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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:

Hot Springs interim police chief named


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (November 19, 2015) -- Interim City Manager Bill Burrough recently announced the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Jason Stachey as Interim Police Chief of the Hot Springs Police Department, effective December 1, 2015.

Following the retirement of current Police Chief David Flory on November 30, the city will begin the recruitment process by advertising for candidates and developing an applicant pool.

Hot Springs police searching for missing man


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Hot Springs Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in finding a missing Arkansas man.

James Allen Brown, 29, was reported missing by his father on September 11, 2015. The last known contact that Brown reportedly had was a phone call he made to his mother during the late hours of September 6.

Brown was last seen in the area of Cones Road in Hot Springs.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Rostan with the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789 ext. 6785.


Strong winds damage buildings in Hot Springs


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Strong winds and heavy rain damaged many downtown Hot Springs buildings on Tuesday, as well as knocked the power out city wide.

Many schools in the Hot Springs district lost power around 11 Tuesday morning. The district was forced to end school early and send kids home.

While city officials assessed local storm damage, their buildings took a hit as well. Strong winds blew out the window of Interim City Manager Bill Burrough's office. The Garland County Title Company even lost a portion of its roof during the storm. The Police Department reported 27 storm-related calls as of 2 p.m., including roads blocked by downed trees and power lines; scattered limbs and other debris in roadways; and numerous power and traffic signal outages.

Arkansas hunters feeding the hungry


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Modern gun deer season is just around the corner, and some hunters are using their skill to give back to the community.

Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry is entering its 16th year feeding and serving food banks across the state. To date, AHFH has provided over 3,000,000 servings of wild game to over 100 agencies across the state.

The Hot Springs Village Urban Hunt thus far has provided over 7,000 pounds of venison burger, enough to provide of 28,000 servings to needy families in the Garland County area.

The organization currently works with Project Hope Food Bank, Pleasant Hill Baptist, Crossgate Church, Lake Hamilton Parent Center, Salvation Army and Piney Methodist Church.

26-yr-old sexually assaulted after leaving Hot Springs bar


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A man was placed in custody Friday after allegedly assaulting a 26-year-old female back in September.

On September 4, officers with the Hot Springs Police Department discovered an incoherent 26-year-old at the 100 block of Ross Street complaining to emergency personnel that she had been sexually assaulted.

According to police reports, the victim at first was only able to answer minimal questions. Her three friends told police that the night began at Boondocks Pool Hall, where they say the 26-year-old was awake and not intoxicated. While at Boondocks, a male by the name of Shawn McKinney walked up to them and started hanging around. The victim reportedly left Boondocks to ride with McKinney to meet up with her friends at the next location. McKinney later arrived at the next location and told the victim's friends that she was passed out in his truck.

Owner of Posh Lounge and Studio arrested on rape accusations


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The owner of Posh Lounge and Studio was taken into custody on Friday after running from police.

At around 6 a.m., November 6, the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the 100 block of Magnolia Street in reference to a disturbance. Officers made contact with an 18-year-old woman who claimed she had been raped by Christopher Alphonzo Minniefield. Minniefield was inside a nearby residence while the victim was being questioned. He reportedly jumped from a 2nd story window and ran from the home.

After further investigation, police discovered that the rape actually occurred early Friday morning at Posh Lounge and Studio located at 2100 Albert Pike Road.