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    Nederland police investigate possible strike-related shooting

    Nederland police officers are investigating a weekend shooting that happened at the home of a Motiva supervisor.

    Assistant Police Chief Gary Porter told 12News the shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.


    Silsbee family seeks justice after neighbor kills dog Video included

    A Silsbee woman wants justice for her dog she said was shot and killed by a neighbor, in front of her teenage son.

    The Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded Friday to a call on White Ln. Rd. in Silsbee about a fatally wounded pit bull.

    Bullets from drive by shooting penetrate home, no one hurt inside

    Port Arthur police say there were people inside a home that was the target of a drive by shooting overnight. It happened at 5282 12th Street around 1:45 Sunday morning.

    USW invites entire community to interfaith services as strike enters week two

    United Steelworkers Local 13-423 is inviting the entire community to attend an interfaith service Sunday.

    Fast and furious drivers on Interstate 10 prompt numerous calls to 911

    The Texas Department of Public Safety answered numerous 911 calls Saturday afternoon from motorists reporting speeding and reckless driving by people driving high performance cars on Interstate 10 eastbound. 

    Petition launched to combat bullying at Beaumont schools on Marshall Middle School Parent Chat Facebook page

    An anti-bullying petition is gaining signatures after posted on the Marshall Middle School Parent Chat Facebook page.

    Car service stations lacking vehicle registration stickers

    There is a shortage of vehicle inspection stickers in Southeast Texas. On a normal day PM Texaco does car inspections but on Saturday they cannot because they are all out of the stickers that typically go in the windshield.

    Passengers on plane for nine hours for one hour flight

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    What was supposed to be a nearly one-hour flight turned into a nine-hour ordeal for passengers on board an American Airlines plane delayed for hours because of icy conditions and a mechanical problem.American Airlines flight 382 was scheduled to leave for Oklahoma City from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 1:45 p.m. CT Friday, but the plane was grounded until 10:48 p.m. CT.

    Here's what you need to know about the Two Steps, One Sticker change

    HOUSTON – Get ready for a big change the next time you go to get your vehicle inspected.Starting Sunday, you won't be getting a new inspection sticker for your windshield anymore.The state is calling it the "Two Steps, One Sticker" program. In the future just one sticker will prove that your car was both registered and inspected.

    ATF considering banning popular ammunition Video included

    The ATF is considering a ban on some 5.56 millimeter bullets. ATF announced last week it's reviewing whether to block ammo dealers from selling some kinds of armor piercing ammunition that has been legal to sell to the public since 1986.

    Teachers fear escalation of violence at Marshall Middle School Video included

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    Some teachers at a Beaumont Independent School District middle school say they no longer feel safe on campus. 

    The Marshall Middle School educators say their fear was worsened after a big fight on campus Thursday.  BISD administrators claim the incident wasn't as bad as teachers describe. 

    Freshman shatters powerlifting stereotypes Video included

    Powerlifting isn't just for guys. The girls have been holding their own at the weight racks for years now but there still seems to be some misconceptions surrounding the sport. When you think about girls in powerlifting, you think about how tough the athlete needs to be to compete. the concentration they bring to the weight rack is etched across their face and you can see the drive in their eyes; the resolve to out-lift the other girls in their group.

    Major accident Interstate 10 near Walden road

    Emergency crews are working a major accident on Interstate 10 near Walden Road.

    Drivers should expect delays near the accident.

    One taken to hospital after car goes through large drainage ditch in Beaumont

    One person was taken to the hospital Friday after a car went through a large drainage ditch in Beaumont.

    The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. near Phelan between Major and Dowlen Road.

    Family of Port Arthur man killed in 2007 bulldozer accident wins multimillion dollar lawsuit against Caterpillar Video included

    On August 9, 2007, Emery Bowie was riding a Caterpillar bulldozer while working on the Motiva refinery's expansion in Port Arthur. According to court documents, he got out of the seat, and stood on the the bulldozer's tracks to signal at a truck driver also working on the project. The bulldozer suddenly went into reverse.The lawyer for Bowie's family, Gilbert Adams, said, "He was caught between the tracks and the fender, his body was terribly mutilated."

