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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:


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CHARLOTTE BACON, 6


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."


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DANIEL BARDEN, 7


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.


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RACHEL D'AVINO, 29


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."


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OLIVIA ENGEL, 6


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."


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JOSEPHINE GAY, 6


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.


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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."


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DYLAN HOCKLEY, 6


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.


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MADELEINE HSU, 6


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.


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CATHERINE HUBBARD, 6


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."


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CHASE KOWALSKI, 7


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.


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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."


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JESSE LEWIS, 6


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."


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ANA MARQUEZ-GREENE, 6


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."


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JAMES MATTIOLI, 6


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.


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GRACE AUDREY McDONNELL, 7


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.


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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."


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EMILIE PARKER, 6


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.


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JACK PINTO, 6


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.


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NOAH POZNER, 6


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."


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CAROLINE PREVIDI, 6


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.


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JESSICA REKOS, 6


"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."


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LAUREN GABRIELLE ROUSSEAU, 30, teacher


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."


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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."


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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."


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BENJAMIN WHEELER, 6


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.


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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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New clashes between police, protestors in Ferguson

BISD meeting on proposed cuts: police and athletics deparments

Ford Park maintenance management questioned

Another Beaumont vacant house arson; 11th arson case in August

Honoring legendary football official Beau Hicks with Lifetime Achievement Award

Jefferson County Judge Larry Gist receives highest honor

American Red Cross chapters now under new leadership

American's Next Top Model contestant Will Jardell from Nederland survived the cut

BISD staff returns for new school year

LU president says enrollment is up

Bridge City residents still having problems with water; city working to fix water problems

Judge Gist receives State Bar Lifetime Achievement Award

CNN: No arrest warrant will be issued for Governor Perry, no mugshot or jail booking immediately required

New details from private autopsy done on Michael Brown

Fire destroys Jasper home

Port Neches police investigate 88-year old man's death

Foster kids learn how to sail

Port Arthur police investigating murder

Team coverage of Gov. Rick Perry's indictment; hear from politicians, his attorney, Facebook fans and others

Click here to read the indictment against Governor Rick Perry

Former Orange County youth minister set to serve more prison time than expected

Statement from Gov. Rick Perry's office on his indictment; his attorneys issue statements

Couple stranded overnight on isolated stretch of beach

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Rick Perry indicted

Jury acquits driver in intoxication manslaughter case

Man Orange city police say robbed a pizza deliverly driver is now in custody

New details about events leading up to shooting of Michael Brown

Ferguson chief names officer who fatally shot Michael Brown

Beaumont's 100 Plus Black Women Coalition gives school supplies to families in need

Late night deliberately set fire heavily damages vacant Beaumont home, injures firefighter

Restaurant Report: Aug. 15, 2014

Video of gas pump problems reaches hundreds

Mayor Becky Ames and Larry Beaulieu take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and get drenched in ice cold water

Beaumont firefighters on scene tonight of another vacant house fire

Port Arthur ISD sets November bond election

Free legal advice for veterans

Jefferson County district attorney reduces his budget request

Port Arthur officials discuss taking legal action against former BISD contractor Calvin Walker

Jefferson County judge Nancy Beaulieu honored

Enrollment up at St. Anne Catholic School

Drug bust in Jasper

Cheech & Chong and WAR show cancelled

Woman pleads guilty to staging car accident and receiving money from insurance claim

Mosquitoes in PA test postive for St. Louis Encephalitis

Average gasoline price continues dropping in SETX

Another vacant house fire in Beaumont

Beaumont church music director resigns; accused of sexual assault of a child

Dr. Timothy Chargois resigns as BISD superintendent

KFDM obtains copy of Dr. Timothy Chargois' voluntary separation agreement with BISD

