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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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FDA warns consumers to avoid cumin, if allergic to peanuts

Statewide gas price average rises four cents

Second person dies after police say SA driver deliberately crashes into pedestrians

Nearly 40 percent of Walmart workers to get pay raise

Inmate convicted of trying to have Texas judge killed

Officials: Sex offender enrolled 17-year-old in school to target kids

Six in ten Americans support higher minimum wage

Second person dies after police say SA driver deliberately crashes into pedestrians

Local USW prepares to resume contract talks with ExxonMobil

New businesses opening in Port Arthur

PAPD: Aggravated robbery at Port Arthur convenience store

Concerns over oil tank car safety

Bridge City brothers plead guilty to killing bottlenose dolphin in Cow Bayou

Teens indicted in Dominos Pizza armed robbery case

Funds sought to help rebuild Beaumont housing complex hit by Hurricane Ike

Local school celebrates Vietnamese New Year

Ash Wednesday starts Lent Season

Entergy sends workers to Arkansas after winter storms

San Antonio Police say driver targeted pedestrians; one dead, several hurt

Bolivar Peninsula residents question "for sale" signs in the area

Jasper SO seeking assault suspect; searching Beaumont area

Entergy Texas crews aiding weather-stricken Arkansas sister company

Talks to resume between USW in Beaumont and ExxonMobil

Blast rips through Exxon Southern California Refinery

Kelli's Kids, Feb. 4, 2015

Port Arthur Chamber holds Transportation Summit

Nederland Westernaires musical awards and recognition

Kelli's Kids: Feb. 18, 2015 Looking at SETX children in need of adoption

Symphony of Southeast Texas to present favorite movie theme songs

Healthwise Woman: Feb. 18, 2015 Looking at improving bee ecology and beekeeping methods

Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book to be released

Iraq claims ISIS harvesting organs

South Texas traffic stop turns up $700,000

Houston principal removed after allegations he hit students

Oil layoffs may benefit construction industry

Where to find commercial construction jobs

Federal judge puts stop to President Obama's deportation relief

Officer's patrol car struck in wreck, police suspect possible impaired driving

Louisiana man receives life sentence for Orange County drug conspiracy

Jefferson County man sentenced for child pornography

Beaumont police officer investigating hit and run is injured

$3,000 reward offered for Most Wanted sex offender from Beaumont

Walmart sues for right to sell liquor in Texas stores

One worker suffers minor injures in fire at polymers plant

Ithaca NY tourism web site urges tourists go to Florida

Federal judge stalls Obama's action on immigration

Haiti float accident kills 20

Matthew Smith shares story after found not guilty of murder

Affordable Healthcare enrollment period is extended

18-wheeler crash injures 12, drivers and government agencies react

Hardin Jefferson ISD investigates possible middle school hit list

I-10 East reopens following crash that injures a dozen; all lanes now open

False gunman warning panics Los Angeles Airport passengers

Texas gas prices keep rising

Stranded boaters rescued in Orange County

LIVE UPDATE: Officials now reporting 12 people injured in I-10 crash Sunday night

UPDATE: Multiple people injured in I-10 & MLK 18-wheeler involved crash

Police chase tractor-trailer 34 miles, dodge thrown fridge

National USW warns local USW branch not to vote on ExxonMobil's offer

Lamar University confers 1,355 degrees at commencement

UPDATE on major crash on I-10 and MLK in Beaumont

BREAKING NEWS: Major crash on I-10 eastbound near 7th Street in Beaumont

House fire leaves grandmother without a home

Warrant Roundup starts Feb. 23

Fire damages home in Silsbee, no one hurt

KFDM'S Kara Dixon reports live from Mardi Gras

Pedestrian killed in Port Arthur

Armed robbery at Beaumont convenience store

A look at law enforcement sniper training

Local lawyers for man acquitted of murder speak to KFDM News

Wildfire at wildlife refuge estimated to be more than 1800 acres

Local union leader speaks to KFDM News about talks with ExxonMobil

Autopsy report reveals alcohol poisoning killed man at birthday celebration

Breaking news: Matthew Smith found not guilty in murder case

KFDM learns Nederland teacher who drew complaints because of poem with sexual innuendoes resigns

