of James Byrd Jr. in 1998. Crews wanted the plotline under wraps, but 12News spoke with one of the movie's stars, Rowles, who travels the country – telling Jasper's story.
Port Arthur city officials have closed the intersection of 4th Street and DeQueen Boulevard indefinitely after a deep hole opened up Tuesday morning.
A garbage truck drove over the roadway and the hole opened up. The hole is estimated to be around 50 feet deep.
Spring Break is over for many Southeast Texans and the next thing many students are looking forward to is graduation. Emily Marks is getting ready to graduate from High School and the Bridge City native is not trusting a bestie with an iPhone to capture the best shot for her announcements."It's not like you're taking a selfie on your phone," said Marks.
A livestock deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office rescued a calf that was stuck in mud for at least two days.
Beaumont Fire Captain Earl White told 12News a woman called 911 and was able to get out safely after a fire erupted at her home Tuesday morning.
The fire happened around 8 a.m. at a home in the 5300 block of Heatherwood Drive in north Beaumont.
The lawyer for Beaumont's former water utilities director is demanding the city allow his client the chance to clear his name.
The letter was sent on behalf of Hani Tohme by Houston civil rights lawyer Larry Watts.12News obtained the letter through a city hall source.
A $32 million judgment stemming from a 2012 deadly crash involving a Beaumont pizza delivery driver has been overturned.
In August 2012, Ruth Christopher, 65, and her husband Devavaram Christopher, 70, were hit by a Domino's delivery driver who had hydro-planed and crashed into their car on Major Dr.
A case that has captivated southeast Texas has taken an even more tragic turn. Allen Coats, the father of "Baby Olivia,” was found dead outside of a central Texas hotel this weekend. He fought to pass "the Olivia Law" throughout last year.
Unborn babies appear disturbed in the womb when their mother lit up a cigarette, scientists showed in a new study.
Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available.
On March 19, a Lake Charles resident, Terrell O'Nell Brown, was arrested and charged with four counts of cruelty to a juvenile after admitting he whipped a family member with a belt over a report card.
After receiving complaints against the 24-year-old for physically abusing a 10-year-old male family member, deputies arrived to learn that Brown had hit the victim several times.
A former Port Arthur City employee who was indicted last year for charging the city $7,000 for lawn services that were never rendered has pleaded guilty in court.
A group calling itself Citizens for Water Employees gathered on Dowlen Road in Beaumont Sunday. Members protested changes at the city's water utilities department.
Tracy Byrd will be inducted into the Texas Country Hall of Fame Aug. 8, 2015, in Carthage Texas.
No injuries are reported following a fire in north Beaumont Monday morning.
The fire was reported around 7 a.m. at a house located in the 5300 block of Rose Lane.
A man involved in a four hour standoff is in stable condition after shooting himself in the face, according to a spokesperson for Beaumont Police.
USA TODAY - LONGMONT, Colo. — Convinced he can ride out the slowing fortunes of America's oil and gas industry, Shawn Kluver arrived at Thursday's heavy equipment auction with money to spend and bets to make. Kluver flew to Colorado from North Dakota on a one-way ticket, confident he'd find bargains to drive home.
Heavy rains Saturday are causing some major headaches around Southeast Texas. Authorities report many roads and underpasses are covered by water.
Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows tells 12News officers are investigating the circumstances leading up to a road rage incident that resulted in a police chase down several streets around 2am Saturday morning.
The Beaumont Police Department is investigating a report of a man who exposed himself to two juveniles.
The drivers of two vehicles were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries in a wrong-way accident in Beaumont overnight. Police say the accident happened on Cardinal Drive and 4th Street at about 3 a.m. when the driver of a Honda Civic was traveling the wrong direction in the south lane and struck a service truck.
The neighborhood surrounding Gilham Circle was once a thriving part of Port Arthur, but Hurricane Rita dealt it a severe blow. But a decade later, Cuevas Peacock, a young community activist, and his group PRO-ACT, which stands for promoting action in our communities and towns are hoping to breathe new life into the area, starting with a grocery store.
The CHRISTUS Hospital System may no longer accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance after a 50 year partnership -- if a new deal is not agreed upon by April 1.
