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LRPD investigating animal cruelty case after 2 dogs found dead

LRPD investigating animal cruelty case after 2 dogs found dead

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are investigating a case of aggravated animal cruelty after a woman reportedly found her dogs near a possibly abandoned home in Little Rock.

According to a report made by Little Rock police, a woman and her husband noticed that their two dogs were missing around 9:30 a.m. Sunday from their home. The woman reportedly noted to police that a couple of days before, one of the dogs' collars was replaced with an old one.

The woman told police that she spent the day putting out flyers and searching for the dogs before receiving a call that someone had seen them near a possibly abandoned home on Robinwood and Cantrell roads. When she went to the location, she told police she found them dead, nose-to-nose on the grass by a fire hydrant.

According to the report, she observed severe trauma to the dogs.

Man charged with firearm on school property in Maumelle

Man charged with firearm on school property in Maumelle


MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A man in Maumelle is facing charges after being caught with a gun near an elementary school campus on Monday.

According to Jim Hansard with Maumelle police, the mother of a child who attends Pine Forest Elementary School reported that the father had been at the school, attempting to see the child.

Days earlier, Hansard said police had received reports that the man had harassed family members and had made threats about shooting, killing, and burning houses down.

Hansard said the school reported that he had just left, stating that he would return during lunch to eat with his child. Police then reportedly canvassed the area and found the man riding a bicycle on Edgewood Drive near City Hall, about .25 mile from the school.

Deputy tased during suspect arrest

Deputy tased during suspect arrest


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A deputy was injured during the attempted arrest of an assault suspect in Pulaski County.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Marcus Venson had repeatedly harassed someone, and then allegedly drove by the victim's home and pointed a gun at them.

Deputies found Venson in a vehicle and attempted to pull him over, but after a short pursuit, deputies managed to spike the suspect vehicle's tires and safely end the chase.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, Venson was "drive-stunned" by a deputy with a taser. Minden said in an email, "A drive stun does not involve deployment of the taser cartridge probes and is a pain compliance tactic. Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) will not result from a drive stun application."

NLRPD arrest 2 members of Florida Felony Lane Gang

NLRPD arrest 2 members of Florida Felony Lane Gang


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – North Little Rock police say they have arrested two members of the Florida Felony Lane Gang.

Ofc. Shana Cobbs said Monday afternoon just before 3 p.m. police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with two members of the gang.

A witness saw the suspects breaking into vehicles at Wild River Country and called 911. Police pursued the suspects in a chase that ended in a one-vehicle accident on Forts Roots Drive.

The two suspects in the vehicle were identified as Everol Blake and Cinel Geffrard. Initially, Geffrard gave a fake name, but they were identified through a facial recognition program being used by the Polk County Sheriff's Department in Florida.

Both are being held on no bond.


Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Pawn shops are having a difficult time slowing down thieves. On Monday night, Goodride Auto Care in North Little Rock had more than $25,000 worth of goods stolen, and Arch Street Pawn Shop in Pulaski County says they've been experiencing robbers as well.

"Me and my brother have been switching off staking out up here," said shop owner Brett Carter.

In the last 12 days, the shop has been robbed four times, losing goods to thieves that have tried pawning the tires off to other shops as used goods.

"It's so hard to tell if they're stolen or not," Carter continued, referring to the tires. "[Thieves] are stealing wheels and tires because they know there's no [serial] numbers on them, so there's no way you can say they're yours unless you have absolute proof, which is so hard to find."

City of Maumelle ranks #9 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

City of Maumelle ranks #9 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Maumelle has made the ninth rank for Arkansas’ top 10 safest cities.

Motovo staff writer Natalie Grigson said the city ranked ninth place because of its lower crime rate.

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