Retirees help build Beaumont church

Jasper police arrest pair with illegal weapons, drugs

Live Mardi Gras fun, tarot, palm reading and more

Valentine flowers and weddings

Man charged with cruelty to juvenile

Mauriceville boil water notice lifted

Texas bloodless bullfighting draws crowds

Caught on Tape: OK drive-thru shooting

Fire at Islamic Institute in Houston, no one hurt

Police rescue kids, driver from runaway bus

Violent felons going into homes as service workers

KFDM Special Report: Cartels moving illegal drugs through SETX

KFDM investigates complaint against Nederland teacher

Fire destroys Jasper trailer; Fire Marshal calls it suspicious

Becky and Joe Williams Scholarship in Audiology established

Couple picked up; authorities trying to determine if they are connected to murder of elderly local man

1700 customers without power after Vidor accident

Suspicious fire destroys Jasper home

Chambers deputies make controlled substance arrest

Texas gas prices rise another 9 cents

Mardi Gras kicks off in Port Arthur; Also Beaumont seniors celebrate Mardi Gras

Now you can have a Facebook heir

Wreck causes injuries, slows traffic in Port Arthur

Preparing for Taste of the Triangle

Kidde Recalls More Than 4.6M Fire Extinguishers

Baby dies after being hit by coffee mug during parents' fight

Dr. Wayne Dyess Memorial Scholarship in Music established

Overturned truck carrying produce affecting traffic on Highway 190 in Newton County

Lamar State College-PA invites public to be part of Mardi Gras

See where the winning Texas Powerball ticket was sold

Powerball winner here in Texas

Winnng Powerball numbers Wednesday night

Southeast Texans take their chances at historical jackpot drawing

CBS and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon has died in car crash

Copeland named LU alumni affairs director

Local road closures

Business owner outs accused shoplifter on social media

Chris Kyle remembered by friend as an American hero

Port Arthur is preparing for Mardi Gras Southeast Texas

UPDATE: Traffic now moving slowly over Rainbow Bridge after multi-vehicle crash

Powerball jackpot skyrockets to $500 million; watch the drawing at 10pm on KFDM News

Jury awards $2.4 million in wrongful death case

Man charged with murder in Ames shooting

Powerball jackpot climbs to nearly $500 million

CPSO: 3-year-old dies after accidentally shooting herself; father left loaded gun nearby

Take Charge of Business at Texas Business Conference in Beaumont

Goodwill sweater may fetch $20k

Beaumont firemen extinguish fire in Helbig Rd. apartment

KFDM update on Nederland motorcycle crash; teens in stable condition with broken bones

President asks Congress for military action against ISIS

Mauriceville issues boil water notice

Students given "50 Shades of Grey" puzzles

Persons of interest in homicide brought to jail

Air Rescue responds to Nederland motorcycle accident

Bridge City hopes new project stops brown water once and for all

Online advertisement offers home already owned by someone else

Passenger on US Airways flight 1825 makes it to Beaumont ok

Man linked to homicide tells KFDM woman had nothing to do with it

BREAKING : Fire reported at Dragon Products near Silsbee

Memorial High teacher arrested on drug charge

Driver crashes into building in Beaumont

DA: Teen suspect takes selfie with homicide victim, Snapchats it

Boerne home explodes in flames

SE TX Auto Task Force: 2014 car thefts dropped

Jury seated in trial over American Sniper death

President to create cyber-threat agency

Businessman fights 16 years of surprise tax penalties

Emergency landing leaves passengers wondering why

Experts say beware dangers of 9-volt batteries

75-year-old man tackles suspect, threatens to break his arm

Hardin County District Attorney asks for expert witness, black box testimony

Report: Jesse Matthew to be charged with Hannah Graham murder

Jefferson County Commissioners discuss Ford Park

Sheriff, deputies travel to Indiana to bring back suspects

$450 million Powerball lottery set for Wednesday

Deputies. body cam captures man pulled from burning car

Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Seismologists Say A Fault Is At Fault For Irving Earthquakes

View national town hall meeting: Fight for Freedom at 6 p.m. on

Senators want investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

Lawmaker tries to restore DNA testing bills original purpose

Texas police seek suspect in ice pick stabbing

Exclusive video of massive Port Arthur fire

Johnny Winter remembered as a Beaumont music legend

Woman who crashed into utility pole in Beaumont charged with DWI

Mother who left three children in car in Beaumont bonds out of jail

The late Johnny Winter wins Grammy Award for Blues Album

Watch Kelli Phillips, Greg Kerr and Greg Bostwick on KFDM News after the Grammy Awards

