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    Family's apartment destroyed days before Christmas

    This Christmas will be a grim one for a young Beaumont family who lost their presents and most of their belongings when their apartment went up in flames overnight.

    Jazzica Bolin, 20, her boyfriend and their 15-month-old son Aden lived in the apartment on Houston St. in Beaumont's south end.


    Last Crockett Street restaurant to close Video included

    The Zydeco Diner, the only restaurant open at Crockett Street's Entertainment District, is closing its doors tomorrow afternoon after five years in business. Both the owner and manager at the Zydeco Diner blame a lackluster lunch crowd in downtown Beaumont and food prices that quadrupled for them this year.

    Stores extend hours in the days leading up to Christmas

    Some great news for last minute shoppers. Some stores will stay open through Christmas Eve to accommodate you ... Toys-R-Us, which opens at 6 AM Tuesday, will stay open for 39 hours straight and will not close again until 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. 

    Meteorologist: "He just started shooting at me"

    TEMPLE, Texas – KCEN-HD Meteorologist Patrick Crawford spoke to the media for the first time Monday since he was shot in the KCEN parking lot. Speaking from Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Crawford thanked the doctors, first responders and the construction worker who helped him right after the shooting. 

    Eight horses perish in north Texas stable fire

    ROWLETT, Texas — Investigators are looking into the cause of a massive stable fire in Rowlett that killed as many as eight horses late Saturday night.Many of the animals were seen running wild at Rowlett Stables at Rowlett and Miller Roads after was reported shortly after 10 p.m.Word spread fast, and horse owners rushed to the location to see if their animals were okay. An attempt was made to lasso them, but some of the horses were just too spooked.Rowlett Public Works employees took the smol...

    Two hospitalized by Port Arthur home invaders

    Two people are recovering in a Beaumont hospital Monday after police say they were assaulted during a home invasion robbery in Port Arthur.Port Arthur police say it happened around 9 p.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of 15th Street.Police say two people entered a home and assaulted the homeowner and a teenager who were inside the house. They then fled the home with an undisclosed amount of cash.Both the homeowner and teen were transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont with what i...

    Family says goodbye to Jason's Deli patriarch Video included

    The patriarch of the highly successful franchise Jason's Deli, Joe Tortorice Sr., 90, of Beaumont passed away Saturday.

    Tortorice Sr.'s son and founder of Jason's Deli, Joe Tortorice, Jr. said his dad is leaving behind a legacy that will resonate in the family business for years to come

    No Hazmat threat on Hwy 69 S in Hardin County

    Law enforcement officials investigating a scene with possible hazardous materials in Lumberton have determined there is no threat.

    Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain told 12News officers were called to a building on Hwy 69 southbound near Mitchell and Keith Rd. on Sunday afternoon to check on a person claiming to need medical attention.

    Port Arthur police chief opposes allowing Texans to openly carry handguns Video included

    Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton has never been afraid to fire off his opinion on firearms. In early 2014, people proudly celebrating their right to openly carry long guns became a common sight in the Golden Triangle. However, the gun rights advocates never held a demonstration in Port Arthur, after Chief Blanton expressed concern it would create public panic. He feels the same worry now that the state legislature might soon allow Texans to openly carry handguns.

    NYPD Commissioner says two police officers were "assassinated"

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     Two New York City police officers died after being shot "execution-style" in their parked patrol car Saturday. In a somber press conference, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said the two officers were deliberately targeted because they were cops. 

    Pro golfer Chris Stroud inducted into Sports Legend Half of Fame at the Museum of Gulf Coast Video included

    The Museum of the Gulf Coast has inducted professional golfer Chris Stroud into its Sports Legends Hall of Fame. Stroud was born in Nederland and attended Lamar University. ...READ MORE

    Neighbors call 9-1-1 on naked man... police forced to use their tasers

    The Beaumont Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call about a naked man behaving in a bizarre manner Saturday afternoon in the 100 block of Alma Street at Highland Avenue. 

    Gunman wearing ski mask robs manager leaving Beaumont restaurant

    The Beaumont Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened late Friday evening at Logan's Roadhouse near Parkdale Mall.