A northern Newton County community is pushing to transform a historic home into a civic center. It was named one of the top 10 most endangered places in Texas by “Preservation Texas,” a non-profit dedicated to protecting Texas historic places.
Time Warner crews have already started installing internet and cable services to parts of Orange County.
A Buna man is dead following a one-vehicle accident Friday morning.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office have identified the body of a man found Thursday near the Rainbow bridge.
Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Deputy Clint Hodgkinson told 12News a construction worker found the body around 12:40 p.m. Thursday.
A post online asking for advice on how to handle a stalker is sparking debate in Vidor. The question garnered dozens of suggestions and even stories of Southeast Texans having to deal with their own scary situations."I think it does happen," said Vidor native Angela Smith. "There are some pretty bad people here."Smith says harassment is evolving as new technology adds weapons to the stalker's arsenal."
The Heritage Festival in Nederland is a place where good food meets great causes and that is why it caught the eye of Carnival Eats that is aired on Great American Country and the Cooking Channel.
A woman was shot in the head during Friday's morning rush hour commute on the North Freeway.
Freshman U.S. Representative Brian Babin has made it onto a new list of the "richest new members" of the 114th Congress.
Highway 69 north at the I-10 split is back open following a fuel spill that caused officials to shut those lanes down.
Beaumont police officers and firefighters told 12News fuel was leaking from an 18-wheeler. Police were called to the scene shortly before 2 a.m. Friday.
Beaumont police, fire and EMS responded to an accident involving 2 vehicles on Eastex Freeway southbound at the Highway 105 exit at 7 a.m. Friday
According to a firefighter on the scene a female passenger in the Kia Sedan was taken to the hospital.
Several parents whose children attend Burkeville ISD called 12News HD on Thursday, furious that a motivational speaker held a seminar Thursday morning only for the school's African-American students.
The Federal Trade Commission has accused the nation's top propane tank suppliers of cheating customers, specifically large retail stores like Lowe's and Walmart.
In a recent report, the commission stated, "In 2008, Blue Rhino and AmeriGas increased prices by reducing the amount of propane contained in propane exchange tanks."
The Orange County River Festival and Bassmaster Elite series kicked off Thursday, drawing huge crowds once again.
When the tournament last visited Orange in March 2013, records were smashed with more than 33,000 people attending the event over four days, beating the previous attendance record in Decatur, Alabama, by almost 16,000 fans.
Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Presented by STARK Cultural Venues
A former Kountze city councilman has entered a guilty plea to state jail felony theft.
Ira Braneff entered the guilty plea Wednesday and was sentenced to five years probation, a $1,000 fine and is required to pay restitution.
Kraft Foods is recalling 242,000 cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.
A Jasper County woman, 53, is in jail following a drug raid at a Rayburn Country home.
Sheriff Mitchell Newman said in a news release Tuesday that drug paraphernalia, a firearm and multiple prescription pills were found in the raid along with an amount of meth.
A 61-year-old Newton man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations. According to a news release issued Tuesday by the office of U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, John Dale Clark pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2014, to the sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to a news release issued Tuesday by the office of U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, John Dale Clark pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2014, to the sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
Firefighters from the Nome, China and Sour Lake Fire Departments were tasked with getting around saturated ground to extinguish a barn fire that killed two pigs Monday afternoon.
A bill lifting some of the state's restrictions on handguns cleared the Texas Senate along a party line vote of 20 to 11 Monday.
Southeast Texans have finally caught the sun in a game of hide and seek this week but the higher temperatures also mean the return of some blood sucking pests. Kevin Dupont has been taking advantage of the cooler temperatures on his runs through the hike and bike trail off Dishman in Beaumont but he says it's just a matter of time until he stays moving to avoid more than a drop in heart rate. The Beaumont jogger says once that sun goes down, the pests pop up.
A hearing will take place in April to determine if a man facing Capital Murder charges will be tried in Jefferson County or if a previous change of venue ruling will stand.Judge Raquel West set the hearing over Joseph Colone's case for April 2nd. West says the state filed a motion to reconsider or reopen evidence on the change of venue which was granted by Judge Layne Walker in 2013.
A Port Arthur court clerk has been fired and is facing possible charges from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office related to theft of municipal court fines and tampering with official court documents.
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