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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.

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.

NLRPD looking for stolen truck

NLRPD looking for stolen truck

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The North Little Rock Police Department is on the lookout for a stolen truck.

NLRPD posted to their Facebook page Wednesday that a four-door, silver, 2011 Ford F150 Raptor truck was stolen from the Dickie Stephens Park parking lot between Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. They said two firearms were also taken in the theft.

The post indicated that the truck was last seen somewhere along the northbound lane of Pike Avenue on Aug. 2, and the truck has a Georgia license plate reading PFQ6983. It also has distinctive decals showing waterfowl and an LSU logo on the back glass.

If you have seen this truck or know where it may be, please contact the North Little Rock Police Department at (501) 758-1234.

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Pawn shops are having a difficult time slowing down thieves. On Monday night, Goodride Auto Care in North Little Rock had more than $25,000 worth of goods stolen, and Arch Street Pawn Shop in Pulaski County says they've been experiencing robbers as well.

"Me and my brother have been switching off staking out up here," said shop owner Brett Carter.

In the last 12 days, the shop has been robbed four times, losing goods to thieves that have tried pawning the tires off to other shops as used goods.

"It's so hard to tell if they're stolen or not," Carter continued, referring to the tires. "[Thieves] are stealing wheels and tires because they know there's no [serial] numbers on them, so there's no way you can say they're yours unless you have absolute proof, which is so hard to find."

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You can no longer trust the number that comes up on your caller ID. This message is coming from the Attorney General's Office.

Scammers are using numbers you recognize and sometimes even your own phone number to get you to answer your phone. This is called spoofing. And now, even spoof texts are popping up in the state. One woman says she gets these calls every day.

Any time the phone rings, Leslie Ford questions whether to answer it.

"It would be nice to just be able to pick up the phone and say hello," said Ford.

But over the last three years, for Ford, picking up the phone and just saying hello happens less and less. Several years ago, Ford put her home phone number on the national do not call list. But calls continued to come in every day, sometimes three to five times a day.

Ford added, "California. Pennsylvania. Florida."

New police chief to hold forums to discuss Little Rock's future

New police chief to hold forums to discuss Little Rock's future


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you have ideas on curbing city crime, now is your chance to voice your opinion.

The new Little Rock police chief, Kenton Buckner, is holding seven forums next month to meet the public.

He plans to visit all seven wards, starting with Ward 2 at the Henton Neighborhood Resource Center.

Buckner started on the force last month when Chief Thomas retired.

The dates of the scheduled forums are as follows:

August 4 6 pm Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 West 12th Street (Ward 2)

August 7 6 pm McDermott Elementary School, 1200 Reservoir Road (Ward 4)

August 8 6 pm Dunbar Community Center, 1001 West 16th Street (Ward 1)

August 11 6 pm Centre at University Park, 6401 West 12th Street (Ward 6)

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

JEFFERON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Corrections is now offering a reward for information leading to the capture of an escaped convict.

On Thursday, July 24, ADC spokesperson Shea Wilson said there is now $4,000 in reward money available for information leading to Timothy Buffington's capture and arrest. Buffington walked away from work detail at the Pine Bluff Unit about a month ago.

He is said to have shot his ex-wife Rhonda Combs in the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend's truck in Booneville in July of 1998. According to Wilson, he was admitted to ADC on March 12, 1999. Combs and Buffington had been in a custody dispute over their two children.