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Magic Springs to open this weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - If you're looking for something to do this weekend, Magic Springs is opening up for the summer season.

The Hot Springs theme park opens at 11 a.m. this Saturday. For the first four weekends, the park closes at 6 p.m., and admission is only $20.

Season passes are $69.99, and include the entire concert series. Discount passes can purchased at Walgreens for $64.99. For more information on park pricing or to purchase a season pass, visit MagicSprings.com or call 501-624-0100.

The water park is set to open May 9.

The park is located at 1701 E. Grand in Hot Springs.

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Church hosts benefit concert for seriously injured mother

Church hosts benefit concert for seriously injured mother

SHERIDAN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Immanuel Baptist Church will host a benefit concert on April 24 for a mother who was seriously injured in an automobile accident recently. 

Ashlea Keisler Moore is a single mother raising her 11-year-old son. She is facing a minimum of six months of recovery time with limited resources. 

The Kinsmen will be performing at the benefit concert at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Sheridan. They are inviting the community to come and support Moore. Admission for the concert is free, but the church will be accepting donations. All of the proceeds will go to Moore to help with her recovery. 

For more information, contact the church office at (870) 942-4055.


Substitute teacher arrested for pulling box cutter on student

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – On Friday, a 74-year-old substitute teacher was arrested for reportedly pulling a box cutter on a student.

Parents of students at Lakeside Middle School received a recorded phone message around 2 p.m. from school officials making them aware of the situation. The message said the teacher had been working with 7th graders.

According to police, the teacher was arrested for 3rd degree assault and removed from campus.

Here is a copy of the text sent out to parents of the students:

Police captures man wanted for stealing explosives

Police captures man wanted for stealing explosives

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Sheriff's Office located and arrested a man that led police on a high speed chase Sunday, March 29 and ran into nearby woods leaving his female accomplice and sticks of dynamite behind in the vehicle. 

Deputies began pursuing Shannon Dale Smith, 43, and Kandyce Jones after receiving a tip of a possible kidnap, and their vehicle matched the description.

After a high-speed pursuit, deputies were able to pull over the suspects. Smith ran off into nearby woods, and Jones was taken into custody. She was charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of Explosives.  

Garland County deputies along with the U.S. Forest Service were able to locate Smith at a location on Iron Fork Lane. He is charged with five counts of Possession of Stolen Explosives.

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Pulaski, Saline Co. see 12 arrests on 23 active felony bench warrants

Pulaski, Saline Co. see 12 arrests on 23 active felony bench warrants

UNDATED (KTHV) - Twelve individuals were taken into custody Monday, March 30 on 23 active felony bench warrants. 

The Saline County Sheriff's Office joined up with the Benton Police Department, Bryant Police Department and the United States Marshal's Service to conduct the arrests. According to officials, there were six teams comprised of over 30 deputies, U.S. agents and K-9 units holding the investigation.

 Following are the names, race, sex, ages and charges of the people arrested:

1.      Suzie Cox                    W/F     30 YOA          FTA for hot checks

2.      Constance Jackson    B/F      45 YOA          FTA for narcotic violations

Garland County sheriff warns of jury duty phone scam

Garland County sheriff warns of jury duty phone scam

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Garland County Sheriff Michael McCormick is warning of an old phone scam that is making its rounds again.

Several Garland County residents have reported that they were contacted by phone and told that they had not reported for jury duty. The callers have identified themselves as being with the Garland County Sheriff's Department and that warrants had been issued for their arrest. The caller then tells victims that arrest could be avoided by purchasing a $500 debit card from Kroger. The caller then tells the victim to call them back with number of the debit card and the pin number.

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clark County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of a missing person.

Sheriff Jason Watson said the body of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found Tuesday sometime around 7:30 p.m. five miles from the Georgia Pacific plant in Gurdon where he worked.

Livingston was reported missing March 10. Following the issue of the missing person report, Clark County Sheriff's Office along with Ashley County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkadelphia Police Department, Gurdon Police Department, the Clark County Office of Emergency Services and other law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Arkansas joined efforts in the search for Livingston. 

According to police, the initial discovery of Livingston's body suggested that his death was self-inflicted.