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Workshop promotes responsible interactions with law enforcement

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement will host a free workshop, titled RESPOND-I-BILITY, that will address ways individuals should respond when encountering law enforcement officers.

The workshop will be held in the UCA Student Center, Room 213, from 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9. The public is invited to this free workshop.

Author and historian Edmond Davis will facilitate RESPOND-I-BILITY. The vision of RESPOND-I-BILITY is to raise awareness and show how each citizen (“I”) has the ability to respond responsibly when engaging with all officers of the law. The presentation is designed to address cultural and social etiquette skills for all Americans when encountering officers of the law.

Pope County man and woman found shot in home

Pope County man and woman found shot in home

POPE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday around 11:16 a.m., the Pope County Sheriff's Office was called to a residence on Double Springs Road on Crow Mountain in regards to a report of two deceased individuals found in a home.

Officials announced Friday, the identity of the two deceased  to be Miranda Harris, 34, and Clyde Daniel Harris, 32. 

According to Sheriff Shane Jones, the incident is being investigated as a homicide/suicide.

At this time, no other individuals are believed to be involved.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more information as it becomes available.

Fort Smith man sentenced to over 10 years for methamphetamine distribution

Fort Smith man sentenced to over 10 years for methamphetamine distribution

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KTHV) - A Career Offender was sentenced Wednesday to 130 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for the Distribution of Methamphetamine. 

Joe Gordon, 30, of Fort Smith was taken into custody after officers arranged for a controlled drug transaction, and Gordon presented the methamphetamine in exchange for money. 

Gordon has at least two prior felony convictions dealing with violence or a controlled substance offense, which makes him a Career Offender.

“Today’s sentencing closes the door on a career criminal who felt untouchable and beyond the reach of aggressive, cooperative law enforcement,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Downing.  "DEA and our law enforcement partners stand firmly to ensure that criminals who peddle in these poisons and wreak havoc in our communities will never escape from facing the consequences of their criminal activities.”

Police searching for suspects of Walmart theft

Police searching for suspects of Walmart theft

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Russellville police are looking for three suspects in connection with a theft of several cell phones from Walmart totalling an estimated value of $20,000. 

According to officials, the suspects are believed to be driving a blue Chevrolet Impala. 

If anybody has any information on this crime, you are asked to please call (479) 968-3232. 

 

College loan scams targeting graduates

College loan scams targeting graduates


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As more and more students rack up college loan debt, scammers prey on their vulnerability. One recent college graduate is out hundreds of dollars after someone convinced her to shell out money to decrease her debt.

College loan debts account for the second highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages and are expected to increase not just in number but also in amount. Which is why, when recent grads hear someone can help them with that debt, they jump at the opportunity.

"They just took advantage of someone who just got out of college and did not know what to do," said Holly Morrison.

Morrison graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May with $45,000 in debt.

"He just started talking about this is how much your debt is," said Morrison.

In August, she got a call from a company saying it could help her consolidate her loans.

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.