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    Mid-county accident kills one, injures another

    At least two people were taken to the hospital after a Freightliner dump truck and a Ford F-150 pickup collided Wednesday afternoon in Mid County.

    The accident happened just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 366 and Detroit.  The Department of Public Safety, Port Neches Police and Nederland Police officers responded along with ambulance crews.


    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.

    Port Arthur man guilty of felony murder in death of club owner

    A Jefferson County jury Wednesday found a Port Arthur man guilty of felony murder in the shooting death of a Port Arthur business owner.  The verdict was reached shortly after 3 p.m.

    The Jury ended its first day of deliberations Tuesday evening after spending nearly 5 hours trying to reach a verdict in the trial of 20-year-old Brandon Tran.

    Beaumont man charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with Lumberton fatal accident

    Lumberton Police Thursday charged a 58-year-old Beaumont man with intoxication manslaughter in connection to a fatal accident in Lumberton last Thursday. Elmer Ray Rivers, Jr. was arrested Wednesday immediately after he was released from a Beaumont hospital where he was recovering from a broken leg and broken arm he suffered in the accident. 

    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.

    Former BISD finance director and former comptroller begin stay in federal prison

    12News has learned that former Beaumont Independent School District Finance Director Devin McCraney and former comptroller Sharika Alison have begun their stay in federal prison.

    McCraney checked into the Federal Correctional Facility in Oakdale, Louisiana and Alison checked into the facility in Bryan, Texas.

    Bridge City ISD polling location sparks controversy Video included

    As early voting continues, Bridge City ISD is pushing to pass a bond for school improvements but some parents do not approve of where some of the voting is taking place.

    The $25 million bond proposal includes a new band hall, which is why a polling location scheduled to be open the same night and place as a band concert has caused some controversy.

    Wife discovers letters after husband loses battle with Marfan Syndrome

    KLTV - A man has left a lasting legacy for his family that will continue long after his recent death in the form of dozens of letter to his wife, their Longview, Texas community and his 1-year-old daughter. Mitchell Whisenhunt passed away last week following his battle with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disordering affecting the connective tissue of the heart and blood vessels. 

    Accused head of the Gulf Cartel appears in Beaumont Federal Court on drug trafficking charges Video included

    The current head of the Mexican drug trafficking organization, the Gulf Cartel, or Cartel del Golfo, made an initial appearance Tuesday in Beaumont on drug trafficking charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

    Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was arrested by federal agents on Oct. 9, 2014 while shopping in Edinburg, Texas.

    Marijuana advocate ousted from church Video included

    A Beaumont woman claims she has been cast out of her church for her use of medicinal marijuana.

    Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis extract, an oil derived from marijuana, to treat illnesses like degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis.

    The heartbreaking poem a nurse who cared for Duncan wrote in tribute

    The last nurse to leave the hospital room where Thomas Eric Duncan died has written a poem about the Ebola patient, penned during the sleepless days after Duncan's death, a source told ABC News.

    Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died, a family member told ABC News. He was 82.

    De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

    Beaumont ISD police chief fights to save his officers' jobs Video included

    The future of the Beaumont Independent School District police department remains uncertain, but its existence is assured for a few more weeks.  The department survived what appeared to be an effort by the board of managers to enact drastic cuts.

    Chief David Hall stood in front of the board Monday afternoon, knowing his officers' jobs were on the line. He told us, "I expected them to try to get me to cut more people, that's their job to try to save money for the district."

    Pistorius sentenced to 5 years

    From a globally lauded athlete to convicted killer, Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace culminated Tuesday with a five-year sentence in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

    The sentence was imposed for the charge of culpable homicide, which in South Africa means a person was killed unintentionally, but unlawfully.

    Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint

    The Groves Police Department are still on the lookout for the suspect who robbed a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint Monday night.

    The robbery happened in the 5900 block of Smith in Groves.

    Gubernatorial candidates pull no punches in Beaumont Video included

    The launch of early voting brought Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis to Southeast Texas.

    A KHOU-Houston Public Media poll implies the Texas Attorney General leads Davis by an imposing 15 points.

    UPDATE: Major Drive re-opens after natural gas leak stopped

    Major Drive between College Street and Washington Boulevard has been blocked off to traffic. Beaumont Fire Captain Brad Penisson says there appears to be a natural gas leak.

