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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.

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Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases

Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (October 1, 2014) - The Hot Springs Police Department is looking for a man who by description has been linked to 4 sexual assault cases. The last known case was reported in August. In all four cases the victims have entered into the suspect's car willingly and without force.

Police are looking for a black male, 5'8-5'10, with thin build in his early to mid-20's with medium length hair. He may possibly sometimes wear eye glasses and has a tattoo of lips on the right side of his neck.

He has been known to travel in two vehicles. One vehicle is described as a late model 2000`s Subaru passenger car, possibly silver in color. The second vehicle is described as a mid 90`s dark green or blue Chevrolet Corsica or Lumina style vehicle.

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 1, 2014) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is hosting a free "Boo with Blue" Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Participants are encouraged to come in a costume, ready to dance! "Boo with Blue" will feature a costume competition with prizes for the best costumes, trick-or-treating and a "Move More" dance party.

All Arkansas Blue Cross members will receive free admission to this kid-friendly party. If you don't carry Arkansas Blue Cross insurance, you can stop by ArkansasBlue, located in Little Rock, Pine Bluff or Hot Springs, to pick up free tickets while supplies last.