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    VIEWER WEATHER PHOTOS: Road closed, trees damaged

     Heavy rain and wind caused some storm damage near Lumberton Saturday.  Viewers from Beaumont, Vidor and other areas in southeast Texas sent in photos of standing water and downed trees.

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    Baby gator found outside Bridge City restaurant

    There was a small surprise waiting for some Bridge City diners tonight. 

    A baby alligator was found outside the Texas Gumbo Hut and Grill. 

    Bruce Jenner: "I'm a woman"

    Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world's most famous families. Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.“For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman,” Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News' “20/20.”  

    Feral dogs massacre goat herd and terrorize neighborhood Video included

    Cox said last night the pack of feral dogs broke the gate and got into the barn where the herd was asleep.

    PHOTOS: Wind damage reported in SETX

     Storms caused wind damage to some parts of southeast Texas Friday afternoon.

    Port Arthur police investigate shots fired

     Port Arthur police are investigating a report of shots fired.

    The call came in around 3 p.m. in the 3500 block of Normandy Avenue near the Brittany Place Apartments.

    Crystal Boyett sentenced to 20 years, $10,000 fine Video included

    A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with a February 2014 collision on Highway 69 that claimed the life of a Hardin County teen and her pregnant sister.

    Testimony began Tuesday and wrapped up early Thursday afternoon in the trial of Crystal Boyett, 41, of Kirbyville.  The jury late Thursday agreed with prosecutors that there was enough evidence to convict Boyett in the death of Connely Burns, 20.  

    Wild horse adoption program reaches Southeast Texas Video included

    Dozens of wild horses pranced into the Ford Park barn in Beaumont early Friday morning, waiting patiently to find a new home in Southeast Texas. The Bureau of Land Management is offering up the animals to qualified homes in an effort to reduce excess livestock roaming on public lands. A woman who adopted her wild horse 10 years ago says it's the best $125 she's ever spent.With plenty of wide-open country and some livestock to love on, Debby Shackelford is one happy lady.

    Three Beaumont robberies may be related

     A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department told 12News that three robberies that happened between 8 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday are believed to be related.  

    Orange county issues water notice about possible unstable organic compounds in water

    Orange County officials sent letters to residents in Vidor letting them know their water may contain unstable organic compounds.

    At least a dozen hurt in stage collapse at Ind. high school Video included

    At least a dozen students were injured Thursday night when a stage collapsed during a student performance at an area high school, authorities said.

    Autopsy: Newborn found in desk drawer was suffocated

    A baby born last month in a bathroom stall at a Detroit-area office, then hidden in a desk drawer, died of homicide by suffocation, according to an autopsy.

    One principal resigns, one remains following BISD attendance scandal

    12News has an update on the subjects of a Beaumont Independent School District attendance scandal. 

    BISD sources say the former principal of Central High School, Lorenzo Carr, has resigned his position. 

    Central and Ozen softball teams join forces for Team Averie Video included

    Averie Middleton loves the game of softball, but because of leukemia treatments, she has been unable to play softball. That is until Thursday when Beaumont rivals Central Lady Jaguars and Ozen Lady Panthers joined forces for Team Averie.  Averie's cousin, Rhoda Poe, coaches the Lady Jaguars. The team adopted the five-year-old and let her attend practices. 

    Erosion on Highway 87 is forcing some drivers to have a crumbly commute

    Adam Saunders said he is extra cautious when driving on Highway 87 between Port Arthur and Sabine pass because the road is eroding.

    Equusearch: Missing girl's body found under boat dock

    The search for a 5-year-old girl at a Kemah marina came to a tragic end early Thursday morning, Texas Equusearch says.

    A searcher found the girl's body under a dock not far from her dad's boat

    Bullets fly after dice game argument in Beaumont, one arrested

    Around 6:22 p.m. Beaumont Police officers were taking a report in the 1400 block of Roberts Street when they heard several gun shots in the area of Roberts Park. 

    Orange police fire shots after fleeing suspect drives car toward officer

    Police in Orange are looking for a suspect whom they say tried to run down an officer forcing another officer to open fire on the suspect's car.

