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Scammers using spoof calls and texts

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You can no longer trust the number that comes up on your caller ID. This message is coming from the Attorney General's Office.

Scammers are using numbers you recognize and sometimes even your own phone number to get you to answer your phone. This is called spoofing. And now, even spoof texts are popping up in the state. One woman says she gets these calls every day.

Any time the phone rings, Leslie Ford questions whether to answer it.

"It would be nice to just be able to pick up the phone and say hello," said Ford.

But over the last three years, for Ford, picking up the phone and just saying hello happens less and less. Several years ago, Ford put her home phone number on the national do not call list. But calls continued to come in every day, sometimes three to five times a day.

Ford added, "California. Pennsylvania. Florida."

Update: Mother charged in death of 10-month-old

Update: Mother charged in death of 10-month-old

YELL COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Last week, a 10-month-old baby and his father were found dead in the woods after an extensive search. Now, the baby's mother is facing a manslaughter charge.

The baby, Harper Alexander Floyd, and his father, 33-year-old Brian Allen Floyd, were found dead in a wooded area in Yell County on Tuesday, July 29 around 1:50 p.m. by U.S. Forest Service Investigators.

According to Yell County authorities, the father and son were last seen in the Ouachita Mountains area south of Blue Mountain Lake. The truck they were believed to be traveling in was found three days after their disappearance in a remote and treacherous area off Forest Road 18.

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Married couple found dead in home


DOVER, Ark. (KTHV) – A husband and wife were found dead in their home near Dover.

According to the Pope County Sheriff, deputies were called for a welfare check on the couple after a family member had gone to their home and no one answered the door. The sheriff said deputies saw 67-year-old Charles Ledford's body lying in the floor through the window and later found 60-year-old Judy Ledford's body in another part of the home.

No details have been given on the cause or if their deaths are being investigated as suspicious.

The Ledfords' bodies were taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy.


Memorial service scheduled for father, son found in Yell County


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KTHV) – A memorial service has been scheduled for a father and his son after they were found deceased in a wooded area of Yell County.

A memorial service will be held for 33-year-old Brian A. Floyd and 10-month-old Harper Alexander Floyd at 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 21 at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Their full obituary can be found at the Edwards Funeral Home website, where condolences can be sent: http://on.kthv.com/1u7sgyC

More details surrounding their deaths can be found here: http://on.kthv.com/1q5ZcEQ


Board agrees to doctoral program at Arkansas Tech


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has agreed to Arkansas Tech University's proposal to offer a doctoral program.

The board on Friday approved the Doctor of Education in school leadership program at ATU in Russellville.

The program is intended to for kindergarten through 12th grade education professionals who currently serve or wish to serve in school district leadership positions. The first students are to be enrolled starting next summer.

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Blue-green algae bloom prompts swim beach closure


PLAINVIEW, Ark. (KTHV)- The Army Corps of Engineers, Nimrod Project Office is closing all swim beaches on Nimrod Lake until further notice. The temporary closure is the result of a blue-green algae bloom. Corps officials said boating and fishing is allowed, but urges visitors to avoid the algae when out on the lake.

The Corps posted signs to alert visitors that swimming is not allowed on the lake until the algae bloom has dissipated or tests confirm that it is safe. The result from algae testing is expected by Aug. 1.

Visitors are advised not to drink untreated lake water, and avoid areas with visible algae accumulations or discolored water. Children and animals are the most susceptible to illness and skin irritations when exposed to toxic algae.

Some types of blue-green algae produce natural toxins or poisons. When these algae die and break down, toxins can be released into the water.