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67-year-old woman raped, beaten in store parking lot

67-year-old woman raped, beaten in store parking lot


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Police have a Malvern man in custody for allegedly raping a 67-year-old Hot Springs woman.

Cpl. McCrary Means with the Hot Springs Police Dept. released an arrest report that states Larry Lavelle Jones, 36, is facing charges of rape, second degree battery, and robbery.

In the report, it states on Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. an employee of the Dillard's at 4501 Central Ave. ran up to an off-duty police officer working in the store saying the woman, who the officer was familiar with, was being attacked in the parking lot.

The officer says he ran out to the parking lot to the victim's car where he saw a man, identified as Jones, walking away. The officer states in the report Jones was sweating profusely with blood on his arm. He was immediately taken into custody.

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Update: Names released in Hot Springs double shooting

Update: Names released in Hot Springs double shooting


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs police is investigating the double homicide of two men.

Cpl. McCrary Means with HSPD said Sept. 22 at 9 pm. officers responded to Knights Inn on E. Grand about a shooting. When they arrived they found a 22-year-old Jeremy Simms lying on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound, and a second victim, 32-year-old Dennis Gormley, was found a few feet away with a gunshot wound as well.

The Garland County Coroner pronounced both victims dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.


Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum

Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas educators say the next governor of the state will need to help teachers overcome low pay and high health insurance premiums.

At a forum Tuesday in Hot Springs, the major-party nominees for governor told a meeting of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center they were sympathetic but that their ability to help is limited.

Responding to a question from the audience, Democratic candidate Mike Ross said tax cuts passed last year amid negotiations in Arkansas' Medicaid program will likely limit revenue growth to $50 million next year.

Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson agreed to the need to increase teacher pay and control insurance costs but told the crowd the next governor will face a challenge doing so.

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First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health reported its first case of Enterovirus D68 on Monday. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 160 cases in 22 states since mid-August.

"We have a number of suspected cases actually through the northern part of Arkansas and this is the first case that we've gotten the sample results back on that this virus is also in Arkansas, as we suspected," said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health.

The virus mimics the common cold with symptoms like sniffling, congestion, and fever. Enterovirus D68 also comes with shortness of breath, fast breathing, and severe coughing.

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Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings

Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Exams are a part of school life for your kids, but there is one that requires no studying but may cause a little anxiety: their annual scoliosis screening.

Parents can help prepare their children for this test and alleviate some of their pre-test stress.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett is here to share some tips on how to get informed and ahead of the curve.

Scoliosis is just a rotational deformity of a child's backbone, when they're bent forward it could look almost like an S or a C. And your pediatrician or your school medical professional can check this out for you.

There are types of scoliosis. There's the idiopathic which has an unknown cause, and then there's congenital which your children would be born with, or a neuromuscular scoliosis which is caused by a medical condition that impacts the nerves or the muscles.

Magic Springs finishes summer with final water park weekend on September 27, 28

Magic Springs finishes summer with final water park weekend on September 27, 28

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park announced the water park only will be open for its final weekend on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and the park will be offering 50% off on special meal deals and an all-you-can-eat buffet, $9.99 for adults and $6.99 for children 10 and under.

The park will reopen Saturday, October 11 for its annual Halloween festival “Magic Screams,” continuing each Saturday and Sunday through November 2 including Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31.

Call 501-624-0100 or visit MagicSprings.com for complete information.

 

An 'Unforgettable' bridal & fashion show is coming to Hot Springs

An 'Unforgettable' bridal & fashion show is coming to Hot Springs

Little Rock, Ark - Brandon D. Campbell, Little Rock Fashion Week's founder and executive producer, will produce the bridal fashion shows at the 5th annual An Unforgettable Bridal Fair & Special Events Expo on Sunday September 28, 2014 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, located at 134 Convention Blvd. at Hot Springs, AR 71902.

“I’m excited to be working on the bridal runway shows again,” says Campbell. “The clothing styles that will be seen are going to amaze guests. Everyone should expect an out of the box type of bridal show that will provide a positive and enjoyable experience.”