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    Amber Alert: 1 year old missing

    Amber Alert: An alert issued late Friday night seeks the safe return of a 1 year old child missing from Dayton, TX.Authorities are looking for a 2006 Black Infiniti in connection with the disappearance of the little boy, Colt Williams.The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is searching for the child and a man identified as Wayne Ross Maitland in connection with an abduction.The suspect is driving a black, 2006, Infiniti, M35 with a Texas, license plate number of DKS9210.The suspect was last hear...

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    Authorities close on hit-and-run suspect

    Orange County authorities are closing the net on a driver suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 56 year old man.The crash occurred at FM 1136 at I-10, killing Tommy Joe Reeves.Sources from the Vidor Police Department tell 12News the vehicle involved in the crash, a White X-Terra, was found on the 11 hundred block of Orange Street in Vidor Friday.But the driver of that rental X-Terra has not been apprehended. An arrest is not being reported at this time.Stay tuned to 12News for develo...

    School Officials ban Yik Yak App on Campus

    Thousands of area students no longer have Yik Yak at their disposal at Kelly and West Brook high schools. It's similar to Twitter but comments are completely anonymous and sometimes racy. Students at Kelly high school say at first Yik Yak seemed great but when comments became increasingly inappropriate they're glad administrators stepped in.Kelly senior Shannon Hanlon says she deleted Yik Yak within hours of downloading the popular app, finding herself being ridiculed.

    Mom loses 100 plus pounds for daughter Video included

    Halloween is the one night a year when you can transform yourself into someone else. Most of us do that by putting something on.

    Beaumont man convicted in 2013 shooting death

    A Beaumont man has been found guilty of murder and aggravated assault in a 2013 shooting death.

    Lance Jacoby Moore, 28, of Beaumont, was convicted in the Feb. 27, 2013 shooting death of Lorenzo Simon.

    Halloween and Fall Festival events 2014

    Halloween and Fall Festival events 2014

    Beaumont residents react to game room raids

    There's intensifying scrutiny on so- called gambling rooms. A series of raids began earlier this week on the operations. A four month investigation by law enforcement across Jefferson county led to warrants at more than a half dozen locations.Some area residents say they're actually sad to see the raided game rooms locked up, but some city officials feel that game rooms can be a hot spot for crime.

    WATCH OUT: Top ten most dangerous intersections in southeast Texas Video included

    "The truck pulled out and he plowed right into the back two wheels of the 18 wheeler and it killed him," said Gary Phillips, who has lived in Orange his whole life. He describes the wreck he witnessed two years ago at IH 10 and highway 62 in Orange county.

    4 Killed after plane hits building near Wichita airport

    Four people died after a small plane crashed into a building near Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport in southern Kansas Thursday morning, city Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said.

    Accident that claimed life of Silsbee firefighter under investigation

    Authorities have identified the Silsbee man killed in a motorcycle accident Wednesday as a volunteer firefighter.

    The victim is identified as Bill Huggins.

    Police release name of driver who died after car crashed into side of Beaumont church building

    A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson has released the name of a man who died following a Thursday morning accident.

    The deceased is identified as Mark Anthony Brown, 25, of Beaumont.

    Beloved Nederland teacher passes away after battle with cancer

    Twyla Nau, a former teacher at Nederland High School, has passed away after battling colon cancer.

    DPS: Driver distracted by cell phone resulted in rollover accident

    A driver distracted by a cell phone is the cause of a one-car accident on US 69 just south of Keith Road, according to a Department of Public Safety trooper on the scene.

    Orange parolee arrested after investigators find 19 pounds of marijuana, police say

    A man from Orange is in jail held on $200,000 bond after detectives found him 19 pounds of marijuana, two handguns, a digital scale and nearly $7,000 cash, according to a spokesperson for the Orange County sheriff's Office.

    Deputies and Port Arthur police search for robbery suspect

    Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Port Arthur police officers and other law enforcement agencies are searching for a robbery suspect.

    Anthony Charles Nichols Jr is wanted for the robbery of a Verizon store in Beaumont.

