Chief Mark Blanton of the Port Arthur Police Department

FBI Part I offenses in 2012 were down by 16 percent in Port Arthur from 2011, according to a report given by Chief Mark Blanton of the Port Arthur Police Department to the Port Arthur City Council on Feb. 5. The FBI designates certain crimes as Part I or index offenses because it considers them to be the major crimes plaguing society in the United States.

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UPDATE: Just weeks after getting a spot on the heart transplant list, Todd Methvin has died. He passed away on Valentine's Day 2013. Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Broussard's Mortuary in Beaumont.

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UPDATE: Police seek Joshua Latham, 26, for questioning as a person of interest in the disappearance of Higginbotham.

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The Quota International of Southeast Texas club is honoring Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames at a Southeast Texas Gala Salute at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Ina press release, the group said it will recognize Ames for her many accomplishments and contributions to the quality of life in Southeast Texas.

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Giles Broussard fires at a clay.

Samaritan Counseling Services held its second annual “Shoot Benefiting the Children” clay shoot event at 1-in-100 Gun Club in Lumberton on Saturday, Feb. 9. According to Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas Executive Director Tracy Williams, 36 shooters participated in the event, which earned close to $7,000 for children services for the center. About 30 volunteers also showed up at the event from various local organizations.

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