New Black Panthers rally for man accused in death of Alfred Wright

Former youth minister will go to prison

Judge recovering at home

Nederland man pleads guility to wire fraud

Driver in critical condition following Tram Road crash

One driver critically hurt in collision on Eastex Freeway service road

PA auto repair business owner pleads guilty to federal wire fraud

LUPD reveals new details about robbery of student near campus

Pay it Forward: Aug. 13, 2014

American's Next Top Model male contestant from SETX

Jury decides on 15 year sentence for former youth minister who sexually assaulted two teen students

Family of Shane Hadnot, members of New Black Panther Party rally outside federal courthouse

Rally in support of man indicted for selling drugs linked to Alfred Wright's death

BISD athletics and police department on the table

Jury expected to decide fate of youth pastor Wednesday

Fans remember Robin Williams, death highlights larger issue

Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall has died

Crimestoppers asking for your help

Link for information about suicide prevention

City of Beaumont working to improve deteriorating roads

Gift of Life Color Rush cancer prevention awareness event Oct. 11

Time to get your new hunting and fishing licenses

Man dies after fall on ship docked in Beaumont

Grand jury takes no action in Juneteenth celebration complaint

Join KFDM's immigration town hall live stream this Thursday

Wife says Judge Dunn returning home from Houston on Tuesday following treatment for flesh-eating bacteria

BISD seeking community input on budget

Woman jailed on charges of stabbing another woman

Former Orange County youth minister charged with sexual assault of a child in court

Police investigating church burglary

Local charity helping immigrant children crossing the U.S. border

Need help with your Entergy electric bill?

Local disabled child left alone in car

Actor, comedian Robin Williams found dead

History being made in the cattle industry

Man high on PCP gets 30 years for firing shots while young daughters were at home

Beaumont Health Department extends hours for immunizations

Six killed in Houston-area collision

Mini-van overturns following downtown Beaumont collision

Valero investigating cause of product release

Mother arrested after police say she left her special needs child in vehicle

Family and friends of drowning victim install life rings on fishing pier

Back to School shopping starts with tax free weekend

Apartment community stunned by stabbing

Port Arthur police officer on paid administrative leave

Stabbing victim in critical condition

Wright family protests suspect's arrest in Houston

Authorities say local man who preys on elderly indicted

State says local schools need improvement

U.S. Attorney releases information about indictment in Wright death

Silsbee police looking for three men to question about Walmart thefts

Who's putting blood to good use

Live coverage: Alfred Wright rally in Houston

Click here for link to TEA accountability ratings

Local boy celebrates 10-year anniversary of bone marrow transplant

Jefferson County man indicted for possessing lego-shaped blocks of synthetic marijuana

How to "Be The Match"

Restaurant Report: Aug. 8, 2014

How Orange County judge with flesh-eating bacteria is doing

Stabbing at Crystal Beach

Wright family holds rally in Houston

Click here to read full indictment of suspect linked to death of Alfred Wright

KFDM obtains Wright family statements about indictment linked to his death

First day of tax-free shopping

Judge Dunn's family says no more surgery necessary for treatment of flesh-eating bacteria

Boil Water Notice for Bolivar Peninsula

Wright family says feds to announce indictment of man accused of selling drugs that led to death

BPD: Lindberg overpass closed after train crashes into bridge pillar

KFDM News obtains indictment for three former BISD employees

Committee presents PAISD board with $195M bond plan

I-10 UPDATE: See how long highway will be closed?

Neighborhood reacts to credit union robbery

Shooting vicim recovering, accused attackers linked to more crime

Are your taxes going to rise in Jefferson County?