    Beaumont and Port Arthur police crack down on illegal gambling

    Raid at Beaumont's La La Gift Shop Raid at Beaumont's La La Gift Shop

    Beaumont and Port Arthur police are conducting a series of raids to crack down on illegal gambling operations.A 12News crew is at the Shanghai Amusement Game Room tonight on the 43 hundred block of South 4th Street.Police say it caps a four-month investigation. The FBI is also participating in the raids.Authorities are serving search warrants at more than a half-dozen locations tonight. Among them, homes on South Major in Beaumont, and businesses on 4th Street, Washington Street, Highland Ave...

    Curbside option makes voting accessible

    Since 1999, Texas has required that all new voting systems be accessible to voters with disabilities. Curbside voting is an option for those who are unable to get into the polling location. Voters can cast their vote from their car or even at the entrance to the polling place.Kenneth Fontenot has been legally blind for more than a decade and in the past going to the polls to cast his vote has been cumbersome."It really made you feel like you was handicapped," said Fontenot.

    Vidor ISD officials investigate "hit list"

    Administrators at Vidor Middle School were notified Wednesday morning of a list made by a student on the campus that may be considered a "hit list."

    The school counselor and administrators met with the student and conducted an investigation.  All parents of students listed were contacted and notified of the situation. 

    Lumberton Karate Instructor gets over 19 years in federal prison for child pornography Video included

    A Lumberton man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography.

    According to a news release from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Ronald Seabridge, Sr, owner of Brass Dragon Karate, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 27, 2014, of receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.

    Voting machines casting incorrect ballots Video included

    Choosing one candidate, but actually voting for another?  Southeast Texans tell 12News it could be happening, if voters aren't very careful, because of malfunctioning voting machines. 

    Voter Nanette Voight told us about her experience. 

    Deputy killed in head-on collision in east Harris County

    A Harris County sheriff's deputy is dead following a two vehicle accident on E. Wallisville Road between Thompson and Wade.

    Rocket explosion investigators to begin sifting through debris

    Officials will begin investigating today, trying to figure out what went wrong with a failed rocket launch that resulted in a fireball over Wallops Island, Virginia.

    The rocket started going awry six seconds into the flight when “a vehicle anomaly” was detected, Orbital Sciences Corp said. The range safety officer sent a self-destruct command 14 seconds later.

    Family demanding evidence in officer-involved shooting, addresses Beaumont city council

    A sea of purple greeted Beaumont city council members Tuesday as dozens of people showed up to support the family of Stanley Leger, an 80-year-old Beaumont man shot and killed by a Beaumont police officer in June.Purple is the favorite color of Stanley Leger's widow, Flora. Supporters and both of Leger's sons and their wives asked council members for the release of documents and other evidence in the shooting case.

    Voters push to legalize alcohol sales in Orange County Pct. 2 Video included

    Voters will decide whether to legalize the sale of alcohol inside Orange County Precinct 2, thanks to two propositions that have landed on this year's election ballot.

    Proposition one would allow stores to sell beer and wine while proposition two would allow the sale of liquor and mixed drinks.

    Woman makes costume confusion claims

    A resident in Lumberton expresses to 12News her anger with Wal-Mart for selling a costume she said resembles the wardrobe of an ISIS terrorist. The woman is concerned teens could be confused members of ISIS.

    12News Exclusive: Voting machine issues reported in Jefferson County

    12News has learned that several Southeast Texans have reported problems while trying to vote at Jefferson County polling places. And the issue has led to complaints to the Texas Secretary of State's office.Jefferson County Clerk Carolyn Guidry tells us that the ESS Ivotronics voting machines used by the county have in some cases repeatedly lost calibration. Guidry says her office has received complaints that voters who tried to cast a "straight party" ballot have reviewed their selections to ...

    Game day gift offends Central HS drill team Video included

    The mother of a Central High School student said she was offended after her daughter brought home a gift basket that included items like deodorant, oil sheen hair spray and cocoa butter lotion.

    The gift basket was given to the members of Central's drill team by members of the Vidor High School Brigadettes.

