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Suspect facing multiple rape, kidnap charges surrenders

Suspect facing multiple rape, kidnap charges surrenders


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A suspected rapist is now back behind bars as of Thursday afternoon.

Lyn Terrance Breckenridge of Hot Springs was initially let out on bond, but he's now facing new charges.

THV11's Astrid Solorzano has been following the story for two days and said Breckenridge turned himself in at the district court.

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UPDATE: Hot Springs rape suspect now in custody after 5th charge

UPDATE: Hot Springs rape suspect now in custody after 5th charge


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs Police now have a rape suspect in custody after a fifth warrant was issued for kidnapping.

THV11's Astrid Solorzano was at the police station as Lynn Terrance Breckenridge, 24, turned himself in at 1 p.m. Thursday. She said that once inside, he was handcuffed and taken to booking to file paperwork.

Breckenridge had initially been charged with four counts of rape, two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of kidnapping, and one count of attempted rape. He pleaded not guilty to all charges, posted a $1 million bond Tuesday night, and was released. Sometime later, officers ordered the fifth warrant.

THV11 spoke to Felicia Epps, Associate Dean of UALR's School of Law, who said when it comes to bond, being charged and being convicted are two different things.

Mother, daughter in deadly dog attack receive sentencing

Mother, daughter in deadly dog attack receive sentencing


SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Wednesday, a jury found a mother and daughter guilty in a deadly dog attack that happened last November.

Emily Coy was reportedly found guilty of an unlawful dog attack, and Brande Coy guilty of misdemeanor negligent homicide. The women were involved in the case of a 75-year-old woman reportedly attacked and killed by Emily's dog in 2013.

Joan Kappen died in November of last year when she was attacked by the bull mastiff. The dog's owner Emily, as well as her mother, Brande, who was watching the dog at the time of the attack, were charged with a misdemeanor offense of the city's vicious dog ordinance. Brande was also charged with felony manslaughter.

76-year-old man survives pitbull attack in Garland County


ROYAL, Ark. (KTHV) - A 76-year-old Garland County man is recovering from his injuries after being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull Monday night.

"It's nerve racking. It's a very nerve racking situation to be in," said Bennie Bryant, who was pulled from his lawnmower, thrown to the ground, and bitten multiple times by a neighbor's pitbull who had escaped from the owner's property. "I got my other hand around him and I was keeping him off of me and he was about 6-8 inches from my face trying to get to my face and neck."

Bryant suffered gashes on one of his arms and legs. The dog was seized by animal control will be tested for rabies to determine whether the victim will need to be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the owner has been cited and will face a judge next week. According to the county's new vicious dog ordinance, a guilty plea calls for a fine of up to $1,000 and 1 year in jail.

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Funeral set for Malvern storm victim

Funeral set for Malvern storm victim


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The public is invited to attend a candlelight memorial for the man who died protecting his daughter during last week's storms.

Jonathan Cooper, 28, died Oct. 2 when a tree fell on his home during severe weather. Authorities say he was protecting his 15-month-old daughter when the tree fell.

His family tells THV 11 a candlelight memorial will be at 6:45 p.m. where the tree fell at the corner of Overman and Moore Streets in Malvern.

The funeral will be Sat. Oct. 11 at Bethel Church.

Forest Service begins survey to help better serve visitors' needs


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (October 8. 2014) – In an effort to better understand and meet the needs of visitors, the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are conducting a 12-month visitor survey that began Oct. 1.

The National Visitor Use Monitoring program, which occurs every five years, provides the Forest Service with science-based estimates of the volume and characteristics of recreation visits to the National Forest System.

"The survey will provide visitors to the national forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma an opportunity to let forest managers know how we can improve their recreation experience," said Chris Ham, the Recreation Program manager for Ouachita National Forest.