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Police tackling Craigslist crime

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Almost a tenth of 2014's shootings happened during Craigslist deals that took place in not-so-public places, and the Maumelle Police Department is trying to change that by letting buyers and sellers use their lot for transactions.

Many thieves will try to lure buyers into alleys or hidden lots.

"Oh, last year was a rough year for Craigslist," said Maumelle police spokesman Captain Jim Hansard. "We had several instances around the country."

More than 60-million people in the United States use Craigslist every month.

In the last year and a half, the central Arkansas area has seen four Craigslist shootings, two of them resulting in deaths. By taking these transactions and putting them in public places, particularly like a police parking lot, police say it quickly weeds out the thieves from the legit buyers.

Rescued Shih Tzu puppies up for adoption

Rescued Shih Tzu puppies up for adoption

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Shih Tzu puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Sherwood are now up for adoption.

The 10 puppies were rescued by Sherwood Animal Control on March 17 along with 21 adult Shih tzus from the puppy mill.

Now, Helping Hands for Little Paws says the first litter will be available for adoption at the end of this week.

Don't miss "I Love You But You're Sitting on My Cat" comedy at The Joint

Don't miss "I Love You But You're Sitting on My Cat" comedy at The Joint

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Central Arkansas' premier comedy company, The Main Thing, presents "I Love You, But You're Sitting On My Cat" every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., at The Joint Theater in downtown North Little Rock's historic Argenta Arts District.  

In this original comedy the Fertle Family from Dumpster, Arkansas, has fallen on hard times. The out-of-work kids have moved back home, and suddenly the Fertles are facing a financial emergency. So when the family comes up with a surefire method to win money gambling, they all take a bus trip to the glittering casinos of Oklahoma.

Extensive hail damage may not be obvious

MAUMELLE, Ark.(KTHV)- Hail has pounded parts of central Arkansas twice this week, with some being larger than golf balls. This has roofing experts advising homeowners to have their roof checked even if there's no obvious damage.

Craig Cougill says it's made for a busy week at his business C. Cougill Roofing in Maumelle.

"Our phones are ringing a lot more here of late for sure then the last couple of years."

In fact, Cougill says this is the busiest he's been since the last big hail storm in 2011.

He says some callers just want them to come out and check for hail damage. Others, Cougill says, need more immediate help.

"Some of those pictures were in Garland County, and the damage was very obvious and actually put a dent into the shingle."

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.


High school teacher suspended following hit-and-run accident

High school teacher suspended following hit-and-run accident

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A teacher at Maumelle High School has been suspended.

According to Maumelle police, a teacher at the school is suspected in a high school parking lot hit-and-run; they were apparently driving while impaired.

The Pulaski County Special School District spokesperson Deb Roush has released the following statement regarding the reason behind the suspension:

3 arrested after narcotics search in Faulkner Co.

3 arrested after narcotics search in Faulkner Co.

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – According to deputies in Faulkner County, three were arrested after a narcotics search on Locust St. in Conway.

David Woodall, 50, was reportedly arrested and charged with:

-2 counts of Felony C Delivery

-Possession of Meth Felony C