    Jefferson County DA candidates make their case

    The candidates for Jefferson County District Attorney have been working the polls hard. Bob Wortham and Perry Thomas are nearing the end of the race.In both cases, they have lengthy prosecutorial experience, and are running for chief prosecutor.Wortham has been working in the service of Jefferson County for more than forty years after becoming a prosecutor for the first time in 1972.Thomas has spent almost a quarter of a century prosecuting cases.Thomas, the Republican. Wortham, the Democrat ...

    McDonald's drive-thru assault suspect speaks out Video included

    "How I got strapped with an assault with a deadly weapon is beyond my imagination," said Adrian Blanchard. "I can't even grasp it." 37-year-old Port Arthur resident Adrian Blanchard made his first court appearance at the Jefferson County Courthouse Monday. 

    Family demanding evidence in officer-involved shooting, will speak to city council Tuesday

    An attorney for a man killed in an officer-involved shooting is demanding documents, video taken after the incident and evidence collected by police.   

    Deputies want tips to help catch armed and dangerous robber

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted on three aggravated robbery charges.

    Kendrick Leron Malbrough, 18, is 5'9" and weighs around 165 lbs.

    Deputies find woman who went missing after Highway 87 mishap

    A woman has been found safe after a helicopter search that began early Monday following an accident on a closed roadway.

    Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll said a man and his wife drove around the barricades located near Highway 87 and 124 early Monday morning.  Around 4:30 a.m. they ran off the roadway and the car got stuck.  The man left to get help.  When he returned, his wife was missing.

    No injuries in Lumberton house fire

    The cause of a weekend house fire in Lumberton remains under investigation.

    The blaze was reported around 12 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Quail Chase and Keith Road.

    Fire shuts down Southeast Texas Halloween tradition Video included

    An early morning fire at Beaumont's Haunted Hotel proved there's something even more horrifying than the ghouls and ghosts that reside there each fall.

    Ricky Root, owner of Sports Connection which shares the same property as the haunted hotel, said it was an electrical fire that was responsible for damaging the attraction, forcing it to close for the rest of the year.

    Rollover accident sends driver to hospital, knocks power out

    Neighbors on Beaumont's north end were left without power after a one-vehicle rollover accident brought down electrical lines.

    The accident happened on Texas St. in front of Grand Pine Court apartments.

    Update on three-vehicle crash in Jasper County

    Alcohol may have played a factor in a three-vehicle accident that happened in Jasper County Saturday night, according to authorities.

    The major crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 63 westbound at County Road 114.

    Buddy Walk through downtown Beaumont raises Down Syndrome awareness

    Over 2,000 people took to the streets of downtown Beaumont Saturday, walking a mile to raise awareness about Down Syndrome. The Arc of Greater Beaumont hosted the 3rd annual Buddy Walk, raising over $75,000 for programs supporting individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.Teams proudly marched through the streets alongside their honored walker. The largest team boasts over 100 members.

    UPDATE: Cafeteria worker tried stopping Washington school shooter

    Courtesy ABC News:Cafeteria Worker Tried Stopping Washington School Shooter By MEGHAN KENEALLY, MICHAEL S. JAMES and BEN CANDEA Michael S. James More from Michael A cafeteria worker tried stopping a freshman homecoming prince who opened fire inside his Washington state high school, killing one person and injuring four others - including two of his relatives - before shooting himself.The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a statement today that it had finished its on-scene investigation...

    Update: Man who died following accident involving pickup and tractor identified

    A Department of Public Safety trooper has confirmed that one person is dead following an accident on Highway 90 Friday afternoon.

    A pickup collided with a John Deere tractor around 5:00 p.m. in the eastbound lanes just east of China. 

    Shooting rampage leaves 2 California deputies dead, two wounded

    Two veteran California sheriff's deputies were killed in a shooting rampage in two counties that began Friday morning when one deputy was shot in the forehead while confronting a suspicious vehicle, authorities said.

