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5:56 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Sheriff: Siblings Drown On Greers Ferry Lake

Greers Ferry Lake

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.

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Electronic Citation
5:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Electronic Traffic Tickets Can Take Effect In Arkansas

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.

Jail Closed
4:24 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Phillips County Jail Closed After Failing An Inspection

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.

Pedestrians Safety
4:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Public Speak Up About Dangerous Intersections In The City For Pedestrians

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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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Pedestrians Safety
4:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Locals Say It's Dangerous To Walk Across South Main Street

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Little Rock officials are now focusing on South Main Street’s growth and the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in that area.

All this month, officials are working to heighten awareness of the need to drivers to be safer.  KUAR’s Kezia Nanda visited the South Main and 15th St. Intersection.

The corner of South Main and 15th Street is where the Root Café, the Green Corner Store and Boulevard Bread are located. 

Laura Frankenstein works at the Green Corner Store and feels it’s dangerous to walk across Main Street.

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Bryant Police Shooting
1:36 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Police Officer Injured And Suspect Dead In Gunfire Exchange

A suspect is dead and a Bryant Officer is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries from a gunfire exchange Tuesday on Highway 5.

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School Safety
1:16 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hutchinson And NRA Task Force Recommend School Safety Measures

Asa Hutchinson unveils school safety recommendations in Washington, DC.
Credit Shawn Thew

Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.

Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.  

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Inmates Recaptured
2:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Authorities Say Two Inmates Overpowered A Jailor To Escape From A Prison

Authorities say three inmates are back in custody after escaping from the Yell County Jail and will likely face additional charges.

Captain John Foster with the Sheriff’s Office said Bret Cooksey and Seth Chowning overpowered a jailer Sunday afternoon, attacked him and locked him in a cell.

They then used his key to release a female inmate, Jacqueline Stobaugh and escape from the facility.  

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Little Rock New Fire Station
12:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Little Rock Dedicates The City's First New Fire Station In 20 Years

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Little Rock dedicated its first new fire station in 20 years on Monday. KUAR’s Kezia Nanda attended the opening. You can listen to her report above.

Instead of a ribbon cutting, the grand opening of Fire Station number 23 was marked by fire fighters uncoupling a fire hose and pushing one of their trucks into the new station.

"This fire station would not have been built without the assistance from the federal government and the gracious contributions and votes from our citizens in the sales tax election," Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola told the crowd.

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Little Rock Jail Expansion
12:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Expansion Of The Pulaski County Jail Complete, Inmates Moving In

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Working building an expansion to the Pulaski County Detention Center has been finished and inmates are being moved in this week.

Wednesday afternoon, KUAR’s Kezia Nanda got a look at the facility.  You can listen to her report above.

The facility has offices for deputies, a visitation room, classroom and six large cells, each with 40 beds and a bathroom.

Sheriff Doc Holladay said the expansion was financed by Pulaski County’s general fund without taxes being raised.

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