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City of Russellville ranks #8 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

City of Russellville ranks #8 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Russellville has made the eighth rank for Arkansas’ top 10 safest cities.

Motovo staff writer Natalie Grigson said the city came in at #8 for its lack of serious crimes.

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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.

Scammers targeting home rentals

Scammers targeting home rentals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you are looking to rent a home, beware. The Attorney General's Office is getting reports of scammers who are advertising homes that are not for rent.

This scam is nothing new. It has been going on in Arkansas for years, but people are still falling victim to it. Scammers are stealing pictures from legitimate real estate ads and making it look like homes are for rent when they are not. They are getting people when they are most vulnerable.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/1hu3Fja

"It was heartbreaking to think that she was no't going to have the things that she needed to succeed because I fell for this," said Mary Lorance.

Like any mother, Mary Lorance is looking for what is best for her daughter. She wants her to go to a good school and live in a nice neighborhood. Mary had her sights set on renting a home in Cabot.

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Three in custody after beating on Tech campus

Three in custody after beating on Tech campus

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Three suspects are in custody following an alleged battery on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville on Tuesday night.

Officers from the Arkansas State Police made the arrests and are conducting the investigation.

The battery is alleged to have taken place in Brown Residence Hall, which houses 152 male residents on the west side of the Arkansas Tech campus. There was one injury reported, and that individual has been treated at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and released.

The suspects are in custody at the Pope County Detention Center and are awaiting arraignment.

(Source: Arkansas Tech University press release)

Gov. Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Gov. Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -  Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant seven pardons. An additional 26 clemency requests were denied and 23 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The seven 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 commutation and pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Calla J. Duvall (West Fork): Domestic Battery
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2006 - Elkins District Court), 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.

What to do if your home is burglarized

What to do if your home is burglarized

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- You may think of residential burglary as some that happens to "someone else" -- until it happens to you.

It can happen whether you're at home or away. Hopefully it won't happen to you, but if it does, do you know what to do? The Garland County Sheriff's Department has the following advice in the event your home becomes a statistic.

  • Call police if you see anything suspicious.
  • Leave immediately if you see your home has been burglarized (the burglar may still be there).
  • Do not touch anything until police have secured your home.
  • If you wake up and find a burglar in your room, pretend to be asleep until it is safe.
  • If you see any strange or suspicious activity, call the appropriate agency immediately!
  • Do not hesitate to call.