    Police say the incident started when an officer tried to pull over the suspect and he drove off leading to a chase.

    Woman stops suggestive online messages between man and teen Video included

    A woman in Orange is reassessing her daughter's online activity after she found out a man was sending her 16-year-old daughter suggestive messages through Facebook. Both the teen and the man are from Orange.

    New stem cell surgery to southeast texas may heal ailing pets

    Ailing Southeast Texas pets can breathe a sigh of relief now that a local veterinarian can perform stem cell surgeries to heal wounded pets.

    Beaumont teen sentenced to 40 years for 2013 murder

    Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Wednesday that Moises Antonio Morales Ramos, 19 of Beaumont, Texas, pled guilty to murder and was sentenced by Judge John B. Stevens, Jr. to 40 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

    Mother stabbed in parking lot of Beaumont grocery store

     Beaumont police are investigating an afternoon stabbing.

    The stabbing was reported to dispatchers around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

    Beaumont man indicted for murder in the death of his wife

    A Beaumont man has been indicted on one count of murder in the shooting death of his wife.

    Court of Appeals affirms capital murder conviction of Bartholomew Granger

    The Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday affirmed the capital murder conviction of Bartholomew Granger. 

    Stuck truck causes headaches for Beaumont drivers

     A truck driver from Houston is facing some heavy fines after the trailer he was pulling got stuck on train tracks in Beaumont.

    I-10 east ramp and lane closures cause driver frustration Video included

    A recent Interstate 10 east ramp closure in downtown Beaumont has been diverting traffic to city streets and commuters complain it's adding more to their travel time. "I try to avoid it as much as I possibly can,” said Beaumont driver Michael Hill.

    Recall causes a different type of ice cream headache for Blue Bell fans Video included

    The self-imposed recall by Blue Bell of all its ice cream products is a result of a listeria outbreak. The bacteria, which has been linked to the Texas-based creamery, has killed three people and sent seven others to hospitals. Despite that horrible news, Southeast Texas are remaining loyal to Blue Bell. We spoke to several Blue Bell fans at Beaumont's Sertinos Cafe. They told 12News they appreciate Blue Bell putting safety before profits, and having a voluntary recall. 

    Judge "Lupe" Flores passes away Video included

    Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Lupe Flores passed away this morning at the age of 65. Friends said family, fairness and generosity were three things the trailblazing judge held dear to his heart.


    Fire department investigating after fireworks set off at West Brook High School

    West Brook High School students spent part of their afternoon outside after a student set fireworks off inside the cafeteria Tuesday.

    Texas man accused of throwing puppies over fence Video included

    Marshall police investigators arrested 61-year-old Paul Smith on an animal cruelty charge after surveillance video captured the Marshall Independent School District employee throwing puppies out of a district-owned truck and over a tall fence.

    Man charged in connection with Alfred Wright death investigation sentenced for distributing cocaine

    A Jasper man charged as part of the investigation into the death of Alfred Wright has been sentenced to federal prison on drug charges after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

    Hardin ISD schools evacuated due to threat

    All Hardin ISD schools were evacuated before lunchtime Tuesday after authorities say a bomb threat was phoned in to the district's administration building.

    Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Video included

    Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

    Blue Bell recalls all products due to health risks

    Blue Bell Ice Cream on Monday issued a voluntary recall for all of its products because of a possible health risk found in half gallon containers of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream produced on March 17 and March 27.

    Known to millions as "the little creamery in Brenham," the Texas company explained its decision in a news release issued just before 9 p.m.

    CLOSE CALL: Suspected drunk slams car into sleeping toddler's bedroom

    A suspected drunk driver crashed into a Houston-area home, narrowly missing a toddler sleeping in her bed.

    BISD officer uses pepper spray to subdue student

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Independent School District has confirmed to 12News that a BISD officer used pepper spray on a student accused of assaulting another officer.

    Jasper man who had young teen in truck while fleeing troopers faces charges

     A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety says a Jasper man led them on a chase around 12:30 p.m. Monday.   A Trooper in Jasper County initiated a traffic stop for an equipment violation on Highway 190

    Former PA city employee gets 180 days in jail, probation for theft

    A former City of Port Arthur employee who was indicted for theft has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and four years probation.  The sentence was handed down Monday.

