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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.

UPDATE: Charges against Hot Springs father upgraded after infant son dies from injuries


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Hot Springs father is facing charges after hospital personnel found multiple injuries on a 3-month-old child.

According to a press release shared with THV11 by public information officer Kirk Zaner, the Hot Springs Police Department was contacted by Arkansas Children's Hospital staff Tuesday evening.

An emergency room doctor is said to have notified police of the baby, Zayden Page, having injuries that included a burn on his neck, a broken collar bone, rib fractures, and multiple bruises to the head and face.

Latest details on Hot Springs hot car death investigation


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Wednesday, the lawsuit over the 911 tapes in the death of Garland County Judge Wade Naramore's son was seen by a judge.

Thomas Naramore died in July after being left inside a hot car. Attorney Matt Campbell asked for the tapes under the Freedom of Information Act, but Hot Springs police denied his request, saying that the case is still under investigation.

Retired Circuit Judge Sam Bird heard the complaint Wednesday afternoon.

THV11's Marielle Mohs and Winnie Wright were in the courtroom and reported that the judge will review the tapes to determine whether or not the tapes are investigatory in nature. A decision will reportedly be made and shared with the Garland County clerk on Thursday. 

Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.

Hot Springs police chief announces retirement


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Nov. 2, 2015) -- In a letter sent today to the members of the Hot Springs Police Department, Police Chief David Flory announced his retirement from the City of Hot Springs, effective November 30.

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations the week of November 2, weather permitted.

“Weather conditions permitting, prescribed fires will be completed along West Mountain Drive and Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area,” said Josie Fernandez, park superintendent.  West Mountain roads will be closed during burn operations and commuters need to plan for alternate routes.

Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting prescribed fires.

“Fire is a natural process, and has been a part of Arkansas landscapes for thousands of years,” said Fernandez.  “Prescribed fire is a way for land managers to restore ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives.”