Arkansas State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/KYQ0TXTRX3/feeder Arkansas State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:05:46 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ New evidence renews questions of Ledell Lee’s guilt 4 years after his execution https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/new-evidence-renews-questions-of-ledell-lees-guilt-4-years-after-his-execution/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:f52fb21e-0241-f623-0019-aac9cda57bdf Sat, 01 May 2021 03:15:03 +0000 Four years after the execution of an Arkansas death row inmate, new information shows the DNA of another man found on the murder weapon. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Four years after the execution of an Arkansas death row inmate, new information shows the DNA of another man found on the murder weapon.</p> <p>Ledell Lee was executed in 2017 for the murder of his Jacksonville neighbor, Debra Reese, in 1993, and up until his execution, he maintained his innocence.</p> <p>The Innocence Project and ACLU filed a complaint last year on behalf of Lee's sister, Patricia Young, asking for the city of Jacksonville to release evidence under the Freedom of Information Act.</p> <p>"Lee always insisted that he did not commit this crime and that he was innocent. We just want to know the truth," Young said in a press conference last year.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/arkansas-inmates-scheduled-for-double-execution-ask-parole-board-to-spare-their-lives/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Arkansas Inmates Scheduled for Double Execution Ask Parole Board to Spare Their Lives</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Jacksonville City Council voted to release the evidence in Lee's case in January of 2020. The murder weapon, a bloody wooden billy club, and a bloody t-shirt were among the evidence tested for DNA.</p> <p>According to a report from the Innocence Project and ACLU, DNA from an unknown man who is not Ledell Lee was found on the handle of the club. That same DNA was also found on the bloody white shirt wrapped around the club.</p> <p>Five fingerprints taken from the crime scene were also tested. None belonged to Lee.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/ledell-lees-final-hours-as-told-by-his-attorney/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Ledell Lee’s Final Hours, As Told By His Attorney</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The unknown male profile has been entered into the national DNA database, but there has been no match.</p> <p>The case remains open due to the possibility of a future database 'hit' to the unknown male DNA or unknown fingerprints from the crime scene.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/the-innocence-project-aclu-to-release-new-information-litigation-related-to-execution-of-ledell-lee/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Update: ACLU, Innocence Project demand DNA, fingerprint tests that could exonerate Ledell Lee, executed in 2017</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>FOX 16 News did reach out to the city of Jacksonville and did not hear back.</p> <p>The Innocence Project released this statement from Senior Litigation Counsel Nina Morrison on the case:</p> <p><strong><em>"We thank the City Attorney, City Council, and Mayor of Jacksonville for their cooperation in facilitating the DNA testing and fingerprint analysis that Mr. Lee sought to conduct prior to his execution. While the results obtained twenty-nine years after the evidence was collected proved to be incomplete and partial, it is notable that there are now new DNA profiles that were not available during the trial or post-conviction proceedings in Mr. Lee’s case. These include a DNA profile from an unknown male who is not Ledell Lee that was found on the murder weapon (a wooden club) and a bloody shirt. The unknown male profile has been entered into the national DNA database, but no hits to known individuals were obtained. While this phase of the litigation and court-ordered DNA testing is now concluded, the investigation into the case remains open due to the possibility of a future database ‘hit’ to the unknown male DNA or unknown fingerprints from the crime scene. We are hopeful that one or more of these forensic law enforcement databases will generate additional information in the future."</em></strong></p> Little Rock individuals experiencing homelessness on high-alert following serial-stabbings https://www.kark.com/crime/little-rock-individuals-experiencing-homelessness-on-high-alert-following-serial-stabbings/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:1481483c-16f8-4cbb-27ed-eaa1d5d348af Sat, 01 May 2021 03:12:55 +0000 A Little Rock woman who has been homeless since December says she fears for her life on the streets following a series of fatal stabbings in the Capital City. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A Little Rock woman who has been homeless since December says she fears for her life on the streets following a series of fatal stabbings in the Capital City.</p> <p>It’s been nearly 36 hours since LRPD connected the series of stabbings, and so far, police have not made an arrest.</p> <p>Adrienne Jones is homeless and says the current situation on the streets of Little Rock is frightening.</p> <p>“Being by myself out here in this area and not being able to defend myself is scary,” Jones said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Police said the suspect attacked four individuals at random, and three of them were found dead with stab wounds.</p> <p>“I stopped and I almost cried when I thought that could easily have been me or anyone I've known in the area,” Jones said.</p> <p>She called the past few months being homeless the hardest of her life and explained the added security threat makes it even more difficult.</p> <p>“There is just so much crime here-- you have to be able to survive through it, and apparently not everyone can,” Jones said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/self-defense-instructor-gives-tips-on-how-to-stay-safe-in-an-attack/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Self-defense instructor gives tips on how to stay safe in an attack</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Police note that each of the victims were walking alone in the early hours of the morning when they were attacked.</p> <p>Jones found is especially alarming because she recently broke her leg and is having trouble walking.</p> <p>“I wouldn't be able to make it very far if someone like that were to come after me-- I wouldn't make it very long,” she said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/organizations-looking-to-protect-little-rocks-homeless-as-search-for-stabbing-suspect-continues/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Organizations looking to protect Little Rock’s homeless as search for stabbing suspect continues</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Until the killer is caught, Jones hopes others will try and find somewhere safe indoors once it gets dark.</p> <p>“People are going to continue getting hurt until this person is caught,” she said.</p> <p>The Little Rock Police Department said it is adding additional officers, some that will be seen and others that won’t, in the neighborhoods where the attacks happened.</p> New evidence renews questions of Ledell Lee’s guilt 4 years after his execution https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/new-evidence-renews-questions-of-ledell-lees-guilt-4-years-after-his-execution/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:2b66dd0b-4178-41e1-e96e-d32250bae9c1 Sat, 01 May 2021 03:01:02 +0000 Four years after the execution of an Arkansas death row inmate, new information shows the DNA of another man found on the murder weapon. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Four years after the execution of an Arkansas death row inmate, new information shows the DNA of another man found on the murder weapon.</p> <p>Ledell Lee was executed in 2017 for the murder of his Jacksonville neighbor, Debra Reese, in 1993, and up until his execution, he maintained his innocence.</p> <p>The Innocence Project and ACLU filed a complaint last year on behalf of Lee's sister, Patricia Young, asking for the city of Jacksonville to release evidence under the Freedom of Information Act.</p> <p>"Lee always insisted that he did not commit this crime and that he was innocent. We just want to know the truth," Young said in a press conference last year.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/arkansas-inmates-scheduled-for-double-execution-ask-parole-board-to-spare-their-lives/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Arkansas Inmates Scheduled for Double Execution Ask Parole Board to Spare Their Lives</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Jacksonville City Council voted to release the evidence in Lee's case in January of 2020. The murder weapon, a bloody wooden billy club, and a bloody t-shirt were among the evidence tested for DNA.</p> <p>According to a report from the Innocence Project and ACLU, DNA from an unknown man who is not Ledell Lee was found on the handle of the club. That same DNA was also found on the bloody white shirt wrapped around the club.</p> <p>Five fingerprints taken from the crime scene were also tested. None belonged to Lee.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/ledell-lees-attorney-details-his-final-hours/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Ledell Lee’s Attorney Details His Final Hours</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The unknown male profile has been entered into the national DNA database, but there has been no match.</p> <p>The case remains open due to the possibility of a future database 'hit' to the unknown male DNA or unknown fingerprints from the crime scene.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/ledell-lees-execution-brings-reaction-from-community/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Ledell Lee’s Execution Brings Reaction from Community</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>FOX 16 News did reach out to the city of Jacksonville and did not hear back.</p> <p>The Innocence Project released this statement from Senior Litigation Counsel Nina Morrison on the case:</p> <p><strong><em>"We thank the City Attorney, City Council, and Mayor of Jacksonville for their cooperation in facilitating the DNA testing and fingerprint analysis that Mr. Lee sought to conduct prior to his execution. While the results obtained twenty-nine years after the evidence was collected proved to be incomplete and partial, it is notable that there are now new DNA profiles that were not available during the trial or post-conviction proceedings in Mr. Lee’s case. These include a DNA profile from an unknown male who is not Ledell Lee that was found on the murder weapon (a wooden club) and a bloody shirt. The unknown male profile has been entered into the national DNA database, but no hits to known individuals were obtained. While this phase of the litigation and court-ordered DNA testing is now concluded, the investigation into the case remains open due to the possibility of a future database ‘hit’ to the unknown male DNA or unknown fingerprints from the crime scene. We are hopeful that one or more of these forensic law enforcement databases will generate additional information in the future."</em></strong></p> Sheridan parents upset after their students suspended for eating chocolate possibly laced with drugs https://www.fox16.com/news/education/sheridan-parents-upset-after-their-students-suspended-for-eating-chocolate-possibly-laced-with-drugs/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:c356437c-daf9-7dd9-3745-873d075330ef Sat, 01 May 2021 02:54:30 +0000 A possible exposure to drug-laced candy has some students sitting home on suspension and parents pushing back on a punishment they say is unwarranted. <p>SHERIDAN, Ark.- Parents in Sheridan are furious after a possible drug exposure on the middle school campus.</p> <p>According to police, a student got sick after eating a piece of chocolate that she believed was laced with drugs.</p> <p>Now, several middle school students are suspended, according to parents. Those parents, along with community members, are banding together to fight the suspension.</p> <p>"There’s no proof anywhere of anything," community member Glenn Strong said. "At this point, we don't know for sure if there was drugs on the school campus. The police have no drugs."</p> <p>Strong is a former school board member who now advocates for families in Sheridan. He describes this whole scenario as a case of “he said, she said.”</p> <p>"A lot of talk, a lot of rumors and there's no proof anywhere of anything," Strong said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/sheridan-school-teacher-arrested-charged-with-possession-of-child-pornography/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Sheridan school teacher arrested, charged with possession of child pornography</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Sheridan police say officers were called to the school for a teen who was vomiting, excessively talking and saying she was going to faint. The officers said the girl told then she ate a piece of chocolate that she got from another student that she believes contained THC.</p> <p>Police say this student wasn't the only one making this claim, adding that another student said she felt faint, was having difficulty breathing and was excessively crying.</p> <p>A police report shows at least five students were involved.</p> <p>"My daughter allegedly ate a piece of chocolate that contained THC," one father of Sheridan Middle School student said. "She swore up and down that she did not know it contained drugs."</p> <p>While that parent wants to remain anonymous for the safety of his teen, he did add that after hearing his daughter ate two pieces of chocolate, he drug tested her at home. According to the parent, the test showed the student did not have drugs in her system.</p> <p>"We have no idea what my daughter was given and neither does the school,” the father said. “Yet she is still suspended for 10 days.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/national/us-teen-vaping-numbers-climb-fueled-by-juul-mint-flavor/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>US teen vaping numbers climb, fueled by Juul &amp; mint flavor</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Both Strong and this parent think the solution is simple.</p> <p>"The students who had no idea should be returned to class," the parent said.</p> <p>"The girls should be reinstated pending a drug test," Strong added.</p> <p>Officers with the Sheridan Police Department say they never found the chocolate, noting they are not investigating the situation further.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the school released a statement on the matter, explaining that they are aware of the incident being investigated and that they are reviewing how to proceed.</p> <p><strong><em>"The Sheridan School District is aware of the incident described in the police report. After the incident at the track meet, the building administrators conducted an investigation and responded appropriately in accordance with the school district’s student handbook. We are taking this matter very seriously. We are committed to the health and safety of our students. We will not provide any further comment on this matter at this time as the district cannot comment on student disciplinary actions."</em></strong></p> Little Rock individuals experiencing homelessness on high-alert following serial-stabbings https://www.fox16.com/crime/little-rock-individuals-experiencing-homelessness-on-high-alert-following-serial-stabbings/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:f0fe1a6e-c247-0c9e-7f55-9d7a9ae9d678 Sat, 01 May 2021 02:48:50 +0000 A Little Rock woman who has been homeless since December says she fears for her life on the streets following a series of fatal stabbings in the Capital City. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A Little Rock woman who has been homeless since December says she fears for her life on the streets following a series of fatal stabbings in the Capital City.</p> <p>It’s been nearly 36 hours since LRPD connected the series of stabbings, and so far, police have not made an arrest.</p> <p>Adrienne Jones is homeless and says the current situation on the streets of Little Rock is frightening.</p> <p>“Being by myself out here in this area and not being able to defend myself is scary,” Jones said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Police said the suspect attacked four individuals at random, and three of them were found dead with stab wounds.