    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.

    BISD Elementary student receives non-life threatening injuries in auto-pedestrian accident, district spokesperson says

    A Beaumont elementary school student received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution following an auto-pedestrian accident Monday morning.

    Around 7:30 a.m. the student was dropped off at Fehl-Price Elementary School in the 3300 block of Blanchette Street.

    Gary, Indiana, man held after bodies of seven women found

    It started with one body at a motel in Hammond, Indiana.By the next day, a 43-year-old Gary man was in custody, and his confession, police say, would lead them to three other women's bodies. They'd find three more the next day.

    One dead after car wrecks, catches fire in Port Arthur

    Fatal accident at the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 82.

    DPS identifies the motorcyclist killed in a hit and run accident

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of a man killed in a weekend hit-and-run accident in Orange County.

    The motorcyclist is identified as Tommy Joe Reeves, 56, of Orange.

    Beaumont man killed in auto-pedestrian accident

    One person is dead following a weekend auto-pedestrian accident.

    The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday in the 3700 block of E Lucas Drive.

    Hotel's utility shed catches fire

    The Port Arthur Fire Department is investigating a fire at the Studio 6 Extended Stay Hotel.

    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.

    Body found in Sabine Pass

    Port Arthur police have confirmed to 12News that a body has been found on Highway 87 near Sea Rim in Sabine Pass.

    Update: Vidor Police Officer injured in auto-pedestrian accident, identity released

    A Vidor Police Officer was injured in an auto-pedestrian accident Friday night.

    The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. The officer was directing traffic at the intersection of Main Street and Orange Street following the Vidor High School homecoming game.

    Local olive harvest reaches peak Video included

    In the heart of rice country, a group of farmers is busy harvesting a crop that is unique to the area."It's been kind of humbling, it's also been very exciting getting into something besides just farming and ranching," said Randy Brazil, owner of Southeast Texas Olive. Located in Devers, about 15 miles North of Interstate 10, Southeast Texas Olive boasts locally grown and processed, pure extra virgin olive oil.

    One with serious injuries in Beaumont accident

    An accident in north Beaumont left a woman in serious condition Friday afternoon.

    The accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. near the intersection of Folsom Drive and Dowlen Road in north Beaumont.

    State representative working on keeping Ebola patients from being treated in Jefferson County Video included

    Southeast Texas state representative Joe Deshotel's priority when it comes to Ebola is preventing panic among his constituents.That's why he's in talks with a hospital system outside of our area, but within the state, to provide treatment if a Jefferson County person gets Ebola, meaning that person would not stay here.

    Cut water line leaves some without water at Parkdale Mall

    Repair crewmen are working to fix a waterline break at Parkdale Mall.  

    The leak was caused by a contract crew cutting into a water line.

    Officials identify Man from Orange as victim in fatal accident

     A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety has released the name of a man killed in an accident in Orange County Thursday night.

    The deceased is identified as James McCorvy Jr, 49, of Orange.

    Texas Gov. Perry calls for travel ban due to Ebola

    Governor Rick Perry is asking for a ban on air travel to and from countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.

    Police identify body found in LNVA Canal

    A Beaumont Police spokesperson has released the identity of a man whose body was found floating in the LNVA canal Thursday.

    The deceased is identified as Joseph Clarke, 37, of Beaumont.

    Former long-time Lumberton city council member arrested on DWI charge

    A former Lumberton city councilman has been arrested on a DWI charge.

    Dallas hospital worker isolated on cruise out of Galveston

    A health care worker who may have handled a specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

    Industry giant Carnival says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified it late Wednesday that a passenger on the Texas-based Carnival Magic was a lab supervisor at the Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died from the disease earlier this month.

    12News Exclusive: Port Arthur man denies he made false Ebola claim

      Jose Zepeda says he's been banned from the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.  This after Port Arthur police accuse him of falsely claiming he had been exposed to Ebola.  But Zepeda denies the allegation.

    Perception of Ebola differs in Africa Video included

    There are still a lot of questions surrounding the threat of Ebola which has fueled the "Facts not Fear" coverage on 12News, but now we're learning how Ebola is perceived by people living in Africa.

    The World Health Organization reports Ebola kills seven out of 10 victims in Africa and new cases could hit 10,000 a week within two months if it's not brought under control.

