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Hot Dog Mike leaving town

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A popular Little Rock food vendor is packing up his cart and heading back to his family.

Michael Juiliano, known as "Hot Dog Mike" to his customers, announced Tuesday that he is returning to his native New Jersey at the end of January to take over his father's antique business.

"This has been an extremely tough decision but it's finally clear to me," Mike said in his blog post on New Year's Day. "My original home is calling me."

Hot Dog Mike has been a fixture in the Little Rock community since July 2009. After working to help open a corporate hotel, he decided to go into business for himself - a decision to which he credits his family's blue-collar roots.

New Year's baby born in Little Rock hospital

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A young couple welcomed a new member of their family on New Year's Day shortly after midnight.

Olivia Grace Foster was born at 12:08 am to parents Chad Foster and Emily Dunlap. Hers was one of the first recorded births of 2013 in Little Rock.

She weighs in at six pounds, nine ounces, and her mother is thankful there were no complications or problems.

LR Judges, City Directors sworn in on New Year's Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Little Rock conducted its swearing-in ceremony on New Year's Day.

Five officials took their oaths of office Tuesday morning in the rotunda of City Hall.

Those individuals include:

Ret. Judge John Plegge swore-in Judge Alice Lightle, Little Rock District Court First Division

Judge Wiley Branton Jr. swore-in Judge Vic Fleming, Little Rock District Court Second Division

Judge Wiley Branton Jr. swore-in Judge Mark Leverett, Little Rock District Court Third Division

Judge Van Smith swore-in City Director Brad Cazort
Judge Patti James swore-in City Director Joan Adcock
Ret. Judge John Plegge swore-in City Director Gene Fortson

Mayor Mark Stodola provided the welcome and closing remarks. Reverend Mary Vano of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church delivered the invocation.

Little Rock police search for missing man

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A North Little Rock man's disappearance leaves his family with only questions. It's been nearly two weeks since Tommy Swan's family last saw him.

"It's not a good feeling," said Ashlee Boyd.

For thirteen days, she has been searching for her boyfriend, Tommy Swan. After dropping her off at work Wednesday, Dec. 19, he disappeared without a trace.

"I started calling him around 11 o'clock and his phone was going straight to voicemail. At first, I thought his battery was dead but after it went so long, I thought well he broke his phone. When he comes to pick me up, we'll go get him a new phone but when I got off at five, he didn't show up to pick me up and that's when I knew something was wrong," said Boyd.

Central Arkansas down to about 6,000 without power

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Tens of thousands of people who spent nearly a week in the dark have restored electricty. After last week's snow and ice storm, more than 200,000 customers in Central Arkansas were left without power.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, Entergy reported power restoration to all but 6,471 customers. At its peak, Entery reported power loss to about 194,000 people after the Christmas Day storm. Contractors from 15 different states came to Arkansas to help throughout the weekend to get the lights back on.

NLR Electric has completed its talk of getting folks back online. It said in a statement Sunday that power to its customers is "now 100 percent completely restored." Additional repairs are still required, however, and streetlight repairs will continue into mid-January. The company asks if anyone has an outage, it be reported by calling 1-888-728-4004.

I-440 crash causes driver to fall off highway bridge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials with the Little Rock Fire Department say a driver was ejected from a vehicle after a car accident
Sunday morning near the Springer Blvd. exit of I-440.

The person was sent over the highway railing and landed under a bridge. According to Capt. Edwin Wolfe, rescue personnel had to rappel over the side of the interstate to attempt to save the victim.

The driver was taken to a local hospital. No word yet on the condition of the victim.

Tree crashes into LR woman's home

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The winter storm took electricity from thousands, but one family had it even worse and lost their home.

A tree fell onto a Little Rock mobile home and split in two.

It was a surprise on Christmas night, a large oak tree toppled over and crashed while three people were at home. Thankfully no one was badly hurt, but the home is a total loss according to the owner.

"I was finally settled and now all this is happening," says Melissa Reunard.

A tree crashed in the home she was starting to get used to living in without her husband.

"This is one of those that were going to last forever," says Reunard. "I have fibromyalgia and he was my caretaker."