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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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Judge signs retraining order to stop BISD from paying Ozen coach who resigned in February

Funeral services set for 10-year-old Port Arthur boy killed crossing highway

Beef prices hit record highs

Veterans believe PTSD is to blame for Ft. Hood Shooting

Gov. Perry makes local judicial appointment

PA man indicted on federal income tax evasion charge

Shooting victim formally identified

David Letterman makes big announcement

Tom Rugg Sr. appointed Judge of 58th Judicial District

Port Arthur man taken into custody in connection with burglary of habitation

BPD releases name of woman shot and killed following traffic accident

BISD superintendent finishes meeting with Education Commissioner

Police news release on wreck/fatal shooting

Update on wreck/fatal shooting at 11th and Laurel; search for gunman, two schools delay start

11th Street now open after wreck/fatal shooting

Woman Killed in Shooting

St. Anne Catholic School Delaying Classes

Separation agreement, email may explain Ozen coach's resignation

The community reacts to possible takeover of BISD by TEA

CPS official: Child abuse in Southeast Texas getting worse

Arrests made in Port Arthur Public Library statue theft case

At least 4 killed in shooting at Fort Hood; gunman among dead

State recommends Calvin Walker be allowed to renew his master electrician's license

A special education teacher says TEA help comes too late

Jefferson County Medical Society calls on BISD leaders to resign

Beaumont man sentenced to 60 years for shooting and robbing pizza delivery man

CASA in need of volunteers to help abused and neglected children

Father and son fight leads to shooting in Chambers County

Arrest warrants issued for three suspects in $120,000 statue theft

KFDM learns McCraney is set to plead guilty April 14

High court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

Stepmom of malnourished boy claims she's not responsible

A message on animal cruelty; how you can help

A little bird told Tom Wright

School board responds to TEA's takeover recommendation

Highway 69 claims multiple lives

State representative discusses TEA takeover recommendation

Central Middle School issues notice about list of names

TEA confirms staff recommends BISD takeover; Commissioner will make final decision, coming to Beaumont Thursday

Ladies night at the South Texas State Fair

Jefferson County DA's Office issues response to TEA report

Beaumont police educate on how to spot a counterfeit bill.

Link to TEA final report recommending BISD takeover

BISD response to TEA takeover recommendation

Deshotel says TEA Commissioner coming to BISD Thursday to talk about staff recommendation

Judge rejects BISD claim for about $340,000 in Calvin Walker forfeited funds

Counterfeit money on the rise

Mother of 5-year-old found starving says reports of abuse aren't true

64-year-old man injured in PA home invasion

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Transportation projects head to SETX

Healthcare deadline approaches as website deals with glitches

Employee shares frightening tale of robbery

Participants grab a bite at Lunch at the Lake

Education service center monitoring STAAR testing in BISD

Life slowly returning to normal following oil spill

South Texas State Fair runs through Sunday

First day in new headquarters for Lumberton Municipal Utility District

School staff, students mourn loss of 10-year-old

Deputies arrest couple accused of keeping malnourished boy in closet

Computer problems snarl final signup for Obamacare

BPD says money from restaurant robbery found in suspected gunman's shorts

Houston fire forces more than 100 from apartments

Police arrest gunman who robbed restaurant Monday morning

Fire destroys Jasper home

Friends dedicate game of hide and seek to boy killed crossing highway

Fire destroys Beaumont family's home

UPDATE: Name released of 10-year old boy killed crossing highway

Firefighters working to put out house fire on Galway Dr. in Beaumont

UPDATE: Name released of man killed in lawnmover and truck collision in Beaumont

South Texas Fair raises money to help SETX

Family educating others on Tourette Syndrome

Local parents who failed to pay child support arrested in warrant roundup

Show car visits Express Mart

Reducing allergy symptoms

Police Chief talks about officer-involved shooting

BPD looking for person who fired shots into a home injuring sleeping teen

Vidor High students arrested in school vandalism case

Jasper man indicted on murder charge

Lumberton opening new municipal utility district building to serve growing water customers

Local church building medical pods for third-world country disaster relief

Baptist Hospital's Cajun Classic Golf Tournament fundraiser

Vidor HS students arrested for middle school graffiti

13-year-old hurt after several shots fired at Beaumont home

School board discusses evaluation criteria

What are some tasty things you can eat at the fair?