    Benefit to be held for Beaumont Chamber Chairman Video included

    A fundraiser is being held this weekend for the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Chuck Kalkbrenner. Kalkbrenner is also the former AT&T Executive and past YMBL president.

    Belton, Texas school district closes campuses for 21 days as a precaution

    Belton ISD will be closing three campuses in the district this morning as a precautionary measure.

    Driver loses control on Highway 73 overpass and lands on road below

    Groves police are investigating an accident that happened early Thursday morning at Highway 73 and Main Street.

    Jack Brooks passenger precautions not impacted after Ebola air scare Video included

    The third diagnosed Ebola patient Amber Vinson's travel prior to being diagnosed, has sparked fear in some air travelers especially those passing through the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport.

    Passengers travel to and from DFW and Jack Brooks Regional every day, and for some like Doug Headrick, Ebola doesn't seem to have impacted the procedures to get on an airliner.“Just came in from Dallas and the airport was crowded,” Headrick said.

    Material from apartment of latest Ebola victim headed for Port Arthur incineration plant

    12News has confirmed that more material suspected of being contaminated with the Ebola virus is headed to the Port Arthur Veolia plant. Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick says the apartment remnants of Nina Pham are being brought to the plant. 

    Vidor officers cleared by Grand Jury, will return to work Friday

    Two Vidor police officers are scheduled to report to work Friday after an Orange County Grand Jury found no legal wrongdoing on their part in connection with a July officer-involved shooting death.

    No injuries following single-engine plane accident in Orange County

    An official with Orange County Emergency Management told 12News there are no injuries following a single-engine plane crash Wednesday afternoon.

    The accident happened shortly before 1 p.m. The small plane ended several hundred yards from the runway.

    Calvin Walker says "Stay tuned", after BISD board picks another electrical contractor Video included

    It was a late night for Beaumont Independent School District's board of managers. The group met for almost five hours, and its decision to hire new electrical contractors could spark a legal battle.The board voted unanimously to hire Gulf Coast Electric and Jefferson Electric. That means the district's controversial electrician Calvin Walker is out.

    Testimony begins in 2012 Port Arthur murder trial Video included

    Testimony has begun in the murder trial of Brandon Tran, one of the men police say was involved in the 2012 shooting death of a Port Arthur business owner.

    According to police, Tran along with Darren Oliver, who were both 18 years old at the time, murdered and robbed Hieu Huynh, 62, in front of his club in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2012.

    6th grader beaten after standing up to bully Video included

    Another Smith Middle School student tonight said she doesn't want to go to school because she's afraid of being bullied. This student said she was defending her best friend, Christopher Straps, when she was beaten up last week.

    Future Orange County judge deployed to help fight Ebola Video included

    Orange County's next judge, who will take office in January, is currently holding down another job overseas. Major Brint Carlton serves as a reserve in the U.S. Air Force and is stationed in Vicenza, Italy helping combat the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

    Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested for shoplifting

    Dallas Cowboys reserve running back Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting from a suburban mall Monday night.

    Joseph Randle, who has a base salary of $495,000 in 2014, is accused of stealing underwear and cologne from a Dillard's in a suburban mall.

    Gas leak disrupts day for some at Lamar University

    A part of the Lamar University campus in Beaumont was evacuated Tuesday morning as a precaution as a crew worked to stop a gas leak.

    The leak was reported around 9 a.m. after a contract work crew accidentally cut into a gas line causing the leak.

    Sun in eyes of driver blamed for major accident in Orange County

    An emergency worker on the scene of a major accident told 12News that sun in the eyes of the driver is believed to be a factor in an accident in which a car slammed into the back of a parked 18-wheeler.

    Two flatbed trucks were parked on the Interstate 10 East feeder road between Highway 12 and FM 1132.  The drivers were waiting for their trucks to be loaded. 

    Only unoccupied units damaged in Orange apartment fire

    An apartment complex that was undergoing renovation was heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Orange Fire Department.

    The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of Ridgemont Drive.  This is close to the intersection with Strickland Drive.

    Reports: Doctor gives blood for Ebola-infected Dallas nurse

    A Dallas nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus over the weekend has reportedly received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.

    The nurse is a Texas Christian University graduate identified by a family member as 26-year-old Nina Pham.