</p> <p>“I stopped and I almost cried when I thought that could easily have been me or anyone I've known in the area,” Jones said.</p> <p>She called the past few months being homeless the hardest of her life and explained the added security threat makes it even more difficult.</p> <p>“There is just so much crime here-- you have to be able to survive through it, and apparently not everyone can,” Jones said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/who-are-the-victims-in-the-string-of-stabbings-at-the-center-little-rock-police-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Who are the victims in the string of stabbings at the center Little Rock police investigation?</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Police note that each of the victims were walking alone in the early hours of the morning when they were attacked.</p> <p>Jones found is especially alarming because she recently broke her leg and is having trouble walking.</p> <p>“I wouldn't be able to make it very far if someone like that were to come after me-- I wouldn't make it very long,” she said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/organizations-looking-to-protect-little-rocks-homeless-as-search-for-stabbing-suspect-continues/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Organizations looking to protect Little Rock’s homeless as search for stabbing suspect continues</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Until the killer is caught, Jones hopes others will try and find somewhere safe indoors once it gets dark.</p> <p>“People are going to continue getting hurt until this person is caught,” she said.</p> <p>The Little Rock Police Department said it is adding additional officers, some that will be seen and others that won’t, in the neighborhoods where the attacks happened.</p> Investigation continues after late-night shooting puts UAPB on lockdown https://www.kark.com/crime/investigation-continues-after-late-night-shooting-puts-uapb-on-lockdown/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:a1653af6-abfd-b788-4ff2-6d005724c20f Sat, 01 May 2021 01:35:48 +0000 An investigation is continuing after a shooting forced the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff to go on a lockdown Thursday night. <p>PINE BLUFF, Ark. – An investigation is continuing after a shooting forced the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff to go on a lockdown Thursday night.</p> <p>UAPB students were sent alerts Thursday night stating an altercation happened on campus near the dining hall.</p> <p>One student, an unidentified male, was shot, and another student, an unidentified female, was stabbed. Both were taken to an area hospital in serious condition.</p> <p>Police say multiple people were involved in the altercation, though no arrests have been made as of early Friday evening.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/university-police-university-of-arkansas-at-pine-bluff-on-lockdown/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>UAPB put on lockdown late Thursday night after two are injured in altercation</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Students were shocked by the alert but said they have concerns about what all can go on in the evening with the openness of the campus.</p> <p>"I was in the computer lab doing some work, and I got an email about an active shooter," junior Janaee Townsend recalled. "UAPB is a great school. I do feel safe at times, but there’s moments, especially at night, where people from the public can come harass our students, but overall this is a good school."</p> <p>University Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander <strong><a href="http://www.uapb.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/PDFs/UAPB%20Campus%20Incident.pdf" data-type="URL" data-id="http://www.uapb.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/PDFs/UAPB%20Campus%20Incident.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">released a statement on the incident Friday</a></strong>, asking for the community to turn their “attention, thoughts, and prayers to the victims of this tragedy, their families, and the entire UAPB community.”</p> Investigation continues after late-night shooting puts UAPB on lockdown https://www.fox16.com/crime/investigation-continues-after-late-night-shooting-puts-uapb-on-lockdown/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:9bad8c50-86ea-1a12-215c-77007637587d Sat, 01 May 2021 01:19:47 +0000 An investigation is continuing after a shooting forced the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff to go on a lockdown Thursday night. <p>PINE BLUFF, Ark. – An investigation is continuing after a shooting forced the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff to go on a lockdown Thursday night.</p> <p>UAPB students were sent alerts Thursday night stating an altercation happened on campus near the dining hall.</p> <p>One student, an unidentified male, was shot, and another student, an unidentified female, was stabbed. Both were taken to an area hospital in serious condition.</p> <p>Police say multiple people were involved in the altercation, though no arrests have been made as of early Friday evening.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/university-police-university-of-arkansas-at-pine-bluff-on-lockdown/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>UAPB put on lockdown late Thursday night after two are injured in altercation</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Students were shocked by the alert but said they have concerns about what all can go on in the evening with the openness of the campus.</p> <p>"I was in the computer lab doing some work, and I got an email about an active shooter," junior Janaee Townsend recalled. "UAPB is a great school. I do feel safe at times, but there’s moments, especially at night, where people from the public can come harass our students, but overall this is a good school."</p> <p>University Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander <strong><a href="http://www.uapb.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/PDFs/UAPB%20Campus%20Incident.pdf" data-type="URL" data-id="http://www.uapb.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/PDFs/UAPB%20Campus%20Incident.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">released a statement on the incident Friday</a></strong>, asking for the community to turn their “attention, thoughts, and prayers to the victims of this tragedy, their families, and the entire UAPB community.”</p> Sheridan parents upset after their students suspended for eating chocolate possibly laced with drugs https://www.kark.com/news/education/sheridan-parents-upset-after-their-students-suspended-for-eating-chocolate-possibly-laced-with-drugs/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:5157b783-b58b-8c01-96eb-961233eda192 Sat, 01 May 2021 00:28:47 +0000 A possible exposure to drug-laced candy has some students sitting home on suspension and parents pushing back on a punishment they say is unwarranted. <p>SHERIDAN, Ark.- Parents in Sheridan are furious after a possible drug exposure on the middle school campus.</p> <p>According to police, a student got sick after eating a piece of chocolate that she believed was laced with drugs.</p> <p>Now, several middle school students are suspended, according to parents. Those parents, along with community members, are banding together to fight the suspension.</p> <p>"There’s no proof anywhere of anything," community member Glenn Strong said. "At this point, we don't know for sure if there was drugs on the school campus. The police have no drugs."</p> <p>Strong is a former school board member who now advocates for families in Sheridan. He describes this whole scenario as a case of “he said, she said.”</p> <p>"A lot of talk, a lot of rumors and there's no proof anywhere of anything," Strong said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/sheridan-school-teacher-arrested-charged-with-possession-of-child-pornography/" class="promo-link__link" > <strong>Sheridan school teacher arrested, charged with possession of child pornography</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Sheridan police say officers were called to the school for a teen who was vomiting, excessively talking and saying she was going to faint. The officers said the girl told then she ate a piece of chocolate that she got from another student that she believes contained THC.</p> <p>Police say this student wasn't the only one making this claim, adding that another student said she felt faint, was having difficulty breathing and was excessively crying.</p> <p>A police report shows at least five students were involved.</p> <p>"My daughter allegedly ate a piece of chocolate that contained THC," one father of Sheridan Middle School student said. "She swore up and down that she did not know it contained drugs."</p> <p>While that parent wants to remain anonymous for the safety of his teen, he did add that after hearing his daughter ate two pieces of chocolate, he drug tested her at home. According to the parent, the test showed the student did not have drugs in her system.</p> <p>"We have no idea what my daughter was given and neither does the school,” the father said. “Yet she is still suspended for 10 days.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/national/us-teen-vaping-numbers-climb-fueled-by-juul-mint-flavor/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>US teen vaping numbers climb, fueled by Juul &amp; mint flavor</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Both Strong and this parent think the solution is simple.</p> <p>"The students who had no idea should be returned to class," the parent said.</p> <p>"The girls should be reinstated pending a drug test," Strong added.</p> <p>Officers with the Sheridan Police Department say they never found the chocolate, noting they are not investigating the situation further.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the school released a statement on the matter, explaining that they are aware of the incident being investigated and that they are reviewing how to proceed.</p> <p><strong><em>"The Sheridan School District is aware of the incident described in the police report. After the incident at the track meet, the building administrators conducted an investigation and responded appropriately in accordance with the school district’s student handbook. We are taking this matter very seriously. We are committed to the health and safety of our students. We will not provide any further comment on this matter at this time as the district cannot comment on student disciplinary actions."</em></strong></p> El Dorado gears up for a weekend of events: May on Main, Soul Fest, Boomtown Rodeo, Mayhaw Festival and more https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/arkansas-news/el-dorado-gears-up-for-a-weekend-of-events-may-on-main-soul-fest-boomtown-rodeo-mayhaw-festival-and-more/ Arkansas News | KTVE - myarklamiss.com urn:uuid:b138a1e7-e179-9a35-ebb9-1c88655babb2 Sat, 01 May 2021 00:10:07 +0000 EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 04/30/21 -- Events in El Dorado have officially returned and the town is gearing up for a weekend filled with things to do. "It's Friday and I'm so excited for the weekend," Lorenzo Buggs said. The pandemic has put a halt in so many events across town but not anymore. Boomtown [...] Sheridan parents upset after their students suspended for eating chocolate possibly laced with drugs https://www.fox16.com/news/education/sheridan-parents-upset-after-their-students-suspended-for-eating-chocolate-possibly-laced-with-drugs/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:43d8682d-0cd9-5fe7-0fc1-50dd0aa1a266 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 23:52:54 +0000 A possible exposure to drug-laced candy has some students sitting home on suspension and parents pushing back on a punishment they say is unwarranted. <p>SHERIDAN, Ark.- Parents in Sheridan are furious after a possible drug exposure on the middle school campus.</p> <p>According to police, a student got sick after eating a piece of chocolate that she believed was laced with drugs.</p> <p>Now, several middle school students are suspended, according to parents. Those parents, along with community members, are banding together to fight the suspension.</p> <p>"There’s no proof anywhere of anything," community member Glenn Strong said. "At this point, we don't know for sure if there was drugs on the school campus. The police have no drugs."</p> <p>Strong is a former school board member who now advocates for families in Sheridan. He describes this whole scenario as a case of “he said, she said.”</p> <p>"A lot of talk, a lot of rumors and there's no proof anywhere of anything," Strong said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/sheridan-school-teacher-arrested-charged-with-possession-of-child-pornography/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Sheridan school teacher arrested, charged with possession of child pornography</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Sheridan police say officers were called to the school for a teen who was vomiting, excessively talking and saying she was going to faint. The officers said the girl told then she ate a piece of chocolate that she got from another student that she believes contained THC.</p> <p>Police say this student wasn't the only one making this claim, adding that another student said she felt faint, was having difficulty breathing and was excessively crying.</p> <p>A police report shows at least five students were involved.</p> <p>"My daughter allegedly ate a piece of chocolate that contained THC," one father of Sheridan Middle School student said. "She swore up and down that she did not know it contained drugs."</p> <p>While that parent wants to remain anonymous for the safety of his teen, he did add that after hearing his daughter ate two pieces of chocolate, he drug tested her at home. According to the parent, the test showed the student did not have drugs in her system.</p> <p>"We have no idea what my daughter was given and neither does the school,” the father said. “Yet she is still suspended for 10 days.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/national/us-teen-vaping-numbers-climb-fueled-by-juul-mint-flavor/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>US teen vaping numbers climb, fueled by Juul &amp; mint flavor</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Both Strong and this parent think the solution is simple.</p> <p>"The students who had no idea should be returned to class," the parent said.</p> <p>"The girls should be reinstated pending a drug test," Strong added.</p> <p>Officers with the Sheridan Police Department say they never found the chocolate, noting they are not investigating the situation further.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the school released a statement on the matter, explaining that they are aware of the incident being investigated and that they are reviewing how to proceed.</p> <p><strong><em>"The Sheridan School District is aware of the incident described in the police report. After the incident at the track meet, the building administrators conducted an investigation and responded appropriately in accordance with the school district’s student handbook. We are taking this matter very seriously. We are committed to the health and safety of our students. We will not provide any further comment on this matter at this time as the district cannot comment on student disciplinary actions."</em></strong></p> Organizations looking to protect Little Rock’s homeless as search for stabbing suspect continues https://www.fox16.com/news/organizations-looking-to-protect-little-rocks-homeless-as-search-for-stabbing-suspect-continues/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:60899071-f165-c4ec-2256-f849dc87ebdd Fri, 30 Apr 2021 23:40:44 +0000 With concerns growing over a serial stabber, homeless shelters in Little Rock are ramping up their efforts to protect people sleeping on the streets. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With concerns growing over a serial stabber, homeless shelters in Little Rock are ramping up their efforts to protect people sleeping on the streets.</p> <p>Staff at the shelters say they are worried as the people they serve seem to be the most at risk in those early morning hours when the suspect in these incidents is known to carry out most of his attacks.</p> <p>Many shelters are taking a pro-active approach, like Nehemiah House on Springer Boulevard, located just a minutes' drive away from the first attack that killed a 64-year-old man.