    Jail Officials: Man from orange who died in Liberty County Jail took his own life

     Investigators say a man from Orange who died while in the Liberty County Jail died from an apparent suicide.

    Lamar University provides group transit with shuttle Video included

    Carpooling helps reduce our carbon footprint on the environment and Lamar University is taking steps to help students share a ride. An on and off campus shuttle is allowing dozens of faculty and staff not to require a car at all. One man who rode the University shuttle to Central Mall in Port Arthur over the weekend said one thing that's very different about Southeast Texas from his hometown in China is the fresh air. Lamar is doing their part in ensuring the air stays fresh.

    Crystal Boyett manslaughter trial expected to begin Monday

    Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of Crystal Boyett, the woman accused of causing a wreck that killed a Lumberton teen and her pregnant sister...

    Two shot at Beaumont apartment complex Video included

    A double shooting on Beaumont's north end sent two men to the hospital Sunday night.

    Man stabbed four times Sunday morning in Port Arthur Video included

    Port Arthur police are investigating a stabbing that happened around 3 am Sunday morning in the 600 block of Houston Ave.

    Oklahoma City marks 20th anniversary of OKC bombing

    Thousands gather Sunday in Oklahoma City to mark the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.

    Hundreds turn out to toss hazardous waste

    The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission hosted their annual Household Hazardous waste and Scrap Event on Saturday morning in the Bob Bowers Civic Center parking lot.

    Judicial group eyeing Bridge City judge's conduct Video included

    The ethics of a Bridge City municipal court judge are being questioned tonight, by a woman who is filing a complaint against him with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. "Yeah, this is Judge Jimmy Scales, City of Bridge City, looking for Ashley Riddling,” said Bridge City municipal court judge in a voicemail to a Bridge City resident Thursday morning.

    Former judge files over $1 million lawsuit against Valero

     Former Jefferson County District Judge Layne Walker has filed an over $1 Million lawsuit against Valero

    Witnesses: At least 6 cars involved, 2 people taken to hospital following Beaumont accident

    Beaumont police are investigating the cause of a 9-vehicle accident Friday morning.

    The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. near the corner of Crow Road and Folsom Drive in Beaumont.

    Groves woman receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer service award

    Maureen Whiteside of Groves, Texas was presented the Chaplaincy Department Volunteer Award during the Governor's 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

    One arrested, one at large following robberies in casino parking lot Video included

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies have arrested two men they say robbed customers of a Lake Charles casino. The name of the casino has not yet been released by officials.

    Pizza delivery driver robbed in Port Arthur

    Police in Port Arthur are investigating the robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

    Port Arthur police were called to a home at 5309 Grant Ave. at about 10:30 pm Thursday.

    The victim told officers he was trying to deliver a pizza when he was approached by two men, one with a gun.

    Chris Babin named new head football coach at Lumberton Video included

    The Lumberton school board on a 7-0 vote Thursday night has turned back the clock to the past in hiring Chris Babin to be their new head football coach and Boys Athletic Coordinator. Babin was RB for the Raiders from 1996-98 and then the offensive coordinator for the 2007-08 Lumberton teams that posted the first playoff wins in school history. Babin engineered a turnaround at Deweyville, leading the Pirates to the playoffs in 2012 and 2013 and then spent last season as head coach at Warren.

    Rain causes severe flooding in Chambers County Video included

    Southeast Texas continues to get soaked from the downpour and with flood watches in effect until Friday morning, some homeowners in Chambers County said they're worried flood waters will make it inside their homes.

    Wesley Hampshire, of Winnie, said where he lives along FM 1406, ditches are overflowing, yards have become lakes and driveways look like rivers.

    BISD administrators have been on paid leave for four months

    It's been more than four months since three Beaumont Independent School District administrators were placed on administrative leave, following an attendance investigation by the Texas Education Agency, and 12News confirms the three are still collecting a paycheck. Central High School principal Lorenzo Carr, Ozen High School principal Odis Norris and former principal of Jones-Clark Elementary, Jackie Lavergne, are being looked into by the state for faulty attendance records. 

