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    Investigation confirms DNA match on rape defendant

    Testimony got underway Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of raping a Port Arthur woman almost 12 years ago. Vincent Lamar Williams is accused in the January 2003 attack. Several of the witnesses had handled evidence in the case. The victim's clothing and power cords, possibly used to tie- up the victim were among the evidence introduced in court.Detective Mark Holmes testified that the woman told police the attacker demanded money.


    It's 'not impossible' others in US could contract Ebola, CDC head says Video included

    The country's top medical official who has vowed to stop Ebola "in its tracks" in the U.S., conceded today that it's "not impossible" that others will contract the disease.

    19-year-old Silsbee woman killed in Hardin County accident

    One person is dead and another critical following an accident in Hardin County Tuesday afternoon.

    Trooper Stephanie Davis said the passenger of a Saturn, Jobaha Sanchez, 19, of Silsbee, died when the the car in which she was riding collided with an 18-wheeler.

    Southeast Texas doctors stress travel history with Ebola symptoms

    The confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas is sparking concerns about the virus taking root in Texas. But Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson says, "It is easier to get the flu than to get Ebola, so Dallas county residents should go about their daily activities."Director of infection prevention at Christus Hospital, Cindy Powers says staff there has been getting information on Ebola from the Texas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for months.

    Woman who complained against Christian group claims she's facing threats Video included

    A Southeast Texas woman claims she's facing un-Christian behavior from supporters of a Christian group.  The woman says her criticism of the Hawks for Christ has drawn threats against her and her family.  The woman did not want us to identify her fearing for her family's safety, so we are just calling her Sally.

    Section of Parkdale Mall remains closed Video included

    The front entrance to Parkdale Mall remains closed tonight after the main water line to the building busted at approximately 5 a.m. Crews worked throughout the day to fix the line, and they will continue tomorrow.

    CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

    A patient in a Dallas hospital has been confirmed to have the Ebola virus, News 8 has learned.That person has been held in "strict isolation" as he or she was evaluated for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus.

    UPDATE: Victim identified in Vidor fatal hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident

    A spokesperson for the Vidor Police Department has identified the victim in a fatal auto-pedestrian accident. 

    The deceased is identified as Carlton Newman, of Gilmer, Texas

    Body of missing Arkansas real estate agent found in shallow grave

    The body of missing Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter has been located north of the Little Rock area, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said early Tuesday.

    HJISD takes action in Hawks for Christ controversy Video included

    Ongoing controversy regarding a Hardin Jefferson ISD religious group has resulted in administrators removing the China Elementary Facebook page.

    The page was used to promote school activities including Hawks for Christ, which supports Christianity among students and meets before class once a week.

    Port Arthur rape case goes to trial almost 12 years later Video included

    Vincent Lamar Williams is standing trial for a crime he's accused of committing on January 3, 2003. Port Arthur police says on that day, early in the morning, he got into a woman's bedroom, confronted her at gunpoint, and forced her to give him money and jewelry.  Police say he then blindfolded her, and gagged her with a sock, before raping her.

    Nederland realtors upgrade security Video included

    The missing realtor has caused a real estate agency in Nederland to re-think the way its agents meet with clients at properties. Our cameras followed realtors who went out in pairs today to meet clients.

    Victim in weekend auto-pedestrian accident identified as West Orange man

    A spokesperson for the Orange Police Department has released the identity of a man killed in a weekend auto-pedestrian accident.

    The deceased is identified as Richard Greer Lindley, 50, of West Orange.

    Charges pending in accident that killed Port Arthur man Video included

    Louisiana officials have released the name of a Port Arthur man killed in a collision on Interstate 10 in Sulphur over the weekend.

    The deceased is identified as Jeremy Anthony Oliver, 31, of Port Arthur.

    UPDATE: Suspect captured in Arkansas real estate agent's kidnapping Video included

    A suspect in the disappearance of an Arkansas real estate agent who vanished while showing a home last week has been taken into custody, police said today.

    Driver of tractor-trailer in Oklahoma bus crash may have been 'distracted' Video included

    The driver of a tractor-trailer that crossed an interstate median and smashed into a bus carrying a college softball team said he may have been distracted before the crash that killed four young women, and investigators found no evidence of braking or evasive maneuvers by the truck, officials said.

