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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:

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.