    Lake Charles area facility rejects ashes left from incineration of Ebola patient's apartment contents Video included

    Managers of a facility in Lake Charles have notified Veolia Environmental in Port Arthur that it will not accept ashes left as a result of incinerating items taken from the apartment complex of a Dallas Ebola patient who died.

    Calvin Walker threatens to sue BISD if not re-hired as district's electrical contractor Video included

    12News has obtained the evaluation matrix used by the Beaumont Independent School District to determine who would be recommended to the board of managers to be the district's electrical contractor, services that in recent years have been done by Calvin Walker.This go-around Walker offered the cheapest rates, however other variables were considered. 

    Family, friends hope others can learn from "Molly" overdose at ACL

    Family and friends are remembering a young woman who overdosed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. They hope what happened to her can be a lesson for others. Police said Jessica Hunter, 21, took "Molly," also known as ecstasy, that she got from an acquaintance during the first weekend of ACL.

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    No injuries reported in Lumberton ISD accident

    A spokesperson for the Lumberton Independent School District Monday said no children were hurt in an accident involving a school bus.

    According to the spokesperson, a Lumberton ISD school bus was stopped at a stop sign on the corner of Ash and Hickory in Lumberton when the bus was hit from the rear by a car.

    Woman who accepted plea deal in child death case back in Orange County jail

    A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office Monday said a woman wanted on a probation violation after she pleaded guilty to endangering a child, has been brought back to Orange County following her arrest in Arkansas.

    Five things to know for your New Day -- Monday, October 13

    he United States has a second case of Ebola. ISIS marches on despite airstrikes. And a growing list of U.S. cities are changing their focus of Columbus Day.

    It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."

    Beaumont mom fears for sons safety in Dallas following Ebola latest Video included

    The second confirmed Ebola patient in Dallas has left a Beaumont mother fearing for her son.

    Jennifer Boehme said her son Kyle lives one street over from the apartment belonging to the first patient to contract the virus in the US.

    Little blue dress helps raise $5K for a 5K ribbon run

    The Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush was filled with excitement Saturday morning as walkers and runners of all ages gathered at the starting line. Participants were ready to strut their stuff through Downtown Beaumont, raising breast cancer awareness and celebrating survivors."People do care and do support us... with their actions of coming out here and giving and running for our benefit... And it is a gift to us," said Brenda White, a 4-year cancer survivor.

    Pumpkin season reaches peak

    Produce and garden aisles across the country are sporting a fresh fall staple; stores offer pumpkins of all shapes and sizes waiting to fill homes with a feeling of fall. Shoppers can browse through buckets of gourds finding the perfect pumpkin to purchase. Unique varieties intrigue even former produce manager Bobby Barbosa.

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    Student claims racial bullying

    11-year-old Christopher Straps said he was physically and verbally hurt by a fellow student on Tuesday at BISD's Smith Middle School and claims his teachers did nothing about it. His grandmother, who lives in Bevil Oaks, said she's keeping her grandson home from school because of severe bullying.

    Humane Society awaits payment for charity run efforts

    A non- profit organization is seeing red after members say they're not getting the "green" for coordinating volunteers to work a Run or Dye event in Beaumont more than 5 months ago. Humane Society of Southeast Texas board member Keely Kinsel says the life- saving work of the organization makes starting the process of legal action against the for- profit company very important.

    Former teacher to serve 6 months in jail, probation and fine for improper relationship

    A former Vidor ISD teacher has pleaded guilty to one count of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

    Sondra N. Reed was sentenced to six years probation, a $2,000 fine, permanent loss of her teacher's license, and must serve at least 180 days in jail.

    Police find Mid County runaways

    Two missing Mid-County boys police believed were runaways have been found and have been taken to juvenile detention.

    The boys were last seen yesterday leaving C.O. Wilson on bikes.

    Pothole problem plagues residential street in Beaumont

    Gaping holes, uneven asphalt and a jumble of patches litter Phelps Rd. a residential street situated between Fannett Rd. and Tyrell Park Rd. Homeowners say they're fed up with waiting for the city of Beaumont to re-pave the roadway."We pay our taxes, we try to keep our property up and we hope the city would do their part in keeping the streets up... That's all we ask them to do. Fix our streets," said Sylvester Scott.

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