LIVE: Suspect in PA officer involved shooting has been identified

Attackers rob and shoot elderly couple

Local judges remembered

Conn's is hiring

Concert benefit for family of Lumberton sisters killed in car crash

Hamshire-Fannett elementary students return to school

First day of South Texas State Fair

Jasper County sheriff's detectives still searching for burglars who shot man

Three people transported after morning accident in Orange County

Jasper County couple shot in home invasion robbery

Average gas price up in Beaumont

Fair opening ceremonies to go ahead as planned

Organizers defend West Brook "Project Graduation"

Affordable Care Act deadline extended

Local TDCJ prison guards arrested in unauthorized use of force case

Missing teen found

Video to help Hamshire-Fannett elementary sent to Ellen Show host

Beaumont fire under investigation

Galveston ferry service now open 24/7

Teachers prepare for Hamshire-Fannett elementary students after school fire

Vandals mark Vidor Middle School

Man convicted in connection with Beaumont carjackings

RAW VIDEO: Beaumont City bus crashes into house

Beaumont Community Players presents "A Street Car Named Desire"

Coast Guard updates oil spill

Pictures of Beaumont City bus collision with house

Ten transported to hospital after Beaumont City bus runs into house

Investigation into graffiti at Vidor Middle School

PA school board votes to approve the proposed non-renewal of Ruby Gunner's contract

Plez Atkins no longer with BISD

Oil spill docks local fishermen

Historic church fire ruled accidental

Hamshire-Fannett elementary to resume classes later this week

Update on requests for BISD information, FOI investigation

Crime Stoppers: March 25, 2014

Snow run to raise awareness about colorectal cancer

Massive 5-alarm apartment fire burning in Montrose

PAPD investigating home invasion

Fire damages historic church under restoration

Bolivar Ferry running again

Update on oil spill

Raw Video: Fire damages church building under restoration

Store clerk killed during Conroe robbery

Oil spill delays councilman's return home

Is BISD attempting to muzzle the media?

Oiled birds creeping up on the Bolivar Peninsula

South Texas State Fair opening this week

Families, staff, waiting for updates on Hamshire-Fannett elementary school

Beaumont man sentenced in 2012 murder

Police: Woman charged with Lumberton crash showed no evidence of alcohol in her system

Wildlife impacted by weekend oil spill

Man sentenced in murder of April Danna

Man sentenced to 56 years for murdering roommate

Coast Guard update on oil spill

Malaysian officials: Plane crashed in Indian Ocean

Cruise ships, ferries at standstill as oil spill cleanup continues

Oil Spill hits local fishermen hard

Oil spill update: See what officials are saying

Car burglaries at Ford Park baseball fields

Newton County deputy injured in crash

Galveston ferryboats shut down; Marine ship fuel oil spills into the gulf

Veteran and tattoo studio owner discuss new army rules for tattoos

Multiple wrecks on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont

BISD responds to TEA report

Police investigating Beaumont stabbing involving two sisters and boyfriend of one sister

Beaumont man indicted on car burglary charges

Jasper County worker shot during home burglary

Jefferson County grand jury indicts man charged with driving drunk and causing crash that killed woman

Beaumont doctor discusses Affordable Care Act

Port Arthur family pleading with driver in hit and run to surrender

Port Neches man convicted of murdering his roommate

Hamshire-Fannett school district officials still not sure when elementary students will return to school

