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Owner of Posh Lounge and Studio arrested on rape accusations

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The owner of Posh Lounge and Studio was taken into custody on Friday after running from police.

At around 6 a.m., November 6, the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the 100 block of Magnolia Street in reference to a disturbance. Officers made contact with an 18-year-old woman who claimed she had been raped by Christopher Alphonzo Minniefield. Minniefield was inside a nearby residence while the victim was being questioned. He reportedly jumped from a 2nd story window and ran from the home.

After further investigation, police discovered that the rape actually occurred early Friday morning at Posh Lounge and Studio located at 2100 Albert Pike Road.

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UPDATE: Charges against Hot Springs father upgraded after infant son dies from injuries

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Hot Springs father is facing charges after hospital personnel found multiple injuries on a 3-month-old child.

According to a press release shared with THV11 by public information officer Kirk Zaner, the Hot Springs Police Department was contacted by Arkansas Children's Hospital staff Tuesday evening.

An emergency room doctor is said to have notified police of the baby, Zayden Page, having injuries that included a burn on his neck, a broken collar bone, rib fractures, and multiple bruises to the head and face.

Latest details on Hot Springs hot car death investigation

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Wednesday, the lawsuit over the 911 tapes in the death of Garland County Judge Wade Naramore's son was seen by a judge.

Thomas Naramore died in July after being left inside a hot car. Attorney Matt Campbell asked for the tapes under the Freedom of Information Act, but Hot Springs police denied his request, saying that the case is still under investigation.

Retired Circuit Judge Sam Bird heard the complaint Wednesday afternoon.

THV11's Marielle Mohs and Winnie Wright were in the courtroom and reported that the judge will review the tapes to determine whether or not the tapes are investigatory in nature. A decision will reportedly be made and shared with the Garland County clerk on Thursday. 

Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.

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Hot Springs police chief announces retirement

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Nov. 2, 2015) -- In a letter sent today to the members of the Hot Springs Police Department, Police Chief David Flory announced his retirement from the City of Hot Springs, effective November 30.

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations the week of November 2, weather permitted.

“Weather conditions permitting, prescribed fires will be completed along West Mountain Drive and Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area,” said Josie Fernandez, park superintendent.  West Mountain roads will be closed during burn operations and commuters need to plan for alternate routes.

Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting prescribed fires.

“Fire is a natural process, and has been a part of Arkansas landscapes for thousands of years,” said Fernandez.  “Prescribed fire is a way for land managers to restore ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives.”

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.