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Flight delay slows Arkansas runner's return

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - American Airlines flight delays slowed a number of Arkansan runners trying to get home from Boston.

The airline halted all flights early Tuesday afternoon after a problem with their computerized reservation system. The flight freeze began around 2 p.m. and was lifted later around 5 p.m. Experts estimate around 900 flights will be delayed because of the glitch and possibly another 800 will be slowed on Wednesday.

THV 11 spoke on the phone with Kim Howard, from Mineral Springs. Howard finished the Boston Marathon before the blasts and was about two blocks from the explosion.

Howard said he saw fire trucks responding and initially thought there was a fire, until he saw people running back toward the finish line. He then asked someone what was going on and found out about the bombings. Howard said law enforcement locked down a wide area surrounding the site.

Ark. runner keeping close eye on Boston Marathon coverage

Ark. runner keeping close eye on Boston Marathon coverage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- While elite runner Leah Thorvilson has been focusing on recovering from hamstring surgery she can't help but think of the victims in the Boston Marathon bombing--a marathon she ran back in 2005.

"It's still very shocking and seems very surreal. It's hard to process. I don't think I've completely processed it. I'm sure it was even more shocking for the people who were there," said Thorvilson. 

Since Monday morning, Thorvilson has been glued to her computer watching the live stream of the marathon and tracking the 37 Arkansans running.

"It's very on edge especially if you're tracking a runner, and their projected finish time is right around 4 hours, and you watch that video, and you see 4 hours and 9 minutes, and you think 'Oh my gosh! Why haven't I heard from this person?'"  she explained.

Little Rock Central High interim asst. principal arrested

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The interim assistant principal at a Little Rock high school was arrested following allegations of inappropriate comments made to female students.

According to the Little Rock School District's communication director, Pamela Smith, interim assistance principal Thomas Randall McDonald, 56, worked at Little Rock Central High School and was arrested off-campus Tuesday.

Though his name is not included in the information from LRSD, parents were sent the following:

SWAT team called out to help remove homeowner from attic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers said a SWAT team had to be called in order to remove a homeowner from his attic.

According to public information officer Cassandra Davis, Clifford Jones, 28, was arrested and charged with two counts, of Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, and Possession of Controlled Substance following a strange sequence of events.

In January, Davis said Jones was found out in his yard beating his pregnant girlfriend by a neighbor. She said the neighbor took a child who was also at the scene into their home to get them away from Jones. The neighbor called officers, but by the time they arrived, Jones and his girlfriend were gone, and the Department of Human Services gave the child to some of its family members who were not involved in the incident.

On Monday, officers were called to the same house because of a burglary in progress report.

Krav Maga defense seminar offered for women

Krav Maga defense seminar offered for women

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  In recognition of this, Krav Fit will be offering a RAPE DEFENSE SEMINAR for women on April 20 at its two locations.  In Little Rock, it will be at the Krav Fit training center located at 1324B S. Main St. and in Hot Springs at the Krav Fit training center located at 450 Broadway.

Certified Krav Maga self-defense instructors and defensive tactics experts will be available to answer questions and give advice to the general public on how to prevent and survive a violent encounter!

On April 20, Krav Fit will be offering all women ages 13 and older a self-defense seminar.  The event will be held from 9:00AM - 11:00AM at the Krav Fit training center in Little Rock and from 12:00PM - 2:00PM at the Krav Fit training center in Hot Springs.  Both events are free.  

Man in custody after SWAT situation off Stagecoach Rd.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A man is now in custody after a SWAT situation off Stagecoach Rd.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis says that neighbors called about a possible burglary in progress at a home on Chateaus Lane.

Police went inside, and found weapons, so the officers backed out and called SWAT.

When SWAT arrived, the homeowner refused to come out.

Around 8:25 a.m. the homeowner surrendered and was taken into custody.

We don't know if he will face any charges. When we learn more we'll update this story and keep you informed on air on THV 11 News.

Nathan Ray back in court for hit-and-run in North Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - He was hit by a car and thrown from his motorcycle, ending up alongside Interstate 40 for hours before someone would find him. And, for the first time Monday, THV 11 News heard from the victim in this nearly fatal hit-and-run case.

Trevor Ware was in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing for Nathan Ray. He is the man accused of allegedly driving drunk before hitting Ware along I-40 in North Little Rock back in early September. THV 11's Max Seigle spoke with Ware after court to see what he remembers about the accident and what it was like seeing Ray for the first time.

"I got into a wreck, and I got hurt. That guy hurt me bad," Ware said.

It's the first time that Trevor Ware has spoken on camera with THV 11. He is the 28-year-old Little Rock musician and victim of a hit-and-run case that was back in court Monday in Pulaski County.

"It was weird. The guy acted strange. I hope he gets a lot of time," Ware said.