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THV11 Working For You: Difficulties behind police recruiting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Allen Hamby has worked with the Little Rock Police Department for 30 years.

"Every one of us chose this profession, or God chose it for us. We are here to help. We are here to serve," he says.

Hamby has also served as President of the Fraternal Order of Police for the capitol city for 13 years. However, with his level of experience comes frustration.

"You just don't expect things like that."

Hamby is referring to the escalation of clashes between police and the public that have played out in the media.

"It's a strange world," Hamby explained.

THV11 requested the numbers from LRPD, and it showed that the count of those willingly leaving the force has jumped in 2015. Between retirements, medical leaves and resignations, 2014 saw 31 leave. So far this year, there's been 36. That's nearly a 14 percent increase.

Back to school youth conference

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On September 12, 2015 Arkansas Stop the Violence will be having a Back to School Youth Conference at Greater Trinity, located at 2400 Wright Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of this event is to show people the good that our children are doing and to try to show them the importance of education, being on task and trying to be successful in life.  

For more information contact Benny Johnson at (501) 541-1951 or Walter at (501) 351-1066.

My Town Hero: Ark. woman dedicates retirement to helping dogs get second chance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In this month's "My Town Hero" segment, we're introduced to a Little Rock woman making a difference in her community by rescuing dogs so that they can live a better life.

Donna Easley is on a mission to save one dog at a time. She said, "I retired early, so now I get to do what I love."

Her passion? Helping rescue dogs like Pirate featured in the above video find loving homes. But in order to do that, they need to be prepped and ready to go.

"To be adopted from a rescue group, they have to be spayed, neutered and have all their vaccines."

Local shelters though, often times struggle to cover vet costs, so Donna decided to take action.

"I thought if I could help raise money and help rural shelters and rescues, that would help them move more dogs from the shelter and keep them off the euthanasia list," she said.

LIST: Haunted houses, forests, hay rides, and more in 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at some of the haunted houses going on this year in Arkansas.


#1 Annual Arkansas Night Terrors 13 Haunted House

Date(s) and Time: Opens Oct. 1

Location: 11200 West Markham Little Rock

Attractions: Featuring 3D

More info: https://www.facebook.com/besthauntedhouseinarkansas?ref=hl

Phone: (501) 398-FEAR (3327)


Arkansas' Reaper Haunted House

Dates: October 1-3, 8-10, 15-31, and Nov. 1

Times: 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Location: 6016 Crystal Hill Road North Little Rock, AR 72118

Tickets: $14/person

More info: Arreaper.com

LIST: The season of harvest and fall festivals is upon us!


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here’s a look at the harvest and fall festivals going on this year in Arkansas.


80th Annual World's Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival

Nov. 27 - 28

Downtown Stuttgart

Exhibitor Tents, Great 5k/10k Duck Race, Duck Calling Contests, 35th Annual World's Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off, Carnival and Midway & much more!

Free admission

Website: http://www.stuttgartarkansas.org/duck-festival/index.aspx

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WCDCCStuttgart


Man stabbed at Markham gas station

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock police are investigating a stabbing at a gas station on West Markham.

The incident occurred at the Shell gas station right across from Park Plaza mall.

Police have not released any other details, but told THV11 that the victim is at a nearby hospital.

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

Homeowners opposing city's Hinson Rd. plans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In just eight days, a mega-pump gas station opens its doors and neighbors once fighting against it are now fighting another battle.

"It's ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous," said neighbor Scott Thrower.

At the intersection of Hinson and Pebble Beach, Thrower lives just three houses away from where the city is planning on installing a brand new traffic light.

"We have never seen that intersection even at peak times be more than two or three cars deep. There's just not a real problem."

Plans also include narrowing the road from four lanes to one in each direction, a center turning lane and bicycle lanes. Another neighbor added, "Three lanes. I don't know that that's the answer but we need to get control of this traffic situation."