Toddler killed after horse kicked him

Driver rescued by two Good Samaritans

Tax free shopping starts Friday

Two 18-wheelers involved in accident on I-10, roads shutdown

More marijuana discovered in Polk County after historical bust

Bingman Head Start will not close for the 2014-2015 school year

KFDM.com online streaming temporarily down

Police release pictures of credit union robber

3-year-old killed by kick from horse

Robber strikes Beaumont credit union

Two people rescue man when truck plunges into canal

Average gasoline price drops in Beaumont, state

Road Trippin' at Main Street Veterinarian Clinic in Lumberton

Road Trippin' with Tom Wright at the Lumberton Dome

Mother opens up about son electrocuted on the job

Another BISD employee resigns

Little Ali's birthday wish; How you can celebrate with her

Second Beaumont house arson in one day; fire department asking for your help

BISD interim superintendent discusses how he plans to move forward

Judge transferred to Houston hospital to continue fight againt flesh-eating bacteria

Federal grand jury indicts three former BISD employees

Four men indicted in connection with Burkeville bank robbery where bank employee stabbed

Wednesday night house fire second arson case of the day in Beaumont

Hemphill man indicted in connection with crash that killed passenger in his car

Sister of contract worker killed in accident speaks

Kountze cheerleaders case heading to Texas Supreme Court

Fire investigators ask for help before vacant structures burn

Congress fails to reach agreement on how much money to spend on immigration crisis

Federal grand jury indicts four bank robbery suspects

Names released of workers electrocuted in Village Mills

Lauren Huet reports live from site of workers' electrocutions in Village Mills

Three contract workers electrocuted in Village Mills

Judge undergoing more surgery in fight against flesh-eating bacteria

18 wheeler overturns in Silsbee

Cause of house fire appears to be deliberate

Justice of the peace recovering from flesh-eating bacteria

BISD board of managers considering what to cut

Republican Brandon Creighton, of Conroe, wins the Texas Senate District 4 seat

New developments in home invasion robbery, shooting of couple

Health Department extends hours for childhood vaccines

Bridge City businesses, residents complain about brown water during city council meeting

Port Arthur firefighters train for high angle rescues

Jasper school renovation project includes new gym, classrooms

New traffic lights for safety of Lumberton students

Click here for results of State Senate District 4 runoff

Justice of the peace talks with KFDM about his treatment for flesh-eating bacteria

Click here to learn about immunizations needed for children and Beaumont Health Department hours

Local bank donates $50,000 to help families of officers killed in line of duty

Southeast Texas chemical plants help outreach organizations

Runoff today in Texas Senate District 4

I-10 East reopens following tractor trailer-box truck collision

State Rep. Deshotel studying coastal barrier plan

Crash closes eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County

BISD teacher jumps off bridge to her death

Bridge City residents take to social media for brown water complaints

Sentencing for former BISD director of finance has been delayed

BISD and Workforce Solutions set up workshops to help teachers laid off

BISD schools moving and merging

Newton County Sheriff placed on paid leave pending outcome of criminal case

Central High School football coach says team won't be affected by changes at the district

Abortion providers say more than a dozen abortion clinics may close at end of month

Rotary Club encouraging children to read and to play

Beaumont Fire Department works three structure fires

KFDM/KBTV remodeling project begins

Sales Tax Weekend Holiday starts Friday

James Brady, former White House press aide shot in 1981 assassination attempt, dies

Our temps around 90; Bertha becomes hurricane, no threat to U.S.

Special State Senate election Tuesday

Sales tax weekend approaching

Body recovered of woman who jumped from bridge

Report: Social Security, Medicare need solutions to survive

Port Arthur Police investigate burglary and attempted robbery

Vidor family loses everything in fire

Bikers hold fundraiser for fellow rider and family

Mitchell Road reopens, gas leak contained

Gas leak prompts road closure in Lumberton

Beaumont firefighters working house fire

Deputies: Liberty County drug bust, also turns up tens of thousands of dollars

Fire in Vidor destroys home, displaces family

Community members react to Newton County Sheriff indictment

Lumberton Dome almost finished

Lake Charles man charged with raping woman

Local student competing in Junior Olympics cup-staking contest in Iowa

Why Orange County fire was difficult to extinguish

Demolition starts on vacant Castle Motel

Driver and teen on bike collide

Going on vacation? How to keep your home safe

Fire burning home in Orange County

Newton County Sheriff released on bond following threat indictment

Some receive minimal rain, others 6 inches

Arrest warrant issued for Newton County sheriff

Community reacts to more than 100 BISD job cuts

Family turns to community in wake of tragedy

Researchers at UTMB Galveston work to develop Ebola vaccine

BISD notifies employees of layoffs

Udate on child who's father and stepmother were gunned down outside Tyler County church

