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Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A backlog of state inmates is jamming county jails across Arkansas, meaning only the most serious offenders are spending time behind bars.

The Pulaski County jail closed on April 29th, and since then it has taken in only the most serious violent criminals and repeat offenders. Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley calls it "catch-and-release" law enforcement where even burglars arrested for breaking into people's homes are being turned loose, and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon.

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LRPD releases crime numbers from Riverfest

LRPD releases crime numbers from Riverfest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- During Riverfest 2014, the Little Rock police made several arrests.

According to Lt. Sidney Allen with LRPD, here is a list of the charges from Riverfest:

  • 68 Minors in Possession
  • 27 Obstruction of Government Operations
  • 15 Possession Instrument of Crime
  • 17 Unknowingly Furnishing Alcohol to minor
  • 7 Possession of Fraudulent Identification
  • 2 Disorderly Conduct
  • 2 Public Intoxication
  • 1 Resisting Arrest

Of the arrests nine were juveniles, nine were adults over 21, and 60 were between the ages of 18-21.

Allen reports that a total of 78 people were arrested with 139 total charges.

Also 297 parking violations were given out.


Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Kevia K. Bolden (Memphis, TN): Shoplifting This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 - Little Rock District), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of Lonoke County dogs are in limbo at the Pulaski County Humane Society. They'll be there until a Supreme Court judge makes a decision. But it's getting costly.

"It's approximately two years, it will be two years, the end of June," said Dr. Teresa Medlock.

Dozens of dogs, 137 to be exact, have been at the Pulaski County Humane Society for the last two years.

They were taken from Sandra Nance's Lonoke County property in 2012 after a search by the Humane Society and Lonoke County Sheriff's Department found the dogs living in poor conditions.

WATCH: http://on.kthv.com/1idORAQ

"They are evidence in the court system case and so we're entrusted with their care until the resolution of the case," Medlock said.

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)—Car break ins at Pinnacle Mountain are down significantly from a year ago.

In 2013 the state park saw fourteen break-ins, but this year there have only been two.

"It just happens in the blink of an eye," says park ranger Will Ward who has been with the park for almost a year. "We had people on the playground will this last break-in and nobody can see it or hear it."

WATCH: http://on.kthv.com/1hTOL7q

Officials say Pinnacle Mountain can be a hot spot for thieves because they know that when you're hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain it can be a little difficult to tend to your car that's in the parking lot.

Investigation continues into bones found in Pulaski Co.

Investigation continues into bones found in Pulaski Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The investigation is continuing in the case of bones found near some Pulaski County offices last month.

Lt. Sidney Allen said the remains were found inside the city limits March 30. He said detectives have continued to search the area with negative results.

STORY: Skeletal remains found near county offices

Allen said the initial bones collected were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The lab conducted tests and have now sent the items that were collected to the University of North Texas in Denton.

Allen said this university routinely assists with DNA and forensic testing nationwide.