Raw video: Massive fire destroys Port Arthur building

USW rallies in solidarity for safer working conditions

Driver in Beaumont crashes into a utility pole

Driver arrested for DWI following Vidor wreck

Beaumont woman arrested after leaving 3 kids in car

Southeast Texans celebrate Mardi Gras

Community fundraiser for longtime judge

Family of woman who died after getting her dream wedding say she did not have life insurance

USW Beaumont members rally at ExxonMobil

Police: Mother arrested after leaving baby and toddlers in running SUV in Beaumont

USW preparing for National Day of Action on Saturday

SETX man charged with causing death of Nederland student is out of jail

PA Police need community help in five unsolved robberies

Listen to local 911 call and how operator helped disabled man

Galveston preparing for Mardi Gras

Assistant fire chief speaks out about ISIS and military tour in Kuwait

Couple sentenced for Chinese restaurant employment conspiracy that reached into Jefferson County

USW rejects sixth contract offer

Unsolved Murder: Bridgette Gearen

A mother is shot after her son gets into fight

BISD board votes to end two-year contracts

Man asks for every email the state ever sent

Jefferson County Tourism group offering grants

Man accused of trying to cut wife's eyes out

Blind boy learns Jiu Jitsu

Former stripper running for mayor of San Antonio

Police arrest suspect in ATM robbery/kidnapping

Former BISD employees plead not guilty on all counts

Study points out dollar store toxins

Beaumont police block off two streets after a woman was shot

Beaumont Teachers Association reacts to a decision to slash multi-year term contracts for educators

Community unites after fire that killed 4 young children

Missing disabled Beaumont man back home

Woman shot in Beaumont

Vidor man stabbed to death in Mississippi

Lambert, Steward plead not guilty to charges in indictment

KFDM Exclusive: Lambert, Steward show up at federal courthosue for hearing, surrender

RadioShack files for bankruptcy

Child hurt in Port Arthur wreck

AAA: gas prices in Texas up 13 cents

Orange detectives investigating aggravated robbery

Couple charged with keeping kids in dog kennels

Driver takes off after hitting woman on crutches

TCEQ finalizing Orange County bayous plan

Open carry advocate: "I was not threatening anyone"

KFDM Exclusive: Lambert, Steward show up at federal courthouse for hearing, surrender

Girl Scout shot while selling cookies

U.S. Attorney, former board members react to BISD indictments

USW International receives contract offer

Crime Stoppers asks for help to catch burglars targeting pharmacies

Local fire kills four children; how you can help

Federal grand jury indicts former BISD employees Patricia Lambert, Victoria Steward

BISD issues statement on indictments

Firefighters: Space heater causes Beaumont home to catch fire

Surveillance pictures of debit card scam suspect; Can you identify him?

Bank robber sentenced for holding up Beaumont bank

KFDM to live stream U.S. Attorney's BISD public corruption probe news conference

Secret Service seeks man using fake debit cards

Jessica Crawford reports live from home destroyed in Spurger fire

Sheriff talks live with KFDM about fire that kills four children in Spurger

911 dispatcher helps woman save baby

'I did kill those cops,' suspect says of California slayings

Red Cross to assist family who lost four children in fire

Beaumont police seek your help to find missing man

Deadly plane crash captured on dashcam

FCC chairman proposes regulating Internet like phone service

Video from scene of fatal Spurger fire

Fire burns Youngstown house in Beaumont

Suspected cartel courier heading to trial in Gulfport

4 children killed in house fire

U.S. Attorney to hold news conference about BISD public corruption probe

Deputies investigate China pharmacy burglary

Accident backs up traffic at top of Purple Heart Memorial Bridge

Port Arthur City Council approves new police contract

Concern over ambulance wait times in Jasper County

Low income housing a possibility for seniors in Beaumont

Business owners hope union and oil companies come to agreement

Multi-agency taskforce captures "career criminal"

Deputies: Kirbyville man's death not from physical altercation

USW reports no progress in oil talks

CrimeStoppers: looking for Mid-County burglar

CPSO arrests woman for cruelty to juveniles

LIT hosts College and Career tonight

Couple warns drivers: beware of feral hogs on 73

Wreck slows traffic on I-10 East near Hamshire

National Music Educator of Year is a full of energy

Small business owners concerned about uncertainty in union strike

Man gets relief from his 21-mile walk to work

Post office fire causes residents to drive to Kounzte for mail

NY Attorney General targets popular herbal supplements

Pediatricians, politicians weigh in on measles outbreak

UK to decide if it's okay to make babies from DNA of 3 people

Orange Deputies release name of man who died in fight

Man trying to keep warm charged in Sour Lake P.O. fire

Emergency suspension for Sour Lake Post Office

ESPN reports Johnny Manziel enters "treatment"