    U.S. beheading suspect, Muslim convert, to be charged Today

    A man accused of beheading a woman in Oklahoma will be charged today, authorities said.

    Charges against Alton Alexander Nolen will include first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Jeremy Lewis, spokesman for the Moore police department.

    Beaumont bashed on SNL for being least educated Video included

    Just when we thought we were past the study Forbes reported on two weeks ago naming Beaumont the least educated city in the country, Saturday Night Live gave Southeast Texas more unwanted attention during its season premiere episode.

    The mention came during a skit called Weekend Update which is based off of real news stories.

    Jefferson County auto-ped victim was involved in crash prior to being struck

    An auto-pedestrian accident Saturday evening in Jefferson County leaves one person dead. 

    Man dies after auto-pedestrian accident in Orange

    A Saturday night auto-pedestrian accident in Orange has resulted in the death of a man, according to the Orange Police Department.

    On September 27, 2014, at 8:37 p.m., officers responded to a call of a traffic accident at 16th and Sholars involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.

    Four members of Texas college girls' softball team killed in bus crash

    Four members of a girl's softball team for North Central Texas College in Gainesville were killed after a tractor-trailer crossed the center median and hit the team's van Friday night in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.Three of the victims died at the scene and a fourth died a short time later at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

    Officers host final drug collection day

    An expansion of the prescription drug return program announced by Attorney General Eric Holder at the beginning of September could eliminate the Drug Enforcement Administration's annual take-back days.Since 2010, the D.E.A. has hosted 9 "all-calls" for expired or unused prescription drugs. People can drop off the pills, with no questions asked, knowing the officers will dispose of them correctly.

    BPD investigates after a woman is robbed at gunpoint

    Beaumont Police Dispatch says officers are investigating after a woman was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning.Shortly after midnight a woman arrived at the Woodland Apartments in the 3100 block of West Cardinal Dr. She told officers she was approached by a man who had a semi-automatic handgun and demanded her money. The victim says the suspect took off with her wallet.Police say a suspect is not in custody.

    Henderson Middle School parents on edge following hit list rumor

    A Henderson Middle School parent says a "hit list" was discovered on the Sour Lake campus earlier this week. While the situation has parents on edge, some parents seem more frustrated with a perceived communication breakdown with the Hardin Jefferson school district. 12News spoke with a parent over the phone about the hit list. The parent wants to remain anonymous but says she was told more than an hour after school let out Monday that her child was named on the list.

    Local law enforcement helps nationwide search Video included

    12News is tracking the search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham -- in southeast Texas. Federal and local law enforcement agencies used helicopters and horses to search Village Creek State Park today -- one of two places Matthew was spotted Monday night.


    Orange police catch escapee still in handcuffs

    A spokesperson for the Orange Police Department Friday told 12News that officers have captured a man they say escaped from the back of a patrol car.

    The spokesperson said the man was still wearing handcuffs when Joshua Melvin Harper, 24, bolted from the patrol car Friday morning.

    Locals react to Jesse Matthew being found in Gilchrist Video included

    The suspect arrested in the missing University of Virginia student case rocked the small beach community of Gilchrist.

    Jesse Matthew, 32, built a campsite on the Bolivar Peninsula beach, where authorities said he stayed at least 24 hours.

    Two arrested for meth in Orange County

    On Thursday, September 25, 2014, around 7:10 p.m., Orange County Sheriff's Narcotics Deputies were patrolling the area of Lakeview Road near the intersection of Neches Road in the Lakeview area of Orange County, Texas, when they observed a brown Chevy truck pulling a trailer that did not have a license plate. There was also a Pontiac car on the trailer. The Deputies stopped the truck for the traffic violation and obtained consent to search the vehicles. Upon searching the car on the trailer...

    Beaumont ISD to hold special meeting on teacher shortage

    The Beaumont Independent School District is anticipating having to seek a waiver allowing the district to have more students in elementary classrooms than the state allows.

    Sour Lake woman tells 12News about how she helped end a national manhunt Video included

    A woman from Sour Lake is being called a hero. Authorities say she helped end a national manhunt. She just wants to be identified as Karen. When Karen went to the Bolivar Peninsula Wednesday for a relaxing getaway, she wasn't expecting to come face-to-face with one of America's most wanted men, when he drove by her at the beach.

