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Jacksonville PD participating in Crime Free Housing program

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - The Jacksonville Police Department is participating in the Crime Free Multi Housing and Crime Free Rental Property program, with the goal of keeping crime out of neighborhoods. 

Officials are encouraging property owners, managers and landlords in the community to participate in the opportunity to improve the town they live in. 

The Crime Free Multi Housing program was developed in 1992 in Mesa, Ariz. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states, five Canadian Provinces, Mexico, England, Finland, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Puerto Rico. The Crime Free Multi Housing program was designed to reduce crime, drugs and gangs on apartment properties.

Four named Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four outstanding teachers were named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists at a recognition event today with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. 

“Selecting just four teachers from an exceptional group of talented educators was a difficult process,” Key said. “The four state finalists chosen, however, have demonstrated leadership, knowledge and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. I congratulate them, as well as their administrators and fellow educators.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Meghan Ables

11th Grade English/Literacy
Stuttgart High School
Stuttgart School District
Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

Brenda Galliher

Attorney General's Medicaid fraud control unit arrests Pulaski County woman

Attorney General's Medicaid fraud control unit arrests Pulaski County woman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Pulaski County woman by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Cheri Bates-West, 38, of Maumelle was arrested on three felony controlled substance violations after investigators determined she administered substitute narcotics and drugs to residents of Lakewood Nursing and Rehab in North Little Rock and retained the prescribed medications for her own use. Bates-West was booked into the Pulaski County Jail and is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Bates-West was also charged with two additional outstanding warrants – a felony for failure to appear in Logan County and fraud for insufficient funds from the Sherwood Police Department. 

Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money or products to which they are not entitled.

Sonic Drive-In partners with Maumelle High School on Thirsty Fridays

Sonic Drive-In partners with Maumelle High School on Thirsty Fridays

MAUMELLE, Ark. - Sonic Drive-In of Maumelle and Maumelle High School PTSO have joined efforts for the "Thirsty Fridays" events.  

On the second Friday of each month, beginning on September 11 and through the end of the 2015-2016 school year, a member of the PTSO Executive Committee will pick up and deliver Sonic soft drinks to 15 administrators, office and counseling staff.

The soft drinks, donated by Sonic, are part of the Parent Teacher Student Organization’s ongoing efforts to recognize and extend appreciation to the school’s staff.  Jeff Herring, the organization’s Public Relations Chairman, and father of two MHS students said, “The PTSO is thrilled to be working with our local Sonic to provide drinks to the administration and other staff at the high school. We appreciate them and all they do for our children, day in and day out. And, special thanks to Sonic for donating the drinks!”

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has officially launched the search for the Class of 2018.
Students apply to ASMSA through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments.  Finalist candidates are invited to attend Interview Weekends in April.  The process is similar to application at selective colleges and universities.
Students must submit their completed online application, test scores, and letters of recommendation no later than March 1, 2016.

Maumelle PD gets body cams from anonymous donation

Maumelle PD gets body cams from anonymous donation

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Maumelle Police Department was able to purchase two additional body cameras for their officers due to a generous donation placed by those in the Maumelle community. 

The Maumelle Police Department made this statement on social media: 

"I stand absolutely amazed and humbled by the folks in this town! An extremely generous couple in Maumelle just dropped off a check that will cover the cost of two more body cameras for our Officers. This fantastic gift again underscores the generosity and support that folks in Maumelle have for their Police Officers and Firefighters. Thank you so much, and I say again, the partnership and mutual respect between the Police Department and our community is second to none. We love you guys."


Police make arrest in Maumelle car break-ins

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Police have made an arrest in connection with a rash of car break-ins in Maumelle.

Captain Jim Hansard with the department says a 16-year-old has been arrested in connection to the incidents.

Police say altogether, 10 cars were broken into and one was stolen.

The teen is now facing multiple charges. Police were able to recover all stolen items except for two handguns.