    Surveillance of Pinehurst robbery released

    Surveillance images from a robbery in Pinehurst have been released.

    The robbery happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday at the Kwick Stop convenience store located at 1427 Strickland Drive in Pinehurst.

    Shell negotiators to resume talks with Union Wednesday

    A spokesperson for Shell told 12News that negotiations with the United Steel Workers will resume on Wednesday.

    Suspect in Sulphur woman's death captured

    Joshua Latham, the Texas man set to stand trial in connection with the death of a Sulphur woman in 2013, has been captured.

    8 dead in door-to-door shootings in rural Missouri

    A gunman went door to door in a small south-central Missouri community late Thursday, fatally shooting 7 people before driving to an adjoining county and apparently killing himself, State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said Friday.

    Family and friends describe woman who died in Friday-morning accident as loved, a sweet soul

    Shortly after news of the death of a 22-year-old woman in an accident Thursday night, messages of sadness and disbelief began being posted about a life who touched so many.

    "Your were amazing person as aunt to Kaiden," Terra Moore posted to the 12News facebook page.

    Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy's son Adam says the "Star Trek" star has died in Los Angeles.

    Air ambulance called to rollover accident near Bridge City

    One person was taken to the hospital by air ambulance following a rollover accident on 1442 near Bridge City Thursday afternoon.

    The accident happened around 4:14 p.m. near the intersection of FM 1442 and Thomas Drive.

    Family mourns, without closure after hit and run accident Video included

    Police have questioned a suspect who may have been involved in a hit and run accident that killed a Beaumont man Friday night.

    Terrel Segura, 48, was found dead in the middle of College St. at the Lindbergh intersection. The person who hit him did not stop, but police found the truck abandoned two days later.

    BASF plant members train for the worst

    BASF plant employees from Port Arthur and Beaumont spent Thursday training for high-altitude rescues.

    HCSO: Mother accused of stabbing of 4-year-old son

    A suspect has been detained in the stabbing of a 4 year old in northwest Houston, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

    Friends remember homeless man killed in Calder Ave. fire Video included

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    Beaumont neighbors are sharing their stories about the homeless man who died in a fire on Calder Ave. Tuesday night.

    According to police, William Ray Rogers, 68, was a transient originally from Seattle, but was well known in Old Town.

    Surveillance of Taco Bell robbery released

    The Chambers County Sheriff Office has released a surveillance photo from a robbery that happened Friday at the Taco Bell in Winnie.

    Jasper family loses house to fire Thursday morning

    A house in Jasper County was destroyed by fire Thursday morning.

    Officials say the fire was reported around 6 a.m. at a house on Highway 96 just south of the Jasper City limits. A child who lives at the house woke up the rest of the family and got them out to safety.

    Suspect in Sulphur woman's death a no-show at Newton County courthouse, jumps bail

    Suspect Joshua Latham is once again a man on the run. He was set to stand trial for the 1st degree murder of Tami Higginbotham but failed to show up Monday morning in Newton County Texas.

    Labor leader, who spearheaded last major Southeast Texas strike, voices support for new generation of union workers Video included

    For Southeast Texas old-timers, the work stoppage is history repeating itself, and a labor leader at the forefront of Southeast Texas' last major strike in 1982 hopes a new generation can learn from that experience.
    At the time, about 4,000 Texaco refinery workers in Port Arthur went on strike to protest reductions in pension benefits.

    Special Report: Fake Smoke Real Trouble Video included

    Synthetic Marijuana; a substance that used to be readily available in gas stations and smoke shops, is still cropping up in Southeast Texas long after being banned. Reports of new versions of the drug causing serious medical complications heightened awareness of the drug this year.Born and raised in Port Arthur, a man who doesn't want to be identified, says he tried synthetic marijuana for the first time about four years ago.