    Southeast Texans buzz over John Travolta sightings

    Southeast Texans are buzzing about John Travolta sightings in the area since Wednesday. Entertainment Weekly shares that Travolta will be in Canada next week as filming for "Life on the Line" gets underway. The movie will tell the stories of linemen who work on electrical grids. Filming is scheduled to start next week but Travolta is in Southeast Texas for training and maybe to shoot a few scenes. Now selfies with the star are splashing over Southeast Texans' social media sites.

    Man believed to be responsible for Hannah Graham disappearance may have spent time in Hardin County

    Authorities are looking at surveillance video and other evidence that indicates the man believed to be behind the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham stayed in Hardin County for a short while before his eventual arrest in Galveston County.

    Family fights to save mom Video included

    An Orange County Court at Law judge is handling a case in which grown children are asking for guardianship of their 72 year old mother, they say, to protect her from the man she's married to. Darlene Ann LaFleur is married to Tillman Hoffpauir who is 13 years younger than her.

    Arrests solve over 70 metal theft and burglary cases, police say

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department said Thursday that two arrests helped officers solve over 70 metal theft and burglary cases.

    Officer Carol Riley said around 9 a.m. Thursday officers arrested Treyvon Eugene Cunningham, 20, and Justin Ray Book, 19, both of Beaumont. 

    Man charged in Hannah Graham disappearance will not fight extradition

    A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore will not fight extradition from Galveston to Virginia.

    Woman dies setting up ride at Rice Festival

    A 30-year-old woman died from injuries she received setting up a carnival ride at the Rice Festival in Winnie.  

    A Chambers County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Winnie EMS was called to the Winnie Stowell Park at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

    Funeral services held for Travis County deputy killed in last week's flood

    Funeral services were held Wednesday for Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis, the Travis County sheriff's deputy whose patrol car was swept away in flood waters last week.

    Mother of gay Ozen student involved in brawl with teacher says daughter was bullied Video included

    Up until 12News showed her the cell phone video, Valrie Price was told her daughter had gotten in trouble because she had hit a teacher.

    Price says Ozen High School officials were not straight with her from the beginning, when they first called her to the Beaumont campus.

    Five things to know for your New Day -- Thursday, September 25

    U.S. airstrikes target the ISIS pocketbook. A suspect is in custody in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student. And Apple phones crash after the latest software update.It's Thursday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."

    SETX Carl's Jr. employees finally get paid Video included

    Employees at Carl's Jr. Restaurants in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange are breathing a sigh of relief after they finally received their paychecks, following three weeks without pay.

    12News began looking into the story after receiving a call from an employee who said workers had gone without pay for so long, their lights were being turned off and cars were being repossessed.

    Hunters prepare for bow season

    Bow hunters are busy this week preparing for deer season. The archery-only hunting season starts this Saturday, 5 weeks before firearms are allowed. Hunters often recall bagging their first deer but archers say a first deer brought in with a bow is even more memorable." The deer jumped up took off running and I shot him running at about 50 yards," said Don Pickard.Bow hunters say the adrenaline from being so close to the creature adds a layer of excitement to the hunt.

    Shooting suspect captured Video included

    An accused shooter is in police custody tonight after a search that stretched for more than 5 hours on the west side of Beaumont today. Deranza Guillory is accused of shooting a man this morning at the Timbers Edge apartments off College street.

    Tony Stewart not indicted in racetrack death

    NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will not be facing criminal charges for his role in the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward. A New York grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict Stewart, 43, after hearing testimony starting this week.

    Beaumont police arrest suspected gunman in west-end shooting Video included

    A man is in custody following a shooting that happened Wednesday morning at the Timbers Edge Apartments in the 1000 block of Pinchback Road in the west end.

    The shooting was reported around 8:45 a.m.  Officers blocked off Pinchback Road around the apartments while they searched for evidence.

    One arrested, charged with murder in Tuesday's shooting

    A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Police Department said Wednesday that officers have arrested a man in connection with Tuesday afternoon's shooting death.

    Jim Lee Bailey III, of Port Arthur, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Chrischaud Deell Reed, 20, of Port Arthur.

    Five things to know for your New Day -- Wednesday, September 24

    The U.S. targets more than just one terror group in Syria. Ebola cases in Africa could spike to nearly 1.5 million. And an Indian spacecraft makes it to Mars.