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" > <strong>Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The men's ministry at Nehemiah House works hard to transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness because they say it's not uncommon for violence and homelessness to go hand-in-hand. When they found out about the recent string of homicides, they were heartbroken, but not surprised.</p> <p>"As shocking as it is, it's not new, so to say, but it is alarming," Director of Program Operations Jeremy Burton said, while noting that his team is not too worried about their personal safety.</p> <p>"We do feel pretty safe with the security that we have," he explained. "We have cameras, alarms."</p> <p>What staffers are concerned about are those still on the streets, and they're doing something about it.</p> <p>"We're waiting to hear back from Little Rock Police Department on measures to take as far as opening up for the homeless to come in and stay for right now," Burton said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Little Rock community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The same is true for the Salvation Army. They say they've been in touch with the 12th Street district police.</p> <p>"To come and do extra patrolling in the morning when we have our feeding," Salvation Army Major Bill Mockabee said.</p> <p>That group is also doing everything they can to get the word out.</p> <p>"We've posted the pictures that the police have provided in all of our entrances, in all of our public areas," Mockabee outlined.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The major sees these attacks as a community problem, one they say people experiencing homelessness can't solve on their own.</p> <p>"We need people to step up and speak out when they see things that just aren't right or just not part of their ordinary day," Mockabee said.</p> <p>In the meantime, both organizations are intent on helping some of the most vulnerable until a killer is off the streets.</p> <p>The Salvation Army says people experiencing homelessness can find some safety in numbers, and the Nehemiah House is hoping people experiencing homelessness might take this opportunity to get help.</p> Organizations looking to protect Little Rock’s homeless as search for stabbing suspect continues https://www.kark.com/crime/organizations-looking-to-protect-little-rocks-homeless-as-search-for-stabbing-suspect-continues/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:ed5b6a52-17a7-0cbc-031d-18c0e0eb9ed8 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 22:40:33 +0000 With concerns growing over a serial stabber, homeless shelters in Little Rock are ramping up their efforts to protect people sleeping on the streets. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With concerns growing over a serial stabber, homeless shelters in Little Rock are ramping up their efforts to protect people sleeping on the streets.</p> <p>Staff at the shelters say they are worried as the people they serve seem to be the most at risk in those early morning hours when the suspect in these incidents is known to carry out most of his attacks.</p> <p>Many shelters are taking a pro-active approach, like Nehemiah House on Springer Boulevard, located just a minutes' drive away from the first attack that killed a 64-year-old man.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The men's ministry at Nehemiah House works hard to transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness because they say it's not uncommon for violence and homelessness to go hand-in-hand. When they found out about the recent string of homicides, they were heartbroken, but not surprised.</p> <p>"As shocking as it is, it's not new, so to say, but it is alarming," Director of Program Operations Jeremy Burton said, while noting that his team is not too worried about their personal safety.</p> <p>"We do feel pretty safe with the security that we have," he explained. "We have cameras, alarms."</p> <p>What staffers are concerned about are those still on the streets, and they're doing something about it.</p> <p>"We're waiting to hear back from Little Rock Police Department on measures to take as far as opening up for the homeless to come in and stay for right now," Burton said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Little Rock community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The same is true for the Salvation Army. They say they've been in touch with the 12th Street district police.</p> <p>"To come and do extra patrolling in the morning when we have our feeding," Salvation Army Major Bill Mockabee said.</p> <p>That group is also doing everything they can to get the word out.</p> <p>"We've posted the pictures that the police have provided in all of our entrances, in all of our public areas," Mockabee outlined.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The major sees these attacks as a community problem, one they say people experiencing homelessness can't solve on their own.</p> <p>"We need people to step up and speak out when they see things that just aren't right or just not part of their ordinary day," Mockabee said.</p> <p>In the meantime, both organizations are intent on helping some of the most vulnerable until a killer is off the streets.</p> <p>The Salvation Army says people experiencing homelessness can find some safety in numbers, and the Nehemiah House is hoping people experiencing homelessness might take this opportunity to get help.</p> COVID-19 in Arkansas: Officials continue call for more Arkansans to get vaccinated https://www.fox16.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-in-arkansas-officials-continue-call-for-more-arkansans-to-get-vaccinated/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:4dcee5ca-7efa-cb1e-16e2-ce8d68b5dec9 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 22:05:04 +0000 Health officials in the Natural State continue to have the same message for the public: We have COVID-19 vaccines available and you need to come and get your dose. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Health officials in the Natural State continue to have the same message for the public: We have COVID-19 vaccines available and you need to come and get your dose.</p> <p>New data released Friday shows that 740,648 Arkansans are fully immunized from the coronavirus, with another 283,775 having been partially immunized.</p> <p>An additional 16,066 doses of vaccine were administered over the last 24 hours, moving the state to 68 percent of available doses given out.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img loading="lazy" src="https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg" alt=""/></figure> <p>In a statement issued with the data, Governor Asa Hutchinson echoed the request for Arkansans to get their shot.</p> <p>“Case numbers continue to remain steady throughout the state. Local health units in all 75 counties have vaccine doses ready to go, and the Department of Health continues to provide mass clinics,” Hutchinson said. “We need Arkansans to step up and get vaccinated so we can put an end to this pandemic.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/gov-hutchinson-oks-ban-on-local-state-mask-mandates/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Gov. Hutchinson OKs ban on local, state mask mandates</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The data shows the state recorded 196 new COVID-19 cases from the previous day, moving the active case count to 1,966 and bringing the state’s total case count to 335,725 since the pandemic began.</p> <p>An additional four deaths were reported, moving the pandemic total to 5,739. Hospitalizations remained steady while one additional patient was put on a ventilator.</p> COVID-19 in Arkansas: Officials continue call for more Arkansans to get vaccinated https://www.kark.com/news/health/coronavirus/covid-19-in-arkansas-officials-continue-call-for-more-arkansans-to-get-vaccinated/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:d8caac8f-e7e0-3f34-73e5-d8222399df8f Fri, 30 Apr 2021 22:04:54 +0000 Health officials in the Natural State continue to have the same message for the public: We have COVID-19 vaccines available and you need to come and get your dose. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Health officials in the Natural State continue to have the same message for the public: We have COVID-19 vaccines available and you need to come and get your dose.</p> <p>New data released Friday shows that 740,648 Arkansans are fully immunized from the coronavirus, with another 283,775 having been partially immunized.</p> <p>An additional 16,066 doses of vaccine were administered over the last 24 hours, moving the state to 68 percent of available doses given out.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img loading="lazy" src="https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg" srcset="https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg?w=160 160w, https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg?w=256 256w, https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg?w=320 320w, https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg?w=640 640w, https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/210430_COVID-19_update.jpg?w=876 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" alt=""/></figure> <p>In a statement issued with the data, Governor Asa Hutchinson echoed the request for Arkansans to get their shot.</p> <p>“Case numbers continue to remain steady throughout the state. Local health units in all 75 counties have vaccine doses ready to go, and the Department of Health continues to provide mass clinics,” Hutchinson said. “We need Arkansans to step up and get vaccinated so we can put an end to this pandemic.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/gov-hutchinson-oks-ban-on-local-state-mask-mandates/" class="promo-link__link" > <strong>Gov. Hutchinson OKs ban on local, state mask mandates</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>The data shows the state recorded 196 new COVID-19 cases from the previous day, moving the active case count to 1,966 and bringing the state’s total case count to 335,725 since the pandemic began.</p> <p>An additional four deaths were reported, moving the pandemic total to 5,739. Hospitalizations remained steady while one additional patient was put on a ventilator.</p> Good News Matters: Mrs. Arkansas International turns tragedy into triumph with help of Mamie’s Poppy Plates https://www.kark.com/good-news-matters/good-news-matters-mrs-arkansas-international-turns-tragedy-into-triumph-with-help-of-mamies-poppy-plates/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:0b4f4474-7b79-dd60-7dd7-32fa8c0341c4 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 21:59:05 +0000 Mrs. Arkansas International Brooke Holcomb and her husband will continue making a difference by honoring and remembering their son by helping Mamie’s Poppy Plates and sharing the impact a plate can have. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas organization is helping grieving parents around the country by giving parents who lose a child something to hold onto.</p> <p>One Arkansas woman is making a difference for so many. On Saturday, Brooke Holcomb will hand over her title of Mrs. Arkansas International.</p> <p>In the past year, she has represented Arkansas and helped so many sharing her platform, but it was also a year she experienced grief.</p> <p>“We’ll also be sharing our message of what we went through and how people can get involved with Mamie’s Poppy Plates,” Holcomb said.</p> <p>During her reign, Brooke and her husband, Matt, were thrilled to learn they were pregnant with a baby boy, but the joy would turn to sadness.</p> <p>“I had an ongoing battle with COVID-19,” Holcomb recalled. “I was on my last day with quarantine and we were rushed to the hospital.”</p> <p>They lost their son, Myles. That is an unimaginable loss for any parent, but she’s taking tragedy and turning it into triumph by sharing the impact that Mamie Poppy Plates makes for grieving parents.</p> <p>“They took his handprints and footprints and all of his birth information,” Holcomb said. “It meant so much to have something physical to show our families and have displayed.”</p> <p>Mamie’s gives parents a memory of their baby with handprints, footprints and the baby’s name. They provide it for free to 79 hospitals in the country. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/faith-matters-mamies-poppy-plates/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Faith Matters: Mamie’s Poppy Plates </a> </aside> </div> <p>The company has provided thousands of plates to parents over the years through donations and volunteers. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/little-rock-sisters-provide-healing-after-stillbirth-and-infant-loss/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Little Rock Sisters Provide Healing after Stillbirth and Infant Loss </a> </aside> </div> <p>You can help them by being a part of an event they have coming up in June to raise money. If you would like to donate or help with the fundraiser, visit <strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.mamiespoppyplates.com/" target="_blank">Mamie’s Poppy Plates website</a></strong>.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/faith-matters-turning-loss-into-ministry/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Faith Matters: Turning loss into ministry </a> </aside> </div> <p>In the meantime, Holcomb and her husband will continue making a difference by honoring and remembering their son by helping Mamie’s Poppy Plates and sharing the impact a plate can have.</p> US Army Corps making emergency repairs to Perry Co. Levee due to rising Arkansas River levels https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/us-army-corps-making-emergency-repairs-to-perry-co-levee-due-to-rising-arkansas-river-levels/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:c747ff21-4f8f-c5e7-7433-e0f8ef9e5aed Fri, 30 Apr 2021 21:23:47 +0000 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they are making emergency repairs to the Perry County Levee Friday because of rising levels of the Arkansas River. <p>PERRY COUNTY, Ark. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making repairs to the Perry County Levee Friday because of rising levels of the Arkansas River.</p> <p>The Perry County Levee was severely damaged during the 2019 floods and officials say repairs were being made before this weeks’ rainfall.</p> <p>Randall “Jay” Townsend, Chief of Public Affairs, said, “Crews are working around the clock to fortify the breaches and prevent more flooding.”</p> <p>Corps and county officials are working together to fill sandbags and put them along the levee.</p> <p>According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District, the rains in the western part of the state caused flows on the Arkansas River to rise to the highest levels since the 2019 floods.</p> <p>Officials said the river is expected to crest Saturday morning at around 270,000 cubic feet per second.</p> <p>The river rose to over 500,000 cubic feet per second in 2019, officials said.</p> US Army Corps making emergency repairs to Perry Co. Levee due to rising Arkansas River levels https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/us-army-corps-making-emergency-repairs-to-perry-co-levee-due-to-rising-arkansas-river-levels/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:60c0be72-3420-d8d0-c1b6-d67ac1ad7adb Fri, 30 Apr 2021 21:23:31 +0000 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they are making emergency repairs to the Perry County Levee Friday because of rising levels of the Arkansas River. <p>PERRY COUNTY, Ark. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making repairs to the Perry County Levee Friday because of rising levels of the Arkansas River.</p> <p>The Perry County Levee was severely damaged during the 2019 floods and officials say repairs were being made before this weeks’ rainfall.</p> <p>Randall “Jay” Townsend, Chief of Public Affairs, said, “Crews are working around the clock to fortify the breaches and prevent more flooding.”</p> <p>Corps and county officials are working together to fill sandbags and put them along the levee.</p> <p>According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District, the rains in the western part of the state caused flows on the Arkansas River to rise to the highest levels since the 2019 floods.</p> <p>Officials said the river is expected to crest Saturday morning at around 270,000 cubic feet per second.</p> <p>The river rose to over 500,000 cubic feet per second in 2019, officials said.</p> Deputies: Investigation underway after body found in Jefferson County https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/deputies-investigation-underway-after-body-found-in-jefferson-county/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:a54cf9d5-9c25-442d-ec16-964acf680a98 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:53:38 +0000 JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. – Deputies in Jefferson County have initiated a death investigation after a body was found Friday morning. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to the area near Lock and Dam 5 in Jefferson around 8:15 a.m. after fishermen found the body. The deputies noted the body, which has [...] <p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. – Deputies in Jefferson County have initiated a death investigation after a body was found Friday morning.</p> <p>According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to the area near Lock and Dam 5 in Jefferson around 8:15 a.m. after fishermen found the body.</p> <p>The deputies noted the body, which has yet to be identified, was found along the bank of the Arkansas River just south of Lock and Dam 5.</p> <p>Major Gary McClain, Commander of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations, said investigators did not find a way to identify the victim, and the body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the identity as well as the cause and manner of death.</p> <p>Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 870-541-5496 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., or anytime at 870-541-5300 or <a href="mailto:tips@jeffcoso.org" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"><u>tips@jeffcoso.org</u></a>. Officials say those with information can remain anonymous.</p> Deputies: Investigation underway after body found in Jefferson County https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/deputies-investigation-underway-after-body-found-in-jefferson-county/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:5d242732-751d-8d20-3ce4-7d3dabad7f33 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:51:22 +0000 JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. – Deputies in Jefferson County have initiated a death investigation after a body was found Friday morning. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to the area near Lock and Dam 5 in Jefferson around 8:15 a.m. after fishermen found the body. The deputies noted the body, which has [...] <p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. – Deputies in Jefferson County have initiated a death investigation after a body was found Friday morning.</p> <p>According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to the area near Lock and Dam 5 in Jefferson around 8:15 a.m. after fishermen found the body.</p> <p>The deputies noted the body, which has yet to be identified, was found along the bank of the Arkansas River just south of Lock and Dam 5.</p> <p>Major Gary McClain, Commander of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations, said investigators did not find a way to identify the victim, and the body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the identity as well as the cause and manner of death.</p> <p>Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 870-541-5496 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., or anytime at 870-541-5300 or <a href="mailto:tips@jeffcoso.org" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"><u>tips@jeffcoso.org</u></a>. Officials say those with information can remain anonymous.</p> Little Rock Farmers Market returns https://www.kark.com/news/kark-4-today/little-rock-famers-market-returns/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:96b42b2f-4bf0-0006-3158-50114ec3746b Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:48:22 +0000 After being put on pause due to COVID-19, the Little Rock Farmers Market is gearing up to make a big return.The River Market Operations Director, Diana Long, tells us what we can expect. <p>After being put on pause due to COVID-19, the Little Rock Farmers Market is gearing up to make a big return.<br>The River Market Operations Director, Diana Long, tells us what we can expect.</p> Little Rock selected to host NJCAA Football Championship through 2023 https://www.fox16.com/sports/little-rock-selected-to-host-njcaa-football-championship-through-2023/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:643096a7-6ba6-19a1-3e5a-506139ea628d Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:42:20 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday that Little Rock will be the planned location for the NJCAA Football Championship for the next three years at War Memorial Stadium. Nick Walters recaps Friday's press conference. The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5, 2021 and [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday that Little Rock will be the planned location for the NJCAA Football Championship for the next three years at War Memorial Stadium. Nick Walters recaps Friday's press conference.</p> <p>The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5, 2021 and will be nationally televised.</p> <p>“We look forward to the NJCAA National Championship games coming to historic War Memorial Stadium to join a long tradition of classic football competitions,” said Stacy Hurst, Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary. “The economic impact of events like these is substantial and always benefits Central Arkansas. At the same time, we’re proud to showcase our improved stadium and allow these football fans to experience some great Arkansas hospitality.”</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-TCwAREb3' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=TCwAREb3&cid=9355&offsety=140&floatwidth=400&floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>Since 1948, War Memorial Stadium has undergone several renovations and expansions. For over 70 years, millions of fans and teams have traveled through its gates to enjoy football games and events. In its original form, the stadium seated 31,000 people and because of expansion, now has a capacity of more than 54,000.</p> <p>“We are excited to be partnering with the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism in welcoming the 2021-2023 NJCAA Football Championships to the iconic War Memorial Stadium in the heart of Little Rock,” said Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau President and CEO. “As we begin to bring group business back, being able to host this prestigious national program for three consecutive years and showcase our destination is a huge win for the city.”</p> <p>Home to collegiate and high school competitions, concerts, speakers, and historic events, War Memorial Stadium stands to honor military personnel for their service. The stadium also serves as the second home to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.</p> <p>To order tickets and get game day information visit the event website.</p> Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:b331778d-c6ba-6948-cfa7-823fb60b2810 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:13:23 +0000 Little Rock police said on Friday that within the last 24 hours, the department has received over 50 calls and emailed tips in connection to their search for a suspect in multiple knife attacks. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock police said on Friday that within the last 24 hours, the department has received over 50 calls and emailed tips in connection to their search for a suspect in multiple knife attacks.</p> <p>Little Rock police said over a six-month period, the attacker has killed three people and injured a fourth.</p> <p>Detectives say all of the stabbings happened between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. near the Midtown area and the 12th street station.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We appreciate everyone that has offered assistance. <a href="https://t.co/nISa7x7oj0">pic.twitter.com/nISa7x7oj0</a></p>&mdash; Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/LRpolice/status/1388179262612590599?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <p>According to LRPD, investigators are following up on the leads and ask for continued information.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>Anyone with information on the suspect or the stabbings is asked to call 501-371-4636 or email&nbsp;<strong><a href="mailto:ASKLRPD@littlerock.gov">ASKLRPD@littlerock.gov</a></strong>.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks </a> </aside> </div> <p>A $20,000 reward is being offered to find the suspect.</p> War Memorial Stadium to host NJCAA Football Championship through 2023 https://www.fox16.com/sports/war-memorial-stadium-to-host-njcaa-football-championship-through-2023/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:6230e921-04ed-f280-9ba0-0732e7d827a9 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:09:00 +0000 The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday that Little Rock will be the planned location for the NJCAA Football Championship for the next three years at War Memorial Stadium. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday that Little Rock will be the planned location for the NJCAA Football Championship for the next three years at War Memorial Stadium.</p> <p>The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5, 2021 and will be nationally televised.</p> <p>"We look forward to the NJCAA National Championship games coming to historic War Memorial Stadium to join a long tradition of classic football competitions," said Stacy Hurst, Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary. "The economic impact of events like these is substantial and always benefits Central Arkansas. At the same time, we're proud to showcase our improved stadium and allow these football fans to experience some great Arkansas hospitality."</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-TCwAREb3' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=TCwAREb3&cid=9355&offsety=140&floatwidth=400&floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>Since 1948, War Memorial Stadium has undergone several renovations and expansions. For over 70 years, millions of fans and teams have traveled through its gates to enjoy football games and events. In its original form, the stadium seated 31,000 people and because of expansion, now has a capacity of more than 54,000.</p> <p>"We are excited to be partnering with the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism in welcoming the 2021-2023 NJCAA Football Championships to the iconic War Memorial Stadium in the heart of Little Rock," said Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau President and CEO. "As we begin to bring group business back, being able to host this prestigious national program for three consecutive years and showcase our destination is a huge win for the city."</p> <p>Home to collegiate and high school competitions, concerts, speakers, and historic events, War Memorial Stadium stands to honor military personnel for their service. The stadium also serves as the second home to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.</p> <p>To order tickets and get game day information visit the event website.</p> War Memorial Stadium to host NJCAA Football Championship through 2023 https://www.kark.com/sports/little-rock-to-host-njcaa-football-championship-through-2023/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:31b98cca-ed13-6bc6-3842-286e8c5790e3 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:08:41 +0000 The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday that Little Rock will be the planned location for the NJCAA Football Championship for the next three years at War Memorial Stadium. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday that Little Rock will be the planned location for the NJCAA Football Championship for the next three years at War Memorial Stadium.</p> <p>The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5, 2021 and will be nationally televised.</p> <p>"We look forward to the NJCAA National Championship games coming to historic War Memorial Stadium to join a long tradition of classic football competitions," said Stacy Hurst, Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary. "The economic impact of events like these is substantial and always benefits Central Arkansas. At the same time, we're proud to showcase our improved stadium and allow these football fans to experience some great Arkansas hospitality."</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-dONIJ5TZ' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=dONIJ5TZ&cid=9360&offsety=140&floatwidth=400&floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>Since 1948, War Memorial Stadium has undergone several renovations and expansions. For over 70 years, millions of fans and teams have traveled through its gates to enjoy football games and events. In its original form, the stadium seated 31,000 people and because of expansion, now has a capacity of more than 54,000.</p> <p>"We are excited to be partnering with the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism in welcoming the 2021-2023 NJCAA Football Championships to the iconic War Memorial Stadium in the heart of Little Rock," said Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau President and CEO. "As we begin to bring group business back, being able to host this prestigious national program for three consecutive years and showcase our destination is a huge win for the city."</p> <p>Home to collegiate and high school competitions, concerts, speakers, and historic events, War Memorial Stadium stands to honor military personnel for their service. The stadium also serves as the second home to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.</p> <p>To order tickets and get game day information visit the event website.</p> Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:9802e663-f64a-db8f-a633-8f13ff941d2a Fri, 30 Apr 2021 18:22:18 +0000 Little Rock police said on Friday that within the last 24 hours, the department has received over 50 calls and emailed tips in connection to their search for a suspect in multiple knife attacks. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock police said on Friday that within the last 24 hours, the department has received over 50 calls and emailed tips in connection to their search for a suspect in multiple knife attacks.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>Little Rock police said over a six-month period, the attacker has killed three people and injured a fourth.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We appreciate everyone that has offered assistance. <a href="https://t.co/nISa7x7oj0">pic.twitter.com/nISa7x7oj0</a></p>&mdash; Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/LRpolice/status/1388179262612590599?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <p>Detectives say all of the stabbings happened between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. near the Midtown area and the 12th street station.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks </a> </aside> </div> <p>According to LRPD, investigators are following up on the leads and ask for continued information.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="" class="promo-link__link" > </a> </aside> </div> <p>Anyone with information on the suspect or the stabbings is asked to call 501-371-4636 or email&nbsp;<strong><a href="mailto:ASKLRPD@littlerock.gov">ASKLRPD@littlerock.gov</a></strong>.</p> <p>A $20,000 reward is being offered to find the suspect.</p> Over 50 tips given in Little Rock serial stabber investigation https://www.fox16.com/uncategorized/lrpd-over-50-tips-given-in-little-rock-serial-stabber-investigation/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:8f6eb9fb-cd54-98be-c3b9-489f6db1b69a Fri, 30 Apr 2021 18:22:12 +0000 Little Rock police said on Friday that within the last 24 hours, the department has received over 50 calls and emailed tips in connection to their search for a suspect in multiple knife attacks. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock police said on Friday that within the last 24 hours, the department has received over 50 calls and emailed tips in connection to their search for a suspect in multiple knife attacks.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>Little Rock police said over a six-month period, the attacker has killed three people and injured a fourth.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We appreciate everyone that has offered assistance. <a href="https://t.co/nISa7x7oj0">pic.twitter.com/nISa7x7oj0</a></p>&mdash; Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/LRpolice/status/1388179262612590599?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <p>Detectives say all of the stabbings happened between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. near the Midtown area and the 12th street station.