Couple called persons of interest in killing of elderly man caught in Indiana

President's budget supports National Park Service Centennial

Moon rock from Apollo 15 on display in Jasper

Beaumont Animal Service to roll out new vehicle look

LU to celebrate Le Grand Bal 40: Legends of the Arts

Texas honors Chris Kyle today

Obama to parents: get your kids vaccinated

Whitney Houston's daughter on ventilator

Punxsutawney Phil "forecasts" 6 more weeks of winter

Local families fear an oil strike here

Local man stabbed

President send $4 trillion budget to Congress

Deputy calls it quits rather than give up cowboy attire

Rookie saves Super Bowl 49 for Patriots

USW calls for work stoppage at 9 plants, no local plants on list

Orange County death investigation

Beaumont police search for shooter tonight

Two-vehicle crash causes rollover, sends people to hospital

Local woman battling cancer gets her last wish

A community comes together to celebrate the life of Kristin Paris

Man shot at a Beaumont residence; police have home surrounded

Kristin Paris fundraiser online information

Investigators: Sour Lake Post Office fire may be arson

USW International issues strike notice

BPD: Argument about woman leads to stabbing

Texas high schools now required to teach CPR

Local construction companies forced to pay workers back pay

Man stabbed, transported to Beaumont hospital

Home in Vidor catches fire twice

Charges against Rockline Kennedy upgraded to Intoxication Manslaughter

Gun found in backpack of BISD student

Fundraiser to help family with funeral cost for Nederland student killed in crash

Investigators studying new information in crash that killed Nederland student

DuGood Credit Union makes donations to local charities

Have a plan for getting home safely after drinking at Super Bowl parties

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Judge upgrades charge to Intoxication Manslaughter in case of man accused of driving drunk and killing teenage girl

TXDOT urges football fans to drive sober on Super Bowl day

Construction company owners fined $108k in back wages

I-10 West reopens at Highway 12; frontage road should reopen by about 1

Rare white dolphin spotted in California

Forget Thanksgiving, Superbowl is 2nd biggest eat feast

Entergy Texas warns business customers: be wary of scam artists

BREAKING -- Mitt Romney will not run for president

BPD officers honored for their service and aid to the community

Father speaks out about car crash that killed his daughter

KFDM Special Report: Use of Force

Special Report: full audio from officer's body microphone

Pink-eye spreads on local high school campus

Suspect in fatal hit and run surrenders, posts bond

Arizona man paints house, lawn to honor Seahawks

Burglary suspects taken into custody

Emergency landing -- pilot locked out of cockpit

DA release new information about crash that killed teen

PAPD releases names of teens suspected of robbing Domino's Pizza with a gun

Update on Jasper fire lone survivor

Lumberton school bus driver blames fog for accident

Del Papa hosts Budweiser Clydesdales for Port Arthur Mardi Gras

Police arrest two, seeking two more on Willowood

Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

Gas price continue to fall in SE Texas

TX legislator demands Muslims visitors to renounce terror

Suspect in hit and run fatality surrenders

LIT announces President’s, Vice President’s lists for Fall

Mother helps bust human trafficking ring to save daughter

Texas lawmaker who confronted gun rights group gets security

DuGood charity promo nets $113,000 to SE Texas groups

LU campus reacts to proposed conceal carry bill

Community Banks gives $5,000 to Buckner for older children

BISD board member Gwen Ambres now running for city council

Chances of dying in car crash plunged over 3 years

Students ordered to lower pants after feces found in gym

Local man Tyrone Gilbert convicted of murder

Two teens arrest in Dominos Pizza robbery case in Port Arthur

Officials: Couple with marijuana in diaper bag released due to no room at jail

Beaumont sinkhole has been repaired

Man hit while crossing Eastex Freeway has died

Man pleads guilty to synthetic marijuana drug trafficking violations

State Fire Marshal investigates cause of fire in Jasper, community sad for the loss of mother and baby