    Washington state school shooting: 'Run, get out of here'

    Jordan Luton was finishing his lunch in the cafeteria at Washington state's Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday when he heard it -- a loud bang.Then there was another. And another. And another. And another.

    Southeast Texas leaders specify Ebola response plan

    Area medical professionals, city leaders and even members of the Coast Guard all met together Friday to communicate a plan for tackling Ebola, if a case were ever to appear in Jefferson County. The discussion at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont centered on how each facility would respond to a possible case of Ebola.

    Officials release identity of couple found dead Thursday

    Officials have released the identity of a man and woman found shot to death Thursday.

    The deceased are identified as Donald Gilbert, 78, and Lavonia Gilbert, 65.

    Man arrested, evaluated and taken to jail after Beaumont standoff

    No injuries are reported following a standoff Friday in the 5800 block of Scenic Drive in north-west Beaumont.

    A dispatcher got a call from a US postal carrier around 11:45 a.m.  She said a man threatened her. She said she drove a safe distance from the house where the man made the threat and then called police.

    Couple charged after five-week-old brought to Lake Charles hospital

    A Lake Charles couple is in jail after doctors determined that severe injuries to a five-week-old are the result of abuse.

    On Sept. 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to call at a Lake Charles hospital in reference to a baby girl brought into the emergency room by her mother, Ruthie L. Neville, 22, and her mother's boyfriend, Harold Senegal, 21, both of Lake Charles. 

    Body of missing UVA student Hannah Graham is identified

    The remains of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham who vanished last month have been positively identified, police said Friday.

    The remains were found in a field on Oct. 18 about 10 miles from Charlottesville, where the UVA sophomore was last seen.

    Authorities: Arrests made in faked abduction of Singer teen

    Two people have been arrested in connection with what authorities are calling an abduction hoax involving a 15-year-old Singer girl earlier this week.

    Beaumont man gets 70 years for string of robberies in West End

    A Beaumont man Friday was sentenced to 70 years in jail after being found guilty of four counts of aggravated robbery. Scott Allen Willis, 21, was accused in a string of robberies in Beaumont's west end earlier this year. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

    VIRUS FREE: Dallas Ebola-Infected Nurse Nina Pham released from hospital

    Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse infected with Ebola as she treated dying patient Thomas Eric Duncan, is free of the virus, National Institutes of Health officials said Friday.Pham, who was diagnosed Oct. 12, was transferred to the NIH hospital outside Washington where there's a special biocontainment unit. 

    UPDATE: No foul play suspected in Groves couple found dead in home

    Police tell 12News they do not suspect foul play in the shooting deaths of an elderly Groves couple found dead in their home Thursday afternoon.

    Murderer sentenced to life in prison Video included

    A Jefferson County jury reached a quick decision today to sentence Brandon Tran to life in prison and pay a hefty $10,000 fine. This follows lengthy deliberations yesterday when a jury convicted Tran of felony murder, rather than capital murder.

    Port Arthur Teacher's Association defends bond

    The Port Arthur Teacher's Association has issued a rebuttal to comments made by the group's former president. 

    Wednesday night, Juana Collida told 12News she was voting against the Port Arthur Independent School District's $195 million bond proposal. 

    Breaking: New Ebola infection hospitalizes doctor

    Courtesy: ABC NewsA preliminary Ebola test has come back positive for a doctor who recently traveled from West Africa and is being isolated at a New York City Hospital, according to an official briefed on the case.The doctor, who has been identified as Dr. Craig Allen Spencer by New York government sources, was placed in an isolation unit today at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan after reporting Ebola-like symptoms. He had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevu...

    Vidor babysitter gets 22 months in jail for violating probation in child death case

    An Orange County babysitter convicted in a 2013 child death case has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for violating the terms of her probation.

    Melissa Ringhardt , 20, pleaded guilty in February to one count of endangering a child.  She was sentenced to four years probation and a $1,000 fine. 

    Orange man arrested after admitting to using a hammer to kill a puppy, deputies say

    According to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, on Oct. 15, deputies were called to an industrial site in reference to a man killing a puppy. When deputies arrived they talked to several employees of the plant who said a coworker, identified as Steven R. Blount, 52, of Orange, had a puppy in his truck and was going to leave it there while he worked.

