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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.

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'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.

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.

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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.

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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