100 staying at Chick-fil-A overnight to receive free meals for a year

New feature on KFDM-- Kelli's Kids: seeking a family

High school remembers student killed in car crash

DPS issues arrest warrant in fatal hit and run in Orange County

Royal, Orange streets intersection closed for repairs

Investigators seeking witnesses to I-10 crash that killed teen

Man sentenced to 5 years for synthetic marijuana conspiracy

Baby, mother killed in Jasper fire identified

Dr. Ben Carson to speak at Spindletop Blowout

Orange Police: missing Little Cypress woman found

Lines forming outside new Chick-fil-A; Opens tomorrow

Update: Infant, mother found dead after fire burns two mobile homes in Jasper

Pictures from scene of fire that killed infant, mother

Sulphur police investigating attempted armed robbery

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Calcasieu Deputies arrest man for 3rd DWI

Zombie cat killed by car rises from the dead

Mugshot of man charged in connection with accident that killed teen girl

Update: Infant, mother found dead after fire burns two mobile homes in Jasper

PAPD arrests 17-year-olds accused of robbing Domino's on Memorial

Beaumont mayor announces run for re-election, tells KFDM it may be her final campaign

Update: Teenage girl dies of injuries after wrong-way driver crashes into her near Ford Park

Gaping sinkhole opens up in Beaumont neighborhood

Texas legislators to decide funding for Pre-K parents hope for increase

HUD awards $150,000 to apartment complex for victims of domestic violence

MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn join to form $16B packaging behemoth

Happening Now: Large sinkhole swallows part of Beaumont street

Motorcycle driver hurt in crash

Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident north of Buna

Crash on I-10 near Ford Park

Pinehurst Police Officer receives minor injuries when vehicle crashes during chase

ATM fraud scheme uncovered along I-10 from Baton Rouge to New Orleans

Texas ignores US program to collect unemployment debt

Bad news for lovers of British chocolate lovers

Sisters say they want answers after brother's murder

New Forensic Accountant begins work Tuesday at D.A.'s Office

Pilots worry drones could impact flight safety

Dallas teen charged with murder in drowning of infant

Fire destroys home in the Dixie Community

Gas prices remain low in SETX, state

Bolivar officials want state law changed to oust beach squatters

Chambers County deputies arrest four for boat ramp burglary

Possible drone found on White House lawn

DETCOG - region struggling to emerge from "Great Recession"

Houston man shoots son, mistaking him for burglar

Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs

Strong local home sales make for positive outlook in 2015

Police: Bodies of missing Cobb County couple believed found

Restaurant Report: Jan. 26, 2015

Entrepreneur behind ecoATM to be lecturer for IES Lecture Series

Baby loses nose in pet ferret attack

Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs

Mardi Gras hits early with Beaumont Pardi Gras

Auschwitz survivor recalls Nazi evil, liberation 70 years ago

Fundraiser for Bryan Hebert Scholarship Foundation

FAA warns about e-cigarettes on planes

Thousands of students attend faith-based conference Hot Hearts

Jobless rate falls in Southeast Texas

No injuries after hard landing at Kirbyville airport

The company that "sells it all" in planes goes bankrupt

Off-duty officer helps catch men accused of robbing employees at Whataburger inside Mont Belvieu Walmart

SETX Muslim community growing

Fire destroys man's China home, says it started because of grease he left on the stove

Sheriff gives new details about Lumberton shooting

Oil industry workers contracts set to expire Feb. 1

Woman escapes fire that damages home

Police seeking two men for armed robbery of Jack in the Box

Arlington woman robbed kidnapped at ATM

Police on the scene of shooting near Lumberton

Restaurant Report: Jan. 23, 2015

BISD board votes 4-2 to postpone decision on shortening employee contracts

Jefferson County group accepting applications for tourism grants

10pm LIVE report: BISD could change length of teacher contracts and other employee contracts to only one year

