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Pulaski County Judge Rules Criminal Eviction Unconstitutional

Pulaski County Judge Rules Criminal Eviction Unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Judge Herbert Wright, 4th Division Circuit Court Judge in Pulaski County, ruled Wednesday that the failure to vacate statute is unconstitutional. 

Arkansas has received national attention for this previous statute from Human Rights Watch with their report “Pay the Rent or Face Arrest: Abusive Impacts of Arkansas's Criminal Evictions Law." Also unique to Arkansas, landlords are not responsible for keeping a safe and livable resident for tenants.

Now, Arkansas tenants can no longer become convicted criminals for failing to pay their rent on time. 

"Arkansas has been on the wrong side of history when it comes to treating citizens of the state equally," said Stacy Fletcher, a staff attorney with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. "The failure to vacate statute was solely designed to intimidate renters into giving up their rights to a trial." 


PCSO issues missing person for LR man

PCSO issues missing person for LR man
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Pulaski County Sheriff's Office issued a missing person report Friday for a Little Rock man.

Cody McCann, 20, disappeared Jan. 10, and was last seen in the Landmark Area wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with "Honda" displayed on it, a white and red long-sleeve shirt with a razorback on the left chest, blue jeans and grey tennis shoes, according to his mother Brenda McCann.

If you have any information regarding McCann's disappearance, please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at (501) 340-6963.


Woman arrested for shoplifting and drug related charges

Woman arrested for shoplifting and drug related charges

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - One Benton woman, previously a suspect for shoplifting, was charged with two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Benton Police responded to a call from the Walgreens off Military Road Thursday, stating that a theft was in progress. The store clerk identified the person responsible as Kristen Morris, 34.

Once Morris was taken into custody, police discovered two pipes in her possession containing what looked like methamphetamine and marijuana residue.

Morris is being held at the Saline County Jail and was also charged with Shoplifting.  

Juvenile center facing charges

Juvenile center facing charges

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is facing charges after an investigator discovered punishment violations to its youth. 

According to reports, the facility violated state standards by using restraints and 23-hour lock downs as a punishment for juveniles. 

Arkansas Department of Human Services internal investigator April Hannah found that some of the children at JDC were being handcuffed when they weren't causing any harmful or threatening situations. She also discovered that the facility used the 23-hour lockdown as a punishment for banging on doors or talking.  

Children are no longer being sent to JDC, and 14 at the facility will be moved to other detention centers. 

For the full story, check out GuardOnline

Estranged wife of Arron Lewis arrested in connection with realtor's death

Estranged wife of Arron Lewis arrested in connection with realtor's death

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A second person has been arrested in the death of a central Arkansas real-estate agent.

According Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Crystal Hope Lowery, 41, of Jacksonville, has been arrested in connection to Beverly Carter's death, and charged with capital murder and kidnapping. She was taken into custody at her home Thursday.

"We've had suspicions all along," Minden said. "This is something that through the investigative process they were able to wrap up today."

According to court documents, she is the estranged wife of 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis—the man originally arrested and charged with murder in this case in late September. She apparently filed for divorce on Oct. 17 on the ground of general indignities and has been separated from him since August 27.

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

October 29: Live Entertainment!
Joint Venture Improv Comedy Group at The Joint

October 29: Ristorante Capeo weekly dinners inlcude Chicken Cacciatore plus the Chicken and Mushroom Risotto of the Week.

October 30: Live Entertainment!
Singer/Songwriter Heather Smith Patio Show at Crush Wine Bar
Pow Wow Launch Party at The Joint

One person hospitalized for gunshot wound

One person hospitalized for gunshot wound

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A person on the side of the interstate near Broadway was taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound on Wednesday night.

State police say that on Wednesday night at 6:06 p.m., a highway patrol troop was notified by callers from the I-630 and Broadway area of what was allegedly a motor vehicle crash and disturbance.

According to police, two cars did sustain damage. However, the ongoing investigation leads investigators to believe that the shooting incident was isolated.

Regarding the shooting, police stated that the gunshot injury sustained by the victim is not believed to be life-threatening.

Highway patrol and state police special agents are working to determine whether the collision occurred prior to or following the gunshot that wounded the victim.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.