    Mustangs fall in state final to Gilmer Video included

    West Orange-Stark built a 25-7 halftime lead on the Gilmer Buckeyes in the Class 4A Division II state championship game at ATT Stadium.  The second half was a different story as Gilmer rallied with 28 unanswered points to pull out a 35-25 victory, for their third state title in the last 10 years....READ MORE

    Jefferson County district attorney urges Port Arthur city council members to support a forensic audit of city finances

    Despite a majority of Port Arthur city council members opposing a forensic audit of the city's finances, on Friday, the Jefferson County District Attorney urged them to reconsider.

    Trio believed to have faked bounty hunter arrest in Vidor to steal man's SUV

    Vidor police are looking for three people who apparently faked a bounty hunter arrest in order to steal a resident's car and other belongings.

    Beaumont police identify brothers found dead in grandmother's back yard

     Beaumont police Friday identified two brothers found dead in the woods behind their grandmothers home.Police say Brandon Richardson, 25, and Javon Richardson, 18, both of Houston, were found dead behind a home in the 3300 block of Concord Road at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

    Former Orange teacher sentenced to 12 years in prison for relationship with student

    A former teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Orange was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he plead guilty on charges that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.John Phillip Fuller, 28, plead guilty in Judge Buddy Hahn's court to two counts of sexual assault and one count of improper relationship between educator and student.  

    Injuries reported in Lumberton accident

    One person as taken to hospital Friday morning after a single car rollover accident in Lumberton.It happened at the Highway 69 split in the south part of the city at about 8:45 a.m.. 

    Accident involving school bus slows traffic

    An accident involving a school bus from West Hardin Consolidated Independent School District slowed traffic in Hardin County Friday morning.The Texas Department of Public Safety tells 12News it appears a car heading west on Highway 105 about 10 miles west of Sour Lake ran into the back of the bus. 

    Armed robbery at LCM Food Mart suspects on the loose

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery at the LCM Food Mart on N. Hwy 87 in the Little Cypress area of Orange County. The store clerk says two men wearing masks came into the store with one displaying a handgun and the other was holding a baseball bat.

    Port Arthur mayor opposes forensic audit, calling the proposal "bogus" Video included

    Port Arthur councilman Stephen Mosley says there are not enough votes on council in support of conducting a forensic audit, but he hopes citizens are able to force city leaders to move forward with a full investigative audit of city finances. Leading the opposition against a forensic audit is Mayor Deloris Prince, who for the first time, in an exclusive interview with 12News publicly said she did not think such an audit was necessary.

    Former Houston work truck used by Syrian rebels

    How did the work truck of a Houston plumbing company end up being used in the Aleppo region of Syria as an anti- aircraft firing platform?It's a question now drawing suspicion in the Bayou City.The vehicle belonged to Mark-1 Plumbing before it was traded- in last November at a Gulf Freeway dealership.Dealership officials say the truck immediately went to auction and next appeared in photos tweeted by a Syrian rebel group.In the photos the Mark-1 Plumbing logo and phone number were clearly vis...

    Christmas gift distribution helps hundreds

    Christmas arrived early today for hundreds of southeast Texas families in need, who received gifts thanks to the Salvation Army's “Angel Tree Christmas” program. It matches children from low-income families to sponsors who buy presents based off of children's wish lists.

    Nederland drivers get cash surprises, instead of tickets from police Video included

    Some Southeast Texas drivers caught speeding received more than just a warning from police in the spirit of the holidays.

    Christmas came early for drivers in Nederland, who found themselves stopped by police for speeding and got $50 in cash, instead of a citation.

    Police call off manhunt for Waco gunman, release sketch of suspect

    BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas – The manhunt has been called off for the gunman who shot a Waco meteorologist Wednesday."We pulled back the search because we don't believe that the shooter is still in the neighborhood," said DPS Senior Trooper D.L. Wilson. 

    Fire reported at Beaumont EMS station

    Beaumont fire dispatchers tell 12News they areresponding to a fire at the Beaumont EMS station in the 8100 block of Phelan.Pictures sent to 12News from viewers show smoke rising from the facility.More information as it becomes available.