Bridge City ISD could possibly hold bond election

Jazz on the Lake kicks off, more to come

BISD's "Top 10 in the Nation" sign removed

Preventing a heatstroke

Attorney for Newton County Sheriff reacts to Eddie Shannon indictment

KFDM travels to Galveston to learn about Ebola vaccine research

Average gasoline price in Beaumont second lowest in state

Investigators: Someone deliberately set a Beaumont home on fire, displacing family of seven

Beaumont man's transformation after losing 440 lbs

New way of buying produce becoming popular in SETX

BISD's new way of doing business with vendors

Want to save money and help the environment? Learn about TxDOT's app

Search for source of parasite outbreak infecting Texans

Investigating changes in BISD vendor system

Another Jasper school vandalized

Drug arrests in Jasper

Southeast Texas man found guilty of carrying 20 pounds of marijuana through Beaumont

Forecast calls for dramatic changes

Murder suspect on Top 10 Fugitive list returned to Lake Charles

Houston man pleads guilty to Beaumont bank robbery

Two educators from same district named Region 5 teachers of the year

A former BISD employee who helped to oversee the district's finances is returning

KFDM reporter questions Calvin Walker after his release from jail; what he had to say

Hotel Beaumont has a new owner

Beaumont City Council delayed a vote that would give a cemetery more land

Polk County marijuana bust setting record in Texas

Missed our 6 p.m. broadcast? See live team coverage of indictment against Calvin Walker

Crimestoppers searching for woman burglar caught on surveillance video

Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who represented Calvin Walker in federal case, talks with KFDM News about Jefferson County grand jury indictment of Walker

Click here to read indictment against Calvin Walker

Jefferson County jury set to sentence man to 12 years for assaulting teenaged girl

Man steals deputy's car ends up back in jail within an hour

Warrant roundup targets drivers with unpaid traffic citations

Calvin Walker released from jail after posting bond

BISD statement on Calvin Walker indictment

Calvin Walker in custody at Jefferson County Jail

Special Grand Jury indicts BISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker on six felony charges

PAISD teachers attend workshop to prepare for new school year

BPD: Auto burglary suspects crash into police car; officers suffer injuries

Deputy fires shots to stop released prisoner who stole truck at jail

Man just released from jail accused of stealing deputy's truck from correctional center and leading officers on chase

Man sentenced to 12 years for sexually assaulting child

Polk County marijuana operation could yield 100,000 plants

Two hurt in accident on Old Voth Road

BISD Board Meeting Recap

Where did the $46 million general fund go in BISD?

BISD board seeks ways to cut spending during budget workshop

SPECIAL REPORT PART 2: A journey of hope from Honduras to the U.S.

Hardin County residents to vote on whether liquor can be sold

Assistant Jefferson County district attorney stepping down

Local vigil for immigrant children crossing border

Large marijuana-growing operation seized in Polk County

Girl Scouts deliver food for Meals on Wheels

Watching for possible tropical development in central Atlantic

Deputies say mother left children in car where temperature rose to 130

What happened to the millions of dollars in the BISD General Fund?

