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Mayflower man arrested after narcotic search warrant


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (September 13, 2014) - Manuel W. McCuien, 61, of Mayflower was arrested Thursday after the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT) served a Narcotic Search Warrant at his residence.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office started working leads into McCuien selling narcotics to juveniles from his residence. They were able to obtain a search warrant after working these leads for approximately a month. SRT served the search warrant September 11 at approximately 6 pm where investigators were able to seize narcotics, guns and money. McCuien was home during this time and was arrested without incident.

McCuien was charged with Simultaneous Possession of drugs and firearms, Maintaining a drug premise within 1000ft of a drug free zone, Possession of Schedule VI drugs Controlled Substance for the purpose of Delivery, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Mayflower family relocates after tornado


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV)- When you meet Bill and Virginia Ausbrooks it's easy to see how they've been married for more than sixty years.

The Ausbrooks lost their Mayflower home in the tornado, a home they'd lived in for 57 years. "All of a sudden it just kind of lifted us up and set us back down. Bill looked up and said 'Well, there goes the roof.," Virginia said. "That house meant a lot to us but at least we're all alive."

The next few months proved to be difficult for the longtime mayflower residents as they began to restart their lives. The Ausbrooks' knew they wanted to stay close to home and remembered Exxon had cleaned up several houses in a nearby subdivision after the oil spill. And just months after the tragedy of losing everything, the Ausbrooks' found a new home that had once been the sight of a devastating oil spill.

UALR interim athletic director wants to build up sports department


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Controversy surrounding University of Arkansas at Little Rock athletics has finally started to settle down. Effective Monday, September 15, the university has appointed Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Bob Denman, as the interim athletic director.

"I've always felt this debt that I owed the institution," Denman said. "My whole family has had this close tie to the institution. We all got a great education here. We got it at a wonderful value, we got to do what we wanted to do and how cool is that?"

Denman graduated in 1974 and has spent several years working for the university. He takes the position after longtime Athletic Director Chris Peterson resigned last week after the school said he made inappropriate comments. Baseball Coach Scott Norwood also resigned back in June, after allegedly abusing players.

Solar storm aftermath might affect Arkansans


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Astronomy experts say there's a slight chance Arkansans might have trouble using cell phones, watching cable TV or listening to the radio on Friday night. They say you can blame the sun for the interference of satellite signals.

The possible interference would be caused by the aftereffects of Wednesday
'
s solar storm. The storm, a solar mass of charged particles, was so powerful
that experts don
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t know if the energy will
bounce off the earth's magnetic field or penetrate into it.

Homeless Little Rock mom moves from car into shelter


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - A single mother living on the streets for more than a week, finally gets a break.

The homeless organization known as "The One" moved its first family into their new women's home Thursday night.

Having a place to shower and beds for her 3 boys is something Alia says she will never take for granted.

"I was really at my breaking point because we'd never been through this. I was just tired and I needed some help."

The working mother of 3 said she recently became homeless and had been living out of her car for 10 days.

"I just had to do what I had to do."

In an effort to protect her identity and her children, Alia asked us not to show her face.

The single mother says after a living arrangement with a family member fell through, she was left with only one option.

"It left us basically out with nowhere to go."

Petition created against proposed gas station in west Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "The people do not want this," Samantha Chaney begins. It has been a hotly contested debate. Chaney continues, "The response is overwhelming."

People are debating whether or not a proposed 24-pump Murphy USA will be built at the intersection of Taylor Loop Road and Cantrell Road. "If you drive by and you see where the turnouts will be it's not very much space," Chaney says.

Today's Home: Backyard fireplaces


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Are you thinking of getting a backyard fireplace?

Chris H. Olsen with Botanica Gardens filled us in on how to get our backyards warm and cozy in Today's Home.

If you are thinking about building a fireplace or a fire pit in your backyard, here's a few things you might want to consider.

A fire pit is a little bit more functional because people can all sit around it and they all can stay warm. It's also cheaper than a fireplace, but a fireplace sure is a beautiful focal point, plus it creates a room setting outdoors.

This fireplace is big and the whole purpose of it is to be the focal point in the backyard. It was all constructed with concrete blocks, then on the outside of it we facaded it with native rock.

We used native rock to this area because it's more economical. We did two mantles because it's something different, then we added a big lantern.