Our network

Mother, daughter in deadly dog attack receive sentencing

Mother, daughter in deadly dog attack receive sentencing

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Wednesday, a jury found a mother and daughter guilty in a deadly dog attack that happened last November.

Emily Coy was reportedly found guilty of an unlawful dog attack, and Brande Coy guilty of misdemeanor negligent homicide. The women were involved in the case of a 75-year-old woman reportedly attacked and killed by Emily's dog in 2013.

Joan Kappen died in November of last year when she was attacked by the bull mastiff. The dog's owner Emily, as well as her mother, Brande, who was watching the dog at the time of the attack, were charged with a misdemeanor offense of the city's vicious dog ordinance. Brande was also charged with felony manslaughter.

Community Sponsors

76-year-old man survives pitbull attack in Garland County

ROYAL, Ark. (KTHV) - A 76-year-old Garland County man is recovering from his injuries after being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull Monday night.

"It's nerve racking. It's a very nerve racking situation to be in," said Bennie Bryant, who was pulled from his lawnmower, thrown to the ground, and bitten multiple times by a neighbor's pitbull who had escaped from the owner's property. "I got my other hand around him and I was keeping him off of me and he was about 6-8 inches from my face trying to get to my face and neck."

Bryant suffered gashes on one of his arms and legs. The dog was seized by animal control will be tested for rabies to determine whether the victim will need to be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the owner has been cited and will face a judge next week. According to the county's new vicious dog ordinance, a guilty plea calls for a fine of up to $1,000 and 1 year in jail.

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.

Community Sponsors

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.

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.