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Enthusiasts celebrate all things bike-related at Biketoberfest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It has been a great weekend for getting out and riding a bike. With that in mind, the River Market and our friends at Chainwheel teamed up for Biketoberfest Sunday.

They put the event together last year for the first time, and it proved to be such a hit that they brought it back. The event celebrates all things bike-related with stunt shows, food, and art. It also featured a bike swap-and-shop -- similar to the ones held at events like Pedalpalooza.

"It's a chance to bring the community together with a little bit of food, a little bit of drink and entertainment, and I think it's a good time to be had not just by cyclists but by the community in general," said Dimitri Harris with Mech Custom Bicycles.

All of the money raised goes toward Recycle Bikes for Kids.

The event helped wrap up Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodala's car-free challenge week.

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2 dead in separate shootings Saturday night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One person is dead and another has been injured following two separate shootings in the city over night.

According to Lt. Sidney Allen, one shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 28000 block of Wolfe Street. Allen said the victim was found deceased in the backseat of a vehicle.


Shooting victim found in backseat of car on Wolfe St.

Police: 1 dead after armed robbery near Arkansas State Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One person is dead following a home invasion near the Arkansas State Capitol.

According to Little Rock police, 52-year-old Terry Lipsmeyer has died as a result of a shooting on the 100 block of Rice Street in the Stifft Station/Capitol View area. The shooting happened around 4 a.m. Saturday.

A police report showed that two men entered the back door of the home, shot Lipsmeyer once in the chest and left. In an earlier report, Lt. Sidney Allen advise that Lipsmeyer's home had also been robbed, but the initial police report made no mention of a robbery occurring.

16-year-old shot near the Arkansas State Fairgrounds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A teenager has died as the result of a shooting near the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

Lt. Sidney Allen told THV11 News that the 16-year-old was shot at the 2000 block of Schiller Street. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment, but died as a result of his injuries while there.

A police report indicated that several cars were damaged from the gunfire in addition to a home.

Police have not given a motive for the shooting or information on a person of interest. This make the 38th homicide for Little Rock this year.

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Shooting victim found in backseat of car on Wolfe St.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Little Rock Police are investigating a shooting that happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 2000 block on Wolfe St.

According to a police report, officers arrived to the scene of the shooting and found the body of 21-year-old Brandon Fountain, of Little Rock, in the backseat of a car. Reports indicated that a second person was also injured in the shooting; he was taken to a hospital for treatment, but he condition is currently unknown.

A witness stated that the car had just pulled up in front of a house when another vehicle pulled up and its occupant began shooting. No description of the second car was provided, but the witnesses did say that it fled northbound on Wolfe Street.

This is the 37th homicide in the city, according to Lt. Sidney Allen. As the investigation into this shooting continues, patrols have been stepped up in the area.

More than $84K raised for Autism research

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Hundreds of families and supporters turned for a run/walk in the effort to fight against Autism.

The annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks get-together not only helps raise money, it provides something more for moms and dads with autistic kids.

"Be each other's support. Good family support here and like I said good resources so I'm really glad to be a part of it," said Jennifer Belt.

THV11's own Craig O'Neill joined the fun to urge everybody on. He said they had 136 teams with more than 2,000 participants -- all helping to raise more than $84,000 for Autism research.

Annual Hearts and Hooves Hoe Down tickets now available

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The annual Hearts and Hooves Hoe Down is Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the ranch in Sherwood.

In case you don't know, Hearts and Hooves is a horseback riding arena for children and adults with disabilities. This year, the organization has started a new program for veterans suffering of PTSD as a stable of horses can bring peace to a tormented veteran. Taking care of horses can also provide a sense of accomplishment and a whole new view of the world to a child in need.

The Hoe Down is an annual party, featuring delicious steaks, a live and silent auction, dancing, and a display of artwork from the kids and adults who ride there—and this year the horses themselves have gotten in on the act.