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Armed robbery captured on surveillance video


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The Russellville Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery.

According to Public Information Officer Drew Latch, the robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. at Tobacco Row on East 4th Street on Friday. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the register.

In surveillance video, you can see the robber enter the store with a gun and demand money from the cashier. Over the cashier's sobs, you can hear the robber say, "I'm sorry I scared you, Ma'am. You hear me?"

The robber is seen wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans, a dark hat, and what appears to be a white ski mask or sack over his face.

If you any information on the crime or suspect involved please call (479) 968-3232 or the silent partner tip line at (479) 967-2221.

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Boy, 11, dies in house fire in Johnson County


CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year boy was killed and three others injured in an overnight house fire in Johnson County.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the fire was reported shortly after midnight Wednesday in a rural part of the county. The sheriff's office says the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy's father and mother suffered burns in the fire and were taken by helicopter to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. His 6-year-old sister was also severely burned and taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Investigators believe the fire began near a wood stove in the center of the home.

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

For all elections results, go to our real-time elections page: http://www.thv11.com/elections/

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015.

The GOP on Tuesday won at least 62 seats in the 100-member House, while Democrats took at least 34. Results are pending on four races.

In the 35-member Senate, Republicans will hold a 24-11 margin after winning all four races decided Tuesday.

Republicans also won all seven constitutional offices.

In 2012, Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, clinching 51 seats. Afterward, lawmakers passed one of the strictest abortion laws in the country and approved a voter ID law - but both laws were later found unconstitutional.

Legislators also passed a bipartisan plan to expand health coverage to more than 200,000 people by using Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for poorer Arkansans.

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 will have extended election coverage throughout the evening, as well as offer real-time results as they come in.

How to watch coverage:

1. On THV11's main channel: KTHV

2. 11.2 WeatherNation (formerly THV2)

   - Over the air: 11.2

   - Little Rock Comcast: 233

   - Conway Corp: 170

   - Wehco (Hot Springs/Pine Bluff): 247

3. Live online at thv11.com (Mobile friendly)

Where to find real-time results: www.thv11.com/elections

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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