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Strong winds shut down Russellville mall

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Extreme winds and rain shut down a Russellville mall on Wednesday night.

It all happened after the roof of one business was ripped off.

It is still unknown how much money it will cost property managers to fix the damage.

The roof was ripped off Planet Fitness, leaking water into the electrical wiring of the mall forcing everyone to close up shop.

"When I got to the mall there were fire engines- lights sirens, everywhere."

Gail Athes, the store a manager at Lefler's Boutique came back to this just hours after closing shop.

"I came in the back door, and there were panels falling out of the ceiling, there was water dripping everywhere…it was shocking," said Athes.

Firefighters dispatched to the Russellville city mall just after midnight.

Damage, outages reported in Russellville overnight

RUSSELVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Some damage is being reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Thursday morning after storms rolled through the state overnight.

NOAA has stated that some windows and a portion of an end wall were blown out of a two-story building on the 400 block of North Arkansas Avenue, though they didn't specify which building.

Witnesses have said that Planet Fitness is now missing its roof, and Moore and Company was damaged in high winds. A business owner also said that her store sustained water damage.

A large portion of people in Russellville were also without power, according to Entergy, Arkansas. In fact, around 1,200 customers were reported without power around 6 a.m. Since then, almost half of those outages have been restored.

Dump truck snags power line in Russellville causing outages

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – According to the Pope County Sheriff's Department, a dump truck snagged a power line causing power outages and traffic on Monday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., a dump truck was pulling an asphalt machine on Interstate 40 in a construction zone near the 81mm in Russellville when it snagged a cable line that pulled down other lines, causing the poles to break.

It pulled the line down across the highway. The eastbound lanes were completely closed, but westbound traffic was still able to get through.

Entergy brought in a special vehicle to remove the pole around 6 p.m. on Monday.

Sally Graham with Entergy said that around 328 customers are without power. She also said that most power should be restored by 8 p.m.

According to Entergy's website, about half of Arkansas Tech is without power.

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the seventh annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 13 through 18. The application deadline is April 7, 2015.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 95 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Harding University, Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone on to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.

Marketing board sets meeting, facility tour at searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (ADEQ) - The Arkansas State Marketing Board for Recyclables will meet March 25, 2015, at the Searcy Chamber of Commerce, 2823 S. Main, Searcy, after touring a local recycling center the day before. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

The board will hear reports on recycling programs operated by the City of Searcy and the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District from Searcy Mayor David Morris and the District’s Sarah Sexton, recycling program coordinator and solid waste educator, respectively.

In addition, Jimmy Swain, site director of manufacturing for the Bryce Corp. in Searcy will present a history of the company’s recycling efforts. The Bryce Corp. produces plastic packaging for the food processing industry, along with plastic sheeting.

Also, the board will tour the Searcy Sanitation and Recycling Facility, 409 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway, Searcy, beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 24, 2015.

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.”