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Monday, December 17 2012, 04:03 PM CST
School shooting victims profiled

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn't get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner. The adult victims found their life's work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. The gunfire Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School left a toll both unbearable and incalculable: 20 students and six adults at the school, the gunman's mother at home, and the gunman himself.

A glimpse of some of those who died:



They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon's mother relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.

It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte's older brother, Guy, was also in the school but was not shot.

Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn's brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.

"She was going to go some places in this world," Hagen told the newspaper. "This little girl could light up the room for anyone."



Daniel's family says he was "fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life."

He was the youngest of three children and in a statement to the media, his family said Daniel earned his missing two front teeth and ripped jeans.

"Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy," the family said.

His father, Mark is a local musician. The New Haven Register reported that Mark was scheduled to play a show at a restaurant in Danbury on Friday, a show that was later cancelled.

On the biography on his professional website, Mark Barden lists spending time with his family as his favorite thing to do.



Days before the Connecticut shooting rampage, the boyfriend of Rachel D'Avino had asked her parents for permission to marry her.

D'Avino was a behavioral therapist who had only recently started working at the school where she was killed, according to Lissa Lovetere Stone, a friend who is handling her funeral planned for Friday. D'Avino's boyfriend, Anthony Cerritelli, planned to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve, Lovetere Stone said.

Lovetere Stone said she met D'Avino in 2005 when D'Avino was assigned to her son, who has autism, in their town of Bethlehem. D'Avino, 29, was so dedicated she'd make home visits and constantly offered guidance on handling situations such as helping her son deal with loud music at a wedding.

"Her job didn't end when the school bell rang at 3 o'clock," Lovetere Stone said.

Police told her family that she shielded one of the students during the rampage, Lovetere Stone said.

"I'm heartbroken. I'm numb," Lovetere Stone said. "I think she taught me more about how to be a good mother to a special needs child than anyone else ever had."



Images of Olivia Rose Engel show a happy child, one with a great sense of humor, as her family said in a statement. There she is, visiting with Santa Claus, or feasting on a slice of birthday cake. Or swinging a pink baseball bat, posing on a boat, or making a silly face.

Olivia loved school, did very well in math and reading, and was "insightful for her age," said the statement released by her uncle, John Engel.

She was a child who "lit up a room and the people around her." Creative with drawing and designing, she was also a tennis and soccer player and took art classes, swimming, and dance lessons in ballet and hip hop. A Daisy Girl Scout, she enjoyed musical theater.

"She was a great big sister and was always very patient with her 3 year old brother, Brayden," her family said, recalling that her favorite colors were purple and pink.

Olivia was learning the rosary and always led grace before the family dinner. "She was a grateful child who was always appreciative and never greedy," the family said.

Her father said she was a 6-year-old who had a lot to look forward to.

Dan Merton, a longtime friend of the girl's family, recalled that she loved attention, had perfect manners and was a teacher's pet.

"Her only crime," he said, "is being a wiggly, smiley 6-year-old."



Josephine Gay had just turned 7, three days before the shooting.

She liked to ride her bike on her family's quiet cul-de-sac, and over the summer she set up a lemonade stand, according to CNN.

Josephine loved the color purple. On Monday, there were purple balloons attached to her family's mailbox, and on the mailboxes of all the neighbors. The yellow house she lived in had a jungle gym out back.

A person who answered the phone at Mother of God Catholic Church in Covington, Ky., said Josephine was the great-niece of the pastor, Father Raymond Hartman.

Polly Larsen in Sunnyvale, Calif., said she was close friends with the cousin of Josephine's mother.

"'Joey' is a beautiful little girl, may she never be forgotten and live forever in our hearts," Larsen wrote on Facebook.


DAWN HOCHSPRUNG, 47, principal

Dawn Hochsprung's pride in Sandy Hook Elementary was clear. She regularly tweeted photos from her time as principal there, giving indelible glimpses of life at a place now known for tragedy. Just this week, it was an image of fourth-graders rehearsing for their winter concert; days before that, the tiny hands of kindergartners exchanging play money at their makeshift grocery store.

She viewed her school as a model, telling The Newtown Bee in 2010 that "I don't think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day." She had worked to make Sandy Hook a place of safety, too, and in October, the 47-year-old Hochsprung shared a picture of the school's evacuation drill with the message "safety first." When the unthinkable came, she was ready to defend.

Officials said she died while lunging at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him.

"She had an extremely likable style about her," said Gerald Stomski, first selectman of Woodbury, where Hochsprung lived and had taught. "She was an extremely charismatic principal while she was here."



The Hockley family moved to Sandy Hook two years ago from England, in love with the sense of community and the elementary school that their boys, Dylan and Jake, would attend. Dylan's mother, Nicole, is American, and his father, Ian, is British.

They moved into a house on the same street as the mother of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

In a statement, the family said their youngest boy had thrived at Sandy Hook.

"We do not and shall never regret this choice," the Hockleys said. "Our boys have flourished here and our family's happiness has been limitless."

Dylan had a beaming smile. He played tag every morning at the bus stop with neighbors, bounced on the trampoline and played computer games. He loved the color purple, seeing the moon and chocolate. He was learning to read and was proud to show off his new skills to his parents. Jake was his best friend and role model.

"We love you Mister D," the Hockleys wrote in their statement.

Dylan also adored his teacher's aide, Anne Marie Murphy, and would point to her picture on the family fridge every day. They took great comfort, they said, knowing that when Dylan died, he was wrapped in Murphy's arms.



Dr. Matthew Velsmid was at Madeleine's house on Saturday, tending to her stricken family. He said the family did not want to comment.