Jasper County Sheriff investigating shooting

Beaumont police investigate stabbing

Hamshire-Fannett Elementary update

Jury convicts man of murdering roommate

The best sandwich you've never tried

Update: I-10 reopens at 4:15 following rig fire in Lake Charles

CBS Sports: Matt Schaub on way to Oakland

Chase leads to arrest, discovery of drugs

Mother accidentally runs over her child

Fight leads to stabbing in Beaumont

Police: Woman tried to prevent detectives from locating Beaumont man suspected in triple homicide

More calls for resignation at school board meeting

Home Builders Association of Southeast Texas calls for resignation of BISD board, superintendent

BISD to hold press conference Friday to address TEA's report on the district's finances

Family struggles with aftermath of collision

Video shows what happened after UPS left package

Steps you can take to prevent package theft

Local child taken off life support after car, scooter collision

Port Arthur chemical plant to spend $44 million to reduce pollution

New Natgasoline methanol plant to create hundreds of jobs in Beaumont

Homebuilders Association of Southeast Texas also calling on BISD leaders to resign

Hamshire-Fannett ISD to announce Friday where it plans to put students displaced by school fire

Filling the boot in Port Arthur

South Texas State Fair opens March 27th

Bike Rodeo in Silsbee serves as fundraiser

Woman released on bond after arrest for hindering apprehension of triple homicide suspect

Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84

DOJ: Port Arthur chemical plant agrees to cut pollution

Flint Hills Resources issues press release about agreement

Child dies following collision between scooter and car

Searchers trying to confirm if debris off Australia is from missing plane

HFISD elementary PTA asks for help

Beaumont Board of Realtors wants BISD board members and superintendent to resign

Two injured in rollover crash on I-10 in Beaumont

Man shot at party in Jasper

Sheriff calls child drowning a tragic accident

Investigators: It's not yet safe to investigate Hamshire-Fannett Elementary fire

Fort Bend Sheriff's Office looking for missing girl

Investigation into West Brook fight continues

Trial continues in stabbing death of April Danna

Police arrests suspect in AT&T robbery in Beaumont

Port Neches house catches fire

St. Joseph Altar blessing

Hamshire-Fannett elementary PTA asking for help

Statement from attorneys for Officer Steven Rivers

House fire in Port Neches

Tyler County Sheriff's Office releases additional information in death of 3-year-old boy

BPD arrests suspects in AT&T armed robbery

Intrigued with stars? Attend local planetarium event

Teens charged with breaking into mansion, throwing party, causing $1 million in damage

Two winning tickets in $400 million Mega Millions jackpot

Malaysia: Files deleted from pilot's flight simulator

Investigators working to determine cause of elementary school fire

NFCU accepting donations for Hamshire Fannett elementary school

HFISD elementary fire upsets students

Groundbreaking may bring jobs

Galveston County Sheriff's Department releases Boliver Peninsula spring break report

Two murder trials underway

Panera Bread held job fair in Beaumont

Tyler County Sheriff's Office investigating death of 3-year-old boy

No school the rest of the week for Hamshire-Fannett elementary school students

Part-time BISD officer placed on leave following West Brook incident

Investigators trying to determine cause of HFISD elementary fire

2 killed as KOMO News helicopter crashes beside Space Needle

RAW VIDEO: Reaction to HFISD elementary school fire

Fire chief believes school fire began in principal's office

Haley Bull live a.m. report from HFISD elementary school fire

Raw Video: Flames burn Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School

Pictures from scene of Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School fire

Fire burns much of Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School

Jasper hires city manager

Superintendent addresses TEA preliminary report

Former owner of PA MegaBowl pleads guilty to disaster loan fraud

Charges pending against Lake Charles student

Suspect in triple murder arrested

Results of election recount come in

Man charged with a 2007 murder on trial

Commissioners Court honors campaign against teen tobacco use

Jefferson County changing the way people vote

Students in Silsbee learn about fossils

RAW VIDEO: Footage of Hawkins being put into vehicle by authorities

Recount ends with no changes in Pct. 8 JP runoff

Suspect in triple homicide taken into custody

Port Arthur businessman pleads guilty to disaster loan fraud

Earthquake hits Southern California

DPS releases name of fatal accident victim in Newton County

Pictures from Jasper Air Show

Beaumont shooting suspect identified; three killed, one critically injured

Beaumont shooting suspect identified; three killed, one wounded

BREAKING NEWS: Three siblings dead, another person critically injured in Beaumont shooting