    Drivers question lane closure safety Video included

    Drivers who frequently cross the eastbound lanes of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge said road signs aren't sufficiently warning drivers of lane closures. They believe most drivers don't know the right lane is closed until they top the bridge, giving them little time to react.

    Nearly 1,800 attend job fair at MCM Elegante Video included

    Nearly 1,800 job seekers packed the MCM Elegante on Wednesday morning to attend a job fair organized by 12News HD.Wi thin the first five minutes, 300 people filed in -- resumes in hand, looking for a job.

    NABTU and USW issue joint statement about strike

    Leo W. Gerald, International President of the United Steelworkers and Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Union have issued a joint statement about the strike.

    Body found as Beaumont firefighters responded to a fence fire

    William Ray Rogers (Photo: Beaumont Police Department) William Ray Rogers (Photo: Beaumont Police Department)

    Beaumont police say there does not appear to be any signs of foul play after a body was found by firefighters who responded to put out a fire along Calder.

    UPDATE: Woman treated and released following accident on I-10 in Beaumont

    A woman injured in an accident that shut down a portion of Interstate 10 in Beaumont for around an hour-and-a-half Tuesday night has been released from the hospital.

    Family walking from Disneyland to Disney World for daughter who died of cancer makes stop in Beaumont Video included

    Family members of a Houston-area girl who list her life to pediatric cancer were in Beaumont Tuesday night as part of their effort to raise money for a foundation in her name.

    Community support strengthens striking workers Video included

    The striking workers outside the Motiva refinery in Port Arthur have been picketing on some of the coldest days this winter. But union members say the cold has been made bearable thanks to the heartwarming community support. Brian Strohm is on Motiva's workmen's committee for the United Steelworkers. He said, "We're still staying real strong, no members have crossed the picket line, and we've got tremendous support from all the community."

    Beaumont Animal Services seize dog left out for weeks in severe weather conditions Video included

    Beaumont animal services seized a dog Tuesday afternoon that neighbors say had been left outside—day and night for the past month in the bitter cold and rain.

    Demolitions a part of PAISD improvements

    Many changes are coming to the Port Arthur Independent School District. 

    Voters approved a $195 million bond in November.  Those changes will soon take effect. 

    Marine veteran convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' and friend

    A former Marine was convicted on Tuesday in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend at a shooting range.

    Baptist Orange Hospital to discontinue most inpatient services Video included

    Baptist Orange Hospital will discontinue most inpatient services on June 1, a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed to 12News.

    Delivery driver assaulted & robbed in Orange Video included

    A student at a local high school was beat up and robbed while delivering pizzas in an Orange neighborhood—but the only thing stolen were the pizzas. Orange police officers said two young men assaulted a Little Cypress-Mauriceville High school student.

    Passing it on: Officers reach out to the community to establish trust Video included

    Sergeant Jermey Houston has worked with the Port Arthur Police Department for 13 years.Tensions between law enforcement and some communities across the country reached new peaks last year.Even though those events did not take place here, Sergeant Houston says one of the biggest mistakes parents make is how they present officers. Houston said many time parents threaten their children with the police anytime they do something wrong. He their role in the community is not to be the bad guy.“At th...

    Roads clear after three car accident

    Traffic is flowing again on Highway 69 in Mid County following a three car collision.

    A car changed lanes, striking an SUV.  The SUV spun into a pickup truck.  

    Man from Orange sentenced for child pornography

    A man from Orange has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child pornography.

    No injuries in Port Arthur house fire

    No injuries were reported in a Port Arthur house fire Tuesday afternoon.

    The fire was reported just after Noon.  It originated in the attic of a home located in the 3200 block of 11th Street.

    Theft from Vidor church caught on video

    Investigators have released surveillance video of a trailer being stolen from a church in Vidor.