Velsmid said that after hearing of the shooting, he went to the triage area to provide medical assistance but there were no injuries to treat.

"We were waiting for casualties to come out, and there was nothing. There was no need, unfortunately," he said. "This is the darkest thing I've ever walked into, by far."

Velsmid's daughter, who attends another school, lost three of her friends.



Catherine's parents released a statement expressing gratitude to emergency responders and for the support of the community.

"We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy," Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard said. "We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy."



Chase Kowalski was always outside, playing in the backyard, riding his bicycle. Just last week, he was visiting neighbor Kevin Grimes, telling him about completing - and winning - his first mini-triathlon.

"You couldn't think of a better child," Grimes said.

Grimes' own five children all attended Sandy Hook, too. Cars lined up outside the Kowalskis' ranch home Saturday, and a state trooper's car idled in the driveway. Grimes spoke of the boy only in the present tense.


NANCY LANZA, 52, gunman's mother

She once was known simply for the game nights she hosted and the holiday decorations she put up at her house. Now Nancy Lanza is known as her son's first victim.

Authorities say her 20-year-old son Adam gunned her down before killing 26 others at Sandy Hook. The two shared a home in a well-to-do Newtown neighborhood, but details were slow to emerge of who she was and what might have led her son to carry out such horror.

Kingston, N.H., Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said Nancy Lanza once lived in the community and was a kind, considerate and loving person. The former stockbroker at John Hancock in Boston was well-respected, Briggs said.

Court records show Lanza and her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, filed for divorce in 2008. He lives in Stamford and is a tax director at General Electric. A neighbor, Rhonda Cullens, said she knew Nancy Lanza from get-togethers she had hosted to play Bunco, a dice game. She said her neighbor had enjoyed gardening.

"She was a very nice lady," Cullens said. "She was just like all the rest of us in the neighborhood, just a regular person."



Six-year-old Jesse Lewis had hot chocolate with his favorite breakfast sandwich - sausage, egg and cheese - at the neighborhood deli before going to school Friday morning.

Jesse and his parents were regulars at the Misty Vale Deli in Sandy Hook, Conn., owner Angel Salazar told The Wall Street Journal.

"He was always friendly; he always liked to talk," Salazar said.

Jesse's family has a collection of animals he enjoyed playing with, and he was learning to ride horseback.

Family friend Barbara McSperrin told the Journal that Jesse was "a typical 6-year-old little boy, full of life."



A year ago, 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene was reveling in holiday celebrations with her extended family on her first trip to Puerto Rico. This year will be heartbreakingly different.

The girl's grandmother, Elba Marquez, said the family moved to Connecticut just two months ago, drawn from Canada, in part, by Sandy Hook's sterling reputation. The grandmother's brother, Jorge Marquez, is mayor of a Puerto Rican town and said the child's 9-year-old brother also was at the school but escaped safely.

Elba Marquez had just visited the new home over Thanksgiving and is perplexed by what happened. "What happened does not match up with the place where they live," she said.

A video spreading across the Internet shows a confident Ana hitting every note as she sings "Come, Thou Almighty King." She flashes a big grin and waves to the camera when she's done.

Jorge Marquez confirmed the girl's father is saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who wrote on Facebook that he was trying to "work through this nightmare."

"As much as she's needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise," he wrote. "I love you sweetie girl."



James Mattioli especially loved recess and math, and his family described him as a "numbers guy" who came up with insights beyond his years to explain the relationship between numbers. He particularly loved the concept of googolplex, which a friend taught him.

He was born four weeks before his due date, and his family often joked that he came into the world early because he was hungry.

They wrote in his obituary that 6-year-old James, fondly called 'J,' loved hamburgers with ketchup, his Dad's egg omelets with bacon, and his Mom's french toast. He often asked to stop at Subway and wanted to know how old he needed to be to order a footlong sandwich.

He loved sports and wore shorts and T-shirts no matter the weather. He was a loud and enthusiastic singer and once asked, "How old do I have to be to sing on a stage?"

His family recalled that he was an early-riser who was always ready to get up and go. He and his older sister were the best of friend. He was a thoughtful and considerate child, recently choosing to forgo a gift for himself and use the money to buy his grandfather a mug for Christmas.

A funeral for James will be Tuesday in Newtown.



With broken hearts, the parents of Grace Audrey McDonnell said Sunday they couldn't believe the outpouring of support they've received since the little girl who was the center of their lives died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Lynn and Chris McDonnell called their 7-year-old daughter "the love and light" of their family in a statement released by the little girl's uncle.

The family also shared a photo featuring Grace smiling into the camera, her eyes shining and a pink bow adorning her long blonde hair.

"Words cannot adequately express our sense of loss," the McDonnells said.


ANNE MARIE MURPHY, 52, teacher

A happy soul. A good mother, wife and daughter. Artistic, fun-loving, witty and hardworking.

Remembering their daughter, Anne Marie Murphy, her parents had no shortage of adjectives to offer Newsday. When news of the shooting broke, Hugh and Alice McGowan waited for word of their daughter as hours ticked by. And then it came.

Authorities told the couple their daughter was a hero who helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets. As the grim news arrived, the victim's mother reached for her rosary.

"You don't expect your daughter to be murdered," her father told the newspaper. "It happens on TV. It happens elsewhere."



Quick to cheer up those in need of a smile, Emilie Parker never missed a chance to draw a picture or make a card.

Her father, Robbie Parker, fought back tears as he described the beautiful, blond, always-smiling girl who loved to try new things, except foods.

Parker, one of the first parents to publicly talk about his loss, expressed no animosity for the gunman, even as he struggled to explain the death to his other two children, ages 3 and 4. He's sustained by the fact that the world is better for having had Emilie in it.