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

    Shooting victim in Port Arthur dies Video included

    Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton told 12News that a man shot Tuesday afternoon at the Port Arthur Town Homes  passed away at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. 

    The victim was Chrischaud Deell Reed. He was 20 years old.

    10-year-old falls through window at a Port Arthur elementary school

    A Port Arthur student is recovering after getting hurt in a freak accident at Sam Houston Elementary Tuesday morning. 

    Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie says a 10-year-old boy appears to have lost his balance as he was going to breakfast and fell through a glass window. 

    Process server files $25 million lawsuit against Jefferson County

    12News has obtained a copy of a multi-million dollar federal civil rights lawsuit filed against Jefferson County and several current and former county officials. 

    Civil process server Stephen Hartman is seeking a total of $25 million from about a dozen defendants, including judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officers. 

    Pipeline safety expert says Texas' tough regulations keep Southeast Texans safe Video included

    It's a danger that lies beneath most American cities. A joint investigation by USA Today and 12News finds that despite years of warnings, some gas companies are not moving fast enough to replace aging pipelines.  But one pipeline safety expert says that's not the case in Texas.

    Conditions worsen after copper thieves target Beaumont apartment complex

    In a matter of hours, tenants at the Ridgewood Garden Apartments will no longer call the complex on Sweet Gum, home. First, the water was cut off a couple of weeks ago because the landlord had not paid the water bill. It's been off and on several times, then last week the landlord evicted everyone. The families there say they must move out by Thursday. Now, vandalism at the complex is making matters much worse.

    3 People dead in Alabama UPS shooting

    Three people were dead Tuesday morning after a shooting at a UPS facility in Inglenook, Alabama, said Capt. Jerry Wiley of the Birmingham Police Department.

    U.S., Arab nations strike ISIS in Syria; U.S. hits 2nd terror group Video included

    President Obama plans to speak Tuesday morning about the U.S. strategy against ISIS, following overnight strikes in Syria, a White House official said.

    Bridesmaids wear gowns in mud race after bride's tragic death

    Four bridesmaids in central Wisconsin honored their sister, a bride-to-be who unexpectedly died, the way they say she would have wanted: with laughter and mud.

    Hannah Graham searchers return to Jesse Matthew's apartment

    A new warrant was issued today to carry out a second search of the apartment belonging to a man who police say was the last person to be seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

    Floods swamp parts of Texas, New Mexico

    Heavy rain has pelted much of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico over the past few days. Cities such as El Paso, Roswell and Carlsbad have seen some of the worst of the rain and flooding

    Teacher turns in student for sending her inappropriate photos Video included

    An Orange teacher is involved with allegations of obscene photos, only this time it's the teacher who said she received them from a student.

    That teacher asked 12News not to identify her, since she said she feels humiliated.

    U.S. begins airstrikes against ISIS targets

    The United States and Arab partner nations have been launching massive airstrikes in Syria Monday night against ISIS targets. 

    These are the first such attacks at Raqqa, Syria, and a major escalation of the U.S. war against ISIS. 

    McDonald's melee: Suspect stopped by citizen

    Eyewitnesses sometimes take law enforcement matters into their own hands when a violent situation arises. That's what happened at a McDonald's on the 3600 block of Nederland Avenue early last month.

    Man seen with missing U.Va. student wanted on driving charge

    An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, but he is not being sought for anything to do with the case.

    2 dead, 48 injured in Delaware bus crash

    Two woman were killed and at least two others were critically injured Sunday when a New York-based tour bus crashed on a Del. 1 exit ramp near Red Lion.

    ISIS waging war through social media Video included

    It's a propaganda war and the battleground is social media.ISIS militants are conducting a fierce and widespread campaign to recruit, fund-raise and intimidate.

    The viral images of beheadings and massacres released by ISIS over the past month were just the start of the digital weapons used by the modern terrorist group.

    Body of man recovered in Crystal Beach

    The body of a man who authorities say jumped off a bridge has been recovered.

    According to the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Office in Houston, the 31-year-old man jumped off the Rollover Pass Bridge early Saturday morning.