    Family of three left homeless after early morning fire

    The Warren Volunteer Fire Department spent much of the early morning hours Tuesday out in the cold battling a house fire.

    They were called to the fire at 295 CR 1300 at about 2:15 a.m.

    USW strike sheds light on worker fatigue and safety concerns Video included

    The national work stoppage in the oil industry began February 1st when talks for a new three-year contract broke down between the United Steelworkers union and the lead negotiating oil company, Shell Oil. The stalemate rippled to Southeast Texas, when 800 workers and USW members at Motiva in Port Arthur walked off the job Saturday at midnight

    Strikes in PA continue despite bitter cold

    The cold and rainy weather did not hold back refinery strikers in Port Arthur Monday. Members of the United Steelworkers union and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union marched at the largest refinery in the nation – Motiva Enterprises.

    TxDOT treating roadways for winter weather Video included

    Texas Department of Transportation crews are monitoring road conditions across Southeast Texas amid the threat for possible icy conditions.

    Firefighters contain home blaze to rear of Port Neches home

     Firefighters were called to a home in the 3100 block of Forest Oak shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. 

    Deputies locate missing LC-M student

    A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon that deputies have located an LC-M student who was reported missing.

    Lake Charles man indicted on sex crimes dies after car goes into Sabine Lake

    Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found along with his car under water in a lake in Bridge City.  

    The deceased is identified as Charles Huffman, 49, of Lake Charles.  His family has been notified.

    Deputies identify victim whose body was found near High Island

    Galveston County Sheriff Detectives have identified the man whose body was found on the beach near High Island.

    All flights from Jack Brooks Regional Airport canceled today; Arctic air returning to Northeast

    More than 1,000 flights into and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have been canceled today because of freezing rain, sleet and sub-freezing temperatures.

    911's deadly flaw: Lack of location data Video included

    The investigation revealed dispatchers have trouble finding victims so often, the Federal Communication Commission's new goal is to locate just 40% of cell phone callers two years from now.

    A fire in Lumberton last week resulted in a dangerous delay when the 911 call was answered by Jefferson County instead of Hardin County.

    Man's body found bound with gunshot wounds to the head on a beach sparks homicide investigation

    The Galveston County Sheriff's Office has launched a homicide investigation after a man's body was found on a beach between Gilchrist and High Island.

    800 union workers on strike at Motiva in Port Arthur; refineries in Louisiana put on notice Video included

    A strike involving 800 union workers began at midnight Saturday at the Motiva plant in Port Arthur, following an announcement by the United Steelworkers. 24-hour strike notices were also delivered at Motiva's two Louisiana refineries near New Orleans. Strikes there were expected to begin at midnight Sunday.

    Motiva activates contingency plans following strike at Port Arthur facility

    Motiva on Saturday announced it had activated contingency plans following the strike of 800 union workers at its facility in Port Arthur. More workers were expected to walk-out at midnight Sunday at two of Motiva's facilities near New Orleans.

    Beaumont police release name of pedestrian who died after hit-and-run collision

    A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department has released the name of a man who died after he was hit by a pickup Friday evening.

    The deceased is identified as Terrel Segura, 48, of Beaumont.

    Jefferson County Clerk's Office is anticipating the legalization of gay marriage Video included

    Jefferson County Clerk Carolyn Guidry said the judge's ruling in Austin that allowed the gay marriage there was just limited to that specific case, and Guidry says it gives her no authority to give gay couples marriage licenses right now.
    But she's convinced that will change in months. Guidry expects the nation's highest court will legalize gay marriage in June.

    Dr. Rodney Cavness will not move back to BISD

    The Beaumont Independent School District will not be headed up by former West Brook High School principal Dr. Rodney Cavness. 

    The Port Neches-Groves superintendent said despite several calls urging him to return to BISD, he will be taking his name out of the hat. 