"I'm so blessed to be her dad," he said.



Jack Pinto was a huge New York Giants fan.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he talked to Pinto's family, which is considering burying the 6-year-old boy in Cruz's No. 80 jersey.

Cruz honored Jack Sunday on his cleats, writing on them the words "Jack Pinto, My Hero" and "R.I.P. Jack Pinto."

"I also spoke to an older brother and he was distraught as well. I told him to stay strong and I was going to do whatever I can to honor him," Cruz said after the Giant's game with the Atlanta Falcons. "He was fighting tears and could barely speak to me."

Cruz said he plans to give the gloves he wore during the game to the boy's family, and spend some time with them.

"There's no words that can describe the type of feeling that you get when a kid idolizes you so much that unfortunately they want to put him in the casket with your jersey on," he said. "I can't even explain it."

Jack's funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday at the Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, followed by burial at the Newtown Village Cemetery.



Noah was "smart as a whip," gentle but with a rambunctious streak, said his uncle, Alexis Haller of Woodinville, Wash.

He was part of a big family. His twin sister, Arielle, assigned to a different classroom, survived the shooting. He called Arielle his best friend and loved her dearly, along with big sisters Danielle and Sophia and big brother Michael.

"They were always playing together, they loved to do things together," Haller said. When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, "Not as much as I love you, Mom.'"

Haller said Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. He was already a very good reader. He loved animals, video games and Nintendo's Mario Brothers characters. For his birthday two weeks ago, he got a new Wii.

Noah was looking forward to reading a new "Ninjago" book he'd just bought at a book fair. He was also very excited about going to a birthday party he had been invited to. It was to take place Saturday.

"He was just a really lively, smart kid," Haller said. "He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad."



Caroline Previdi had an infectious grin and a giving heart.

"Caroline Phoebe Previdi was a blessing from God and brought joy to everyone she touched," her parents, Jeff and Sandy Previdi, said in a statement. "We know that she is looking down on us from Heaven."

On Facebook, friends remembered when her big brother, Walker, was in preschool, and how Caroline would come with her mom to pick him up. A Sandy Hook dad posted photos of Caroline with another shooting victim, Olivia Engel, as well as his own daughter, who survived the attack. All three are grinning and wearing blue tutus.

Family friend David Sutch said Jeff and Sandy talk about their children all the time. On Thursday, the day before the shooting, the Previdis' annual Christmas card arrived. It had a picture of Caroline and Walker on either side of the family's Lab.

On Monday, Sutch wore a white shirt and green tie - Sandy Hook's colors - in memory of Caroline.

Sutch, who lives in Brookfield, Mo., described the Previdis as loving and compassionate, always having other children over to the house, willing to befriend anyone.

"I can't imagine a family that deserved this less," he said.



"Jessica loved everything about horses," her parents, Rich and Krista Rekos said in a statement. "She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses."

When she turned 10, they promised, she could have a horse of her own. For Christmas, she asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and hat.

The Rekoses described their daughter as "a creative, beautiful little girl who loved playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane.

"She spent time writing in her journals, making up stories, and doing 'research' on orca whales - one of her passions after seeing the movie 'Free Willy' last year." Her dream of seeing a real orca was realized in October when she went to SeaWorld.

Jessica, first born in the family, "was our rock," the parents said. "She had an answer for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she outsmarted us every time." A thoughtful planner, she was "our little CEO."

"We cannot imagine our life without her. We are mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful memories we have of her, and trying to help her brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend," they said.

"We are devastated, and our hearts are with the other families who are grieving as we are."



Lauren Rousseau had spent years working as a substitute teacher and doing other jobs. So she was thrilled when she finally realized her goal this fall to become a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook.

Her mother, Teresa Rousseau, a copy editor at the Danbury News-Times, released a statement Saturday that said state police told them just after midnight that she was among the victims.

"Lauren wanted to be a teacher from before she even went to kindergarten," she said. "We will miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream."

Her mother said she was thrilled to get the job.

"It was the best year of her life," she told the newspaper.

Rousseau has been called gentle, spirited and active. She had planned to see "The Hobbit" with her boyfriend Friday and had baked cupcakes for a party they were to attend afterward. She was born in Danbury, and attended Danbury High, college at the University of Connecticut and graduate school at the University of Bridgeport.

She was a lover of music, dance and theater.

"I'm used to having people die who are older," her mother said, "not the person whose room is up over the kitchen."


MARY SHERLACH, 56, school psychologist

When the shots rang out, Mary Sherlach threw herself into the danger.

Janet Robinson, the superintendent of Newtown Public Schools, said Sherlach and the school's principal ran toward the shooter. They lost their own lives, rushing toward him.

Even as Sherlach neared retirement, her job at Sandy Hook was one she loved. Those who knew her called her a wonderful neighbor, a beautiful person, a dedicated educator.

Her son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, told the South Jersey Times that Sherlach rooted on the Miami Dolphins, enjoyed visiting the Finger Lakes, relished helping children overcome their problems. She had planned to leave work early on Friday, he said, but never had the chance. In a news conference Saturday, he told reporters the loss was devastating, but that Sherlach was doing what she loved.

"Mary felt like she was doing God's work," he said, "working with the children."


VICTORIA SOTO, 27, teacher

She beams in snapshots. Her enthusiasm and cheer was evident. She was doing, those who knew her say, what she loved.

And now, Victoria Soto is being called a hero.

Though details of the 27-year-old teacher's death remained fuzzy, her name has been invoked again and again as a portrait of selflessness and humanity among unfathomable evil. Those who knew her said they weren't surprised by reports she shielded her first-graders from danger.

