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Panel to discuss crime in Garland County

Panel to discuss crime in Garland County

Please join us and a distinguished panel this evening which will address Crime in Hot Springs and Garland County.  As you know, the 2010 New York Times Almanac (page 321) listed the Hot Springs MSA as having the highest crime in the country.  More current data shows that our area is now ranked as number 6.  Our panel this evening will focus on continuing efforts to reduce crime.  We will also have a report on the jail status and hopefully, a surprise guest (or two) with some quite current information only available at this evening’s meeting.

Please attend and be part of continuing the progress toward further reducing crime in our community.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6 PM in the Garland County Library Auditorium.

GGGG to host crime meeting

GGGG to host crime meeting

You are invited to attend the Thursday evening GGGG meeting which will address Crime in Hot Springs and Garland County.  As you know, the 2010 New York Times Almanac (page 321) listed the Hot Springs MSA as having the highest crime in the country.  Thursday evening (April 12) at 6 PM, the GGGG will host Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory, Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders, District Judge David Switzer, and County Judge Rick Davis in a forum on crime.

Four found guilty of DWI, disorderly conduct in separate incidents in Hot Springs

Four found guilty of DWI, disorderly conduct in separate incidents in Hot Springs

As a crackdown on crime continues in the Hot Springs National Park, three men were found guilty of driving while impaired and a fourth convicted of disorderly conduct due to illicit sexual activity on a park trail.  The four were sentenced in U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, Division of Hot Springs, on March 12.

Freddie Burns and Leodan Yanes of Hot Springs and Christopher Fritz of Coppell, Texas, appeared in court on Monday to answer to the DWI charges and were sentenced. Steven McNeely of Royal, Arkansas, was convicted of disorderly conduct on the Sunset Trail after park rangers observed him involved in illegal sexual activity. He received a fine and probation and was banned from the national park.

“Protection rangers are documenting a noticeable increase in alcohol related incidents,” said Supervisory Park Ranger Jeff Johnson.  He urged the public to report drunk and reckless driving to authorities.

Klein sentenced for battery, robbery, negligent homicide

Klein sentenced for battery, robbery, negligent homicide

Jason Scott Klein appeared in Garland County court Monday morning. Klein had been charged with aggravated residential burglary , for which he got 40 years; negligent homicide, for which he got 30 years; and second degree battery, for which he got 12 years. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

New chief: Crime rate falls 7 percent

New chief: Crime rate falls 7 percent

From the Sentinel-Record:

Police Chief David Flory said crime rate in Hot Springs is down 7 percent after being made chief at a National Park Rotary Club on Wednesday.

The meeting was at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. 

Also at the meeting was Representative Bill Sample (R-District 19).

You can read the full story here. 

What to do if your home is burglarized

What to do if your home is burglarized

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- You may think of residential burglary as some that happens to "someone else" -- until it happens to you.

It can happen whether you're at home or away. Hopefully it won't happen to you, but if it does, do you know what to do? The Garland County Sheriff's Department has the following advice in the event your home becomes a statistic.

  • Call police if you see anything suspicious.
  • Leave immediately if you see your home has been burglarized (the burglar may still be there).
  • Do not touch anything until police have secured your home.
  • If you wake up and find a burglar in your room, pretend to be asleep until it is safe.
  • If you see any strange or suspicious activity, call the appropriate agency immediately!
  • Do not hesitate to call.

Burglary prevention tips

Burglary prevention tips

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lots of people travel this time of year, leaving their homes vulnerable to thieves. How can you keep from becoming a victim?

According to the Garland County Sheriff's Department, the key is to make your home look occupied even if no one is home. They offer the following tips to discourage would-be robbers from making off with your valuables.

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime.
  • Leave a radio on an all-talk show station and a little louder than normal. The conversation might lead an offender to believe the home is occupied.
  • Close bedroom drapes or blinds.