Click here for live stream of BISD meeting beginning at 6pm

BISD Board of Managers to consider more terminations, separation agreement with Dr. Chargois

Early voting begins for State Senate election

Lightning strike kills one, injures more than a dozen at Venice Beach in Southern California

Heat Index could reach 106; relief on the way

Smoke detector helps family escape fire

Painting for a cause

Fighting a giant at age 8

Local man shot lands in jail

Port Arthur robbery suspect stabbed

Investigators: Beaumont home set on fire

Blood drive helps boost low blood supply

"Cops Helping Kids" fishing tournament fundraiser

City of Beaumont presents concert and other fun in park

Wife of "Pistol Packing Pastor" speaks out

Pinehurst doctor released from jail

Mother of baby Faith denied motion for change of venue

LifeShare in need of blood donations

Local volunteer recognized for her work helping senior citizens

Jefferson Co. warrant roundup has started

Two-year-old girl drowns after her father dies of a heart attack

Local cities discuss ways to boost Texas' Windstorm Insurance Fund

Traffic stop leads to meth discovery in woman's car

Pistol Packing Pastor speaks out on arrests

SPECIAL REPORT Part 1: An immigrant's treacherous journey from Central America to Beaumont

New BISD board to discuss important issues Monday

Do you have an unpaid ticket? Warrant roundup coming

Three PAISD schools may be getting new look if bond passes

One person detained following Orange County shooting

Wanted fugitive located

Salvation Army Store works to attract more customers

Lamar University admin building and honors college construction underway

Investigators: Electrical problem may have sparked Silsbee fire

DEA and other agencies executing search warrant at doctor's office in Pinehurst

Click here to read PC for arrest of doctor on family violence charge

Video from scene of accident that injured trooper

DPS investigating accident that injured female trooper; released from hospital Thursday morning

DPS to close part of I-10 East Thursday for accident reconstruction

Search warrant yields meth, firearms, arrests

Air Algerie plane disappears over Africa

DPS trooper hit by car, discharged from hospital

BPD: 19-year-old shot following argument, shooter on the run

Two Port Arthur schools to see major changes in the fall

Salvation Army store in Beaumont will close temporarily

BPD: No more crime despite high-profile cases

Nederland Senior Citizens Center closes because of water damage

Four men charged in connection with Buna robbery conspiracy that led to shooting

Lifeshare Blood Centers in need of blood donations

Jefferson Co. DA expects new indictments at BISD

Community including board of managers help raise money for teachers

BISD "recognized" signs removed

Jefferson County Crime Lab needs new equipment to keep up with synthetic drug market

Arrest made in connection with June fire in Port Arthur

Jury convicts Beaumont man; judge sentences him to 50 years for sexually assaulting child

Recognized sign taken down from in front of Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas Educational Support Center

DA expects grand jury to return indictments in BISD investigation

Musical based on film The Producers runs for two more weeks

ATPE applaudes Commissioner's decision to seek extension of NCLB waiver and evaluation pilot

Plane crash kills dozens in Taiwan

Interim BISD superintendent outlines belief system

D.A. explains several commissioners invited Bob Wortham to be at budget hearing; welcomes Wortham's support in budget process

Political fireworks at today's Commissioners Court budget hearing

Ruling could affect future of Affordable Care Act

Vidor cemetery stands by rules

Man arrested in connection with vehicle, church burglaries

Crime Stoppers looking for information about women accused of using stolen credit cards

Brazoria County man sentenced in connection with drug trafficking

Two vehicle accident occurs in Chambers County

Tracking tropical depression moving west

Court deals blow to Obamacare

BISD tears down Recognized sign in front of administration building

New ownership for soccer team at Ford Park

8 foot gator caught between Jasper daycare and elementary school

"It's a great day in Beaumont"

BISD Board of Managers approves proposed termination of Dr. Chargois; delays action on RIF

Beaumont homeowner shoots suspected burglar in driveway

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams answers questions on Live At Five

Seaweed still invading the Gulf

Jefferson County takes another step toward constructing Ford Park water park

Homeowner shoots man trying to break into car; police searching for gunshot victim

DA asking for community show of support at budget hearing

Transient arrested trying to break into vehicles

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams will answer your questions live onset Monday on Live at 5