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks </a> </aside> </div> <p>According to LRPD, investigators are following up on the leads and ask for continued information.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="" class="promo-link__link" > </a> </aside> </div> <p>Anyone with information on the suspect or the stabbings is asked to call 501-371-4636 or email&nbsp;<strong><a href="mailto:ASKLRPD@littlerock.gov">ASKLRPD@littlerock.gov</a></strong>.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/who-are-the-victims-in-the-string-of-stabbings-at-the-center-little-rock-police-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Who are the victims in the string of stabbings at the center Little Rock police investigation? </a> </aside> </div> <p>A $20,000 reward is being offered to find the suspect.</p> Josh Duggar formally charged with receiving and possessing child porn, pleads not guilty https://www.kark.com/news/state-news/josh-duggar-formally-charged-with-receiving-and-possessing-child-porn-pleads-not-guilty/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:5d2453f3-043a-3b58-bc01-ab519ef29a3a Fri, 30 Apr 2021 16:47:21 +0000 Joshua Duggar, 33, had a first appearance before U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas Judge Erin Wiedemann via Zoom on Friday morning, April 30, 2021. <p>FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://www.knwa.com" data-type="URL" data-id="www.knwa.com" target="_blank">KNWA/KFTA</a>) — Joshua Duggar, 33, is charged by indictment with receiving and possessing child pornography.</p> <p class="has-text-align-center"><em>Duggar entered a "not guilty" plea by his attorneys.</em></p> <p>Duggar had a first appearance before U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas Judge Erin Wiedemann via Zoom on Friday morning, April 30, 2021. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.</p> <p>According to court documents, Duggar allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.nwahomepage.com/northwest-arkansas-news/josh-duggar-arrested-placed-on-a-federal-hold/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Josh Duggar arrested; placed on a federal hold </a> </aside> </div> <p>Duggar will remain in custody until a May 5th detention hearing. One stipulation Judge Wiedermann requested is for Duggar to have a third-party custodian should he be released on bond. Also, the residence where he would stay must be devoid of minor children. </p> <p>Duggar was represented by Fayetteville-based <a href="https://www.storylawfirm.com/attorneys-staff">Story Law Firm</a>, attorney Travis Story and a second attorney, Justin K. Gelfand.</p> <p>Gelfand is a former federal prosecutor with experience in criminal tax, financial fraud, and identity theft cases, according to an online search. </p> <p>The star of the former reality show, "19 Kids and Counting,"&nbsp;was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Thursday afternoon and booked into the Washington County Detention Center — he was placed on a federal hold with no bail.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg" srcset="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=160 160w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=256 256w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=320 320w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=640 640w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=876 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" alt="" class="wp-image-885327"/></figure> <p>The Department of Homeland Security (HSI) is the agency involved in this investigation. </p> <p>On November 19, 2019, HSI confirmed to KNWA/FOX24 were involved in a federal investigation. Agents went to a business at Wildcat Creek Road in Springdale. This location is where Duggar managed a car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg" srcset="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=160 160w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=256 256w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=320 320w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=640 640w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=876 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" alt="" class="wp-image-885357"/><figcaption>14969 Wildcat Creek Road, Springdale, Arkansas. Former location of Wholesale Motorcars.</figcaption></figure> <p>Earlier this week, his wife Anna announced on social media that they are expecting their seventh child, a girl. </p> Josh Duggar formally charged with receiving and possessing child porn, pleads not guilty https://www.fox16.com/news/state-news/josh-duggar-formally-charged-with-receiving-and-possessing-child-porn-pleads-not-guilty/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:bbd1c8b8-251b-1466-f349-1f2aaf8c259c Fri, 30 Apr 2021 16:45:38 +0000 Joshua Duggar, 33, had a first appearance before U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas Judge Erin Wiedemann via Zoom on Friday morning, April 30, 2021. <p>FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://www.knwa.com" data-type="URL" data-id="www.knwa.com" target="_blank">KNWA/KFTA</a>) — Joshua Duggar, 33, is charged by indictment with receiving and possessing child pornography.</p> <p class="has-text-align-center"><em>Duggar entered a "not guilty" plea by his attorneys.</em></p> <p>Duggar had a first appearance before U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas Judge Erin Wiedemann via Zoom on Friday morning, April 30, 2021. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.</p> <p>According to court documents, Duggar allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/josh-duggar-arrested-placed-on-a-federal-hold/" class="promo-link__link" > Josh Duggar arrested; placed on a federal hold </a> </aside> </div> <p>Duggar will remain in custody until a May 5th detention hearing. One stipulation Judge Wiedermann requested is for Duggar to have a third-party custodian should he be released on bond. Also, the residence where he would stay must be devoid of minor children. </p> <p>Duggar was represented by Fayetteville-based <a href="https://www.storylawfirm.com/attorneys-staff">Story Law Firm</a>, attorney Travis Story and a second attorney, Justin K. Gelfand.</p> <p>Gelfand is a former federal prosecutor with experience in criminal tax, financial fraud, and identity theft cases, according to an online search. </p> <p>The star of the former reality show, "19 Kids and Counting,"&nbsp;was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Thursday afternoon and booked into the Washington County Detention Center — he was placed on a federal hold with no bail.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg" srcset="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=160 160w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=256 256w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=320 320w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=640 640w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/WCSO-Duggar-booking-photo.jpg?w=876 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" alt="" class="wp-image-885327"/></figure> <p>The Department of Homeland Security (HSI) is the agency involved in this investigation. </p> <p>On November 19, 2019, HSI confirmed to KNWA/FOX24 were involved in a federal investigation. Agents went to a business at Wildcat Creek Road in Springdale. This location is where Duggar managed a car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg" srcset="https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=160 160w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=256 256w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=320 320w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=640 640w, https://www.nwahomepage.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2021/04/Duggar-car-dealership.jpg?w=876 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" alt="" class="wp-image-885357"/><figcaption>14969 Wildcat Creek Road, Springdale, Arkansas. Former location of Wholesale Motorcars.</figcaption></figure> <p>Earlier this week, his wife Anna announced on social media that they are expecting their seventh child, a girl. </p> Josh Duggar formally charged with receiving and possessing child porn, pleads not guilty https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/arkansas-news/josh-duggar-formally-charged-with-receiving-and-possessing-child-porn-pleads-not-guilty/ Arkansas News | KTVE - myarklamiss.com urn:uuid:23bfc4cd-3559-3fae-8bc9-ead5f74a38de Fri, 30 Apr 2021 16:45:23 +0000 Joshua Duggar, 33, had a first appearance before U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas Judge Erin Wiedemann via Zoom on Friday morning, April 30, 2021. Newsfeed Now: Pres. Biden lays out 'American Families Plan;' AL man shares his long-haul COVID-19 story https://www.kark.com/news/newsfeed-now/newsfeed-now-newsfeed-now-pres-biden-lays-out-american-families-plan-al-man-shares-his-long-haul-covid-19-story/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:c5b3adbe-355e-9fa5-15fb-5b07f95f8ca8 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 16:23:29 +0000 Weekdays at 10:30 a.m. CST/11:30 a.m. EST, Newsfeed Now will be streaming the top stories in the U.S. utilizing our newsrooms across the country. If you miss the live report, you’ll be able to see a replay minutes after the stream ends. <p><em>Weekdays at 10:30 a.m. CST/11:30 a.m. EST, Newsfeed Now will be streaming the top stories in the U.S. utilizing our newsrooms across the country. If you miss the live report, you’ll be able to see a replay minutes after the stream ends.</em></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-834838" srcset="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg 1280w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/BIDEN-4.jpg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>President Joe Biden told a joint session of congress his administration has turned crisis into opportunity during these first 100 days in office. But to build on that work for Americans, the president called on lawmakers--- Democrats and Republicans--- to help.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/politics/biden-100days/biden-heads-to-georgia-to-mark-100-days-in-office/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">See more on this story on NewsNation</a></strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-834839" srcset="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg 1280w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/clinton.jpg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Hot Springs, Arkansas is known as the boyhood home of former president Bill Clinton. The house he grew up in, however, has never been open to the public, which is about to change.</p> <p><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/clinton-boyhood-home-in-new-hands/" target="_blank">See the full story on Fox16</a></strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-834841" srcset="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg 1280w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/teen.jpg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Florida police say two women were killed by a teenager who followed them home and crawled through their window while they were sleeping.</p> <p><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/teen-charged-in-largo-double-murder-due-in-court-tuesday/" target="_blank">See the full story on WFLA</a></strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-834842" srcset="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg 1280w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/dress.jpg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>A CEO,&nbsp;fired after being accused of publicly ridiculing a male high school senior for wearing a dress to prom, is speaking out about the incident. </p> <p><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wkrn.com/news/fired-ceo-says-incident-with-franklin-teen-was-about-behavior-not-boys-prom-dress/" target="_blank">See the full story on WKRN</a></strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-834843" srcset="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg 1280w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/birds.jpg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>A California family is warning others after they were left feeling like they were living out a horror movie when hundreds of birds poured into their home.</p> <p><a href="https://ktla.com/news/local-news/we-lost-count-after-800-torrance-home-overrun-by-migrating-birds/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>See the full story on KTLA</strong> <strong>5 </strong></a></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-834844" srcset="https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg 1280w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://www.kark.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/85/2021/04/covid.jpg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>One Alabama family is calling their loved one a “miracle” after he battled the coronavirus for almost five months.</p> <p><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://whnt.com/news/northeast-alabama/albertville-miracle-man-discusses-5-month-battle-with-covid-19/" target="_blank">See the full story on News19</a></strong></p> <p></p> Gov. Hutchinson OKs ban on local, state mask mandates https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/gov-hutchinson-oks-ban-on-local-state-mask-mandates/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:cc04e776-5776-1415-c068-3eef8613fff6 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:04:04 +0000 However, the prohibition enacted Thursday won’t take effect until late July. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law legislation that bans state or local mask mandates for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. </p> <p>However, the prohibition enacted Thursday won’t take effect until late July. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/politics/arkansas-lawmakers-vote-to-prevent-mask-mandates-return/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Arkansas lawmakers vote to prevent mask mandate’s return </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Republican governor last month dropped the state's requirement, but cities such as Fayetteville and Little Rock were allowed to keep their requirements in place. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/health/coronavirus/covid-19-in-arkansas-gov-hutchinson-to-give-update-just-one-day-before-mask-mandate-is-set-to-end/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > COVID-19 in Arkansas: Gov. Hutchinson ends mask mandate, opens up vaccinations for ages 16+ </a> </aside> </div> <p>The mask mandate prohibition won't apply to private businesses and includes other exceptions, including hospitals owned or controlled by the state.</p> Gov. Hutchinson OKs ban on local, state mask mandates https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/gov-hutchinson-oks-ban-on-local-state-mask-mandates/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:2fe6d456-c831-0d0a-77ac-1adae27be301 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:03:13 +0000 However, the prohibition enacted Thursday won’t take effect until late July. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law legislation that bans state or local mask mandates for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. </p> <p>However, the prohibition enacted Thursday won’t take effect until late July. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/politics/arkansas-lawmakers-vote-to-prevent-mask-mandates-return/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Arkansas lawmakers vote to prevent mask mandate’s return </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Republican governor last month dropped the state's requirement, but cities such as Fayetteville and Little Rock were allowed to keep their requirements in place. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/health/coronavirus/covid-19-in-arkansas-gov-hutchinson-to-give-update-just-one-day-before-mask-mandate-is-set-to-end/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > COVID-19 in Arkansas: Gov. Hutchinson ends mask mandate, opens up vaccinations for ages 16+ </a> </aside> </div> <p>The mask mandate prohibition won't apply to private businesses and includes other exceptions, including hospitals owned or controlled by the state.