"She put those children first. That's all she ever talked about," said a friend, Andrea Crowell. "She wanted to do her best for them, to teach them something new every day."

Photos of Soto show her always with a wide smile, in pictures of her at her college graduation and in mundane daily life. She looks so young, barely an adult herself. Her goal was simply to be a teacher.

"You have a teacher who cared more about her students than herself," said Mayor John Harkins of Stratford, the town Soto hailed from and where more than 300 people gathered for a memorial service Saturday night. "That speaks volumes to her character, and her commitment and dedication."



Music surrounded Benjamin Wheeler as he grew up in a household where both his mother and father were performers.

They left behind stage careers in New York City when they moved to Newtown with Benjamin and his older brother Nate.

"We knew we wanted a piece of lawn, somewhere quiet, somewhere with good schools," Francine Wheeler told the Newtown Bee in a profile.

She is a music educator and singer-songwriter. Sometimes the musical mother would try out tunes on her own children, with some tunes that she made up for Ben as a baby eventually finding their way onto a CD, she told the newspaper.

In writing songs for children, melodies needn't be simplified, she said. "I try to make it my mission to always present good music to kids."

Benjamin's father, David, a former film and television actor, writes and performs still, according to a profile on the website of the Flagpole Radio Cafe theater, with which he's performed in Newtown.

The family belongs to Trinity Episcopal Church, whose website noted that Nate, also a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was not harmed in Friday's shooting.




Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie, Mark Scolforo, Allen Breed, Pat Eaton-Robb, Bridget Murphy, Christopher Sullivan, Danica Coto and Christina Rexrode contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Six dead in train derailment in Philadelphia

Texas Republicans could take new stand on same-sex marriage

Student finds bugs in cafeteria food

Webster, near Houston, suffers flooding from heavy rains

High water reported over Chambers County roads

Applicants sought for Huntsman Scholarship

Marijuana legalization advocacy group speaks out

D.A. says conviction means officer receives justice during National Police Week

Eastex Freeway, Lucas area flooding from heavy rain

Residents near scene of fatal shooting raise safety concerns

Neighbors concerned about possible apartment complex expansion

Police have person of interest in Monday shooting

Crimestoppers seeks your help to locate aggravated robbery suspect

Beaumont City Council rejects request for game room permit

Katy man drowns in Morgan's Point area -- body washes ashore in Chambers County

Beaumont man guilty of aggravated assault on a public servant

Lumberton stabbing suspect arrested in Vidor

Good Samaritan helps victim trapped in upside down SUV

Beaumont Police release name of fatal shooting victim

Lumberton PD seaching for suspect in stabbing

Clean up underway in Van Texas following tornado destruction

Nepal suffers another earthquake, 7.3 magnitude

Texas Senate approves Tim Tebow bill; home schoolers could compete in UIL sports

West Orange-Cove CISD will hold Job Fair, Experience

Baby found in tornado rubble; parents died

Texas House to take up anti-same-sex-marriage bill

LIT announces orientation dates for Fall 2015 semesters

Lamar University selects 17 new student ambassadors

Lauren Huet reports live from scene of fatal shooting in Beaumont

Lumberton PD searching for suspect in stabbing

KFDM exclusive video of second suspect in store owner's murder

Officers: no such thing as a "routine" stop

Friends remember Liz Karnicki

Tom Brady suspended for 4 games for Deflategate

Funeral arrangements set for former Newton County Judge Ronnie Boyett

TXDOT urging drivers to 'Click It or Ticket'

Beaumont Police identify man who died in motorcycle accident

Jasper woman, 34, charged with sexual assault of teenage boy, 15

Child drowns in Sulphur ditch

George Zimmerman shot in what is investigated as possible road rage incident

GasBuddy: Texas gas price climb continues to hit consumers

Four arrested in killing of two Mississippi police officers

Heavy rain possible Monday, several days this week

Texas woman arrested after twin infants drown in bathtub

Digital dressing rooms aim to keep stores competitive with online

Tornado causes death, injuries in north Texas

Gun proponents discuss open carry

Fox ending American Idol after next season

Local church presents concert for mothers on Mother's Day


Two Mississippi police officers shot and killed

Kara Dixon reports live from Mayor Becky Ames' victory party

Claude Guidroz speaks with KFDM about victory over incumbent councilman Alan Coleman

Car hits home

Newton County Judge Ronnie Boyett dies from injuries

Coast Guard searching for missing man

Why voters think local elections are important

Watch Kelli Phillips' exclusive interview with Bill and Giuliana Rancic at CHRISTUS LiveWell Conference

Investigators say child with cigarette lighter sparks apartment fire

Beaumont woman killed in Philadelphia when struck by tourist boat in downtown area

Port Neches Police ask for help identifying victim of fatal auto-pedestrian accident

Breaking News: U.S. Marshals catch second suspect in store owner's murder

Families react to Jeremy Kneeland sentence

Update: US 69 northbound lanes at MLK now reopen after fatal motorcycle crash

Breaking news -- jury returns Kneeland punishment

Imam speaks out about Garland shooting

Punishment phase in Kneeland trial to go on despite spectators' reaction to verdict