    Officials say injuries from dump truck-SUV accident are non life threatening

    At least one person is injured following a two-vehicle accident on Highway 365 in Jefferson County.

    According to Labelle-Fannett VFD Chief Charles Sonnier, the accident happened just after 1 p.m. about four miles north of Interstate 10. 

    Port Arthur man gets life in prison in death of club owner

    A Port Arthur man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for the shooting death of a Port Arthur business owner.

    A Jefferson County jury Wednesday found Brandon Tran, 20, guilty of felony murder after two days of deliberation.

    West Brook placed on lock down after student sets off fireworks

    COURTESY: Beaumont Enterprise COURTESY: Beaumont Enterprise

    West Brook High School students had a brief scare Thursday morning when they heard what they thought were gunshots in a hallway.Administrators scrambled and put students and faculty in lock down, and afterwards determined a student set off fireworks.Ron Reynolds with Beaumont ISD says they are questioning a male student.The lock down lasted about 20 minutes.

    Mid-county accident kills one, injures another

    A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety troopers told 12News that the driver of a Ford pickup was killed Wednesday afternoon in an accident on FM 366 in Nederland.

    The deceased is identified as Timothy Ling, 38, of Nederland.

    Port Arthur ISD teacher speaks out against proposed bond issue Video included

    Juana Collida has been a teacher for almost 30 years, 14 of those in the Port Arthur Independent School District, and she's the former president of the Port Arthur Teacher's Association, but she's also a taxpayer.That's why she's speaking out against the district's proposed $195 million bond on the November 4th ballot. She believes the district has not spent tax dollars wisely in the past.

    Government delivers urgent warning on airbag recall

    More automobile owners are now being involved in the Takata airbag recall.The government says the air bags could spew dangerous metal fragments on discharge.And we're learning they could be installed on million of cars by several different companies. Seven point eight million vehicles will need to be inspected. Ten auto-makers have vehicles using the airbags.

    Officials release identity of man whose body was found in Sabine Pass

    Officials have released the identity of a man whose body was found over the weekend in Sabine Pass near Sea Rim State Park.

    The deceased is identified as Joseph Ryan Nedbalek, 22, of Pasadena. 

    Child death investigated by officials in Orange

    Orange County officials are investigating the death of an infant.

    The two-month old child was pronounced deceased at Baptist Hospital Orange shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.

    UPDATE: Missing Louisiana teen found safe

    Dakota Schexnider, the 15-year-old Singer, LA girl who went missing Tuesday afternoon, has been found.

    According to Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Criminal Deputy Toler, Schexnider showed up safe at her home Wednesday morning. Chief Toler said they are working to decipher all the specifics of this case.

    Early voting numbers increase since last year Video included

    Early voting in Texas began today and Jefferson County voters were out in full force. 

    These are the first elections in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court, over the weekend, ruled Texas can enforce its voter ID law, in the upcoming election.

    Man in stable condition after leg impaled by tree limb

    A man who had his leg impaled by a tree limb as he was clearing land in Jefferson County is in stable condition at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

    Boil water notice issued for Sour Lake

    Sour Lake homeowners are being asked to boil their water before drinking it.

    The city had to shut down its water system to install new tie-ins early Monday.

    No foul play suspected in discovery of body in wooded area of Beaumont

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department told 12News that a man whose body was found in a wooded area is believed to have died from natural causes.

    Southeast Texas couple reportedly on cruise ship carrying self-quarantined woman

    The Carnival Magic, a cruise ship carrying a nurse that's in isolation due to an Ebola scare is heading back to Texas. The cruise ship is expected to reach Galveston Sunday morning.Labelle-Fannett Fire Chief Charles Sonnier tells 12News one of his firefighters is on the cruise. Chief Sonnier says Philip and Gwen Sonnier are on the ship, but after speaking to their daughter Friday night, Chief Sonnier says the couple is in no danger because the woman quarantined on the boat is not sick.

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