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THV Extra: Under 18 and homeless in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Staggering numbers show nearly 14,000 homeless children live right here in Arkansas.

"Someone gets ill, they're out of work for just a few days and that's all it takes," said Randall Eller of Family Promise, a Little Rock organization which houses homeless families.

Eller said families can stay in the program for up to 60 days.  While the children attend school during the day, their parents look for work.

Damond Phillips is a Little Rock man who his homeless along with his wife and two children, Navaeh and Mareun.

Thanks to Family Promise, the Phillips family is not on the streets.

"Their spirits are very low and they feel helpless and hopeless," said Eller.

Eller said Family Promise is primarily supported by local churches; it uses 25 of them in rotation, which house up to four families, four times a year. 

National Signing Day: 2013 Classes across the GAC

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thousands of senior high school football players are making their decision on where to play collegiate football. Here's a list of who has signed so far with the University of Central Arkansas.

Craig's Tour: Little Rock of Ages

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - What makes a city so special? There are the obvious things: the buildings, the organizations, the people (of course), the festivals, the night life, and all the obvious things. But, there are also the things you don't see.

This brings us to The Craig O'Neill Tour.

It's an excursion into the heart of Little Rock, to show Millennials - those born after 1980 - just how special this place called Little Rock is. But, really, this is an exercise for all ages. With that in mind, lets go on a field trip ... to Broadway.

Photo Gallery: Craig O'Neill visits the Butler Center to dig through Little Rock history

Home of former One Bank CEO searched by law enforcement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The FBI and IRS appeared at the home of Layton Stewart, former CEO of One Bank & Trust, around 8:45 Wednesday morning.

According to Kimberly Brunell with the FBI, agents were at Stewart's home on Hickory Creek Drive in Little Rock, and the IRS is leading a criminal investigation.

Arkansas Business reported that investigators are looking to allegations of self dealing after bank officials filed a suspicious activity report stemming from information that was uncovered during a forensic audit.

IRS spokesperson Dennis Holestein confirmed that the IRS was there on official business as part of a criminal investigation but could not give further details or speak on the charges involved.

Little Rock officers were also at the scene assisting, according to Sgt. Cassandra Davis.

For more information on this story, visit www.ArkansasBusiness.com

Feb. 26 Science Café ‘City Planning — Smoke or Mirrors?’

Feb. 26 Science Café ‘City Planning — Smoke or Mirrors?’

 

LITTLE ROCK – Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, City Planning — Smoke or Mirrors? on Feb. 26. Panelists will discuss residential and commercial zoning, traffic flows, and urban planning as performed in Little Rock and across the nation.

 

Held from 7-9 p.m. at Vieux Carre/The Afterthought in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood, Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. Admission is free, no reservations are needed, but seating is limited.

 

This month, panelists from the University of Central Arkansas, Metroplan and the City of Little Rock Planning and Development Department will lead the discussion. The moderator, Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

City moves forward with surveillance camera placement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock city leaders moved forward with a plan to place more surveillance cameras throughout the city, and police are hoping the move will reduce crime.

The city Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to forgo the bidding process and enter into a contract with Crime Point. Last month, they approved half a million dollars for police to purchase and install 50 cameras.

City manager Bruce Moore said they're still working on who will monitor the cameras.

"What I talked to the Chief about recently was individuals who are assigned to light duty because they've been hurt and can't be out on patrols. So, we're going to look at a combination of ways to staff it," he explained.

The cameras will record video 24-7, and officers will be able to monitor them from police sub-stations.

Police will study crime trends to help decide where to put them.

22-year-old explains why he had nude photos of teen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Gideon Gulledge after he allegedly admitted to taking nude videos and photos of a minor.

"What he admitted to Friday is what was on his phone," said Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

According to Lt. Minden, Gulledge was taken into custody and charged with manufacturing and possessing sexually explicit conduct involving a child.  Minden said Gulledge knew the teen from his church.

A pastor at their church said a concerned parent contacted him with information that Gulledge had texted their teenage son explicit messages. The pastor said he called police, which prompted the investigation.  To the pastor's knowledge, nothing inappropriate happened at the church, where both parties involved are members.