    Baby dolphin rescued from Bolivar beach

    BOLIVAR PENINSULA, TX (KTRK)-- A bottlenose dolphin is in critical care after it was found stranded on the beach in Bolivar Peninsula, according to authorities. The young animal was found stranded at 3:30 am Thursday morning, according to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which rescued the animal and is now handling the animal's care.The animal is now swimming on its own. Veterinarians are working tests to learn what caused her to get stranded on the beach. The Texas Marine Mammal St...

    Man says he was shot while driving in Jefferson County

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Cheek. According to Deputy Rod Carroll a man was shot in the shoulder at about 5:45 Thursday morning. The shooting happened on Blewett Rd. off Highway 124.

    Man scamming holiday shoppers at Houston-area Walmart

    HOUSTON – With the holiday season in full swing, police are warning holiday shoppers about scams around the area.One such holiday scam occurred outside the Walmart in northwest Houston.A man dressed like a Walmart employee has approached shoppers—specifically in the bicycle area—asking that they buy gift cards off of him.  

    Beaumont police chief says policy changes have cut down on "use of force" complaints Video included

    Beaumont police chief Jimmy Singletary has headed up the police force just over three years, and because of the 2007 incident involving the tasing and beating of Derrick Newman, he knew the first order of business was to restore the public's trust in the Beaumont Police Department.  Singletary told 12News, "That was our top priority to get the citizens' confidence back in the Beaumont Police Department, and we started with the 'use of force' issue."

    Southeast Texans rejoice over improving relations with Cuba Video included

    After five decades of a U.S. economic embargo, President Obama has announced he is taking big steps to resume "normal relations" with Cuba. Steps that could include legal trade and travel. It could also eventually mean business opportunities involving Cuba and more travel to the island nation. Although some Cuban-Americans are skeptical, some Southeast Texans say they are happy to see the U.S. and Cuba making efforts.Cardiologist Doctor Rudy Sotolongo left Cuba with his parents at age 9.

    SETX family members of missing Oregon teen host vigil Video included

    The Southeast Texas family members of a missing Oregon teen are pleading for her safe return home.

    A candlelight vigil was held in Nederland Wednesday night for Hannah Thomas-Garner, 17, who is originally from Port Arthur...

    High speed Beaumont chase ends in arrest

    A male driver was arrested Tuesday night after leading police on a lengthy high-speed chase.

    Beaumont police said they received a call around 9 p.m. of a driver topping speeds of 100 miles per hour on Interstate 10 East near the Goodyear Plant.

    Sony Picture's movie cancellation stirs controversy Video included

    Sony Pictures announced this afternoon it is canceling the highly-controversial movie "The Interview." The decision came after Sony Pictures was the victim of a massive e-mail hack attack.

    Manhunt continues for gunman who shot Waco meteorologist

    WACO (KHOU) – The manhunt continues for the gunman who shot a meteorologist outside a Waco TV station Wednesday morning.One man was questioned a few hours after the shooting but later released. DPS troopers say he was not the gunman.Patrick Crawford, the morning meteorologist at our sister station KCEN, was shot several times. 

    Former Port Arthur city employee indicted for theft

    A former worker with the City of Port Arthur was indicted this week for charging the city $7,000 for lawn services that were never rendered. Shauwn Williams, 40, of Port Arthur, was indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury on two counts of felony theft by a public servant.  

    Calcasieu Parish deputy fired after domestic abuse allegation

     A Calcasieu Parish deputy was fired Wednesday after his wife said he had beaten her, leaving her with her face covered in blood, a nose that was possibly broken, and scratches on both her arm and neck. 

    Popular service station opens location close to southeast Texas

    Southeast Texans who frequent Houston have a reason to stop along the way. Buc-ees in Baytown is now openThe new location had its grand opening Wednesday at 4080 East Freeway at John Martin Road. 

    Fire at Port Arthur Valero refinery shakes residents

    A fire at the Port Arthur Valero refinery sent smoke and flames into the sky early Monday night. Bill Day, spokesperson for Valero, said the refinery had a fire at one of the unit's flanges. 