</p> UAPB put on Lockdown late Thursday night after two are injured in altercation https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/university-police-university-of-arkansas-at-pine-bluff-on-lockdown/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:8fdbeff3-e720-e859-3cd3-ee1f15ce6a76 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:27:19 +0000 PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was put on lockdown late Thursday evening after an altercation in an on-campus parking lot. According to the University, a man who is a student was shot while a woman was stabbed. Both individuals were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where they are [...] <p>PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was put on lockdown late Thursday evening after an altercation in an on-campus parking lot.</p> <p>According to the University, a man who is a student was shot while a woman was stabbed.</p> <p>Both individuals were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where they are listed in serious condition but stable.</p> <p>There are few details to the incident, but officials say that the altercation involved several people in the parking lot of the campus dining facility.</p> <p>UAPB and Pine Bluff police responded to the incident with both continuing to investigate.</p> UAPB put on Lockdown late Thursday night after two are injured in altercation https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/university-police-university-of-arkansas-at-pine-bluff-on-lockdown/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:88e1867d-4478-ec07-c30b-1071b00c7e11 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:26:18 +0000 PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was put on lockdown late Thursday evening after an altercation in an on-campus parking lot. According to the University, a man who is a student was shot while a woman was stabbed. Both individuals were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where they are [...] <p>PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was put on lockdown late Thursday evening after an altercation in an on-campus parking lot.</p> <p>According to the University, a man who is a student was shot while a woman was stabbed.</p> <p>Both individuals were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where they are listed in serious condition but stable.</p> <p>There are few details to the incident, but officials say that the altercation involved several people in the parking lot of the campus dining facility.</p> <p>UAPB and Pine Bluff police responded to the incident with both continuing to investigate.</p> Little Rock Famers Market returns https://www.kark.com/news/kark-4-today/little-rock-famers-market-returns/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:c56608f4-e9da-057c-be73-5748aa50d12c Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:08:15 +0000 After being put on pause due to COVID-19, the Little Rock Farmers Market is gearing up to make a big return.The River Market Operations Director, Diana Long, tells us what we can expect. <p>After being put on pause due to COVID-19, the Little Rock Farmers Market is gearing up to make a big return.<br>The River Market Operations Director, Diana Long, tells us what we can expect.</p> Arkansas Travelers Season Opener Preview https://www.kark.com/news/kark-4-today/arkansas-travelers-season-opener-preview/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:cf9b82f8-ea62-e3c7-8c41-aebe6523b024 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:05:32 +0000 After a year off because of the pandemic, the Travs season opener is less than a week away. <p>After a year off because of the pandemic, the Travs season opener is less than a week away. </p> Take a moment: Fighting for change https://www.kark.com/news/bobs-commentary/take-a-moment-fighting-for-change/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:f8702625-2040-1729-1331-32c2c16c4156 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:31:30 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Bob Clausen touches on fighting for change after Little Rock sees a violent couple of weeks. Time to take a moment..and in some recent cases that's all it's taken for families to go from spending a day in a park--to spending the rest of their lives wondering how their 3 or 4-year-old [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Bob Clausen touches on fighting for change after Little Rock sees a violent couple of weeks.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks </a> </aside> </div> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <p>Time to take a moment..and in some recent cases that's all it's taken for families to go from spending a day in a park--to spending the rest of their lives wondering how their 3 or 4-year-old child became a shooting victim, or spending the next day in a funeral home making arrangements to bury a murdered child.</p> <p>Time is over trying to talk sense into the ones with the guns..they've made their choice..it won't end well for them.&nbsp;</p> <p>Maybe we can save one or two, but there are others who need to be saved.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It's not time for more youth prevention programs, city funded studies.</p> <p>I won't win any popularity contests with this one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Popularity and politics have no room in this fight, with kids getting killed and injured by gunfire, and young men who are shot dead</p> <p>Before their lives begin.</p> <p>We have to fight to keep kids alive, popular ideas and political ideals need to sit this one out.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a problem, and it's not going to go away all on it's own.</p> <p>In the early to mid-1990's Little Rock and North Little Rock police were worn out running from one murder to the next.</p> <p>Intended targets and Innocent people filled the stats sheets.</p> <p>I recall one detective talking about the time a lady was shot with an AK-47 carrying groceries from her car to her house.</p> <p>People and police had enough, police developed a zero-tolerance program, it was unpopular with the bad guys, it was effective.</p> <p>Officers driving around high crime areas acting on information from 'the people who live in the area.'</p> <p>They would inevitably weed out the ones up to no good. Yes, it had it's problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It would soon be called profiling and was stopped. It needed more oversight.</p> <p>But I did see them time and time again, see them clear guns and drugs out of pockets and jackets of the people they stopped.</p> <p>The ones in the wrong place at wrong time, and conducted themselves accordingly with police could go about their business.</p> <p>The bad apples would all to often show themselves and go to jail...and got the message.</p> <p>It made it very uncomfortable for wrong-doers to exist, but also made it comfortable for people to once again work in their yards, play in parks, not taking cover at the sound of gunshots, not sleeping on the floor of their homes to avoid stray bullets.</p> <p>&nbsp;I'm not suggesting martial law, but this is a dangerous situation.</p> <p>&nbsp;I don't know what conversations are being had at city hall, or the police department,</p> <p>But part of that conversation needs to be to let law enforcement do their jobs..encourage them to enforce the law.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Specialized patrols have been brought up..this time around if they are well supervised on a request-only basis, with the community and police working together.</p> <p>By no means do we want innocent people wrongly accused, jailed or as we've seen killed, these need to be good cops, doing the right things and supported.&nbsp;</p> <p>They need to be diverse and even-handed special patrols..and soon their actions will speak louder than words.</p> <p>Policing is a slippery slope these days..but it's time to crack down on the lawless..for the sake of the lawful.</p> <p>Children are getting shot, people are... dying for change.&nbsp;</p> <p>We can't live in the past, but the past is slowly coming back to life.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the past city leadership and police worked day and night to make this a reputable southern city, and they did it and it is.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's not fair to them to fail now, not fair to people who call this home.</p> <p>Not fair for any parent to get a call about their 3 or 4-year-old getting shot while outside playing..it sure isn't fair to her..caught in the crossfire, Brayligh will have a bullet wound the rest of her life..sure won't be fair to the next one, who won't be so lucky.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Take a moment</p> Self-defense instructor gives tips on how to stay safe in an attack https://www.kark.com/crime/self-defense-instructor-gives-tips-on-how-to-stay-safe-in-an-attack/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:b24f7db6-2a06-c878-167f-ec0b7c6ee99c Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:30:29 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With a man accused of stabbing four people in Little Rock and killing three of them, it's important to talk about how the public can stay safe while police search for the suspect. A split second, that's all it takes for someone to pull out a knife and attack. Even for [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With a man accused of stabbing four people in Little Rock and killing three of them, it's important to talk about how the public can stay safe while police search for the suspect.</p> <p>A split second, that's all it takes for someone to pull out a knife and attack. Even for a Living Defense Martial Arts Grand Master Instructor Danny Dring, it's a situation he would never want to face.</p> <p>“One of the scariest situations I can imagine is having somebody coming at me with a knife,” Dring said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>Dring has experience in MMA fighting, kickboxing and even training law enforcement officers. He says self-defense starts with keeping your head up and eyes open.</p> <p>"Don't have your head down in your cell phone where you don't see people coming up on you. If I saw something that struck me as being peculiar or out of the ordinary, I would be looking for what's in my environment that I could put between me and that other person or what could I pick up that could possibly aid me in self-defense," Dring said.</p> <p>He said this doesn't always prevent an attack, so he showed some moves that can help people fight back. It starts with kicking below the knee.</p> <p>"The reason I don't want to kick high because I don't want him to slice my thigh to where I couldn't run away," Dring said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" > LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks </a> </aside> </div> <p>Next, use the back side of your hand to slap the attackers face.</p> <p>&nbsp;"You've got a one in four chance of using one of those fingers to hit him in the eye," Dring said.</p> <p>He said to do this all while protecting your neck, face and stomach. If the attacker does try and stab you, he said to try and catch their hand, twist it and step into the attacker, then kick their knee.</p> <p>Overall, he said to keep fighting until you know you can get away.</p> <p>"When I can see that I've done some damage, that's when you're going to want to get out," Dring said.</p> <p>Dring said things like mace or tasers are good to have, but always keep them in your hand otherwise you won't be able to get to it fast enough. Another thing he said that's beneficial to have is a walking stick or umbrella you can use to hit the attacker.</p> LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks https://www.kark.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:4a28148d-003f-ccf1-08fb-0126cdc98508 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:29:47 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Neighbors in Little Rock are on high alert after Little Rock Police noticed similarities in a series of fatal stabbings. The Little Rock Police Department is saying the suspect is wanted in multiple knife attacks that apparently occurred at random between August 2020 and April 2021. The attacks were centered around Little [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Neighbors in Little Rock are on high alert after Little Rock Police noticed similarities in a series of fatal stabbings.</p> <p>The Little Rock Police Department is saying the suspect is wanted in multiple knife attacks that apparently occurred at random between August 2020 and April 2021.</p> <p>The attacks were centered around Little Rock’s Midtown area, happening on South Gaines,&nbsp;12th Street, 19th near Marshall and Wright Avenue. Officials note the assaults happened&nbsp;between 1 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>“Being stabbed is very intimate act you have to get very close up to a person,” said Rachel Miller, who lives near S. Gaines St.</p> <p>According to LRPD, in August 2020, a victim was found stabbed to death on S. Gaines St.</p> <p>“That is kind of creepy to know that someone will just come up and randomly stab you,” said Miller.</p> <p>The Downtown Neighborhood Association says they are working to alert everyone in the area of the possible danger.</p> <p>“It is horrifying. I know that we are a tight knit community-- so my first thought was let me make sure everyone is aware,” said Brenda Stallings, with the Downtown Neighborhood Association.</p> <p>Stallings says they are urging people who live alone to be extra cautious and will be making checks on the elderly.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/who-are-the-victims-in-the-string-of-stabbings-at-the-center-little-rock-police-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Who are the victims in the string of stabbings at the center Little Rock police investigation? </a> </aside> </div> <p>“Because of Coronavirus, we were not running in groups as much-- so running by myself-- I will think twice about it,” said Stallings.</p> <p>Neighbors say until LRPD can catch the serial killer who investigators say is responsible for three deaths in the area, they will not be walking alone.<br>“I think just being aware of your surroundings and just safety in numbers. When you are out-- walk with someone,” said Miller.</p> <p>Little Rock Police are asking everyone in the area to review their home surveillance video on the morning of the stabbings.</p> <p>2200 S. Gaines—8/24/2020 1:00 a.m.</p> <p>4218 W. 12 St.—9/23/2020 2:00 a.m.</p> <p>19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;and Marshall—4/11/2021 3:00 a.m.2710 Wright Avenue—4/12/2021 6:33 a.m.</p> Working 4 You: ADH spends nearly $600,000 of taxpayer funds on catered meals https://www.kark.com/news/working4you/working-4-you-adh-spends-nearly-600000-of-taxpayer-funds-on-catered-meals/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:4800b076-4b43-4bad-e959-86cfb0c1a5e5 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:28:32 +0000 Since the pandemic started, some state employees have been getting, catered meals from pricier restaurants at work. Working 4 You learned the tab is now almost $600,000, a bill that’s being picked up by taxpayers from funds meant for COVID relief. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There’s no denying COVID-19 created a crisis and left many people in need.<br><br>Since the pandemic started, some state employees have been getting, catered meals from pricier restaurants at work. Working 4 You learned the tab is now almost $600,000, a bill that’s being picked up by taxpayers from funds meant for COVID relief.<br><br>For a year now, delivery drivers have been pulling up to a side door at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) headquarters building. The drivers have been seen unloading dozens of meals in bags, boxes, and on platters.<br><br>An ADH employee brought this to Working 4 You’s attention. They were afraid of retaliation at work so spoke under the conditions of anonymity.<br><br>“How many people are involved and have actually been working extended hours that keep them from leaving to eat or bringing their own food?” the ADH employee questioned.<br><br>Catered meals at the department have gone to select employees. All the costs are falling on the taxpayer’s dime. Bills in the past year include charges at a high-end restaurant for $113, 875. Another bill for a restaurant totaled $57,772. All of those charges are labeled as “COVID-19 Response.”<br><br>The ADH employee questioned, “aren’t there other areas the funding could be directed instead of on employee meals.”<br><br>Requests for an interview with ADH were turned down. Instead, a department spokeswoman emailed a statement explaining the pandemic put ADH at its “highest level” of emergency and required some employees to work 12-hour shifts “without the opportunity to leave.”<br><br>The email from ADH went on to say management, “made the decision to start providing meals” and at its height lunches went to 170 employees.