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HUD reports decrease in homelessness in Arkansas

HUD reports decrease in homelessness in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 30, 2014) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced on Thursday HUD's latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued overall decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and significant reductions particularly among veterans and those persons living on the streets. In Arkansas, homelessness had declined by 23 percent since last year.

Court upholds suit's dismissal in Dirksmeyer case


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a civil lawsuit that was filed by the boyfriend of a slain Arkansas beauty queen.

Kevin Jones was initially charged and put on trial for the 2005 killing of his girlfriend, Nona Dirksmeyer. Jones was acquitted by a jury and another man was later charged, but not convicted, in the case.

Jones sued Russellville police four years after his acquittal, claiming that officers conspired to frame him for the crime. A federal judge in Little Rock dismissed Jones' lawsuit, saying he waited too long to file the case.

On Thursday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, finding that Arkansas' statute of limitations says that such claims must be filed within three years.

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U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times

U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times


The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship some 15 and a half billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas.

It's also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

Taking advantage of the postal services online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Dec. 2 - First-Class Mail International

Dec. 2 - Priority Mail International

Dec. 10 - Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 - Standard Post

Dec. 17 - Global Express Guaranteed

Update: One arrested after Russellville shooting


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday evening, Dameion Terrell Williams was arrested in Russellville after a shooting on Thursday.

Williams was transferred to the Pope County Detention Center and is being held on charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, and battery in the 1st degree.

The shooting occurred on Wednesday night on South Houston Ave., and female was shot.

Police are still searching for Zachary Eugene Stokes, 23.

If you have any information on the shooting or the whereabouts of the remaining suspect please call 479-968-3232 or the Silent Tip Line at 479-967-2221.

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Russellville police searching for shooting suspects


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (October 23, 2014) – The Russellville Police Department is searching for two suspects involved in a shooting.

Police responded to the shooting on South Houston Ave. around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The female victim was reportedly transported to a local hospital.

Police are now searching for Dameion Terrell Williams, 32, and Zachary Eugene Stokes, 23.

If you have any information on the shooting or the whereabouts of either suspect please call 479-968-3232 or the Silent Tip Line at 479-967-2221.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.


CEO: Hospital staff meticulously followed guidelines with Ebola testing


CLINTON, Ark. (KTHV) - "I know that it created a stir," David Deaton said.

Less than 24 hours after the most recent patient was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, and the Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton treats a patient at "very low risk" for Ebola. Deaton continued, "Based on what we knew, what our training had been and what it indicated we just took steps appropriate."

David Deaton is the chief executive officer for the hospital and said it was the travel history and symptoms of the patient that initially caught the attention of medical staff.

Deaton said his staff meticulously followed CDC guidelines, some of which include assessing the patient for a fever, using protective equipment and consulting the health department about testing and treatment options.

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.