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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.


Alleged rapist arrested in Hot Springs

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."

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Alleged rapist arrested in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A Garland County man wanted for the rape of at least four victims is now behind bars. Police had been working on several rape cases in Hot Springs. But on Friday, investigators were able to use DNA to link four cases to one suspect.

"This was definitely somebody that we needed to get off the street," said Corporal McCreary Means, Hot Springs Police Department.

On Sunday, Hot Springs Police Department arrested 24-year-old Lynn Terrance Breckenridge. According to Means, his crimes date back to April.

"Our detectives were able to use a rape kit, to send that off to the state crime lab and they were able to get a hit on that," Means said.

'Magic Screams' starts Sat. Oct. 11

(Hot Springs, Ark.) Magic Springs Water and Theme Park announced its annual Halloween festival, "Magic Screams," will start Saturday, October 11 and continue each Saturday and Sunday through November 2 including Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31.

"In addition to our haunted houses, Magic Screams will featuring a trick or treat trail where kids can play games for candy prizes, a haunted house for smaller children and we'll have the kids' rides in operation," said Steve Honeycutt, general manager.

"We will also have the Fright Flicks Terror Trail featuring different fright movies where visitors will have a chance each day to win a 2015 Season Pass and other family games and contests for chances to win passes," Honeycutt said.

Hot Springs Police arrest man for multiple rapes

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs Police said they have arrested a man in connection with multiple rapes.

According to Public Information Officer McCrary Means, Lynn Breckenridge II, 23, has been charged with a rape that happened early Sunday. In addition, he has been charged with three other counts of rape, and one count of criminal attempt at rape.

Other charges against him include three counts of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and theft of property.