Beaumont man indicted on child exploitation charges

Baltimore man indicted on child exploitation charges in Southeast Texas

Dept of Justice to investigate Baltimore Police

Terror threat level raised at military bases

Tropical storm warnings for S.C. coast

Noon News report on Kneeland verdict, spectators reactions

Huge explosion at North Texas gas well, lightning suspected

Oversized load set for Chambers County move Fri., Sat late

Jury finds Kneeland guilty of murder, manslaughter but not capital murder

Court rules FAA can allow passengers to use phones on takeoff

Nation's midsection braces for another bout of severe weather

Jasper Rodeo excitement continues with Zydeco Boss on Friday

Breaking News: I-10 West reopens late Thursday night following truck fire

Special Report: KFDM investigates Postal Service

Caught on Camera: Man taking package from doorstep

BPD searching for second capital murder suspect in killing of store owner

Traffic remains backed up at I-10 truck fire in Rose City

Police search for second murder suspect, neighborhood reacts

Grand jury indicts pair for murder of Herbert Deaton

Beaumont Police hold memorial for 17 fallen officers

Kountze police charge man with murder of man in drug deal

BISD to hold Career Fair Saturday for open positions

Community leaders locked up to support MDA

Beaumont to host annual Moonlight Bicycle Madness Friday

Feds: Listeria was found at Blue Bell plant in 2013

Three escape serious injury in Warren rollover accident

Firefighters contain apartment fire on Highland

TV cameraman nearly trapped in OKC storm

Tornadoes, flooding ransack Oklahoma City area

AAA: Gas prices continue to climb: up 5 cents in Texas

BISD Board of Managers votes to hire Dr.John Frossard as Superintendent

Click here to read Dr. John Frossard's superintendent contract with BISD

BREAKING -- BISD Board of Managers votes 7-0 to hire Dr. John Frossard as Superintendent

Community reacts to man's murder confession

Torch Awards winners announced

Witnesses react to boat collision

Watch Beaumont ISD meeting live online

Kountze police seeking shooter who killed man in drug deal

Beaumont crew patches plume from water line

Dangerous storms plague North Texas

Bolivar Peninsula volunteers make barrels of fun

Sales tax revenues continue growth in Southeast Texas

Raw Video: City responding to towering plume of water

Fire damages Vidor home

Breaking News: Suspect in Kuruppu killing formally charged with capital murder; bond set at $2 million

Dallas program requires people convicted of abuse to turn over guns

California enacts unprecedented water restrictions as drought goes on

Man defies judge's order to remove "too tall" fence

School shooting victims, families speak out against campus carry

Driver escapes injury in Jasper rollover accident

'Paws' therapy dogs visit LU students for stressful finals week

Kountze Police investigate fatal shooting

Suspect in store owner's murder surrenders

RAW VIDEO: Perp walk of suspect in store owner's murder

Breaking News: One suspect in store owner's murder surrenders

Families say sewage back-up still a problem in Amelia neighborhood

Man accused of stabbing released from hospital, charged

Officers: road debris poses threat to safety, drivers should report threats

Orange deputies at boating accident scene on Sabine River

Sewer problems? Who to call in Beaumont

Dramatic video of Libyan survivors aboard sinking rubber boat

Baby Angel -- mother dies, but he is kept alive by extreme means

Fast food restaurants converting to healthy food

Oldest surviving copy of Ten Commandments to go on display

Garland suspect's mother speaks out

Today is last day for early voting for Saturday election

Golf tournament benefits AGC

Mike Huckabee enters White House race

Symphony plans 'SOST on the Town' May 7

LIT to award 300 degrees at May 15 graduation

ISIS claims responsibility for Garland attack

Driver who texted "Too drunk to care" sentenced in fatal crash

Entergy: Regional transmission group saved customers $25 million

Neighborhood watch group discusses how to help slain store owner's family

Breaking News: Man accused of firing at police surrenders; tells KFDM he wasn't shooting at officers

Neighbor reacts to search for man accused of exchanging gunfire with officers

Delaware street closed for repairs

Woman seeking man she kissed at race hears from his wife

LU students and faculty react to shooting at Garland

Little time left for early voting

CASA inducts five new advocates

PA accident: Woman trapped in vehicle, extricated, flown to hospital

Visitor Bureaus celebrate Tourism Week

Orange deputies find body near Rainbow Bridge

Drugs, guns, cash recovered in task force bust

Man nearly impaled when pipe crashes through truck

Silsbee police and SISD investigate vandalism on High School doors

CNN sources: second shooter in Garland identified

Investigators identify two suspects in Garland attack

Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces White House campaign

Rescue efforts continue for man who jumped from ferry

KFDM learns name of suspect accused of firing at PAPD

GasBuddy -- Texas gas prices up 7.1 cents for week

Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Man jumps overboard from Galveston Ferry; rescue underway

Breaking News: Major accident in Port Arthur

Officials: Port Arthur police have arrest warrant for man who, police say, fired shot at officers

BPD: Man stabbed married couple and himself

Authorities: Two gunmen killed outside Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland

Witness talks about scene after Orange County plane crash

Beloved store owner laid to rest; Memorial fund set up for Kuruppu family

KFDM exclusive interview: Dr. Ben Carson Announces His Run for President

Authorities: Two gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland

PAPD and SWAT manhunt after shots fired

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has a big announcement

Live at scene: Firefighters battling fire at pellet plant

Man shares story to help save lives during prom season

Elderly man crashes into Beaumont grocery store

Family and friends remember the life of Owen Goodman and his love of soccer

UPDATE: Plane crash leaves two men in critical condition

Firefighters investigating apartment fire

Plane crashes in Orange County

Services for beloved Beaumont store owner Metthananda Kuruppu

BISD making major changes at Smith Middle School

Harbor Hospital employees laid off, one woman calls them "wonderful people"

Troopers urge 4-wheeler safety

Memorial fund established for family of slain store owner

BISD makes major changes at Smith Middle School

FBI searching in Southeast Texas for fugitive wanted for sex trafficking of children

Lumberton head-on collision injures two; police suspect driver of Impala on drugs

