Arkansas Safety

As students head back to school in central Arkansas, Red Cross officials in the state are reminding parents and guardians to update all emergency contact information.

Brigette Williams with the Arkansas Red Cross says families must have a plan of action so that children and teachers know what to do if there is an urgent situation in the middle of the school day.

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Plan To Arm Teachers, Staff

Aug 14, 2013

A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.

A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.

"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving indoors...so the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis. 

Arkansas Attorney General Warns Of Phone Scams

Jul 25, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.

McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.

McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards.

He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.

Arkansas At Risk For Wildfires

Jul 17, 2013

Little Rock Fire Department officials are warning area residents to be extra careful when grilling food outdoors or when using lawn equipment that can create sparks.

Drought-like conditions have made grass and forage extremely dry and ultimately put Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline, and 66 other Arkansas counties at moderate risk for wildfire danger.

Captain Edwin Wolf works with the Little Rock Fire Department.

Home Fireworks And Sparklers Can Result In Injuries

Jul 1, 2013
NPR

Burn related injuries are on the rise this time of year due to out door festivities. The Fourth of July often means using fireworks and sparklers, but Arkansas Children’s Hospital spokeswoman, Pamela Richard says people don’t often understand the dangers involved.

"Fire works are dangerous, what a lot of people don't realize is the danger of a sparkler. We actually had a patient who had her clothes catch on fire from a sparkler. She has body burns, not just burns to her hands or her face but her clothes caught on fire. So she was severely injured from a sparkler," said Richard.

Sheriff: Siblings Drown On Greers Ferry Lake

Jul 1, 2013

Authorities say a brother and sister drowned while swimming in Greers Ferry Lake over the weekend.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Chetana Armbya was swimming with her 33-year-old brother, Narain Armbya on Saturday when the accident occurred.

The sheriff's office says Chetana Armbya was struggling in the water and her brother swam out to her to help. Authorities say both disappeared from view before they could reach their nearby pontoon.

Arkansas Law Enforcement officials are working on a program to issue traffic citations electronically.

They say if it goes into effect, it could speed up the process and enhance the safety of police officers.

Spokesman Bill Sadler with the State Police says this is beneficial.

"The officer is not spending as much time along the side of the road. We all know from experience that the longer you're on the side of the road with a violator, the chances of something going wrong increases with the amount of time," said Sadler.

Officials are working on the best plans for the future after Phillips County Jail was closed on Tuesday due to failing an inspection.

Danny Hickman, the Coordinator of the State’s Criminal Detention Facilities, said, “There were several items that they didn’t meet the standards. Main thing is, the jail becomes deteriorated a lot and it became a very unsafe facility for inmates and for the staff and for the public of Phillips County. And living conditions was not quite up to par.”

The jail in Helena-West Helena was 30 years old.

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The intersections of Capitol and Sixth at Broadway in Little Rock have been named by city officials as one of the most dangerous intersections in the city for pedestrians.

Dave Ingram, with Entergy Arkansas, said an Entergy employee died after being hit by a car in the downtown area.

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