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Armed bank robberies increasing in Little Rock

Armed bank robberies increasing in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Another Bank robbery this week in Little Rock means in the last year and a half, there have been 23. Many of them happened along the 10000 block of Rodney Parham Road, and 5000 block of West Markham Street.

The most recent one happened Tuesday at the First Security on West Markham when a man with a gun came in and demanded cash.

"It just seems like there's more and more every year," said Joe Earhart, who works along the street. "It's getting a little out of control."

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It's a scene straight from a Hollywood movie- a masked thief comes in, points a gun and demands money.

"It just surprises me that in today's age that people rob banks with the cameras and technology and everything else," said Earhart's colleague Mark Ward who also works along the street.

LRPD releases crime numbers from Riverfest

LRPD releases crime numbers from Riverfest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- During Riverfest 2014, the Little Rock police made several arrests.

According to Lt. Sidney Allen with LRPD, here is a list of the charges from Riverfest:

  • 68 Minors in Possession
  • 27 Obstruction of Government Operations
  • 15 Possession Instrument of Crime
  • 17 Unknowingly Furnishing Alcohol to minor
  • 7 Possession of Fraudulent Identification
  • 2 Disorderly Conduct
  • 2 Public Intoxication
  • 1 Resisting Arrest

Of the arrests nine were juveniles, nine were adults over 21, and 60 were between the ages of 18-21.

Allen reports that a total of 78 people were arrested with 139 total charges.

Also 297 parking violations were given out.

 

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Kevia K. Bolden (Memphis, TN): Shoplifting This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 - Little Rock District), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

LRPD investigating homicide, no arrests made

LRPD investigating homicide, no arrests made

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Little Rock police are investigating a homicide that reported happened Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Sidney Allen with Little Rock police said officers were notified about 3:20 p.m. about a shooting that had recently occurred on Rinke Road. When police arrived, they found a man on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital, Allen said, where he later died from his injuries. No arrests have been made in this case.

Rash of Heights car break-ins causing concern

Rash of Heights car break-ins causing concern

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)-- A rash of car break-ins has people in the Heights neighborhood on high-alert after seven people in the neighborhood report having their cars broken into early Monday morning.

"I just saw two cars going by," said Melinda Smith, who lives on Stonewall Road and says her two cars were stolen. "We didn't know [they were our two cars] until we got a call from the police saying our cars had been involved in an armed robbery and an accident."

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Smith had heard about the string of attempted break-ins from her friend around the corner who caught the theft on her home security camera.

"What they did to me-- now it makes me scared at my own house," continued Smith.

That friend didn't show THV11 her home security footage, but she says it shows five men breaking into Smith's two cars and then trying to break into her own.