    Southeast Texas mom upset that mentally challenged daughter was taken to Hooters Video included

     The mom is upset Spindletop Center took her daughter and a coed group of mentally-challenged adults to Hooters, she said she doesn't find it to be the proper venue.

    Woman declares disbelief in God after extreme bullying Video included

    Lamar University students were greeted with signs like "Coming out of God's Closet" as they entered the Setzer Center today. Members of the university's Secular Student Alliance organized a community forum called "Ask an Atheist Day."

    Port Arthur man arrested after apparent synthetic marijuana found during traffic stop

    A Port Neches Police Officer found a load of what is believed to be synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop Thursday morning.

    Beaumont man gets 25 years for 2013 home invasion

    It took a jury just over 20 minutes to find a Beaumont man guilty for his role in a 2013 home invasion.

    According to a news release issued by the office of Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham, Armaud Sears, of Beaumont, was found guilty of the first degree felony aggravated robbery after a two-day trial.

    Sulphur cafeteria worker arrested for striking child

    A spokesperson for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Thursday said a Sulphur, LA area cafeteria worker has been arrested and charged with cruelty to a juvenile after she struck a 6-year-old.

    Nederland man charged with intoxication manslaughter Video included

    A Nederland man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in Harris County.

    $2,000 reward offered for sex offender who fled from Fort Worth facility

     The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Charles Raymond Sprague, 44, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $2,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. 

    Snack bar company under fire from FDA Video included

    The makers of seemingly healthy grain snacks "kind bars" are coming under fire from the Food and Drug Administration for the labeling on some of it's popular items. The FDA says a handful of flavors do not meet the requirement to be described as healthy. A local nutritionist says Southeast Texans can use the nutrition facts label to make their own choice over which snack is a healthy choice.

    Beaumont SWAT teaches Brazilian officers Video included

    The Beaumont SWAT team spent Wednesday training Brazil at their training course in Beaumont.This is the 15th year the Beaumont SWAT team participated in this exchange program through CATI International Police Training Incorporated.

    Beaumont will not get $12.5 million in Hurricane Ike recovery funding

    Two years after their initial grant application was submitted, and 6.5 years after Hurricane Ike came ashore, the Beaumont Housing Authority has been unable to secure final approval of its $12.5 million dollar plan to reconstruct the Hurricane Ike damaged Concord Homes.

    Teen escapes fire, saves pet goldfish Video included

    A 16-year-old Port Acres girl is recovering fortunately with minor injuries, following a fire that ripped through her bedroom.

    Port Arthur firefighters responded to the fire about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon on the 2200 block of 60th St.The teen girl was home alone when the fire started, her family said although frightened, she remembered to grab the bowl holding their pet goldfish, Guppy.

    Beaumont police receive 30 tax scam reports Video included

    Just as you look forward to tax refunds from the government, scammers are, too. Thirty people have reported their refunds stolen to the Beaumont Police Department in the past two months.

    Document organization can cut down on stress next tax season Video included

    Pay day for Uncle Sam and the deadline for filing 2014 tax returns has arrived. While many Southeast Texans don't want to hear the word "tax" again for another 365 days, it could pay off to get a jump start.Tax season is a family affair for a tax preparation office in Vidor. Kathleen Cryer and her daughter Kandi are in overdrive this week handling last minute returns and extensions.

    Texas 10 most wanted sex offender arrested in Orange County

    Mack Brady Meadows, 64, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Apr. 10 in Orange County. 

    13-year-old arrested for Beaumont aggravated robbery

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department Tuesday confirmed that the person arrested for a Monday night aggravated robbery is only 13-years old.

    Three former Beaumont ISD employees sentenced in warehouse fraud scheme

    Three former Beaumont Independent School District employees have been sentenced for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

    $1.5 million award in death of Orange County inmate upheld

    A Federal Judge has upheld a $1.5 million award to the estate of Robert Montano. 

    Undocumented immigrants working at SETX refineries, plants and shipyards arrested

    U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Monday that 18 individuals have been arrested on federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

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