UPDATED -- Six officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

Memorial student finishes 11th out of 700 students in national math competition

Fire destroys two homes in Jasper

City to close Delaware between U.S. 69 and Concord

Entergy plans to build new power generating station in western portion of service area

TxDOT-- oversized transport to block SH146, I-10

MDA pulls the plug on Telethon; cites 'new realities of television'

TxDOT announces I-10 lane closures in Orange County

"Stand By Me" artist Ben E. King dies at 76

TxDOT approves $1 million for SE Texas bridge projects

Two children injured in four-wheeler accident in Orange County

Texas Senate passes bill for tax-free gun sales weekend

Parole Protest: Sandy's fight

Harbor Hospital closes temporarily, woman wonders if father received unsanitary treatment

Neighborhood in disbelief after store owner's murder

Nigerian witch doctor sentenced for drug violations

Port Neches officers catch burglary suspects in the act; recover stolen items

Alligator trainer recounts being bitten by gator

Beaumont Animal Services: view animals for adoption on website

AAA: Texas gas prices jump 7 cents in week; Golden Triangle lowest in Texas

Exxon's Q1 profits fall 46 percent amid oil price decline

Study says fewer families buying homes in U.S.

Baltimore -- Police turn over report to prosecutor

Experts have new treatment to fix blood flow problem in the womb

Governor re-appoints SRA manager to Texas State University Regents

Local Law Day to honor area students and legal leaders

Police give prosecutor report on Freddie Gray death

Regina Lindsey to become new President of Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

New survey: Percentage of Texans without health insurance drops dramatically

Community reacts to store owner's death

Neighbors react to store owner's murder

Harbor Hospital in Beaumont closed following court injunction

Photo released of man who killed clerk in robbery today

Three indicted for the January murder of Lamar student

Texas A.G. says Gwen Ambres can legally run for Beaumont City Council

Police release name of west Beaumont store clerk owner and killed by robber

Lineman killed restoring power in Tyler County

Regional Visitors Center to celebrate National Tourism Week

Conspiracy worries prompts Texas troops to 'monitor' U.S. military training exercise

Texas lawmakers consider legalizing cannabidiol for epilepsy

James Ware reports live from the scene of convenience store clerk's murder in west Beaumont

West end store owner shot and killed during attempted robbery

Jasper-Newton Electric Co-op says less than 50 meters remain out

Lawmakers consider bill legalizing cannabidiol oil for epilepsy treatment

Family survives brush with death

Southeast Texans examine damage from worst hailstorm here in more than 30 years

LU students from Nepal trying to help earthquake-ravaged region

Rebuilding trust after Baltimore riots is about more than black and white

NFL giving up tax free status; calls it distraction

Entergy beefs up power restoration team to 1,300 workers

Supreme Court hearing arguments over gay marriage

CrimeStoppers needs your help to solve auto burglaries

SE Texas storm victims now have to deal with damages

Nepal aid pouring in after earthquake

Nome issue Boil Water Notice

Texas House votes unanimously to trim sales tax

Texas asks Appeals Court to uphold Voter Id law

National Guard seeks to calm Baltimore

Jasper Sheriff releases top-ten-most-wanted list

Children survive close call when tree crashes into home

Texas teacher is National Teacher of the Year

Texas professor fails his entire class

Officers douse fires, assess damage following Baltimore rioting

Rioting prompts state of emergency in Baltimore

Daredevil to walk on top of 400-foot-high, spinning Ferris wheel

Power is restored to Jasper through Lake Rayburn Dam station

Services honor Judge Lupe Flores

P.A. woman sentenced to 40 years for murder of her husband

Families in southern Jasper County without power after strong winds

Child accidentally killed, community supports family

Stormy winds push train from Mississippi River bridge near New Orleans

Our sister station WBFF has in depth coverage of the Freddie Gray protests

Cock fighting ring busted in Southeast Texas

Jasper-Newton Electric Co-op restores power to 12,000

Extreme weather pummels North Texas

Occupants of vehicle rescued from Mill Creek waters

Entergy issues statement on power outages to 40,000 customers

Jasper-Newton Coop issues statement on major power outage

Caught On Video: Alligator bites trainer at Spring festival

Wind-whipped storms cause power outages, closures throughout SE Texas

School cancellation, delay update

Colmesneil ISD delays start of classes

Downed tree closed Highway 62 in Buna

Go Fund Me account set up for Saratoga child accidentally run over

Family and friends remember Judge Lupe Flores during a vigil

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Top 10 Most Wanted

Early voting starts today (Monday)

Local student visits Haiti; helped Haitian children

Golfers play to support Beaumont police at 31st annual benefit tournament

Families in Hardin County pick up mess left behind after strong winds

Center in Crystal Beach opens as place for veterans to heal

Breaking News: Father accidently runs over his toddler

Possible medical emergency leads to fatal crash

Cooks Lake, Peck roads closed power lines down

Sterling family reacts to Crystal Boyett's sentencing

Murder conviction prompts sheriff and child advocates to speak up against child abuse

Fierce storm races across Jasper, Newton counties today

Breaking News: Jury decides on maximum 20 year sentence, $10,000 fine for Crystal Boyett

KFDM celebrates 60th anniversary

Louisiana troopers arrest Houston man with 11 kilos of cocaine

Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur contributes $10,000 to LSC-PA foundation

Beaumont police searching for attacker who may be targeting Hispanic victims

Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after government pushback

Second company recalls ice cream products because of Listeria

Future energy prices? Houston meet talks oil, gas, prices, power

Vigil lets crime victims know they're not alone

More than dozen injured in high school musical stage collapse

High Crime Neighborhoods: Which neighborhoods in Beaumont have the most arrests, how to make neighborhoods safer