Train nearly runs over man napping on tracks

Group that wants to legalize marijuana comes to Southeast Texas

Beaumont church celebrates 118th anniversary

Galveston Bay stops oyster harvesting; already a shortage

BPD: Woman stabbed by boyfriend at store

CPS, police investigating student's claims that principal injured him

Local doctor who survived prostate cancer has message

Odom Academy mom claims principal injured her son

PAPD searches for driver who hit pedestrian

Port Arthur police combating gang activity

Wendy Davis campaigns in SETX

Sailor from famous World War II photo dies

KJAS: Fire destroys home on north side of town

Elderly woman found dead near train tracks identified

Chamber of Commerce explains call for BISD leadership change

Police looking for bridal shop robbery suspects

Prescription pill abuse a big problem in Jeff. Co.

Jefferson I-10 crash backs up traffic

Detectives arrest father of one of two women whose bodies were found on Port Bolivar

Two men taken to Orange County Jail for narcotics possession

Fire damages Beaumont home

Family waits 6 years for justice

Person stabbed during incident on Booker

No one injured in Beaumont structure fire

Arrest made in connection with Bolivar Double Homicide

Bond set for men arrested on possession of controlled substance charges

Police: Suspected drunk driver plows into SXSW crowd, kills two, injures 23

Highway 73 reopens

Victim in overnight Port Arthur accident identified

Orange County Veteran's Office worried about new county policy

Greater Beaumont Chamber calling for TEA to intervene and replace current BISD leadership

Vidor police searching for bridal shop robbery suspects

Bonds set for four in connection to Maddox murders

LULAC asking BISD Superintendent to resign

Village Creek drowning brings words of warning

PAISD statement regarding teacher trial verdict

Jury reaches a verdict in PA teacher trial

Bonds set for four people arrested in connection with Maddox case

Statement from YES Prep Southwest on drowning death

Jefferson Co. Justice of the Peace candidate Dawn Polk will get a recount Monday

Four people arrested in connection with Maddox case

LIVE: Nederland Heritage Festival kicks off

College students from Illinois and Missouri spend spring break helping local Habitat for Humanity

Autopsy pending in Village Creek Drowning drowning

Driver in custody after pursuit with authorities

Giving Field volunteer opportunities

Day 1 of testimony in PA teacher trial

Reports: Houston Texans release tight end Owen Daniels

Jury selected in Port Arthur teacher trial

Deputies prepared for underage drinkers over spring break

Judge trying to clear docket

Nederland hosting heritage festival

First Lunch at the Lake of the season

Collision reported between train and vehicle

Authorities looking for information about aggravated robbery

Court won't hear dispute over 'boobies' bracelets

Judge Bob Wortham Stepping Down

Community comes together for Lexy Bertrand benefit

Composite sketch of possible suspect in Port Bolivar double homicide

Photo of victim Crystal Jackson whose body was dumped on Port Bolivar

Photo of victim Britney Cosby whose body was dumped on Port Bolivar

Law enforcement officers in Orange searching for man who ditched his 18-wheeler to run from trooper

Michaels move to new location

Love Lunch Sack Homeless Outreach

Last day of Golden Triangle Home Show

Pinehurst police searching for men suspected of holding up Dollar General Store

Gusher Marathon draws more than one thousand people

Frog Fest helps wounded veterans

Boxer Wilford Scypion laid to rest

Justin Hinton's report on TEA investigation of BISD

TEA preliminary report critical of BISD financial practices; blames superintendent, board

Click here to read the entire TEA preliminary report into BISD financial compliance

BISD employee Jessie Haynes hasn't returned to work after workers' comp claim denied