LIVE report: BISD considering eliminating multiple-year contracts for teachers

Public input low in BISD superintendent search

BBB: top ruses of 2014

Salvation Army red kettle donations down almost $50,000 in last 2 years

New restaurants flock to Beaumont area, some don't fear competition

BPD investigating aggravated robbery of Hwy 105 Family Dollar

Bond set for couple following raid that turned up drugs and guns

Did you see our Salvation Army story -- how to donate

Southeast Texas RPC install new officers

Beaumont Teachers Association rallies for multi-year contracts

Deputies seize drugs, guns in Tyler County home

Get up and get off that seat

Fire destroys apartment

A dog is abandoned in cold and chews off paw for food

Father takes to Youtube after he says his daughter bullied with racist remarks

Baby set on fire still had umbilical cord, placenta attached

Mexican police nab meth-smuggling drone

16-year-old New Yorker runs sneaker pawn shop

Police arrest iPad thieves after they post selfies to iCloud

College students optimistic about job hunt, if they choose the "right" major

FDA warns against keepsake ultrasounds

Jack Brooks Airport working to attract new passengers

Residents still wait for Hurricane Ike home repairs

Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

Are you thinking about heading to a Louisiana casino? See this first

Jobless rate and where the jobs are

Houston man charged with capital murder in death of Derrick Allen Phillips

Man arrested for stealing truck and fleeing from officers

Police, Good Samaritan help blind man find his way home in early morning fog

Investigators call PA house fire suspicious

Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident near Jasper

Measles outbreak from Disneyland spreads

Man gets 12-year-old parking ticket

Low turnout at BISD superintendent search meetings

Yemen rebels hold president captive in his home

Body found on Dallas Greyhound bus

Imagine an out-of-control 18-wheeler barrelling toward you

Palestian stabs 11 on Tel Aviv bus

Lamar students: stay on campus

Raw Video: Officers arrest man they call person of interest in homicide

Many empty seats at both public meetings on BISD superintendent search

Crime Stoppers, police want your help to solve robbery

Port Arthur's new city manager discusses plans to revitalize city

All lanes of Eastex Fwy now opened: BPD

BPD: Arrest in Houston of person of interest in Central Drive homicide

First two BISD superintendent search meetings for public set tonight

KFDM to stream State of the Union online

BPD: Arrest made in death of man at Central and Gladys

Vehicle-pedestrian accident on Eastex Fwy.

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

Police search of shooter near Neches, Franklin

BPD search for armed convenience store robber

Gunman robs clerk at PA market and deli

No foul play suspected in death of man near burning buildings in Jasper County

President's State of Union to be filled with proposals

GasBuddy sees more gas price declines

Boys pulled from frozen lake

Why Belgium has become fertile ground for terrorist

Galveston Police Officer traffic stop changes his life

BPD officers patrol area around Lamar University

Scientists uncover secrets of oldest surviving library scrolls

Lamar University students react to shooting of LU student from Houston

Man's body discovered at fire scene

Police release surveillance video of Lamar student's shooting death

BPD releases name of Lamar student shot and killed

Chemical spill on West Cardinal is blocking service road

MLK celebrated locally, nationwide

Engage couples explore Bridal Show

Car crashes into Jasper fitness center, no injuries

Bomb threat closes Lake Charles bridge

LC police seek robber of convenience store

James Ware reports live from scene where LU student was shot and killed near campus

Mom of quadruplets dies after giving birth

LU student killed in shooting near campus

Balloon launch held for couple murdered a year ago

Hometown hero goes to Super Bowl with Seattle Seahawks, his former coach has a message for him

Motorcycle crash kills Lumberton man

Thousands of rape kits never tested in Louisiana

Homeless man set afire at beach

Man stuck in garbage truck survives

President Obama's tax proposals get cool Republican reception

Teens on the run arrested, accused of multistate crime spree

Newton County Sheriff's Office investigating shooting

Political questions swirl around theater shooting prosecutor

Multi-car pileups on interstates claim 3 lives

Florida mall set to reopen after shooting that left 2 dead

Inauguration, Senate rules on-tap at Texas legislature

Dozens attending Open Carry rally in Port Arthur

MLK celebrations include local parade

Texas Moms group supports Chief Blanton's stance on Open Carry

Woman attacked while jogging in Beaumont's west end

Family, friends remember Beaumont man killed

Senator John Cornyn visits Southeast Texas addresses Keystone pipeline

Open Carry rally set for Saturday in Port Arthur

Petco evacuated due to fire today

Train derails in Port Arthur causing major traffic backup

Houston bus crash injures several students

Federal investigators: BISD gets some of stolen money back

Did your new car come with a spare tire?

Gov. Perry's legal fees pass $1million

New Orleans prepares security for Mardi Gras

Restaurant Report: Jan. 16, 2015

UPDATE: Deadly Beaumont shooting Thursday night LIVE REPORT

Teens in alleged multi-state crime spree

Falling oil prices and impact on employment outlook

Cartel leader admits trafficking half ton cocaine, 90 tons marijuana through Eastern District

Police find drugs, thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in stolen car

Houston police investigating third accidental child shooting in four days

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