    Police: Vidor woman died of blunt force trauma to head

    Beaumont Police Wednesday say a preliminary autopsy report says a Vidor woman found dead in a Beaumont road earlier this month died of blunt force trauma to the head. 

    Southeast Texas gun merchant's arrest triggers legislation to allow open carry of handguns Video included

    Derek Poe credits his arrest last year with shooting up his sales. He said, "It has boosted sales, a lot of people seen what's going on in the news, that wasn't my intent for that to happen, I was just going to work like any other day." But Poe says the arrest also hurt his livelihood. The owner of Golden Triangle Tactical, which specializes in the sale of firearms, ammo and other gun supplies, says his concealed handgun license has been revoked, and so has his status as an instructor.

    Southeast Texas imam addresses anxiety over Islamic extremism Video included

    Events like the bloody December 15th attack on an Australian café by an Islamic sympathizer don't help quell suspicion over Islamic extremism.Australian authorities have blamed Iranian Muslim Mon Haron Monis with taking hostages after flying the Shehada flag - symbolic to all Muslims because it contains the Islamic creed.On January 5th, America re-lives her own terror nightmare when the trial of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins.And despite a growing Muslim population in Southea...

    Cheap gas has drivers looking for the fine print

    Ebony Guillory fills up her truck about once a week and the Beaumont woman says lower gas prices are great to see. Some stations in Southeast Texas are offering even deeper discounts under certain conditions like for customers who pay with cash. Guillory says whatever it takes to spend less money at the pump is worth the nice break for her wallet this time of year.

    Soldier strengthening Southeast Texas Video included

    A Little Cypress-Mauriceville graduate is definitely doing "What's right in Southeast Texas".

    Exposed remains frighten Beaumont family Video included

    A Beaumont woman and her family were paying respects at their loved one's grave, when they found the exposed remains of someone else, at a grave site just inches away. The site has a broken wooden board covering it, half of it was off on Sunday, revealing a skull in the ground.

    Taliban slaughter at least 141, mostly children, in Pakistan school

    The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, gunning down at least 126 people -- most of them children -- in one of the volatile Asian nation's deadliest attacks.

    Beaumont City Council appoints Bill Sam Sr as Ward IV council member

    Beaumont city council members have voted to appoint Bill Sam Sr. as the Ward IV city council member.Sam will replace Jamie Smith who resigned earlier this month following his victory in the race to become the Jefferson County District Clerk.

    City of Port Arthur intervenes in vacant affordable housing Video included

    Port Arthur residents are wondering why several new homes built in 2011 for an affordable housing program are still empty.

    After Hurricane Ike destroyed an old apartment complex on 5th Street near Augusta Ave., four homes were built on the property using grant funds from the City of Port Arthur.

    Woman charged in fatal accident released on $2,400,000 bond

    A woman charged in a fatal accident who had her bond increased after she received a speeding ticket has bonded out of jail a second time.

    No injuries after smoke detector alerts south-end residents to house fire

    No injuries are reported after smoke detector alerted some south-end residents that their house was on fire Tuesday morning.

    A spokesperson for Beaumont Fire-Rescue said fire was contained to one apartment of a duplex located at 1067 Corley.

    Jasper investigators recover murder victim's truck, search for suspects continues

    A spokesperson for the Jasper County Sheriff's Office Tuesday said investigators have recovered a pickup owned by a murder victim.

    Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Investigators, C. Jordan and C. Morgan, went to Abilene, Texas to pick up the 2011 Chevrolet registered to murder victim, Herbert Deaton.  

    WO-C CISD trustees fail to appoint interim superintendent Video included

    For the third time, West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees did not choose an interim superintendent.

    After closed session at Monday nights board meeting, trustees revealed no vote had been taken, but they had narrowed down the search to a few candidates.

    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office explains SWAT storms Video included

    Situations with dozens of hostages like the one in Sydney may rarely happen in southeast Texas, but officers with Jefferson County's SWAT team are confident in their abilities, should the call come for them to respond to such a threat. Before entering or "storming" an area to save hostages, officers must follow an extremely careful decision-making process.

