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Benton PD looking for teen missing for a month

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – The Benton Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a runaway teen.

Officers said they are looking for 16-year-old Angel Galvez, who ran away from home on January 12 and hasn't been seen since, though he has made sporadic contact through texts and social media over the past few weeks. His last contact was February 1.

Angel is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 120 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be in the Central Arkansas area, although he could have possibly traveled to the Pensacola, Fla. area.

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Sex offender arrested for violation of registration law

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Recently, detectives with the Benton Police Department obtained information that a registered sex offender living in the city had possibly violated the registration law set forth in their release.

According to police, Bobby Poe, 45, was living at a different address than the one previously provided by him. Failure to notify law enforcement of a change of address is a violation of the state sex offender registration law and an arrest warrant was issued for Poe.

Poe was recently apprehended without incident and is charged with Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements. This is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can't believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother, Amy Laureles, was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW and seventh annual LRFW.

Benton PD launching 'community church policing' initiative

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – The Benton Police Department has released a new policing initiative.

In February, the department plans to reach out to faith-based organizations in an attempt to secure places of worship and build a good community partnership.

"Although we've not had many problems in our area with church violence and criminal activity, it is something that has taken place in various parts of our state and country over the past few years," said a spokesperson.

During this initiative, officers will meet with leaders throughout the month and inform them on how to keep their churches safe and secure.

For more details, go to BentonPolice.org: http://on.kthv.com/1BVBCln

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My Town Hero: Bryant's watchdog dad

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – If you look around your community, you're sure to find someone who stands out above the rest by simply going the extra mile to help others.

That's exactly what people would say about this week's My Town Hero.

"What's up Uncle Si?"

"Hey, what's going on?"

Energy and excitement fill the hallways and classrooms whenever John Cox is around.

"Everybody goes crazy."

"He's just cool."

Some call him John, but many of the students at Hill Farm elementary have nicknamed him 'Si,' because of his strong resemblance to the reality star.

"I really thought he was Si off of Duck Dynasty because he like looks just like them," says Daniel, a student at the school.

Aside from his cool nickname, he's also called granddad.

Crossfit competition benefits Camp Sunshine

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - In Bryant Saturday, another fund-raiser had the 'no pain, no gain' theme.

It's a CrossFit competition benefiting Camp Sunshine, the summer camp for young burn victims. Members of the Bryant Fire Department are major supporters for this.

"It's very dear to a lot of firefighters' hearts here in Arkansas," said Capt. Cory Bergscrom with the Bryant Fire Department. "I love working out and competition, so it's a great way to do things that I like."

CrossFit combines a grueling workout with some friendly competition, all for a good cause.

Police take a polar plunge for good cause

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Saturday's weather is providing a little relief for one group of hearty swimmers in Saline County.

The annual Polar Plunge into Hurricane Lake in Benton benefits the Special Olympics in Arkansas.

Swimmers round up donations in exchange for a dip in the lake. On top of braving the cold, there are bonuses for style points.

"Groups get together and put together uniforms or costumes," said Alicia Gillem director of development for the Arkansas Special Olympics. "They are judged on their costume to see which is the best."

Law enforcement groups are a huge part of the Polar Plunge.

In addition to this swim in Benton, the Arkansas Special Olympics has held three other events across the state.