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    15-year-old arrested for burglary attempt

    Beaumont police say a juvenile is in custody and officers are searching for at least one other suspect in an overnight burglary attempt. 

    The incident happened at about 2:30 Thursday morning at Leon's Cycle Shop on the 4800 block of south Martin Luther King Boulevard. 

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    Family camps out for 22 hours to be first inside Best Buy

    The holidays are an exciting time for the Gonzalez family. Time off from school for Jennifer Gonzalez, a third grader, means time to play."[I] go to the fair and the park," said Gonzalez.This year, another kind of family bonding is happening: Black Friday shopping. But the tradition has a twist this time. Stores are opening up on Thanksgiving Day, so the Gonzalez family claimed the number one spot outside Best Buy by camping out starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Family loses home and possessions in fire, but still thankful

    For most of us, it would be the worst week ever. A simple mistake of accidentally turning on a burner with a pot of oil on it ignites a fire that destroys a home.  But despite this catastrophe, Willie Wise Jr. says he still has a lot to be for which to be thankful on this Thanksgiving.

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    One injured in single vehicle crash

    One person is transported to the hospital with non-life threatening following a single vehicle crash this afternoon near Beaumont's West end.

    Black Friday shopping will kick off on Thanksgiving Video included

    Many Southeast Texas stores are not waiting until Black Friday to try to lure shoppers. They're opening up the day before on Thanksgiving before you've probably had time to digest your turkey.  Jaime Ramos, the manager of Macy's at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont said, "What better way to walk off your dinner than to go to the store and do some shopping.

    Lumberton family still cleaning up after house fire

    The Lumberton family that lost their home Sunday in a terrible fire will be spending their Thanksgiving day working. 

    Willie Wise and his family will be tearing down the remaining debris at the home that burned on the 4700 block of Spillers Road. 

    Small Lumberton business dishes out deals for Black Friday

    With Black Friday deals popping up in major chains across the United States, Jentry Lloyd, the owner of Gypsy Rose in Lumberton, says her small business will not be left out this year."There's always going to be competitors. Everybody's always trying to do the same thing. Some of the items I have are exclusive and other people can't carry them so I think I have a little headway there," said Lloyd.

    Police say 8 injured in accident after 18-wheeler failed to yield right-of-way

    An officer working an accident involving an 18-wheeler in Beaumont said the driver of the big rig failed to yield right of way while making a left turn.

    The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. on N. M L King Jr Parkway between near Ashley Avenue.  The truck was attempting to turn left to go to ACT Pipe and Supply located at 1405 Ashley.  

    Protesters start fires as troops guard Ferguson

    Protesters torched a police car in a second night of unrest Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city.

    Tensions rose after darkness fell, a day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teen sparked violent protests.

    Special Report: Sex Offenders On Campus Video included

    All it took was a simple online search for 12News assignments editor Melody White to find out there are seven registered sex offenders who are students at Lamar University. One of them is also an employee there, and in all the cases, the sex crimes they were convicted of involved children.

    Website names West Beaumont ZIP code best in SETX

    A real estate website has a rating for the best places to live among 28,000 ZIP codes all over the country and names the 77706 ZIP code in West Beaumont, as the most exclusive area in Southeast Texas.Mark Rule is no stranger to the 77706. He's lived on East Drive for over 20 years and owned Dance Emporium on Calder Avenue for 25 years.

    SETX police talk shooting unarmed suspects Video included

    In the wake of protests across the nation, many wonder when police are permitted to use deadly force against individuals who are unarmed.

    West Orange Assistant Police Chief Jessie Romero recalls the day one of his officers was brutally beaten by an unarmed man resisting arrest.

    Vandals steal from Groves grave sites Video included

    Several grave sites at a Groves cemetery are missing brass vases that usually sit on top of the tombstones. A Port Arthur man discovered his wife and son's brass vases were missing when he went to replace flowers at their graves at the Greenlawn Memorial Park cemetery in Groves off Twin City highway.

    Jasper detectives believe camera caught counterfeiters spending fake bills

    The Jasper Police Department is looking for a man and woman who detectives believe are spending fake $100 bills at southeast Texas businesses.

    These two are also suspected of doing the same in Montgomery County.

    61 arrests in Ferguson overnight

    Sixty-one people were arrested overnight in St. Louis County amid the unrest that erupted in Ferguson following the announcement of the grand jury's decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson.

    Ferguson decision triggers nationwide protests

    Protesters across the nation marched and chanted their discontent with the decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen.

    But the demonstrations lacked the ugly violence that marred the outrage in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, 18, was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

    Jasper EDC hires world renowned PR firm to change public perception Video included

    The grand jury decision in Ferguson has echoed some tensions felt in Jasper recently after a grand jury there failed to indict two officers accused of police brutality.

    The two officers, Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham, were terminated last year after being caught on camera at the Jasper City Jail roughly handling Keyarika Diggles after she was arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket.

    Postal problems plague Lumberton

    The busiest time of year for the U.S. Postal Service is just around the corner. The holiday season is when many of us send gifts and money through the mail. That has many in Lumberton concerned.

    Obama urges calm in Ferguson

    President Obama urged calm Monday after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

    Ferguson officer Darren Wilson thanks supporters after no indictment

    Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson thanked his supporters Monday night after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict him for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A statement issued by Wilson's lawyers said he "followed his training and followed the law" when he opened fire on the 18-year-old during an Aug. 9 confrontation in the Missouri city.

    Police stress awareness for holiday shoppers Video included

    Black Friday ushers in the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, but Southeast Texans are already packing the stores. That's why the Beaumont Police Department is adding extra patrols to several shopping centers starting this Wednesday.

    Manatee spotted in Trinity Bay

    It's not something most southeast Texans have seen in our coastal waters.  A manatee has been spotted swimming in Trinity Bay.

    Port Arthur man sentenced for Federal Income Tax violation

    A Port Arthur man has been sentenced to One year and eight months in federal prison for income tax violations.

    Victims identified in double homicide in Beaumont

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

    Fire destroys mobile home in Lumberton, family of seven displaced Video included

    A house fire over the weekend left a Lumberton family of seven without a home just days before Thanksgiving.

    The Lumberton fire department arrived on the scene Sunday morning to find a mobile home engulfed in flames in the 4700 block of Spillers Rd.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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