Student accused of making threats taken into custody

Gusher Marathon to cause traffic rerouting Saturday

Beaumont city bus service suspended during Gusher Marathon Saturday

Texas Rangers investigate shooting of 18-year-old

Two women killed, bodies dumped behind Bolivar store

Crews cleaning up Shell oil spill in Port Neches

West Brook student transported to hospital after a fight

Detectives investigating double homicide at Fisherman's Cove

Jobless rate drops nearly 2% in past year in Beaumont-Port Arthur

No officers ]hurt, one man injured in Tyler County officer-involved shooting

East Texas teen charged with killing stepfather

Shots fired during holdup, restaurant customers forced to ground

Shell pipeline hit, spills 100 barrels of crude oil in Port Neches

Man attempts to break Ellen's retweet record

Former Marshall Middle School student posts threat online

Officers find dog shot and killed

Beaumont abortion clinic shuts down

Changes in Newton County election totals don't change outcome of races

Update on closing of Beaumont abortion clinic

School notifies parents about former student who reportedly made threats via social media

Whole Women's Health in Beaumont closing its doors

Gusher Marathon maps show route, parking access

PAFD: Space heater to blame for house fire

Cheesecake and sandwiches at Deli Days

Central High competes for state basketball championship

PA firefighters respond to house fire

JeffCo Justice of the Peace candidate seeks recount

PAPD: Man puts gun to woman's head

NAACP, local ministers have message for community

New local task force to investigate corruption and violent crimes

Police recovering pieces of stolen sculpture

Morrison and West head to the May runoff

Students learn dangers of DWI

Candidates strategize for Orange County Judge runoff

Cirque du Soleil comes to Ford Park

NAACP, Ministers Union want to dispel what they call misinformation about views on BISD

Man says gunman tried to kidnap wife

Final results in Jefferson County give Smith, Wiggins primary victories; others in runoffs

Search for missing man enters second week

Four Republicans vying for county judge job in Orange County

Early voting numbers delayed due to problem

Three Democrats, two Republicans in race for district clerk's office

Three Democrats in race for judge position at County Court at law number three

Three Democrats running for 252nd Criminal District Court judge

Election results

Jefferson County candidates say they rely on early voting numbers because of today's cold

Hardin County voters brave cold

Weather impacts voter turnout in Orange County

Villanova students volunteering in Beaumont

Weather impacts voter turnout

Ice contributes to outages, school cancelations

Winter weather pictures

Ice on trees; some power outages reported

Fitch downgrades Beaumont ISD bonds

Loss of power prompts closure of Buna ISD schools Tuesday; classes resume Wednesday

Primary election day

RadioShack to close up to 1,100 stores across nation

Finance consultant updates BISD finances

Hamshire Fannett student remains hospitalized

Southeast Texas tie to Ukraine

Southeast Texas wraps up Mardi Gras

Historic building in downtown Beaumont for sale

Southeast Texans to vote in primary elections

School delays due to inclement weather

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

LU to offer guaranteed price plan

Identity of man who died after suffering medical condition and crashing his motorcycle released

Arctic blasts canceling local flights again

Forty churches to pray for 40 days in pro-life campaign

Family who lost toddler in traffic accident has a message

Last day of Mardi Gras

P.A.L.T presents Legally Blonde Musical

Police: Man carjacks women and then steals more cars

Man dies after running back into burning house for cell phone

Students hand out free trees

West End Little League kicks off

Thousands celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Port Arthur

Sheriff names suspect in Maddox murders

Nathan Maddox' former mother-in-law named suspect in murders; released after unrelated drug charged is dropped

KFDM learns BISD's Jessie Haynes denied Workers' Compensation claim

TEA accreditation of BISD on hold until investigation over; revocation unlikely says TEA spokeswoman

