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Interim City Manager announces selection of Utilities Director

Interim City Manager announces selection of Utilities Director

HOT SPRINGS – Interim City Manager Bill Burrough announced the selection of Monty Ledbetter, current Public Works Director for the City of Bryant, Arkansas, as Hot Springs’ new Utilities Director, beginning December 14.

Police: Remains found in Hot Springs may belong to missing Ark. man

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – The Garland County Sheriff's Department investigators announced that skeletal remains were found last Thursday near Turpen Lane in Hot Springs.

Police say that the remains are believed to be those of 21-year-old Cameron Hudson who had reportedly not been seen since September.

The remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office for identification.

At this time, police say that no foul play is suspected, however the investigation is ongoing.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

MTV reality show personality dies in crash on Highway 70 in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Chris Carney, former MTV reality show personality and the son of the mayor of Hot Springs, was reportedly killed in a car accident on Friday morning, along with one of his childhood friends.

State police were called to the single-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 70 East around 1:40 a.m.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the driver was identified as 37-year-old Ezekiel Blanton. Both Blanton and Carney were pronounced dead at the scene.  Carney's family said Blanton was a childhood friend.

“Chris and Zeke were really good friends. They had been friends for a long time,” said Ralph Ohm, District Judge for Garland County. 

Ohm has known the family for more than 10 years, and he like the rest of the community were devastated to hear the news. 

Skunk killed in Garland County is confirmed as rabid

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Health says a skunk killed recently in Garland County has been confirmed as rabid.

The health department says the skunk was killed by a homeowner west of Hot Springs after it was noticed wandering around a pond and appearing disoriented. The skunk was then submitted to Hot Springs Animal Services and sent for testing, which proved positive for rabies.

The health department says there appears to be no human or animal exposures to the rabid skunk.

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Habitat For Humanity releases statement on recent manager shooting

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Habitat for Humanity released a statement Saturday night, following the shooting of one of their managers by a former employee.

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, Hot Springs police responded to a shooting that occurred outside the Habitat for Humanity at 305 Malvern Avenue.

Once police arrived on the scene, they spoke with the victim who was able to identify the shooter as 58-year-old Patrick Lee McElroy. The vicitm was a manager at Habitat for Humanity, and McElroy was a former employee. He had been terminated recently from the business.

Officials with Habitat for Humanity released the following statement on Saturday, November 28:

Former Ark. Habitat For Humanity employee allegedly shoots manager

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A former employee of Habitat for Humanity in Hot Springs has been arrested in connection with a shooting at the business on Wednesday.

Around 5 p.m., Hot Springs police responded to a shooting in the parking lot of Habitat For Humanity at 305 Malvern Avenue.

The victim, who is also the manager for Habitat For Humanity, was found in the parking lot with a single gunshot wound to his upper body. He identified the shooter as 58-year-old Patrick Lee McElroy.

Police reports state that the manager was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

McElroy had reportedly been terminated from his job at Habitat For Humanity recently. He was found less than an hour after the shooting in the Hot Springs Mountain Tower parking lot with a firearm in his vehicle.

Hot Springs officials open for bids to clean up Majestic Hotel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs city leaders are now ready to clean up the Majestic Hotel.

It's a process that has been in the works for months, and bids are now being taken to start the abatement process.

Hot Springs officials are asking for companies to fill out a formal Request for Proposals (FRP) for abatement and demolition services. The first area they will tackle is what they call the "yellow brick section" of the hotel.

Lance Spicer at the City Manager's Office said cleaning up the "yellow brick area" will take approximately two months. What they needed to do before the process started was to complete an abatement survey to assess the areas with hazardous waste.

Now that that part of the process has been finished, Spicer said they can move on to accepting bids from removal companies.

Here is what you need to know if you're interested in bidding: