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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.

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

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Saline Memorial Hospital hosting depression screenings

Saline Memorial Hospital hosting depression screenings


BENTON, Ark. (October 7, 2014) - In an effort to help build public awareness of behavioral and mental health issues, Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) will be hosting a depression screening event on October 9 in the Health Education Building from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. October 9 is recognized as National Depression Screening Day.

"Our main goals in hosting the screening are to reduce stigma associated with mental illness" said Neeley Phillips, SMH behavioral health program director, "and to connect at-risk individuals with treatment options."

Depression is a treatable mental health disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include: changes in sleep and appetite, poor concentration, loss of energy, loss of interest in usual activities, low self-esteem, hopelessness or guilt and recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

Hot Springs rape suspect in court on Tuesday


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A Garland County man arrested for rape in Hot Springs was in court Tuesday morning.

Lynn Breckenridge II pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault and theft on Tuesday.

According to police reports, the victim said she met Breckenridge through an online dating service.

His next court day is set for November 25. He's being held on a $1 million bond.

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Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant

Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2014)– The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received notice that the state is one of 26 states and tribes awarded a Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant. The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is expected to total $3,680,000 over five years.

"Suicide is a heartbreaking public health issue that has affected far too many people in Arkansas," said Teresa Belew, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief at ADH.

"We are grateful for this grant and look forward to working with communities across the state to connect people with the help they need so we can reduce this growing problem."