    Update: Sydney siege ends with death of ISIS inspired gunman

    Gunman killed in Sydney standoff. Courtesy CNN Gunman killed in Sydney standoff. Courtesy CNN

    Courtesy: CNN Sydney (CNN) -- Australian special forces troops and police stormed the cafe where a self-styled Muslim cleric had been holding hostages early Tuesday, killing the gunman and ending a crisis that had paralyzed central Sydney for hours.A national security source in the United States said the combined military-police team entered the Lindt Chocolate Cafe from two directions early Tuesday morning and killed the man, identified by an official with direct knowledge of the situation as..

    DPS investigates fatal accident involving SUV and tractor trailer

    The Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal accident on Highway 96 involving a tractor trailer and SUV.

    Coast Guard search underway for missing crewman off coast of Sabine Pass

    The Coast Guard and the crew of a nearby ship began searching Saturday for a crewman who fell overboard while painting the side of a bulk carrier at anchor about 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas.

    Low gas prices increase car sales

    Nationwide, gas prices have been on a free-fall, resting now at their lowest levels in four years and down 25 percent from last year. According to popular fuel price website Gasbuddy.com, at last check, the lowest gasoline in Beaumont was at Walmart's Murphy USA gasoline station for $2.27.

    Only minor injuries reported following Port Arthur rollover accident

    An officer on the scene said there are no major injuries following a one-vehicle rollover accident Friday morning in Port Arthur.

    West Orange community pumped for state semifinals

    It's been more than 14 years since the West Orange-Stark High School football team has played in a state championship game. Their hopes for another state run have ignited, as the team is set to play a semi-final game Friday at 7 p.m. at the Guy K. Traylor Stadium in Rosenberg.

    Woman seeks refund for apartment Video included

    Boxes and furniture all packed into a moving truck and a signed lease in hand, Alexis Samuel was ready to move into her new Beaumont apartment Monday.The Newton woman signed the lease without seeing the apartment saying the manager told her the unit was being renovated and looked like the video tour on the complex's website.When Samuel set eyes on the apartment on Treadway, she was frustrated.

    Family questions how Vidor mother of four died Video included

    Family members of 39-year-old Tammy Carraway of Vidor can't understand how the mother of four died Sunday night. Carraway and her 41-year-old boyfriend were riding on South MLK in Beaumont when, according to Carraway's boyfriend, the mother of four jumped out of the vehicle after an argument.

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    • ISIS tries to influence criminals in Ferguson

      ISIS tries to influence criminals in Ferguson

      The tweets say "Hey blacks, ISIS will save you," and use the hashtags #IslamicState, #Ferguson and #Coming. The terror group ISIS, or Islamic State for Iraq and Syria was recruiting criminals and anarchists in Ferguson.

      The FBI received the intelligence through situational reports. ISIS was targeting the criminals, not the peaceful protesters in Ferguson. ISIS wants nothing to do with people fighting for social justice.
      The tweets say "Hey blacks, ISIS will save you," and use the hashtags #IslamicState, #Ferguson and #Coming. The terror group ISIS, or Islamic State for Iraq and Syria was recruiting criminals and anarchists in Ferguson.

      The FBI received the intelligence through situational reports. ISIS was targeting the criminals, not the peaceful protesters in Ferguson. ISIS wants nothing to do with people fighting for social justice.
    • North Korea experiencing severe internet outages

      North Korea experiencing severe internet outages

      WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down."It's not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI last week linked to North Korea. 
      WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down."It's not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI last week linked to North Korea. 
    • Singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

      Singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

      KVUE? Singer Joe Cocker, who's huge raspy voice and even bigger stage presence thrilled rock audiences at Woodstock and beyond, has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, told the Associated Press that Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Crawford, Colo., where he has lived for the past two decades with his wife Pam.
      ?KVUE? Singer Joe Cocker, who's huge raspy voice and even bigger stage presence thrilled rock audiences at Woodstock and beyond, has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, told the Associated Press that Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Crawford, Colo., where he has lived for the past two decades with his wife Pam.
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