2012 may be over, but many of its news stories are not.
Capital murder suspect Jose Chinchilla is scheduled to make his first court appearance January 14th for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Francisca Garza and her uncle back in June.
Jason Delacerda from Kountze is set to be tried in Hardin County on July 27th for the August 2011 murder of his girlfriend's 4year-old daughter Breonna Loftin.
The man who led Beaumont police in a high-speed chase back in July 2011 will be tried for the murder of police officer Bryan Hebert. Police believe John Nero intentionally ran his car into Hebert's patrol car as Hebert was standing behind it attempting to set up spike strips. His trial is scheduled for January 28th.
And Bartholomew Granger, the Houston man accused of opening fire at the Jefferson County Courthouse on March 14th, is scheduled to stand trial in Galveston on April 2nd for capital murder. The shooting left three injured, including Granger's daughter and ex-wife, and a 79-year old woman dead.
Some good news for many of you who just finished up some holiday traveling... Next year you can fly out of Beaumont instead of Houston. American Airlines will resume offering flights out of Jack Brooks Regional Airport starting February 14th after 8 months of no service.
The southern leg of the TransCanada Keystone pipeline carrying oil from Nebraska to Southeast Texas is scheduled to be completed in 2013. That is if its construction isn't delayed due to more legal action like the kind it saw in 2012.
The site of a major building in Beaumont will be getting a huge makeover sometime in 2013. The former Baptist Hospital on College Street will be knocked down and transformed into an H-E-B superstore.
The Texas Department of Transportation has big plans for the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge in Beaumont. The full-scale construction of the bridge, $70 million project, is expected to begin this year and finish in 2016.
After several fires shut down the new unit at Motiva Oil Refinery in Port Arthur, the owners are confident that the expansion unit will be back up in early 2013.
And we may see new developments in the terrible Thanksgiving day pile-up on I-10, after the Department of Public Safety recommended criminal charges be filed against the driver of the 18-wheeler that struck a couple from Pearland, a wreck that left both dead.
Beaumont ISD will decide which redistricting plan to go with after the federal government rejected its voter-approved plan to alter board members districts.
And Port Arthur superintendent Dr. Johnny Brown's contract will be up for review in 2013. Brown was absent from work for almost two months after the school district looked into a complaint filed against him, but never provided any details about it.
And the temporary injunction allowing Kountze cheerleaders to display run-through banners with religious messages at football games will expire later this year. A trial for a permanent decision is scheduled for June 24th.
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