    Graduation unclear for thousands of SETX students

    Thousands of local students are in danger of not graduating this June because they didn't pass all five of the state-required standardized exams. State senators are proposing a law to change this, but right now – students are blaming the exams for holding them back.

    Mother and baby taken to hospital following I-10 accident

    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at College Street were shut down for hours Thursday evening following an accident involving an 18-wheeler.

    Man wanted for Jasper County assault surrenders in Orange County

    A man wanted by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office for an aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury has turned himself in to authorities in Orange County and has bonded out.

    Painkiller Addicted Babies on the rise in Southeast Texas Video included

    Babies born addicted to drugs is increasing in Southeast Texas and a Neonatologist at Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth says prescription drugs are a doing a fair share of the damage. A proposed solution could mean all of your medication history is just a click away for thousands of doctors."There have tremors they just shake and that's hard to watch and a lot of times they just cry they just cry and cry," said Jaclyn Phillips who has been a foster mom for almost a decade.

    Southeast Texans keep emotions in check to avoid road rage Video included

    Police in Las Vegas are continuing their search for a killer involved in a road rage attack on a mother. Tammy Meyers was shot in the head after getting into an altercation with someone she felt was speeding. As that case continues to develop, Southeast Texans are reminded of the grim consequences possible when drivers try to seek revenge behind the wheel. Texas Department of Transportation data shows at least 6 road rage related crashes happened last year in Jefferson County.

    Three goats, chickens killed in Lumberton fire

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    A Lumberton family lost three goats Thursday afternoon when a goat pen in the back of a house caught fire.  The family lost a dozen chickens in the fire as well.  Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the house.  

    Southeast Texans get creative in staying motivated to meet fitness goals Video included

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 day Lenten season. Many people give up something during Lent such as food, television or other activities. Others use Lent as a chance to re-evaluate those new years resolutions that may be tougher to keep than they thought. Southeast Texans are getting creative in keeping their healthy goals.

    Jasper County deputies say man wanted for assault may be in Orange or Beaumont area

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a man wanted for an aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

    Deputies are looking for John Klinkhammer, who goes by the name "Jake."  Investigators say he is a fitness trainer.  

    Area marching bands jazz it up in Mardi Gras festivities Video included

    12NewsHD has been closely following the area participation in Mardi Gras festivities in Louisiana.The Central High School marching band made an annual trip to a parade on Tuesday.It was one of almost a dozen parades held around the Lafayette, Louisiana area today.And the Port Arthur Memorial Band was also in full Mardi Gras spirit - as you can see in our 12News video.The Central Jaguars and Memorial Titans often cross the state line as well to be part of Fat Tuesday festivities.

    Louisiana man gets life sentence for Orange County drug conspiracy

     A 38-year-old Vinton, Louisiana man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in Orange County.

    Port Arthur man sentenced for child pornography

    A 53-year-old Port Arthur man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography.

    Smoke from faulty light switch leads to evacuation of Lumberton Intermediate School

    Officials in Lumberton evacuated Lumberton Intermediate School after receiving a report of smoke in one of the classrooms around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    $3,000 Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender From Beaumont

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has added Mack Brady Meadows, 64, of Beaumont, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. 

    Deputies: Man shot five times, suspect at large following argument over relationship

    A Liberty County man is in critical condition after he was shot five times during an argument over a relationship, according to a spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff's office.

    No injuries in Kountze fire, two vehicles destroyed

    Firefighters in Kountze were able to prevent flames from spreading to a nearby house from a storage barn, but two vehicles in the barn are a total loss. Although the flames were kept from the house, it did receive smoke damage.

    Major accident I-10 at 365

    Emergency crews are working a major accident on Interstate 10 west at Hwy 365.

    Labelle-Fannett Fire Chief Charles Sonnier told 12News that at least five people were injured in the accident.

    No injuries following accident 9th Avenue at Hwy 73

    Emergency crews worked a single-vehicle accident at the overpass located at 9th Avenue at Highway 73 Monday afternoon.

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