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LRPD searching for aggravated robbery suspect


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Little Rock Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying an aggravated robbery suspect.

On Saturday around 9:30 p.m., a man entered the Walgreens at 9200 North Rodney Parham Road and demanded employees to open the register while pointing a revolver at them.

The employees barricaded themselves in an office, and the suspect ran out while chasing two customers, demanding their wallets. He did not obtain anything from the customers.

The suspect was headed west on foot across the parking lot when last seen.

The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male with a red bandana covering his face, a light grey hoodie pulled over his head, and dark glove.

Anyone having any information about this crime should contact Det. Mauldin at 501-404-3033.


Razorback fan remembered with balloon release


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One year after a tornado claimed the life of their friend, a group of Razorback fans gathered at War Memorial Stadium to honor the biggest Hog fan they knew.

"I want everyone to know that she may be gone but not forgotten," said Paula Winn about her late friend Jamye Collins. "She and I attended several Razorback games together, many right here in the stadium and in Fayetteville on the hill."

On April 27, 2014, Collins and her father Jerry Robinson were in the car attempting to escape the path of an EF-4 tornado. Winn described a chilling encounter that Robinson had recounted for her. The wind sucked Collins out of the car and left Robinson severely injured. He spent weeks recovering in the hospital but Collins didn't survive.

"I couldn't come to the football games last year without her," Winn said.

Arkansas governor names members to criminal justice panel


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named 16 members to a legislative task force that will study the reforms enacted this year to ease a backlog of state prisoners in local jails.

Hutchinson on Monday named his appointees to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, which is set to hold its first meeting on Thursday.

The panel's members include the chairmen of the parole and corrections boards, and the directors of the departments of correction and community correction. Hutchinson also appointed Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, Saline County Prosecutor Ken Casady and Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.

Senate President Jonathan Dismang and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam will also each have an appointee to the task force.

Nepalese in Arkansas raise money for earthquake relief


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Relief efforts continue in Nepal just days after a massive earthquake leveled parts of the country.

The death toll is currently more than 4,000, and is expected to keep going up.

Meanwhile, Nepalese people in central Arkansas are doing whatever they can to help from half-a-world away.

"They need everything they can get, like food, water, and medical supplies."

Nishav Mainali is president of the Arkansas Nepali Society in Little Rock. The first few hours after hearing about the earthquake that shook his home country were extremely stressful.

For Nepalese in Arkansas, seeing the news and pictures out of Nepal after the earthquake has been difficult, leading them to organize relief efforts.

Promenade at Chenal hosts car show


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday was a great day for cruising around with the top down as The promenade at Chenal hosted a car show, called Cruzin at Chenal.

Collectors and custom car enthusiasts were able to show off old hot-rods and more modern rides.

Organizer Dave Roberts offered some reasons to justify making the trip in case you had family obligations today.

"We give away a first place award but you know we're out here to have fun. We like showing off our cars. And there's some cars out here, I promise you the kids have never seen before, so maybe it's a little bit of a history lesson too," said Roberts.

Roberts added that, all told, about 75 cars went on display today.


Jewish food and culture celebrated in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Bridging cultures and celebrating; that's the idea behind Sunday's party at War memorial Stadium.

It's the annual Jewish food festival, and plenty of Jewish culture can be found as well.

Organizers point to the good that comes from festivals like this one.

"Sometimes when we come together on Holy days we pray differently and we celebrate differently, but on this day all the entire community comes together - all the Jewish community is welcome and we get to celebrate who we are as a people," said Rabbi Winnick.

Rabbi Winnick also said that in addition to bringing together various Jewish communities, it opens the door to sharing for people of all faiths.


SOMA restaurant holds pie and recipe-sharing event


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Every day is a good day for pie.

Take a look at the competitors at a traditional food contest put on by Little Rock's Root Café on Sunday.

They wanted a combination of the great foods we have in Arkansas: pie and barbecue.

#porkandpie, perhaps?

Four judges, including a celebrity from the Food Network, Simon Majumdar, helped pick out five winners from the entrants.

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