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Burglary prevention tips

Burglary prevention tips

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lots of people travel this time of year, leaving their homes vulnerable to thieves. How can you keep from becoming a victim?

According to the Garland County Sheriff's Department, the key is to make your home look occupied even if no one is home. They offer the following tips to discourage would-be robbers from making off with your valuables.

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime.
  • Leave a radio on an all-talk show station and a little louder than normal. The conversation might lead an offender to believe the home is occupied.
  • Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

Sexual assault suspect's name released

Sexual assault suspect's name released

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Prosecutors say Author Johnson was arrested for second degree sexual assault for an incident that allegedly took place on the Arkansas Tech University campus.

According to prosecutor David Gibbons, Johnson is still awaiting formal charges. It is unclear whether Johnson is a university student.

Johnson is accused of sticking his hands down the pants of a male victim and groping him earlier this month.

Johnson is being held on $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is December 19.

Protect your car from theives

Protect your car from theives

Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Dept.

Safe traveling tips from Lt. Russell

Safe traveling tips from Lt. Russell

Lt.

More details about sexual assault suspect released

More details about sexual assault suspect released

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Officers from the Arkansas State Police working on an alleged sexual assault case at Arkansas Tech University have released a detailed description of the suspect.

The description provided by Arkansas State Police on Friday, Nov. 18, indicates that the suspect is an African-American male in his early-to-mid 20s. He is believed to be between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-3 in height and between 170 and 180 pounds in weight.

According to Arkansas State Police, the suspect has multiple tattoos including one on his neck with possible cursive writing on it. Officers also report that the suspect has at least one pierced ear.

An alleged victim and a witness filed statements concerning the alleged sexual assault with the Arkansas Tech University Office of Public Safety on Wednesday, Nov.

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

Trick-or-treating is a fun adventure for children and parents. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out, beginning with these basic safety tips from Sheriff Larry Sanders of Garland County.

  • Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
  • Check your local law enforcement agency's website for registered offenders residing in your area.
  • Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.
  • Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
  • Let your know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
  • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them.

Police investigating Kmart robbery

Police investigating Kmart robbery

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Monday Russellville Police responded to an armed robbery at 2821 East Main Street, Kmart Shopping Center.

Police made contact with the closing manager, who said the store had been robbed at gunpoint. No one was injured during the robbery.

Authorities say two suspects left the store in a teal-colored vehicle with dark tinted windows and no hubcaps. An undisclosed amount of money was taken.