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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.

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Man killed while protecting daughter in storms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The line of storms that came through the state Thursday night claimed the life of a man in Malvern.

Robin Halbert with Hot Spring County Office of Emergency Management confirmed that 28-year-old Jonathan Cooper was killed when a tree fell on his home around 8 p.m. at the corner of Overman and Moore Streets.

He was killed while he was protecting his 15-month-old daughter. She was taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital as a precaution but is now released. Coroner Ernie Cox said that he was found in a fetal position cradling his daughter, putting his body between the tree and the child.

Utility work will require a lane closure on Highway 7 (Central Avenue)

Utility work will require a lane closure on Highway 7 (Central Avenue)

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Utility work by the City of Hot Springs will require a lane closure on a portion of Highway 7 (Central Avenue) in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

A Hot Springs crew will be repairing a water line near Highway 7. The work will require closing the southbound outside lane along Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs.    

The closure will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekdays and possibly weekends, Wednesday, October 8th through Friday, November 7th, weather permitting.

Man gets 180 years in prison for child porn

LITTLE ROCK – A Garland County jury sentenced a Hot Springs man to 180 years in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of multiple felony child exploitation charges, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

John David Ross, 40, was convicted on 16 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony, one count of permitting the abuse of a minor, a Class B felony, and one count of bestiality, a Class A misdemeanor.

Ross was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the child-pornography charges and 20 years in prison on the abuse charge, with the sentences running consecutively. A sentence of one year in jail on the bestiality count will run concurrently with the prison sentences.

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Severe weather likely this evening

Severe weather likely this evening

A band of storms already popping in Oklahoma this morning along an approaching cold front. Ahead of that front, warm and muggy conditions with increasing clouds.

Cold front arrives by later afternoon in NW Arkansas with a pretty decent chance of rain and storms. Timing in central Arkansas will be later tonight, and cool air arriving Friday. This weekend will be the second weekend of Autumn and it will certainly feel like it.

Thursday: high 87, mostly cloudy. pm t-storms

Friday: high 75, mostly sunny.


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Happy Birthday to THV11’s Hayden Balgavy!

Happy Birthday to THV11’s Hayden Balgavy!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Happy birthday to our very own Hayden Balgavy!

The now 24-year-old works at THV11 as our sports producer, and he has some pretty awesome parents. They brought us cake and barbecue to celebrate!


Do you want to wish a loved one a happy birthday or happy anniversary? We can help! Simply email mytown@thv11.com, include the following information:

  • Your birthday/anniversary message,
  • A photo of the person
  • Their hometown

Include 'Birthdays and Anniversaries' in the email subject line. Our web producers will publish it to appear on our site. You can then share the link with anyone you would like!

Hot Springs to host documentary film festival

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A whole list of stars are expected for an Arkansas film festival happening this month.

Star Trek actor George Takei and Old School and Legally Blonde actor Luke Wilson will make an appearance at the Hot Springs Film Festival.

A few other names you may recognize: Glen Campbell, Joey Lauren Adams and Tess Harper.

The festival starts on October 10.

For more information, click here.