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City of Little Rock to close down Acme Motel


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The City of Little Rock has officially notified owners of the Acme Motel that the property will be closed down by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8. Current occupants will have a 48-hour window to vacate.

The Little Rock Fire Department conducted a safety inspection of the facility on July 31. During the inspection, officials discovered numerous code violations resulting in a hazardous environment and unsanitary living conditions.

"The hazards in this complex represent a threat to all occupants, emergency responders and the citizens of Little Rock," said Gregory Summers, Little Rock Fire Department chief. "The assessment prompted our recommendation to close down the facility and prevent occupancy until all code requirements are satisfied."

Bruce Moore, City of Little Rock city manager, emphasized the importance of a proactive approach in situations like this one.

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.

Arkansas judge to be suspended for online comments


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has agreed to never seek judicial office again in the state after admitting that he made inappropriate comments online, including the revelation of confidential details involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced Wednesday that Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has agreed to be suspended for the rest of the year with pay, then be removed from office. The state Supreme Court must approve the agreement.

Maggio admitted posting comments about Theron's adoption proceedings at an online forum dedicated to LSU sports fans. The adoption occurred in the same court division as Maggio's.

In a statement, Maggio apologized and said he hoped he'd be defined by his judicial record, not the online comments.

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Health unveils a new campaign encouraging smokers that quitting is possible.

The campaign features Alberta Faye Hires, a former smoker and Quitline graduate, who took steps towards a healthier lifestyle in 2008 and now runs marathons.

Doctor Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health believes telling positive stories like Hires's is the key to making an impact.

"We're sharing a positive story because we want people to know that they can do it, they just need to stick to it and keep seeking help and assistance and they can be successful and that's what happened with Alberta Faye," said Wheeler.

Since 2008, nearly 60,000 Arkansans have called the Quitline for help to stop smoking.

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Women united in the city on Tuesday as the Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation made their big "Race for the Cure" announcement.

The theme for this year's race is "Move. Be Moved".

A breast cancer survivor spoke at the event today, describing her fight and what the race means to her.

"My wonderful husband Barry Marshall and my beautiful daughter Mattie Underwood were right by my side during the process giving constant, love, care, support and it's this same love that you cannot help but to experience on the race day," said survivor Celese Marshall.

The race is set for Saturday, October 4th. Their goal is set at $1.6 million for breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatments.

The Arkansas Race for the Cure is one of the largest Komen events across the country.

More Arkansans buying local

More Arkansans buying local


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- The US Department of Agriculture reports that Arkansas is the 6th fastest growing state in the country to increase its number of farmers markets. Within the last decade, the number of farmers markets in the state has tripled from 28 to 97.

Lance Cummings says he has seen markets expand across Little Rock. "We've got such a network of small growers that you can attribute that to the number of markets that are sprouting up." He says his family has been working at the Little Rock Farmer's market for 26 years now. "Being here for so long you build relationships and you have customers that come back to you specifically because they like the taste of what you're growing."

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."