American from Rio Grande Valley killed in Mideast violence

BISD board of managers to meet Monday

Investigators identify drowning victim

Signs your vehicle could have water damage

Drowning at Keith Lake Bridge

Castle Motel set on fire

Family brings out canoe after flooding

Irving Avenue underwater at MLK overpass

Flooding strands Beaumont drivers

Heavy rain floods parts of Port Arthur

Restaurant Report Card: July 18, 2014

Agenda for BISD board of managers' Monday meeting released

Sentence announced in Arceneaux trial

Beaumont bus service resumes operations

LIVE: Southeast Texas impacted by heavy rain

Raw video of MLK near Lavava cars submerged

Raw video of Beaumont street flooding

More raw video of flooding in parts of Beaumont

Pictures of street flooding

Street flooding reporting across Southeast Texas

Weather prompts closures

Intersection closure taking place starting Monday

Fire destroys house in LaBelle

See why Kountze City Council postpones police department consolidation vote

Family of man who died in Orange County Jail wants justice

Legendary blues artist Johnny Winter has died

Kountze city council to discuss future of police department

Dogs maul a local hog

Man wanted for shooting Jasper County woman in the chest

Man found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child

KFDM News learns Hardin County D.A. expects to file another theft charge against Kountze Councilman Ira Braneff

Gift of Life program offering free mammograms

Man who carried high-powered rifle into Parkdale Mall was guest speaker at Press Club luncheon

Entergy donates fans for the needy

Entergy warns customers about scam

KFDM News learns man charged with striking child, breaking arm, leaving bruises

PAPD: Man suspected of wife's murder commits suicide

Jury finds man charged with sexually assaulting 6-year-old guilty

Malaysian passenger plane crashes in Ukraine

Line of storms moving across Southeast Texas

Average gasoline price drops 4 cents in Beaumont

DPS releases names of people involved in fatal Tyler County collision

Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70

Conservator explains what's next for BISD

Wildlife refuge in need of donations

Four-foot snake found in washing machine

BISD teacher supply drive has low turnout; Public can still help

Family files for temporary injunction against Orange County Jail to shut down jail

Working to keep Orange County parks clean

Grand opening for new low-income apartment complex in Beaumont

Trinity UMC huge annual garage sale starts Thursday

Pay it Forward: July 16, 2014

Port Arthur man sentenced to 55 years in prison for burglary

Exotic Cat Refuge accepting donations

Woman killed in Bridge City auto-pedestrian accident

Fatal accident takes place in Tyler County

East Texas woman sentenced in connection with ricin letters

Trucks spills forklifts following accident on Cardinal Drive

KOMO: Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

Man sentenced to 50 years following guilty plea to two killings

East Texans arrested on federal violations

Journalist, activist released by Border Patrol

BTA: Commissioner will speak with teachers

Two killed in collision with bull on Highway 96 in Jasper County

CPS warns parents against dangers of co-sleeping

Money pours in to help a family involved in a weekend boating accident in Orange County

Crime Stoppers offers reward to catch serial sex assault predator

More community members weigh in on BISD takeover

Beaumont city council approves demolition of Castle Motel

Account set up to help family impacted by fatal boating accident

TEA official takeover of BISD improves housing market

Fugitive with Beaumont ties wanted by DPS

Good chance of rain Tuesday; line of storms approaching

Pharmacist convicted in pill mill operation

Man sentenced to life for beating, killing mother of his three children

East Texas man missing after shark diving venture

Students react to BISD Board of Managers appointment

Former LU president issues statement about being appointed to BISD BOM

TEA deputy commissioner upholds decision to remove BISD board, replace superintendent

Several members of BISD Board of Managers talk with KFDM News

List of Board of Managers to replace BISD board members

KFDM News learns Kountze City Council to discuss possibility of consolidating police department with Hardin County Sheriff's Office

Firefighters working to contain last of several marsh fires in Southeast Texas

Man faces jail for growing medical marijuana

Mazzio's to reopen tomorrow

Port Neches man sentenced in connection to sexual abuse

Two transported following accident

Jefferson County S.O. finds man it describes as dangerous sexual predator with help from Crime Stoppers tip

