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Convicted Texas babysitter arrested in Arkansas


VIDOR, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas woman who pleaded guilty to endangering a child after a 5-year-old she was baby-sitting fatally shot himself with her handgun has been arrested in Arkansas after violating her probation.

The Orange County sheriff's office says Melissa Ringhardt was arrested Thursday in Russellville, Arkansas.

She was sentenced in February to four years of probation after pleading guilty. A warrant was issued for her in June after she failed to report to her probation officer.

In October 2013 she was watching 5-year-old John Read and a 6-month-old at their parents' home in Vidor, about 90 miles east of Houston. Authorities say she left the handgun on a living room table before taking a nap.

She later told authorities she was high on marijuana that day.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to hold 53rd annual Autumn Color Tour


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark— Forest visitors are invited to quickly reserve space for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 53rd Annual Fall Color Tour scheduled for October 17 in Jasper, Arkansas.

The tour begins at the Newton County courthouse where buses will take the tour group along a scenic route through the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests and the Buffalo National River.

Several stops will be made along the tour route, including a lunch stop at the Ponca Elk Center where grilled hot dogs and hamburgers served by the Newton County Senior Center can be purchased. Proceeds from the lunch will go to support the Senior Center. The Elk Center will also be hosting a fine art exhibition featuring several works from a local artist from the region. The artist will be on site to demonstrate their techniques in photography, pottery, ceramics, acrylics, jewelry and oils.

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 1, 2014) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is hosting a free "Boo with Blue" Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Participants are encouraged to come in a costume, ready to dance! "Boo with Blue" will feature a costume competition with prizes for the best costumes, trick-or-treating and a "Move More" dance party.

All Arkansas Blue Cross members will receive free admission to this kid-friendly party. If you don't carry Arkansas Blue Cross insurance, you can stop by ArkansasBlue, located in Little Rock, Pine Bluff or Hot Springs, to pick up free tickets while supplies last.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a central Arkansas realtor will be facing charges of murder.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was taken into custody just after 10 a.m. Monday for the kidnapping of real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49. He was apprehended by the Little Rock Police Department Monday morning at Pleasant Pointe Apartments at 1602 Green Mountain Drive around 10 a.m.

Details of Lewis' arrest: http://on.kthv.com/1vpJsBt

The sheriff's office said Lewis was interrogated for 12 hours and eventually admitted to kidnapping Carter, but wouldn't say where she was.

He was booked just after midnight for kidnapping, and information gathered by investigators led to the location of Carter's body at the Pulaski/Lonoke County line.