First house complete under round 2 of Hurricane Ike relief funding

TX AG Greg Abbott campaigns in Beaumont

Jury finds karate instructor guilty of child porn violations

Langston Adams sworn in as interim judge of County Court at Law Number 3

PA man sentenced to 20 years in connection with witness retaliation case

Second day of Southeast Texas Mardi Gras

Symphony of Southeast Texas presents popular soloist

Teen mom who abandoned baby in dumpster could regain custody

$831,000 settlement in Pearson lawsuit against Jasper

BISD to take control of student activity accounts

Man mourns the death of his bride-to-be

Mardi Gras chicken run tradition

Port Arthur man sentenced for impersonating firefighter

Mardi Gras boosts downtown Port Arthur businesses

Meals on Wheels BBQ baked potato fundraiser

Mardi Gras in Port Arthur

Senior Mardi Gras celebration

Mardi Gras kicking off in Port Arthur

Tea Party activists disavow Steve Stockman

Man sentenced to 25 years for impersonating a firefighter

Early voting ends Friday for March 4 primaries

Disabled vet says he was kicked out of restaurant because of service dog

Lunch at the Lake returns Monday

State website: BISD spending more on students while academic progress declining

Port Arthur launches app

Babysitter doesn't get jail time in case where child accidentally shot himself

Officers shoot and kill Vidor man

Name released of Port Arthur man run over by car

Woman gets suspended sentence, probation for falling asleep and leaving loaded gun in home where boy accidentally shot and killed himself

Public reacts to proposed increase in windstorm insurance rates

Crystal Beach VFD Assistant Chief says investigations into money reveal new bills

When is a person too old to drive?

Deputy fired after being arrested

Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban

Charges filed against man for Intoxication Manslaughter, Intoxication Assault

Police release name of man who died during exchange of gunfire

Public reacting to proposed dramatic increase in windstorm insurance rates

Deputies want help finding fugitive assault suspect accused of breaking pregnant girlfriend's jaw

Update: Police release name of man struck and killed walking across Highway 69 near Central Mall

Former skinhead speaks out about hate groups

Former neo-Nazi skinhead speaks out

Early voting underway

Higher ed phone bank answers questions

One person dead after exchange of gunfire

Cinderella ballet performance celebrates 30 years

Police looking for missing teen

Beaumont police to help military investigate sex crimes

Crime Stoppers: February 25, 2014

PA city councilman resigns

Bill Leger Award presented at Family Services luncheon

Beaumont celebrates World Spay Day

Two separate accidents involving BPD officers

Driver identified in fatal Orange County accident

Beaumont's Kathleen Jackson appointed to Texas Water Development Board

Stockman's campaign for John Cornyn's seat

Police standoff ends after several hours

Rose Hill gets a second look

BISD response concerning West Brook fundraiser

Police and organizers setting up security for Mardi Gras

Teacher says students need textbooks

Public invited to upcoming windstorm insurance hearing

Woman now charged with stealing police car

Langston Adams appointed interim judge of County Court at Law #3

Investigators determine cause of apartment fire

Outpouring of support for family of Lumberton sisters killed in crash

Police say speed and alcohol may be factors in fatal wreck

Early voting on Sunday

West Brook band performs at Magic Kingdom

China boil water notice

Man in custody after fatal wreck in Port Arthur

Woman dies from injuries in Port Arthur accident

Teen building family crisis center

CPS brings prom to foster care teens

DPS: Man driving drunk falls out of moving truck

City of Orange gives Super Bowl champ Earl Thomas key to city

Shoot-out fundraiser to combat cancer

Final day of Boomtown Film and Music Fest

Girls' Haven Annual Gumbo Cook-off

Giving Field offers organic gardening workshop

BISD announces freeze on spending

Family claims special needs child mistreated at school

Woman steals a BPD patrol car, leads officers on chase and crashes patrol car

Custody hearing canceled in murder case

Woman hit by van in critical condition

Restaurant Report Card: Feb. 21, 2014

Local hospital reaches out to children

Who won Mr. Habitat?

Girls' Haven annual gumbo fundraiser on Saturday

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Applications for US jobless aid up 2K to 304,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

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