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Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - From February 1 to February 17, officers with the Benton Police Department have made 11 DWI arrests. 

As part of the "Be Someone's Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink" initiative, Benton police are trying their best to keep intoxicated drivers off city streets. 

According to the Benton Police Department, every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. In Arkansas in 2013, of the 499 fatality accidents, 41 percent – 203 fatality accidents - involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The most current arrests include:

Board to look at Oaklawn parking lot proposal

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The city of Hot Springs and Oaklawn are at odds over parking.

THV11 spoke with Oaklawn representatives and residents about what they thought about the empty lot on Alpine and Bell streets possibly becoming a parking lot.

"It's going to be all parking lot, it really makes an eye sore for us."

Those are the words that some neighbors around Oaklawn are saying about the new empty lot that could become a parking lot for the track.

With the rezoning request that will be heard by the Hot Springs Board of Directors, some people don't want a parking lot there. They say it could be dangerous crossing busy Central Avenue on race day.

What's next for Judge Wade Naramore?

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A community is now showing concern about the fate of one of their own, Judge Wade Naramore.

"I do feel sorry for the family,” said Roberta Joseph, Hot Springs resident. "I'm just glad there's an answer."

After six months of waiting, a decision regarding Judge Naramore was announced on Thursday, February 11. 

“Negligent homicide is what the facts fit,” said Scott Ellington, special prosecuting attorney in this case.

Hot Springs residents react to Naramore's charges

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After nearly seven months, a decision was made on Thursday regarding charges of a circuit court judge whose child died from being left in a hot car in July of 2015. 

Once the arrest warrant was issued for Judge Wade Naramore, THV11's Marlisa Goldsmith went to McClard's Bar-B-Q in Hot Springs to find out the residents' opinions. At McClard’s, you would be hard pressed to find a person who did not know about Wade Naramore. 

Roberta Joseph asked, “Who hasn’t?”

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington discusses Naramore's charge

New fellowship emphasizes summer service learning project

New fellowship emphasizes summer service learning project

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A new fellowship at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will assist students conducting summer service learning projects, benefitting their home communities.

The ASMSA Trustees’ Service Fellowship is awarded to a rising senior each year. The student selected for the fellowship will receive a $600 grant toward their service project. The project must be completed during the summer between their junior and senior year at ASMSA. The student will give a public presentation on their project during their senior year.

11 News Investigates: Gauging the pressure on gun rights in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Restrictions towards guns are popping up all across the United States, and THV11 wanted to know how that was affecting gun owners and trade shows in Arkansas.

"I feel like it's tremendously in danger, and it's getting worse every day‎," said Doc Jaggars, of Malvern, while on his way to a gun show at the Garland County Fairgrounds. 

"The government's misunderstanding us as a gun show," said Junior Cliff, one of the vendors inside that show. 

There's frustration among the participants over the way the trends have gone in the last few years, but also frustrations by the way participants have been characterized in the media.

"It's like we're trying to overwhelm people with weapons. We're not," said Cliff, owner of Gee St. Pawn.

Cleanup is city’s focus for Majestic Hotel property

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Cleanup is underway to remove the debris from the old Majestic Hotel site in Hot Springs. 

What's left of the old Majestic Hotel is finally coming down and getting cleaned up.  What's next for that property is still unknown, but city leaders say that growth in Downtown Hot Springs is not slowing down.

The hotel went up in flames nearly two years ago, and what's left of it is finally being removed.

"I'm still going to classify the fire as a tragedy, but it sure did a lot for organizing the community."

Cole McCaskill is the Hot Springs Downtown Development Director. He said the fire ignited a surge of interest in the downtown historic area.