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FOCAL hits the road

FOCAL hits the road

The Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) Used Book Sale is going on the road to three different Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) branch library locations in May. Book sales will be held at the Oley Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court; Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood; and Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Books from the Main Library Used Book Sale will be for sale at these branches. Paperbacks are $.50 and hardbacks are $1.00. All categories of books will be available, including fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, children's, cookbooks, sports, travel, and many more.

Other FOCAL branch sales will take place in September at Dee Brown Library, Nixon Library, and Thompson Library, and in November at the Children's Library & Learning Center, McMath Library, and Terry Library.

Bielema to headline Hall of Fame events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On the evening of Sunday, May 19, new University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema will speak during the "Talking Football" dinner at Chenal Country Club's St. Andrews Ballroom in Little Rock. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

On Monday, May 20, the 15th annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic will be headlined by Bielema at Chenal Country Club.

Tables of 10 for the Hall of Fame's "Talking Football" dinner are $2,000. Individual tickets are $200.

Those desiring to purchase dinner tickets should call the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame at (501) 663-4328.

On May 20, lunch for golfers will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. tee time. Awards will be presented following the tournament.

Police release names of victims in double murder case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock Police continue to investigate a double murder on 33rd Street after receiving a call around 11 a.m. Monday when a friend made a shocking discovery.

Crime scene tape marked off a whole block of 33rd Street in Little Rock. Neighbors, friends and family members helplessly stood by, watching a murder investigation unfold.

"We are working it as a double homicide. Our officers arrived on scene, and they did find two individuals down in the residence--a black male and black female," confirmed Sgt. Cassandra Davis with Little Rock Police.

Bobby Broadway, Jr., 40, and his girlfriend, 32-year-old Natasha Avery, were murdered inside the home they shared. Their bodies were found by their own friends.

Little Rock teen victim of 'swatting'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock teen, who wants to go by the name "Dylan," said he is the victim of "swatting".

Not sure what that is? Let us explain. Swatting is when someone calls the police and SWAT team on someone else's home as a prank.

"Due to technology right now, it's pretty much easy for anyone to do," said Dylan.

Dylan, 19, said someone posing as him called police, making threats of killing people and blowing up homes. As a result of the call, Little Rock police and the SWAT team went to his home on Pebble Beach and arrested him. He was later released.

Dylan said it all happened after he visited a website called hackforums.net.  He said a user became disgruntled after a heated discussion with him and several other users.

"He had been giving the site a bad name, and he had been maliciously attacking most of the members," said Dylan.

Hooten's book, TV show, radio show earn awards

ARLINGTON, Tex. (HOOTEN'S) - Hooten Publishing, Inc., earned two platinum and two gold awards for its football annual, TV show and radio show at the Hermes Creative Awards.

The 20th Hooten's Arkansas Football book and the 2012 TV show received platinum awards, given to only 15 percent of the 5,600 entries from across the country. The 2012 Delta Pest Football (radio) Report and the Hooten's Arkansas Football book (design) earned gold awards. Only 19 percent of all recipients earned a gold.

The Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals administer the Hermes Creative Awards. The AMCP consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, PR, digital media production and freelance professionals.

Platinum winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.

Bomb squad inspects suspicious suitcase near capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock bomb squad answered another call Monday. This time, they were called to the downtown area near the Capitol building.

The call came in about a suitcase lying on the ground at Capitol Street and Cross Street, but after x-raying the suitcase, they found out it was empty.

Members of the bomb squad said with the recent bombing attacks in Boston, everyone is on heightened alert.

"Obviously people are pretty aware of their surroundings, and we're starting to run more and more of these. That's what we're here for," said Doug Coney, assistant fire chief.

Some surrounding businesses in the area were evacuated temporarily, but have since returned to their normal operating procedures.

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Arkansas Foodbank announces new CEO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Foodbank announced its new CEO Monday.

According to communications director Ray White, Rhonda Sanders, former head of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, was named CEO.

For more information on this announcement and background information on Sanders, please visit www.ArkansasBusiness.com.