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Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.

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Stop the Violence rally after random shooting

Stop the Violence rally after random shooting


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A 10-year-old girl hit by stray bullets on Monday night is now out of the hospital.

Reverend Benny Johnson with Stop the Violence spoke out on Thursday in response to the shooting.

He's calling on the community to do better. He says if anyone knows anything about the shooting to call Stop the Violence if they're too afraid to call the police.

"This family deserves some closure, this baby is going to be traumatized for the rest of her life, 10 years old, that's a baby," said Johnson.

No arrests have been made in the shooting yet. Police say they are unsure of a motive at this point, or who the bullets were meant for.

High school student expands gourmet donut shop

High school student expands gourmet donut shop


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A junior at eStem high school in Little Rock is expanding her business at just 16 years old.

Sydney Brazil started her own gourmet donut business called "The Hole Thing".

Now, downtown workers can get their donut hole fix a little easier. Starting Friday, September 5th, Brazil's donuts will be sold at Spokes' coffee and smoothie shop located inside Orbea's North American Headquarters along Main Street.

There's also more good news for "The Hole Thing's" co-founder Jase Burton. He just formed his own start-up business called "The Burton Agency".

He just announced Spokes as his first official client.

APSRC launches charter school leadership program


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) is proud to announce the first class of aspiring school leaders selected for the APSRC Charter School Leadership Program.

The Charter School Leadership Program was developed by APSRC to recruit the next generation of charter school leaders from within high-quality charter schools currently operating in Arkansas. The Charter School Leadership Program provides these leaders with the training and support necessary to expand existing charter school organizations to new locations within the state.

Open-enrollment Charter Schools in Arkansas were notified of the program and encouraged to apply. Through a competitive grants process, six leaders were chosen from high quality charter schools currently operating in Arkansas. The six individuals chosen are:

- Nita Gray, Academics Plus Charter School

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Mayflower policeman fired for holding evidence to clear woman's name


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV)- A Mayflower police officer, Mark Winchester, was fired Tuesday for withholding evidence that would clear a Cabot woman's name. Melissa Brown was arrested in May after being accused of stealing tornado relief supplies.

Prosecuting attorney Cody Hiland said "exculpatory evidence had intentionally been withheld from from the file."

Brown wasn't allowed to be on the site while the investigation was on-going. After the charges being dropped after two months, she said she feels a sense of relief. "I felt like I was ashamed of my name," said Brown.

Brown said the incident tarnished her reputation. "It's going to take a while to get back to where things used to be."

Big cat spotted in River Ridge neighborhood


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Wildlife is not an unusual sight for homeowners in the River Ridge area of Little Rock, but a recent photo has created quite a buzz after it was posted on the popular Forbidden Hillcrest social media site.

River Ridge resident Joe Neal had quite a scare when he captured the photo of a bobcat roaming through his backyard earlier in the week.

Bart Mazzanti has cared for the Neal's lawn for several years.

"We actually saw the paw prints, but that's all I've ever seen."

The recent sighting of the large cat doesn't alarm him at all. Mazzanti says wildlife is just a part of living near the river.

"In terms of being cautious, they're not looking for you, they're looking for something that's easier than you. If you're there just be aware."

Debbie Thompson at The Little Rock Zoo agrees.

Police on scene of school bus accident in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police are on the scene of a school bus accident in Little Rock.

According to Michelle Hill with Little Rock police, the accident occurred at Chicot and Baseline roads. THV11 was notified of the incident just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Minor injuries have been reported.

Stay with THV11 and thv11.com as we continue to follow this story.