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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

IMPACT announces next community meeting

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The IMPACT Independence County Planning Committee has announced that the next community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6-7 p.m. in Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.

The final results of the IMPACT survey will be revealed at the community meeting, and the planning committee will give information to those interested in serving on an IMPACT Independence County committee. Chairs and co-chairs for each committee will be nominated, and dates for future committee meetings will be determined.

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Center for Community and Economic Development will provide a training on Thursday, Sept. 17 at UACCB in Room 104 at 6 p.m. for the selected chair and co-chairs for each IMPACT committee.

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.

 

Man arrested for rape claims demons affected his memory

Man arrested for rape claims demons affected his memory

STRAWBERRY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said a Strawberry man arrested for rape claimed demons had affected his memory.

Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division said 18-year-old Krystopher Johnson was charged with rape following an investigation of abuse to a 7-year-old.

Sheriff: Man tried to force child to drink infected blood

Sheriff: Man tried to force child to drink infected blood

A 41-year-old Oxford man was arrested Feb. 25 after he allegedly attempted to infect a child with hepatitis C during a domestic disturbance, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

James Filchak was arrested on three charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and three charges of third-degree domestic battery. Filchak was taken to the Izard County jail where he was held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, Jeremy Clark resigned as Searcy police chief amid an investigation being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

On Wednesday, officials with ATF shared the following information with THV11:

According to the press release, in March 2014 Arkansas State Police began investigating an arson that occurred on the 400 block of Pollard St. in Bradford, Ark. It is still an ongoing investigation.

A review of property records reportedly revealed that Clark was the owner of the residence. During the course of the investigation, ATF reports that agents uncovered evidence pertaining to possible violations of Federal firearms and controlled substance laws, as well as abuse of power allegations.

Juvenile center facing charges

Juvenile center facing charges

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is facing charges after an investigator discovered punishment violations to its youth. 

According to reports, the facility violated state standards by using restraints and 23-hour lock downs as a punishment for juveniles. 

Arkansas Department of Human Services internal investigator April Hannah found that some of the children at JDC were being handcuffed when they weren't causing any harmful or threatening situations. She also discovered that the facility used the 23-hour lockdown as a punishment for banging on doors or talking.  

Children are no longer being sent to JDC, and 14 at the facility will be moved to other detention centers. 

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