Lightning sets off seven fires; Wildfires burn out of control

Divers recover boat from fatal accident

Beaumont fire investigators suspect arson as cause of house fire

Kountze city councilman turns himself into jail

Local road closures in Beaumont and Orange

Local brides attend one-stop bridal show

Authorities release name of 10-year-old killed in Orange County boating accident

10-year-old girl killed in boating accident, 7-year-old girl critically injured

Kountze City Councilman charged with felony theft

Candlelight vigil held for Kimberly Langwell and other missing persons

Children dealing with cancer have day of fun

Five electrical poles down in Orange County; some residents without power

Vidor man dead after officer-involved shootings

Hear what a BISD employee who won a court case Friday against the district has to say

Undercover sting cracks down on prostitution

Vidor police working shooting

Part two: Sick bird investigation

Attacker linked to sex assaults may be connected to attempted assault late Thursday night

Judge grants Temporary Injunction to BISD's Ron Reynolds

BFD responds to boy locked in safe

Prepare to save money on Texas Sales Tax Holiday

Clevelanders celebrate LeBron James' return

County to consider incentive agreement to bring water park to Ford Park

Suspected prostitutes arrested during sting

Gunman robs PA store

Motorcyclist dies, child critical following collision

BISD record review team coverage: Justin Hinton from Austin and Kara Dixon locally

Search ends in Jasper County for missing man

Beaumont residents react to BISD record review

Three suspects charged in connection with bank robbery

Port Neches man sentenced to 25 years on child pornography charges

Jasper's Piney Woods Shelter in need of donations

UPDATE: BISD record review testimony

Silsbee High School principal leaving

First responders: don't leave child in hot car

Part One: Sick bird investigation

Port Neches man sentenced in connection with child porn violations

UPDATE: BISD Record Review in Austin completed

Road Trippin: Mid-Jefferson Extended Care Hospital in Nederland

Justin Hinton reports live from Austin with preview of BISD Record Review

Isolated thunderstorms developing over Southeast Texas; some bringing 1/2" of rain an hour

KFDM to live stream BISD Record Review in Austin

Investigators release new details about shootings that killed 4 children, 2 adults in Spring

Firefighter dies after battling fire in Kingwood

Shots fired through woman's car window at Jasper Walmart

Beaumont teachers worried about higher insurance costs

BISD preparing for second record review in Austin

Cemetery rules break hearts

7 shot, 5 killed in Houston-area home

Planned project could bring jobs and oil to Port Arthur

Some families say they're devastated when cemetery enforces rules

Prescription drugs are skyrocketing

Chevron Phillips issues statement about continuing work on investigation into cause of plant fire

Prescription drug prices increasing, pharmacists & patients express concerns

Environmental activist protests Veolia shipments

Veolia statement about chemical destruction

Train crude oil terminal project announced for Port Arthur

New season coming up at the Lutcher Theater

Authorities continue searching for body of missing Vidor man

Former New Orleans mayor sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Live stream of hearing on immigration crisis

Man charged with firing shots into home with children and engaging in hours-long standoff with deputies

Water rescue after van plunges into bayou

Neighbors react to fatal shooting

First responders monitor air quality

Doctors are concerned about public health with undocumented immigrants flooding the United States and possibly Jefferson County

Missing dog turned in to Humane Society

D.A.'s Office drops felony theft charges against Daryl Glenn Johnson

ATF: Law enforcement assisting with federal search warrant

Former NFL players one step closer to receiving financial, medical help for head injuries

Statement from TEA: No BISD trustee will be on the board of managers

Crime Stoppers: July 8, 2014

Reward offered for returned dog

Fire occurs at Chevron Phillips in Port Arthur

Beaumont police look for man connected to sexual assaults

Police believe woman accused of endangering a child no longer in SETX

Former NFL players from Southeast Texas impacted by concussions closer to settlement

Jefferson County leaders sound off on providing housing for undocumented children

Nederland man sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with murder of mother

Beaumont man sentenced in connection with aggravated robbery case, manslaughter case

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