    Construction of Confederate Memorial on schedule Video included

    No confederate flags are flying near interstate 10 in Orange yet, but once construction is complete at the Confederate Memorial of the Wind, Orange residents and visitors will see at least 8 flags on either side of a walkway which will also have a plaque explaining when they were used.

    The Sons of Confederate Veterans are behind the memorial. They say it's to honor the service of confederate soldiers.

    Anahuac man jailed after Chambers County deputies say he shot a man in the chest

    An Anahuac man is in the Chambers County jail after Sheriff's deputies say he shot another man in the chest.

    Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Lonnie Robertson, 58 is facing a charge of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon a Second Degree Felony.

    Controversial class at the Lamar Institute of Technology Video included

    The Lamar Institute of Technology has implemented mandatory training for all new students and employees this fall semester. It's a new class that teaches about the dangers of sexual assault and harassment on college campuses.

    Apple fans stand in line to buy iPhone 6 Video included

    Apple fans looking to be among the first to own an iPhone 6 are braving lines but getting their new devices before pre-orders placed last week have even arrived.The arrival of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus in stores world wide has apple fans calling in sick and even sneaking out of the house to be among the first to own the device. A line began to form at the Verizon Wireless store on Dowlen Rd. in Beaumont beginning at 11:30 Thursday night.

    One felony arrest made, more expected in Orange County metal theft joint investigation

    A joint effort police, deputies and state troopers to crack down on an increase in metal theft in Orange County has resulted in at least one felony arrest, and more are expected.

    On Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Vidor Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety worked a joint operation to target metal theft.

    BISD picks lead officer to head department following chief's suspension

    12News has learned which officer is holding the reins of the Beaumont Independent School District's police department following the suspension of Chief Clydell Duncan.

    Bridge City Police Officer petitions parole board Video included

    Bridge City Police Officer Brittany Hilton is asking the state to keep her mother's killer behind bars. Hilton only really knows her mother through newspaper articles and pictures that her grandmother put together in a book. Hilton is trying to keep the murderer, Paul Taylor Jr. behind bars. She's also asking the state to change his eligibility for parole from once every 2 years to once every 5.

    Couple complains after city cuts down trees Video included

    Jim and Sandra Cash are have a passion for greenery. But they're angry with the City of Pinehurst, for cutting down trees that once lined a street in front of a shopping center.

    Fourth arrest warrant issued after Beaumont sexual assault

    Beaumont police are looking for a fourth man wanted in a case of a woman they say was sexually assaulted after using social media to solicit prostitution.

    Paul Layton Singleton, Jr, 18, of Beaumont, is one of six men accused of sexually assaulting a Houston area woman after she placed an ad on backpage.com.

    Port Arthur man sentenced for drug trafficking

    A man who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in federal prison.

    Michael Joseph Barrett IV, 26, of Port Arthur, pleaded guilty on Feb. 11, 2014.

    Beaumont federal inmate sentenced for deadly assault

    A Missouri man serving time at a Beaumont federal prison has been sentenced for the deadly assault of another inmate.

    Beaumont police look for gunman who robbed south-side Family Dollar store

    No injuries have been reported as police try to find a man who robbed the Family Dollar store located at 1005 Washington Blvd. Wednesday evening.

    According to a police spokesperson, the robbery was reported around 9:40 p.m.

    Police: Man in jail after rooftop break in at grocery store

     A man Port Arthur police say is a burglar who made a rooftop entrance in the middle of the night has been charged and sent to jail.

    A police spokesperson said officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Gulfway Food mart located at 100 Gulfway Drive around 2 a.m. Thursday.  Officers determined that someone had broken into the store through the rooftop.

    Beaumont tenants scramble to find new housing after mass eviction notice

    Tensions are high at the Ridgewood Garden Apartments in Beaumont. Residents received a notice Monday to move out within 10 days. Tenants are shocked."I want to know what's going on because we pay our rent every month and we pay our bills and all of a sudden we have to get out of here for no reason," said Paul Mackey. He's lived at the complex off Sweetgum Lane for 7 years.Many say everything seemed fine until the water was shut off earlier this month.

    Citizenship Day swearing in Video included

    To celebrate National Constitution and Citizenship Day, southeast Texas residents were sworn-in today as new American citizens at the Beaumont Public Library. The diverse group today represented Mexico, Vietnam, Morocco, Israel and Pakistan, but they all had one thing in common.

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