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Hot Springs man enters plea in 2010 police pursuit

EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs man has pleaded no contest for his role in a high-speed chase that led to the police shooting death of his girlfriend.

Joseph Raymond Mitchell pleaded no contest Tuesday to fleeing in a vehicle causing serious injury. The El Dorado News-Times reports that Mitchell was sentenced to 10 years in prison with credit for the nearly two years he's already served in custody.

Authorities say Mitchell was in police custody in May 2010 when he escaped from a Hot Springs hospital. Authorities say he picked his girlfriend, 47-year-old Belinda Bair of Mountain Pine, and led officers on a high-speed chase.

Authorities opened fire after Mitchell reportedly crashed into the back of a cruiser driven by Ashley County Sheriff David Jones. Bair was killed in the gunfire.

Garland County leash law in the works

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A new leash law for Garland County is in the works.

Justice of the Peace Mary Bournival says no formal proposed ordinance has been written, but the goal is to eventually give a clear definition of a leash law. It would require pet owners to confine their pets on their property either through a dog run, privacy fence, electronic fence, etc.

Some exemptions will be when dogs are actively helping hunt and dogs that are working on farms. They can roam free as long as they stay on their property.

If the dog is taken off the property, the dog will be required to be on a leash. This law is also not breed specific.

This is in response to recent dog attacks and the growth of the county.

Hot Springs film fest boasts strong early turnout despite venue change

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Despite a change in venue, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival boasts a strong turnout in its first two days.

Film lovers converge on Hot Springs this week, but for those who've been to the festival before...they will notice a subtle venue change. For 20 years the Malco Theatre hosted the event, but Mother Nature decided to go against tradition.

A new location, the Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs, will host between 5 and 10-thousand people according to Susan Altrui, chair of the board for the event. The Malco Theatre hosted the event for 20 years, but severe weather damaged the roof back in August.

"So far our numbers have been up. We've had well attended films. Our opening night was one of the biggest opening nights the festival has seen," says Altrui.

Altrui says the weather setback ultimately showed the versatility of Hot Springs.

Four Ark. guardsmen honored for heroism

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - Four soldiers in Arkansas are being honored for their heroism this weekend.
The Arkansas National Guard is recognizing the four men for their life-saving actions in Hot Springs in 2009.

Those being honored are:

Spc. Dominic Alexander of Malvern
Staff Sgt. Shane Huneycutt of Malvern
Sgt. James Rogers of Arkadelphia
Spc. Dane Tillery of Hollis

While returning to their home unit in Malvern after training at Fort Chaffee November 1st, 2009, the Guardsmen approached a head-on collision that had just occurred on Highway 270 near Hot Springs. The team assessed the situation and helped save those in immediate danger, while protecting others in the surrounding area.

With one of the vehicles on fire, Honeycutt and Roger pulled two injured people from the automobile. During this time, Alexander and Tillery used fire extinguishers from their military vehicle to help contain the flames.

Household hazardous waste collection day in Garland County

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oct. 13, 2012) - Fall is here and that great environmental event is back with us, but with even more opportunities to do the right thing for your home and the environment.

Today, October 13th you can bring any hazardous waste you want to dispose of to the Garland County Fairgrounds (4831 Malvern Ave in Hot Springs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

THV Game Night: High school football highlights

Alma 28, Huntsville 7

Arkadelphia 55, Pulaski Robinson 3

Augusta 22, Cross County 6

Barton 55, Mayflower 39

Bayou Aca., Miss. 39, Lee Academy 11

Beebe 27, Blytheville 26

Benton 45, Texarkana 17

Bentonville 48, Rogers Heritage 7

Bigelow 42, Poyen 18

Bryant 58, Sheridan 0

Camden Fairview 56, De Queen 6

Cent Ark Christian 63, Bauxite 46

Charleston 38, Lamar 25

Dardanelle 42, Waldron 0

Decatur 52, Western Yell 14

Dollarway 24, Lonoke 14

E. Poinsett Co. 48, Cedar Ridge 6

Earle 32, Harrisburg 0

El Dorado 31, Lake Hamilton 17

Elkins 44, Melbourne 20

England 41, Des Arc 6

Farmington 34, Gravette 27

Fayetteville 29, Rogers 0

Foreman 10, Simms Bowie, Texas 8

Forrest City 34, Paragould 7

FS Southside 35, Conway 21

Genoa Central 47, Drew Central 30

Glen Rose 7, Fountain Lake 6

Showcase Game of the Week: Glen Rose vs. Fountain Lake

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our THV Showcase Game of the Week features two teams out of 3A Conference destined for a championship spot in conference play.

The rainy weather didn't keep the fans away at Cobra Mountain a.k.a. Fountain Lake High School.

Colin Hunter decided he want to take the long route to the end zone. Unfortunately, after a few bumps in the road, Hunter found himself out of bounds inside the 15. A few plays later, Hunter goes for broke and hurls it into the end zone. But the ball falls in the hands of Glen Rose's Taylor "Tiki" Barber.

Barber's one handed interception could be a THV Top 11 Nominee. The first quarter comes to an end, scoreless for both teams.

In the second quarter, the Beavers were on the move once more. This time it's Curtis Burton. Burton with the quick pass down the sideline inside the 10 yard line. It's now first and goal for the Beavers.