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Arson suspected of killing husband, wife in Little Rock house fire

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arson is suspected of killing a husband and wife in Little Rock early Wednesday morning.

Cassandra Davis with Little Rock Police said fire department investigators determined a fire at 405 Markwood Road was a result of arson. The deaths of Donald Creer, 50, and Donna Creer, 57, are now considered 'suspicious.'

Firefighters were dispatched to the home about 3:11 a.m. Once on scene, they removed both bodies, which were taken to area hospitals. Both Donald and Donna were pronounced dead at their respective hospitals. Davis said there did not appear to be injuries to the victims, but a cause of death has not been determined.

"I'm not really at liberty to say what evidence leads us to believe that the deaths are suspicious, but we are investigating to determine what occurred inside the house," said Davis.

$1 admission day for the Little Rock Zoo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For the fourth year in a row, visitors can get admission to the Little Rock Zoo for only $1, thanks to the Hiland Dairy Dollar Discount Day.

Hiland - formerly Coleman Dairy - has sponsored the discounted day for four years. This year's event will take place on Saturday, June 15.

Hiland Dairy Discount Day will run all day on Saturday. Gates open at 9 a.m. and last admission will be at 4 p.m. with the Zoo closing to the public at 5 p.m. The Animal Ambassador Stage will have two shows at 11 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. at the Civitan Amphitheater and other special programs are scheduled throughout the Zoo during the day.

DHS reports near child fatality in Pulaski Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -The Arkansas Department of Human Services has reported the near death of a child.

DHS said a 1-year-old girl was reported to have injuries so severe that they almost resulted in her death; the child is allegedly the victim of child abuse. She received her injuries in her parent's home in Pulaski County and is currently in foster care.

North Little Rock Police are investigating this case.

Armed robber takes cash register from LR Shell station

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock police are looking for a man who went into a Shell gas station and stole a cash register before running off pointing a gun.

An incident report from Little Rock Police Dept. said the robbery happened about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at 19500 Cantrell Road. The Shell/Maxmart store clerk reported that a man stole an unknown amount of cash and the cash register from the store, then ran off. The witness said he saw the man running from the store and started chasing him. When the witness saw that the suspect had a gun, he stopped chasing him.

A suspect description has not been provided. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Little Rock police at 501-371-4621.

Three killed in separate Little Rock fires overnight

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Fire Department is working two separate fatal fires from Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Captain Randy Hickman said one fire happened at a home on S. Park Road about 9 p.m. Tuesday. One person died as a result of that fire.

The second fire happened at a home on Markwood Road about 3 a.m., when a husband and wife died from the fire. Arson is suspected in that case.

Investigating crews are on scene Wednesday morning collecting evidence, which will be examined to determine a cause for the fires. Hickman said it could take a couple of weeks for that information to be released.

 

Veteran loses everything in Little Rock apartment fire

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Residents are starting to rebuild their lives after a fire at the Out in the Woods apartment complex in West Little Rock.

Two firefighters were taken to a hospital with heat-related injuries, but a spokesperson with the Little Rock Fire Department said they have been treated and are now at home resting.

Teen's criminal record banned from trial for former LR officer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Little Rock police officer won't be able to present evidence at trial about the criminal record of the teenager he fatally shot.

Josh Hastings is charged with manslaughter for the death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore. Jury selection is to start Monday.

Hastings has said he fired at Moore because he thought the teenager was trying to run him over. But prosecutors allege that evidence from the shooting scene contradicts that claim.

At Tuesday's hearing, Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen ruled that Hastings couldn't present evidence alleging that Moore had marijuana and a gun in the car at the time of the shooting. Hastings' attorney, Bill James, says that information could show Hastings had reason to believe Moore was trying to run him over.

Hastings has pleaded not guilty.