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Copper theft forces kids to stay home from youth center

Copper theft forces kids to stay home from youth center


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Kids at one Little Rock school were forced to stay home on Monday because of an overnight burglary.

'In His Image Youth Development Center' said a $150,000 copper theft from their air conditioning units caused them to turn away nearly 170 students this morning.

Officials there say they want whoever did this to look at the bigger picture.

This is the second copper theft to happen at the youth development center. Officials say they are working to beef up security and to get new AC units.

They are currently accepting donated portable AC units. If you would like to make a donation, the youth center is located at 5705 West 65th Street. The phone number is 501-562-3910.

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Deputy tased during suspect arrest

Deputy tased during suspect arrest


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A deputy was injured during the attempted arrest of an assault suspect in Pulaski County.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Marcus Venson had repeatedly harassed someone, and then allegedly drove by the victim's home and pointed a gun at them.

Deputies found Venson in a vehicle and attempted to pull him over, but after a short pursuit, deputies managed to spike the suspect vehicle's tires and safely end the chase.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, Venson was "drive-stunned" by a deputy with a taser. Minden said in an email, "A drive stun does not involve deployment of the taser cartridge probes and is a pain compliance tactic. Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) will not result from a drive stun application."

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Communications Commission has reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon.

The FCC says the wireless company used personal consumer information for marketing purposes.

As part of the settlement, Verizon has agreed to take significant steps to improve how it protects the privacy rights of customers.


NLRPD arrest 2 members of Florida Felony Lane Gang

NLRPD arrest 2 members of Florida Felony Lane Gang


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – North Little Rock police say they have arrested two members of the Florida Felony Lane Gang.

Ofc. Shana Cobbs said Monday afternoon just before 3 p.m. police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with two members of the gang.

A witness saw the suspects breaking into vehicles at Wild River Country and called 911. Police pursued the suspects in a chase that ended in a one-vehicle accident on Forts Roots Drive.

The two suspects in the vehicle were identified as Everol Blake and Cinel Geffrard. Initially, Geffrard gave a fake name, but they were identified through a facial recognition program being used by the Polk County Sheriff's Department in Florida.

Both are being held on no bond.


Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion

Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When the Supreme Court returns from break next month, its focus will be on the freedom of religion for prisoners.

On October 7th, they'll argue if prison officials can prohibit Muslim inmates from growing beards required by their faiths.

The case was originally brought by Arkansas inmate, Gregory Holt. At his 2012 hearing, prison officials said the strict policy was a result of security concerns.

Right now, more than 40 state prisons allow the beard.

The exceptions, according to Holt's brief, include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.


Toxicology report released in I-440 accident from March

Toxicology report released in I-440 accident from March

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- An update became available on Thursday about a deadly 18-wheeler accident that happened on I-440 in March.

Police say the accident was caused by the driver of a Chevy Impala who reversed down the interstate.

At the request of a THV viewer, we checked on this case and made contact with the family of Terry Harrell, the truck driver who died in that fiery crash.

The family revealed that the toxicology report for the driver of that Chevy Impala indicates that she was nearly 3-times the legal limit for alcohol, tested positive for marijuana and had Xanax in her system at the time of the crash.

THV was unable to get an update from prosecutors on possible charges.

However, the family of Terry Harrell says that a request has been made to go forward with manslaughter charges against the driver who reversed down the interstate.

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.