<br><br>According to ADH, the meals are being paid for by Cares Act funding and a federal COVID Crisis grant. ADH says at this point it spend $430,502.<br><br>Working 4 You noticed that number didn’t match the charges the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) lists on its transparency website.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/working4you/dfa-makes-changes-in-downtown-little-rock-office-following-working4you-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > DFA makes changes in downtown Little Rock office following Working4You investigation </a> </aside> </div> <p><br>DFA looked into the charges and found an additional $156,671 spent by ADH at restaurants last year.<br><br>That number, combined with the total ADH says it spent, adds up to $587,173.<br><br>The employee’s reaction to that was, “especially after more than a year, it doesn’t seem like a good use of funds that are taxpayer-driven.”</p> <p>While they can’t change the past, they say they want to expose something that’s gone on too long.<br><br>According to ADH, the meals will continue as long as COVID is considered an emergency.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/working4you/working-4-you-are-all-state-offices-enforcing-covid-19-mandates/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Working 4 You: Are all state offices enforcing COVID-19 mandates? </a> </aside> </div> <p>Working 4 You reached out to see if Governor Asa Hutchinson was aware of the spending. </p> <p>A spokeswoman for his office stated, “I will refer you to the Department of Health.”</p> Self-defense instructor gives tips on how to stay safe in an attack https://www.fox16.com/crime/self-defense-instructor-gives-tips-on-how-to-stay-safe-in-an-attack/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:da399edb-9daf-5ee1-5bda-8472c575369c Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:14:32 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With a man accused of stabbing four people in Little Rock and killing three of them, it's important to talk about how the public can stay safe while police search for the suspect. A split second, that's all it takes for someone to pull out a knife and attack. Even for [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With a man accused of stabbing four people in Little Rock and killing three of them, it's important to talk about how the public can stay safe while police search for the suspect.</p> <p>A split second, that's all it takes for someone to pull out a knife and attack. Even for a Living Defense Martial Arts Grand Master Instructor Danny Dring, it's a situation he would never want to face.</p> <p>“One of the scariest situations I can imagine is having somebody coming at me with a knife,” Dring said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>Dring has experience in MMA fighting, kickboxing and even training law enforcement officers. He says self-defense starts with keeping your head up and eyes open.</p> <p>"Don't have your head down in your cell phone where you don't see people coming up on you. If I saw something that struck me as being peculiar or out of the ordinary, I would be looking for what's in my environment that I could put between me and that other person or what could I pick up that could possibly aid me in self-defense," Dring said.</p> <p>He said this doesn't always prevent an attack, so he showed some moves that can help people fight back. It starts with kicking below the knee.</p> <p>"The reason I don't want to kick high because I don't want him to slice my thigh to where I couldn't run away," Dring said.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks </a> </aside> </div> <p>Next, use the back side of your hand to slap the attackers face.</p> <p> "You've got a one in four chance of using one of those fingers to hit him in the eye," Dring said.</p> <p>He said to do this all while protecting your neck, face and stomach. If the attacker does try and stab you, he said to try and catch their hand, twist it and step into the attacker, then kick their knee.</p> <p>Overall, he said to keep fighting until you know you can get away.</p> <p>"When I can see that I've done some damage, that's when you're going to want to get out," Dring said.</p> <p>Dring said things like mace or tasers are good to have, but always keep them in your hand otherwise you won't be able to get to it fast enough. Another thing he said that's beneficial to have is a walking stick or umbrella you can use to hit the attacker.</p> LR community reacts to multiple stabbing attacks https://www.fox16.com/crime/lr-community-reacts-to-multiple-stabbing-attacks/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:933daaf5-5e5a-6e61-b4f1-a86aba8f8db9 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:02:57 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Neighbors in Little Rock are on high alert after Little Rock Police noticed similarities in a series of fatal stabbings. The Little Rock Police Department is saying the suspect is wanted in multiple knife attacks that apparently occurred at random between August 2020 and April 2021. The attacks were centered around Little [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Neighbors in Little Rock are on high alert after Little Rock Police noticed similarities in a series of fatal stabbings.</p> <p>The Little Rock Police Department is saying the suspect is wanted in multiple knife attacks that apparently occurred at random between August 2020 and April 2021.</p> <p>The attacks were centered around Little Rock’s Midtown area, happening on South Gaines,&nbsp;12th Street, 19th near Marshall and Wright Avenue. Officials note the assaults happened&nbsp;between 1 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead </a> </aside> </div> <p>“Being stabbed is very intimate act you have to get very close up to a person,” said Rachel Miller, who lives near S. Gaines St.</p> <p>According to LRPD, in August 2020, a victim was found stabbed to death on S. Gaines St.</p> <p>“That is kind of creepy to know that someone will just come up and randomly stab you,” said Miller.</p> <p>The Downtown Neighborhood Association says they are working to alert everyone in the area of the possible danger.</p> <p>“It is horrifying. I know that we are a tight knit community-- so my first thought was let me make sure everyone is aware,” said Brenda Stallings, with the Downtown Neighborhood Association.</p> <p>Stallings says they are urging people who live alone to be extra cautious and will be making checks on the elderly.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/who-are-the-victims-in-the-string-of-stabbings-at-the-center-little-rock-police-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Who are the victims in the string of stabbings at the center Little Rock police investigation? </a> </aside> </div> <p>“Because of Coronavirus, we were not running in groups as much-- so running by myself-- I will think twice about it,” said Stallings.</p> <p>Neighbors say until LRPD can catch the serial killer who investigators say is responsible for three deaths in the area, they will not be walking alone.<br>“I think just being aware of your surroundings and just safety in numbers. When you are out-- walk with someone,” said Miller.</p> <p>Little Rock Police are asking everyone in the area to review their home surveillance video on the morning of the stabbings.</p> <p>2200 S. Gaines—8/24/2020 1:00 a.m.</p> <p>4218 W. 12 St.—9/23/2020 2:00 a.m.</p> <p>19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;St&nbsp;and Marshall—4/11/2021 3:00 a.m.2710 Wright Avenue—4/12/2021 6:33 a.m.</p> LRPD: Shooting Thursday evening leaves teen girl injured https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-shooting-thursday-evening-leaves-teen-girl-injured/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:62d48b41-c924-5157-e2f4-edb9961d50e4 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 02:08:03 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police are investigating a shooting that left one teen girl injured. According to police a 16-year-old girl was shot in the 4500 block of West 11th Street tonight. Police said she suffered non-life threatening injuries. An investigation is underway according to a spokesperson for LRPD. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police are investigating a shooting that left one teen girl injured.</p> <p>According to police a 16-year-old girl was shot in the 4500 block of West 11th Street tonight. </p> <p>Police said she suffered non-life threatening injuries.</p> <p>An investigation is underway according to a spokesperson for LRPD.</p> LRPD: Shooting Thursday evening leaves teen girl injured https://www.fox16.com/crime/lrpd-shooting-thursday-evening-leaves-teen-girl-injured/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:b3a6b71b-7da9-8a8c-2289-b85e0275c221 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 02:06:21 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police are investigating a shooting that left one teen girl injured. According to police a 16-year-old girl was shot in the 4500 block of West 11th Street tonight. Police said she suffered non-life threatening injuries. An investigation is underway according to a spokesperson for LRPD. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police are investigating a shooting that left one teen girl injured.</p> <p>According to police a 16-year-old girl was shot in the 4500 block of West 11th Street tonight. </p> <p>Police said she suffered non-life threatening injuries.</p> <p>An investigation is underway according to a spokesperson for LRPD.</p> FOX16 Investigates: Why teachers found guilty of misconduct are allowed back in the classroom https://www.fox16.com/news/investigates/fox16-investigates-why-teachers-found-guilty-of-misconduct-are-allowed-back-in-the-classroom/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:e05b7f86-4602-b537-eba9-ea85c4f8b0a0 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 01:47:36 +0000 Every year the Arkansas Department of Education finds dozens of teachers guilty of misconduct, but the majority are allowed back in the classroom, and some won’t show a permanent mark on their record. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Every year the Arkansas Department of Education finds dozens of teachers guilty of misconduct, but the majority are allowed back in the classroom, and some won’t show a permanent mark on their record. &nbsp;</p> <p>Allegations of ethics violations are handled by the state's Professional Licensure Standards Board, PLSB. &nbsp;</p> <p>The board is composed of 20 members, only 17 are voting members who are appointed by the State Board of Education and serve 3-year terms. &nbsp;</p> <p>Specifically, a five-member subcommittee is tasked with reviewing allegations of ethics violations.&nbsp;</p> <p>So far this school year the PLSB received 106 allegations. Since July of 2015, there have been 1,036 allegations submitted to the board. &nbsp;</p> <p>Of those, every year less than half lead to public actions taken against a teaching license.&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>STEEP LEARNING CURVE&nbsp;</strong></h4> <p>It’s a process Ashley Murry is starting to learn as she fights to keep her son’s kindergarten teacher out of the classroom. &nbsp;</p> <p>In March, Murry’s 5-year-old son was forced to learn a life lesson at school that she never imagined. </p> <p>"He told me that his teacher made him get his doo-doo out of the toilet," Murry said. "I was devastated."&nbsp;</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/little-rock-mother-says-son-was-forced-to-dig-in-the-toilet-by-teacher/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Little Rock mother says son was forced to dig in the toilet by teacher </a> </aside> </div> <p>It happened at Crystal Hill Elementary, which is part of the Pulaski County Special School District. &nbsp;</p> <p>Murry says after her son spoke up she had a phone call with the kindergarten teacher, Karla Lasiter.</p> <p>"She admitted to it, and she said that she was wrong for doing it, but she didn't have an explanation for why she did it," Murry said. &nbsp;</p> <p>She brought that information to school administration. &nbsp;</p> <p>"They were trying to sweep it under the rug,” she explained. &nbsp;</p> <p>It took her help from her mom, Tami Murry, and making some noise by sitting down for an interview with FOX16. &nbsp;</p> <p>"I'm not going to stop until someone pays attention," Tami recalled. &nbsp;</p> <p>Days after the interview the school district sent a <strong><a href="https://www.pcssd.org/article/418180?org=pcssd">statement</a></strong> saying the teacher was on paid leave and it started the process of firing her.&nbsp;</p> <p>"You have to be held accountable," Tami said. &nbsp;</p> <p>Lasiter declined to comment citing that she has an upcoming hearing with the PCSSD school board.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The school district also declined to comment saying it can't speak on personnel issues.</p> <p>The family is going a step further and reporting what happened to the state as an ethical violation of the teacher's license.&nbsp; "We send our kids to school to be safe, to be in a safe environment so we shouldn't have to worry the teacher done this or that," Murry said.</p> <h4><strong>SYSTEM SKEWED TOWARDS TEACHERS&nbsp;</strong></h4> <p>While the Murrys have chosen to go public, many cases like this are handled behind closed doors and by a system the state admits is set up to protect teachers.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I would say our process is very pro-teacher and it is very much to protect the rights of the teacher," explained Managing Attorney for the PLSB &amp; Department of Education, Amy Douglas. &nbsp;</p> <p>Allegations are handled through a tiered process. &nbsp;</p> <p>Anyone can submit an allegation, which the ethics subcommittee reviews and decides to either deny or authorize an investigation.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the committee thinks there isn't enough evidence, the case ends there. If it finds wrongdoing there are two options. The first choice the board can make is to send a letter of caution, which like every step before it, is kept confidential.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second choice is taking public action. That ranges from a written reprimand, probation, suspension, or revoking a teacher's license. &nbsp;</p> <p>Only suspension or a revoked license will keep teachers out of classrooms.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Each school district and each hiring official is required to look at the Arkansas licensure system before hiring someone," Douglas explained. &nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>PAST MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS&nbsp;</strong></h4> <p>Still, there have been several cases where a teacher is accused of misconduct but keeps their job or gets hired at another school.&nbsp;</p> <p>In September 2019, Russellville kindergarten teacher Celia Wortham was accused of spanking a 5-year-old with autism. &nbsp;</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/teacher-accused-of-spanking-autistic-5-year-old/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Teacher accused of spanking autistic 5-year-old </a> </aside> </div> <p>During an interview with FOX16 at the time, his mom Tasheena Roper pointed to witness statements by multiple staff claiming they heard Wortham call the student a "bad boy," followed by a hit, and crying.&nbsp;</p> <p>"How dare you, that's my child not yours," Roper said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The PLSB investigated and found Wortham had "physical contact" and "inappropriate interactions" with a student. It chose to give her a written reprimand, along with a fine and required training classes. &nbsp;</p> <p>That doesn't show up on Wortham's license. The school district moved Wortham to a pre-school classroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>Worthman said she had no comment.&nbsp;</p> <p>At this time, the Russellville School district has not responded to requests for comment.&nbsp;</p> <p>In another instance, cellphone video taken at Vilonia Middle School shows now-former Assistant Principal Tim Bullington grabbing an 11-year-old on the bus and hitting his head on the roof.