Jury finds Crystal Boyett guilty of manslaughter with a deadly weapon

Beaumont man arrested for shooting a weapon at Roberts Park

Friends, co-workers remember Judge Flores

AAA: Texas gas price average jumps 8 cents in week

CPSO Dive Team to be certified for underwater investigations

OPD: Police fire shots at SUV after man drives toward officer

Crystal Boyett trial concludes day two of testimony

Obama says American, Italian hostages killed in counterterrorism operation

Report-- alarm broken for 13 months at former president's house

Grand jury indicts Beaumont man for shooting and killing wife

Suspected hit and run driver arrested after hitting 4-year-old; driver returned to scene

Alter's Jewelers debut eco-friendly diamond on Earth Day

Higher property taxes raise concerns on the Bolivar Peninsula

Help raise awareness for Southeast Texas nature treasure

TREK recalls over a million bikes

Fair Housing conference tomorrow in Port Arthur

Firefighters reschedule 'Fill the Boot'

Teen sentenced to 40 years for 2013 murder

Trial underway of woman accused of causing daughter's death

Crystal Boyett trial-Day 1 of testimony

USPS considering drone-launching mail truck

Court upholds Bartholomew Granger capital murder conviction

CSPS arrest man for carnal knowledge of juvenile

Friends remember Judge Lupe Flores' life and legacy

Blue Bell pulls all its products off shelves

BPD says it places empty patrol cars around city to make roads safer

CrimeStoppers needs your help to solve murder

You can win tickets to CHRISTUS LiveWell Conference

Jefferson County Judge Lupe Flores dies at 65

Hadnot sentenced to 87 months for drug trafficking

Texas Senate advances school voucher plan

DA: Boyett was traveling 157 mph

Blue Bell issues voluntary recall

Justice is Served Dinner for CASA is tonight

Kraft changing recipe for mac-and-cheese

Jury picked in Boyett trial

Reaction to Texas House passing open carry bill

Five years since Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Bill could bring casino to Pleasure Island

Port Arthur kicks off Fill the Boot for MDA

Houston area man in Newton jail on drug charges

Jasper man with child in vehicle evades Troopers

Groves Police arrest man for burglary of Church

Jury selection in Crystal Boyett trial

SE Texas, SW Louisiana join forces for coastal restoration

BISD board sets executive session for forensic audit update

Jasper County S.O. Missing Teen is back home

Utah woman to be sentenced in deaths of her 6 newborns

Watch local hail storm video

Two month old baby killed by family's pit bull

Online petition to stop Millet Harrison from being released from Rusk State Hospital

Beaumont police investigating shooting at apartment complex on Helbig

Stabbing near PA port raises questions about the area's safety

PAPD: man stabbed four times Sunday

Proposed bill aims to reduce beach litter, create jobs and more

Scores of residents turnout for Relay for Life event

Divison over housing complex in China

Beaumont Police investigate major accident

Greg Bostwick updates us on the severe weather coming tonight

Study shows teen e-cigarette use triples

Recent rains cause problems for farmers, DD6: 'Green Pond Gulley' could help

Southeast Texas unemployment rate drops to 6.2; Texas at 4.2

Kelly community hold workday to help others

BBB's 'Shred It & Forget It' moves to front of Target Saturday

Firefighters in Vidor battle home fire

Woman robbed at Lake Charles casino

Neches River Festival parade canceled for Saturday

Small plane crashes near Diboll; pilot and passengers not seriously hurt

Corp to seek public input on Lake Rayburn master plan update

Lamar's Dyrhaug exhibits work at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Authorities investigate aggravated robbery

Beaumont Police, NAACP and 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont team up to recruit officers

Political season heating up even before election

Nederland's EDC moves to new location, hopes to bring new business to city

Cops and Kids Picnic postponed

Beaumont man found guilty of aggravated robbery

PN police arrest driver with large quantity of suspected synthetic marijuana

Red Cross new app: Everything you need to know in emergencies

US Marshals lead operation to target most-dangerous criminals

AAA: Texas gas price average edges up

Lake Charles man charged with vehicular homicide

Texas Senate approves decriminalizing truancy

Child snake bite victim experiencing complications

Beaumont Housing Authority loses $12.5 million in Hurricane Ike recovery funds

Family of murder victim believes someone in neighborhood has answers

Red Cross doesn't have enough volunteers

Former Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple dies

Housing Authority says it's lost out on $12.5 million in Hurricane Ike recovery money

One hospitalized for minor burns in Port Arthur fire

Beaumont S.W.A.T. team trains Brazilian police officers

Boy recovering from snake bite

Beechnut recalls products

Beaumont man charged with intoxicated manslaughter in Houston

Man who fled police across 3 counties, jailed in La.

Third Brigade Combat Team practices in Beaumont for disaster

Small helicopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot arrested

130 mph stolen car pursuit begins in LA, ends in Newton County

Tom Wright previews PALT's 'On Golden Pond'

Driver shot dead after Houston police chase

Beaumont man killed in traffic accident in Silsbee

Houston woman gives birth to all girl quintuplets

Red Cross needs volunteers in Southeast Texas

Tennessee House votes to make Bible the official book

CPSO arrests Sulphur man for stalking and unauthorized entry

Walmart closes several stores over plumbing issues

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st degree murder

Pair charged with burglary, including stealing child's doll

Beaumont City Council approves incentives for hotel and water park

Reaction to boy bitten by copperhead snake

Parents say new superintendent has experience they'd hoped for

PAPD: New reports of Pigeon Drop scheme, how you can protect your money

Crime Stoppers needs your help to solve murder of Carlton Frank

Newton gets new Police Chief

Local firefigthers kick of 'Fill the Boot' Campaign

Beaumont council votes 6-1 for incentives to attract hotel/water park to Ford Park

