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Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas

Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Distracted driving is a big concern to a Central Arkansas Traffic Enforcement Group.

To reduce the number of fatal crashes, the Central Arkansas Group has been conducting a distracted driving mobilization that started on September 22 and ends on Tuesday.

They're using marked and unmarked cars to identify drivers guilty of distracted driving and will issue them a violation citation. Arkansas State Police says so far they've given out 11 citations.


67-year-old woman raped, beaten in store parking lot

67-year-old woman raped, beaten in store parking lot


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Police have a Malvern man in custody for allegedly raping a 67-year-old Hot Springs woman.

Cpl. McCrary Means with the Hot Springs Police Dept. released an arrest report that states Larry Lavelle Jones, 36, is facing charges of rape, second degree battery, and robbery.

In the report, it states on Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. an employee of the Dillard's at 4501 Central Ave. ran up to an off-duty police officer working in the store saying the woman, who the officer was familiar with, was being attacked in the parking lot.

The officer says he ran out to the parking lot to the victim's car where he saw a man, identified as Jones, walking away. The officer states in the report Jones was sweating profusely with blood on his arm. He was immediately taken into custody.

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You can no longer trust the number that comes up on your caller ID. This message is coming from the Attorney General's Office.

Scammers are using numbers you recognize and sometimes even your own phone number to get you to answer your phone. This is called spoofing. And now, even spoof texts are popping up in the state. One woman says she gets these calls every day.

Any time the phone rings, Leslie Ford questions whether to answer it.

"It would be nice to just be able to pick up the phone and say hello," said Ford.

But over the last three years, for Ford, picking up the phone and just saying hello happens less and less. Several years ago, Ford put her home phone number on the national do not call list. But calls continued to come in every day, sometimes three to five times a day.

Ford added, "California. Pennsylvania. Florida."

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

JEFFERON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Corrections is now offering a reward for information leading to the capture of an escaped convict.

On Thursday, July 24, ADC spokesperson Shea Wilson said there is now $4,000 in reward money available for information leading to Timothy Buffington's capture and arrest. Buffington walked away from work detail at the Pine Bluff Unit about a month ago.

He is said to have shot his ex-wife Rhonda Combs in the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend's truck in Booneville in July of 1998. According to Wilson, he was admitted to ADC on March 12, 1999. Combs and Buffington had been in a custody dispute over their two children.

Four suspects arrested in Walmart theft ring

Four suspects arrested in Walmart theft ring

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Malvern Police Department arrested four suspects in a theft ring from the local Wal-Mart Super Center on Wednesday.

Three suspects entered Wal-Mart and filled a container with electronics and attempted to leave the store.

When confronted by Wal-Mart loss prevention employees, the three suspects exited the store and were met at the front doors by the fourth suspect who was driving the suspect vehicle. The vehicle then attempted to leave the area. Officers arrived at Wal-Mart and began a search of the surrounding area. The suspects and the vehicle were observed and located in a local bank parking lot close by and were placed into custody.

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Kevia K. Bolden (Memphis, TN): Shoplifting This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 - Little Rock District), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.