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Historic Hot Springs hotel put on auction block


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A real estate auctioneer says the Majestic Hotel complex will be for sale until next month.

A large fire ripped through the historic hotel in February, prompting the city to raze part of the complex and condemn the rest. Rubble has piled along Park Avenue since the blaze.

Don Erler with Sperry Van Ness tells The Sentinel-Record they were approached by Garrison Hassenflu, who's the manager of a company that owns the Majestic Hotel complex. Erler says Hassenflu wants to offer the Majestic Hotel properties with a starting bid of more than $1.2 million.

Erler says the auction of the 5.2-acre site will end on Nov. 12.

The state's department of environmental quality has approved a cleanup plan for the site. Work is expected to begin later this month.

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Hot Springs man killed in crash near Bismarck


BISMARCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say a Hot Springs man was killed in a head-on collision involving three vehicles on State Highway 7 near Bismarck.

A state police report says 49-year-old Jeff Durand Smith died in the three-vehicle collision on Friday.

The report says Smith was southbound when a northbound vehicle crossed the centerline of the highway and collided with the vehicle Smith was driving and another southbound vehicle.

The report says Smith was dead at the scene while the driver of the northbound vehicle was taken to a Little Rock hospital in undisclosed condition and the driver of the third vehicle was not injured.

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Forest Service managers remind hunters to be safe during hunting season


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (October 10, 2014) — Forest Service managers are reminding hunters to be safe and follow state and federal law as hunting season begins on the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

"During this time of year, when there are various hunting seasons occurring, everyone must be mindful of the dangers that exist when safety precautions aren't followed," said Ouachita National Forest Supervisor Norm Wagoner. "Some of those safety precautions include wearing hunter orange as your outermost gear so that you are visible to other hunters; being alert when hunting near developed areas and trails as non-hunters are enjoying the forest for other reasons; and telling someone where you will be hunting and when you will return."

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Supervisor Reggie Blackwell said that all hunters are responsible for the safety of themselves and those around them.

Suspect facing multiple rape, kidnap charges surrenders

Suspect facing multiple rape, kidnap charges surrenders


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A suspected rapist is now back behind bars as of Thursday afternoon.

Lyn Terrance Breckenridge of Hot Springs was initially let out on bond, but he's now facing new charges.

THV11's Astrid Solorzano has been following the story for two days and said Breckenridge turned himself in at the district court.

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UPDATE: Hot Springs rape suspect now in custody after 5th charge

UPDATE: Hot Springs rape suspect now in custody after 5th charge


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs Police now have a rape suspect in custody after a fifth warrant was issued for kidnapping.

THV11's Astrid Solorzano was at the police station as Lynn Terrance Breckenridge, 24, turned himself in at 1 p.m. Thursday. She said that once inside, he was handcuffed and taken to booking to file paperwork.

Breckenridge had initially been charged with four counts of rape, two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of kidnapping, and one count of attempted rape. He pleaded not guilty to all charges, posted a $1 million bond Tuesday night, and was released. Sometime later, officers ordered the fifth warrant.

THV11 spoke to Felicia Epps, Associate Dean of UALR's School of Law, who said when it comes to bond, being charged and being convicted are two different things.

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.

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.