BBB 'Shred It and Forget It' campaign fights ID theft

Percy Sledge headlined in Jasper in 2012

President removing Cuba from state sponsored terror list

LIT Workforce dept offers course on money management

Tom Wright previews the M1 Grand Match at gun club

DPS -- Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender Mack Meadows arrested in Vidor

PAPD investigating suspicious package near Luby's

"When a Man Loves a Woman" singer Percy Sledge dies at 74

City offers traffic tips for Neches River Festival Parade Saturday

Open Carry debate hits Texas House floor

Flight returns to Seattle after ramp agent gets trapped in cargo hold

13-year-old arrested for shotgun robbery of taxi driver, driving away in taxi in Beaumont

BISD Board of Managers names lone finalist for superintendent

BISD board names Dr. John Frossard of Wichita Falls lone finalist for superintendent

Man found dead in pool of blood, BPD investigates

Child bitten by copperhead snake

Victims of domestic violence reach out for help

Farmer raising bull with heart in his neck

Three former Beaumont ISD employees sentenced in warehouse scheme

PN police investigate fake "swatting" call

Worker shocked in High Island

Salvation Army holds lottery for few summer camps slots

Beaumont firefighters respond to fire on Prutzman

UPDATE --Bmt Police say nature of Franklin St. death unknown

Undocumented immigrants arrested at refineries, plants, shipyards

Pinehurst Police seeking man who eluded them in wooded area

Wild horse and burro adoption set for Ford Park

Rubio tells donors he's running for president

One dead in shooting at N.C. college

Report of shots fired at Texas State University was false alarm

Plane skids off runway on landing in Houston low gas prices, strong economy makes travel welcoming

KFDM goes inside home of victim of Saturday's hoax call in Port Neches

BISD lone finalist for superintendent job to be named today (Monday)

One-stop shopping at local bridal show

Accident after driver lost control

18-wheeler accident sends one person to hospital

Port Neches Police say 'spoofing call' led to SWAT response

Breaking News: SWAT response ends in PN; no one hurt, police questioning man

Men shooting at wild hogs fire shots over tugboat crew in Neches

Three live KFDM reports from a Port Neches home where SWAT is on the scene

Increase in sales tax revenue for Groves

BREAKING: Port Neches Police and SWAT team working call

U.S. Capitol on precautionary lockdown after deadly shooting

Searchers find Newton County man

Woman shot during altercation in Port Arthur

Link to Project Safe Child mentioned in our story tonight

Animal cruelty investigation highlights larger issue

Man who exchanged sexually explicit photos with 9-year-old has been sentenced; how you can protect your children

Jasper Sheriff: Carol Luckey autopsy shows no trauma

BISD Board set to discuss and name lone superintendent finalist Monday

Cleanup begins from tornado destruction

Expert: Apple Watch supplies sold out in less than 30 minutes

BREAKING -- Fire at Doubletree Hotel in downtown Austin

Iranian President will not sign nuclear deal until sanctions lifted

Beaumont celebrates Go Blue Day to remember child abuse victims

College athlete Lauren Hill dies from cancer

LIT, Workforce Commission team up to provide skills for small business

Caught on video: Funeral procession mourners stop to help robbery victim

TX mosque increases security after disturbing messages

Traffic Alert: oversized load to block SH146 intersections Saturday

Hillary Clinton to announce presidential bid Sunday

Jury decides on 60 year prison sentence for Cody Davis

Authorities: Dad left 3-year-old girl in roadside trash can, drove away

Big sister's post goes viral; stands up for younger sister sent home for dress code violation

Teacher speaks out about bill proposing pay based on performance

Jasper County community remembers Carol Luckey, sheriff says 'no doubt' body found was hers

Jefferson County man sentenced for Child Pornography violations

AAA: State gas prices stay steady for second week

Orange man sentenced for attempted enticement of child

Live report: Jury finds Cody Davis guilty in stabbing murder

Dash cam video in S.C. police shooting case shows chase

Firefighters battle house fire in Vidor

Number of people sickened in Listeria case grows

Humble man arrested in DPS chase from Rose City into Louisiana

KFDM learns body of woman found in Jasper County near where Carol Luckey was last seen; mother tells KFDM it's her daughter

Mother comes home to find baby tied to tv with rope

Woman arrested in Jefferson County cocaine bust

Robbery suspect arrested in Orange County

Victim in Lumberton stabbing had 85 wounds, 17 to eyes, most to head

Bill could repeal "Dream Act" that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition

Flash fire survivor suing ExxonMobil and Clean Harbors

No jail time for former BISD teacher

Woman recovering after her car smashed into tree

Beaumont man indicted on Capital Murder charges

Former BISD teacher gets probation for injury to a child conviction

Hardin County businessman sentenced for Federal tax violations

PAPD investigating robbery at Payless Shoe Store on Memorial

Jefferson County Clerk demos voting machines

SC: Policeman charged with murder is fired

Woman critically injured when SUV crashes into trees

Boston Marathon bomber awaits sentencing

CPSO warns citizens of aggressive panhandler

Man pushes city to improve handicapped accessibility at bus stops

Nederland puts active warrants online

Crimestopper seek help to solve Capital One Bank robbery

Many in Jefferson County opposed to housing sex offenders at vacant correctional center

Beaumont law office that caught fire has history, building deeded in 1905

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Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

UNDATED (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects the Fed to begin raising interest rates later this year -- if the job market improves and it is confident that inflation will rise closer toward its target rate.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The long holiday weekend is upon us -- and so is a deadline for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to decide whether the NSA can keep collecting our phone records.


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