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Stolen Riverfront Park sculptures found in plastic bag

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thousands of dollars worth of sculptures that were stolen from Riverfront Park's sculpture garden have been recovered.

Park visitors discovered them Sunday morning, seemingly returned in a plastic bag. The three pieces stolen were made of bronze with copper detail and were worth close to $30,000.

While the city's Department of Parks and Recreation said a theft like this has not happened in years, this most recent incident has spurred the city to add surveillance cameras and cut down some vegetation.

"We only had one surveillance camera in the garden," said Truman Tolfree, director of Parks and Recreation. "Because of the incident we're adding more signs, we're adding additional lights and trimming the tress to clear the view in the park."

The city is tightening on security to make sure residents like Joy George feel safe.

Happy 105th birthday to Georgia Williams!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A very, very happy birthday to Miss Georgia Williams here in Little Rock. Her friends at First Baptist Church threw a 105th birthday party Sunday.       

“My God to have so many friends...people that love me...but don't wait until I get to be 106,” she said.

Born in 1909 in Mississippi, she lived most of her life here in Arkansas. Miss Williams worked for many years as a home care worker and for almost as long - remained active in local senior centers where she taught ceramics. The church says she's still teaching lessons today.


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Non-profit works to teach community their rights

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders, Inc., a non-profit organization, is looking to reverse the cycle of negative outcomes through run-ins with law enforcement.

The non-profit, along with county judges and local attorneys met with community members at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Center to help people learn about the rights they have before, during and after contact with law enforcement.

"You know so many individuals [are] out there that don't know that they can vote or get their voting rights back because they have been to prison," said Darlene Lewis. "And, judges had so much information on how the individual could get their rights back."

This attempt to heighten voter awareness came in the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The community there is predominantly minorities, but police and elected leaders are mostly white.

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Board member to rescind vote on new gas station

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A gas station planned for a part of Little Rock will likely get squashed Tuesday night.

The city board approved a Murphy's USA Super-Station for the corner of 12th and University back on August 5, but neighborhood leaders convinced board member Dean Kumpuris to change his mind.

Kumpuris will make a motion to rescind his vote at Tuesday night's meeting.

Fans finding silver lining in first Hogs game

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fans here in central Arkansas turning out in big numbers to start the season.

A big crowd showed at the Buffalo Wild Wings in west Little Rock, and they had plenty to get excited about through the first half. Fans are ready to give Coach Bret Bielema the benefit of the doubt based on how the team played today.

"You kinda wanna see the strengths we have, and we're kind of seeing that. We have a good defensive line and running backs are strong, so we love to come out and see the first game for sure," said Arkansas fan Toby Stephens.

The fans are finding some silver linings in the Hogs first game.

Little Rock, Big Food: Hillcrest welcomes Kemuri

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Brian Kearns, executive chef at Kemuri, Arthur's Prime Steakhouse and Ocean's at Arthur's, stopped by THV11 Saturday morning to talk about Kemuri, which just opened in Hillcrest.

Kemuri is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in a grilling style called robata, a technique that uses an open charcoal fire to cook proteins, such as chicken, shrimp and scallops. It creates a unique flavor that's inherently Japanese but will really appeal to people who like American grilling. The restaurant also creates sushi dishes, using recipes created by Ocean's sushi chef Alex Guzman.

Kearns previously worked in St. Louis before helping open YaYa's Euro Bistro in Little Rock.

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