&nbsp;</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/top-stories/parents-claim-11-year-old-forcibly-removed-from-school-bus-suffers-concussion/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Parents claim 11-year-old forcibly removed from school bus, suffers concussion </a> </aside> </div> <p>The boy's mom, Sasha Huffman, said it was because her son wore a knit hat on a morning when temperatures dipped below freezing, but Bullington said the hat wasn't allowed on the bus. According to hospital records, the 11-year-old suffered a concussion. &nbsp;</p> <p>"He was snatched up like a rag doll. No matter how you spin it, you do not put your hands on a child," Huffman said. &nbsp;</p> <p>In this case, the state won't say if it ever received an ethics complaint or opened an investigation, since no public action was taken against Bullington.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bullington moved on to a new school district and runs the athletic department in Heber Springs.&nbsp;</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/vilonia-assistant-principal-hired-by-heber-springs-school-district/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Vilonia assistant principal hired by Heber Springs school district </a> </aside> </div> <p>Bullington said he could not comment explaining in an email, "due to&nbsp;The&nbsp;Family Educational&nbsp;Rights&nbsp;and Privacy Act (FERPA), I am unable to speak about specifics related to any student, which of course leaves any allegations a parent may make against a school or an educator difficult to respond to."</p> <p>The Vilonia School district has not responded to requests for comment.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Huffman family has their case in court.&nbsp;</p> <p>Roper says she's still going through the required process with the school board, and once that's finished, she can file a complaint in court.&nbsp;</p> <p>When Douglas was asked if she’s confident that no cases are slipping through the cracks, she said yes. &nbsp;</p> <p>"Absolutely,” Douglas answered. “There are multiple ways teachers are held to higher standards."&nbsp;</p> <h4>KEEPING TRACK OF RECORDS &nbsp;</h4> <p>The <strong><a href="https://aels.ade.arkansas.gov/aels/default.Aspx">website</a></strong> to search a teacher's license shows if it's currently on probation, suspension, or if it was revoked. &nbsp;</p> <p>Under state law, the only additional information about misconduct required on a license is for limited cases involving sexual assault.&nbsp;</p> <p>Everything else is on a separate <strong><a href="https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/plsb-professional-ethicsdiscipline/state-board-orders-for-plsb-and-licensure-actions#q4_2015_Final">web page</a></strong> that lists hundreds of actions taken against a teacher’s license. &nbsp;</p> <p>According to the board, those postings have an expiration date. Once a teacher is off probation - or suspension, the order gets taken down, unless the board votes it should stay up permanently.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I haven't been involved in making things more transparent for parents and honestly I don't know how you would,” Douglas said. "The state board meetings are public, they are recorded, you can Google anything."&nbsp;</p> <p>The Murry family sees it differently. They argue cases where wrongdoing is found need to be open, similar to the state's court system which publicizes minor traffic violations.&nbsp;</p> <p>"If it's a seatbelt violation, a speeding ticket, it's there. What makes the teachers different, especially when they've broken rules? That's not fair at all,” Tami added. &nbsp;</p> <p>FOX16 Investigates brought those concerns to several lawmakers, all said this wasn't on their radar. Some recommended talking to the Department of Education, others said they were concerned and wanted to do some of their own digging.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Murrys never expected the spotlight they’re now in but hope it will lead to change in classrooms across the state. &nbsp;</p> <p>"I think some laws need to be changed where teachers are concerned," Tami said. &nbsp;</p> <p>FOX16 Investigates reached out to all the teachers named in this story, they either declined comment or have not responded to requests. &nbsp;</p> <p>FOX16 investigates also found there are limits on what teachers are required to report to the PLSB. Teachers are only required to report cases involving known sexual abuse.&nbsp;Failing to follow the requirements of a mandatory reporter is an ethics violation.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/investigates/fox16-investigates-is-covid-19-causing-an-uptick-in-child-exploitation-cases/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FOX16 Investigates: Is COVID-19 causing an uptick in child exploitation cases? </a> </aside> </div> <p>As mandated reporters, teachers are supposed to report allegations of child abuse to DHS and police, but the burden of proof in those cases is much higher than the standard the licensing board uses.&nbsp;</p> UPDATE: Arrest made in March shooting at Embassy Suites that injured three https://www.kark.com/crime/update-arrest-made-in-march-shooting-at-embassy-suites-that-injured-three/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:9a3aa45c-f19c-42db-870f-6f18fc112a05 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:34:19 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police have made an arrest in connection to the shooting that happened on March 13. Cavarsiae Wright was arrested in connection to the shooting at the Embassy Suites where three people had been injured. Police said he was arrested after trying to evade officers Thursday afternoon. Police said Wright [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police have made an arrest in connection to the shooting that happened on March 13.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/lrpd-at-least-two-people-shot-at-embassy-suites-saturday-night/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Update: Three people injured in shooting at Embassy Suites Saturday night </a> </aside> </div> <p>Cavarsiae Wright was arrested in connection to the shooting at the Embassy Suites where three people had been injured.</p> <p>Police said he was arrested after trying to evade officers Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>Police said Wright was charged with 3 counts of Battery 1st degree, felony fleeing, resisting arrest and was served a FTA warrant for drug possession.</p> UPDATE: Arrest made in March shooting at Embassy Suites that injured three https://www.fox16.com/crime/update-arrest-made-in-march-shooting-at-embassy-suites-that-injured-three/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:18982ac5-127c-fab5-e1f4-0ffc475fe7af Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:28:21 +0000 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police have made an arrest in connection to the shooting that happened on March 13. Cavarsiae Wright was arrested in connection to the shooting at the Embassy Suites where three people had been injured. Police said he was arrested after trying to evade officers Thursday afternoon. Police said Wright [...] <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Little Rock Police have made an arrest in connection to the shooting that happened on March 13.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/lrpd-at-least-two-people-shot-at-embassy-suites/" class="promo-link__link" > <strong>Update: Three people injured in shooting at Embassy Suites Saturday night</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>Cavarsiae Wright was arrested in connection to the shooting at the Embassy Suites where three people had been injured.</p> <p>Police said he was arrested after trying to evade officers Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>Police said Wright was charged with 3 counts of Battery 1st degree, felony fleeing, resisting arrest and was served a FTA warrant for drug possession.</p> Seven Jacksonville High School male teachers all first-time dads at the same time https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/seven-jacksonville-high-school-male-teachers-all-first-time-dads-at-the-same-time/ Local News | KLRT - FOX16.com urn:uuid:9d230dae-0d39-eb7d-9142-9ed4924cfe17 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:18:39 +0000 A unique group of Jacksonville High School male teachers all have one thing in common. They're turning to each other for advice on how to adapt to new changes in their lives. <p>JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- A unique group of Jacksonville High School male teachers all have one thing in common. They're turning to each other for advice on how to adapt to new changes in their lives.</p> <p>Jacksonville High School is home of the Titans and a new crew of male teachers known affectionally as the Diaper Dads.</p> <p>"Everybody's having babies," said chemistry teacher Marquavious Webb.</p> <p>Not just one, or two or three, but seven male teachers are dads for the first time, all at the same time.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/paul-the-peacock-roams-streets-of-jacksonville/" class="promo-link__link" > Paul the Peacock roams streets of Jacksonville </a> </aside> </div> <p>"Definitely not planned," said math teacher Alec Ramirez. "It was definitely a surprise for us, but it was a welcome surprise."</p> <p>The flock of fathers now a movement at JHS all started by coach Matt Boeving.</p> <p>"Whenever I find out that one of our teachers or coaches, oh man, hey you're in the Diaper Dad group now," Boeving said.</p> <p>"I'm getting advice, they're like a support group," said medical teacher Ryan Collins. "We're always yelling down the hallway, 'Diaper Dads!' and it kinda just hypes us up a little bit."</p> <p>While the diaper dads learn from one another, there's deeper lessons here for their students.</p> <p>"And showing how enthusiastic I am to be a part of the diaper dads, that baby's life," Boeving said.</p> <p>The men are actively involving their students in their new-dad journeys, as many of their scholars come from single-parent homes.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/news/education/jacksonville-north-pulaski-schools-to-keep-face-masks-ask-for-feedback-on-return-plan/" class="promo-link__link" > Jacksonville North Pulaski schools to keep face masks, ask for feedback on return plan </a> </aside> </div> <p>"You know, some of the kids that we interact with everyday need that kind of male role model in their life," Ramirez said.</p> <p>Seven dads, nailing the parenting thing. And modeling to their students how to be good men.</p> <p>The Diapers Dads are using this opportunity to encourage their students to wait until the time is right to have a baby.</p> <p>They say they're teaching their students about responsibility and the excitement that should come along with bringing a new life into the world.</p> Seven Jacksonville High School male teachers all first-time dads at the same time https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/seven-jacksonville-high-school-male-teachers-all-first-time-dads-at-the-same-time/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:37f8928f-6aa9-505e-ca2a-5d1109582ddb Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:00:12 +0000 A unique group of Jacksonville High School male teachers all have one thing in common. They're turning to each other for advice on how to adapt to new changes in their lives. <p>JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- A unique group of Jacksonville High School male teachers all have one thing in common. They're turning to each other for advice on how to adapt to new changes in their lives.</p> <p>Jacksonville High School is home of the Titans and a new crew of male teachers known affectionally as the Diaper Dads.</p> <p>"Everybody's having babies," said chemistry teacher Marquavious Webb.</p> <p>Not just one, or two or three, but seven male teachers are dads for the first time, all at the same time.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/paul-the-peacock-roams-streets-of-jacksonville/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Paul the Peacock roams streets of Jacksonville </a> </aside> </div> <p>"Definitely not planned," said math teacher Alec Ramirez. "It was definitely a surprise for us, but it was a welcome surprise."</p> <p>The flock of fathers now a movement at JHS all started by coach Matt Boeving.</p> <p>"Whenever I find out that one of our teachers or coaches, oh man, hey you're in the Diaper Dad group now," Boeving said.</p> <p>"I'm getting advice, they're like a support group," said medical teacher Ryan Collins. "We're always yelling down the hallway, 'Diaper Dads!' and it kinda just hypes us up a little bit."</p> <p>While the diaper dads learn from one another, there's deeper lessons here for their students.</p> <p>"And showing how enthusiastic I am to be a part of the diaper dads, that baby's life," Boeving said.</p> <p>The men are actively involving their students in their new-dad journeys, as many of their scholars come from single-parent homes.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.kark.com/news/education/jacksonville-north-pulaski-schools-to-keep-face-masks-ask-for-feedback-on-return-plan/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Jacksonville North Pulaski schools to keep face masks, ask for feedback on return plan </a> </aside> </div> <p>"You know, some of the kids that we interact with everyday need that kind of male role model in their life," Ramirez said.</p> <p>Seven dads, nailing the parenting thing. And modeling to their students how to be good men.</p> <p>The Diapers Dads are using this opportunity to encourage their students to wait until the time is right to have a baby.</p> <p>They say they're teaching their students about responsibility and the excitement that should come along with bringing a new life into the world.</p> LRPD seeking out information on suspect in serial knife attacks that have left 3 dead https://www.kark.com/crime/lrpd-seeking-out-information-on-suspect-in-serial-knife-attacks-that-have-left-3-dead/ Local News | KARK urn:uuid:3f7ae766-df45-475b-61cc-77a934eb761e Thu, 29 Apr 2021 22:43:57 +0000 Police in Little Rock say they are looking for a man wanted in multiple stabbings, three of which were deadly. <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police in Little Rock say they are looking for a man wanted in multiple stabbings, three of which were deadly.</p> <p>The Little Rock Police Department is saying the suspect is wanted in multiple knife attacks that apparently occurred at random between August 2020 and April 2021.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.fox16.com/crime/who-are-the-victims-in-the-string-of-stabbings-at-the-center-little-rock-police-investigation/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > <strong>Who are the victims in the string of stabbings at the center Little Rock police investigation?</strong> </a> </aside> </div> <p>In a recorded statement, LRPD Police Chief Keith Humphrey said there are four victims in total, three of whom have died.</p> <figure class="ns-block-embed-anvato" data-anvato-player-id="p2"> <div id="anvato-player-p2" class="ns-block-embed__wrapper"> <div id="p2"></div> </div> <div data-react-component="AnvatoVideoPlayer"></div> <script>window.loadAnvato({"mcp":"LIN","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"6579735","autoplay":false,"expect_preroll":true,"pInstance":"p2","plugins":{"comscore":{"clientId":"6036439","c3":"kark.com","script":"//w3.cdn.anvato.net/player/prod/v3/plugins/comscore/comscoreplugin.min.js","useDerivedMetadata":true,"mapping":{"video":{"c3":"kark.com","ns_st_st":"kark","ns_st_pu":"Nexstar","ns_st_ge":"News","cs_ucfr":""},"ad":{"c3":"kark.com","ns_st_st":"kark","ns_st_pu":"Nexstar","ns_st_ge":"News","cs_ucfr":""}}},"dfp":{"adTagUrl":"https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?sz=1x1000&iu=/5678/nx.kark/news/local_news&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=vmap&unviewed_position_start=1&ad_rule=1&description_url=https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/feed/&cust_params=vid%3D6579735%26vidcat%3D/news/local_news%26bob_ck%3D[bob_ck_val]%26d_code%3Dna003"}},"expectPrerollTimeout":8,"accessKey":"GWj6LABvooDPOuvGBPhB0hevoa2Avn3o","token":"eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJ2aWQiOiI2NTc5NzM1IiwiaXNzIjoiR1dqNkxBQnZvb0RQT3V2R0JQaEIwaGV2b2EyQXZuM28iLCJleHAiOjE2MTk3NDA5MjB9.bZDE7Wta9EsrSjVtsLbmZQ3gaTTJH87REI4uHu9_Af4","nxs":{"mp4Url":"https://nxsglobal.storage.googleapis.com/kark/video/video_studio/1866/21/04/29/6579735/6579735_A926718490174F2A83A0E368B87D9215_210429_6579735_LRPD_searching_for_serial_knife_attacker_1200.mp4","enableFloatingPlayer":true},"disableMutedAutoplay":false,"recommendations":false,"expectPreroll":true,"titleVisible":true,"pauseOnClick":true,"trackTimePeriod":60});</script> </figure> <p>The attacks were centered around Little Rock's Midtown area, happening on South Gaines, 12th Street, 19th near Marshall and Wright Avenue. 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Please check back for updates.</p>