The LRPD's Sgt. Cassandra Davis is up early on Saturday:
At 2:51 officers were called to 10800 Legion Hut Road to a disturbance. Officers learned that a physical altercation occurred between Mr. Haywood Miller III, 11/14/68 and the victim. During the altercation the victim fell to the ground. The victim was transported to UAMS where he later died. The suspect, Mr. Miller was arrested but later released without charges pending a file review by the prosecutors’ office and a determination as to the cause of death.
Channel 11 is reporting that three people were killed in an accident today in Scott when a vehicle ran off Old River Road and into a tree.
Complaints include the belated discovery of the death of an elderly resident, an estimated two weeks after his death and long after decomposition made it clear to residents something was amiss.
Little Rock police confirm an elderly man died from natural causes in his room on the 5th floor, but it took two weeks to notice and by then, residents say the smell greeted them getting off the elevator.
Other resident complaints include street people sleeping in stairwells, unrepaired fire damage and multiple police calls.
Officers with North Little Rock police responded to a call about a shooting at Verizon Arena this morning around 11 a.m. and found two people shot.
A female student from Little Rock's Parkview High School was one of two people wounded in what a Little Rock School District official told KTHV is a "domestic situation." The suspect in the case, a male who is not a student at Parkview, was also shot, and is in serious condition. The relationship between the suspect and the female victim — and how both wound up wounded — hasn't been released.
Parkview had just completed practice for their graduation ceremony at the time of the shooting. Parkview's graduation is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. tonight at Verizon, and will apparently go on as planned. We're trying to reach a NLR police spokesman for more information, and will post if anything else becomes available.
UPDATE: This from the Little Rock School District:
Tuesday morning following practice for Parkview graduation exercises, a female senior was wounded on the parking lot outside Verizon Arena as the result of what police believe was a domestic dispute with a person not affiliated with LRSD. Thankfully, the student’s injuries are not life-threatening. No other students were injured.
We are sending our well wishes to the injured student and her family and hopeful that the she will make a full recovery. Graduation exercises will continue as planned and LRSD is working closely with North Little Rock Police to provide extra security at all ceremonies.
In case of severe weather, we will follow Verizon Arena emergency protocols which require everyone to be inside the arena bowl, not the concession areas; and any other measures recommended by Verizon officials, should they become necessary.
Channel 4 has identified the young woman as Jasmine Fisher.
News from Sgt. Cassandra Davis of Little Rock police:
* HOMICIDE (12th of the year in LR):
Police are currently working a homicide that occurred at 5:10 this morning. Officers were called to a shooting just occurred near 4th and Woodrow. There they made contact with a white male who advised that he and his friend were getting gas at the EZ Mart at 12 and Woodrow when they were approached by three black males who demanded a ride. The three jumped in the small red SUV with the two victims and drove to 4th and Woodrow where one of the victims got out and went inside a residence. It is not clear exactly why he went inside the residence. The three black males along with the second victim drove off. The second victim was found lying in the roadway by police on 11th Street between Woodrow and Booker deceased. The victim is a WM unknown name or address.
The stolen vehicle is a smaller red SUV similar to a Hyundai Santa Fe. All suspects are black males. On was dark skin wearing dark clothing, 5’10 150lbs, the second has short hair, 6’00, 130lbs wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans, the third is medium skin tone, 6’00 240lbs
On today's date at 0402 hours Ms. Maria Allen (B/F DOB 03-12-92) was on her way to work at Starbucks at the Clinton Airport. As she entered the curve on Airport Drive her vehicle lost control and ran into a large sign pole. Her vehicle made contact on the driver's side and crushed the door into the passenger side of the vehicle. This caused her death on contact. She was the only subject in the vehicle
From the State Police:
Arkansas State Troopers are still on the scene of a six vehicle crash in the eastbound lane of I-40 at the 199 mile marker. One fatality has been confirmed and two individuals with injuries have been transported to area hospitals.
The crash scene involves five commercial carrier (tractor-trailer) truck and one passenger mini-van.
The eastbound lane of the construction zone has been closed since 10:15 this morning. Removing the wrecked vehicles from the single lane is expected to continue through 3 or 4 PM.
Traffic is being diverted onto U.S. Highway 70 (at Hazen and Biscoe).
A manhunt is underway for Brandon Metcalf, 17, who escaped between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. last night from the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center. Metcalf, from Atkins, was committed to the facility Oct. 26, 2012, on charges of breaking or entering, aggravated assault and minor in possession of a handgun.
Kate Luck, a spokesman for the Division of Youth Services at the Department of Human Services, said local, county and state police and search dogs were called out last night to search for the teen-ager. He is believed to have fled south from the facility, but the spokesman said the agency is unsure how he escaped.
Metcalf is is 5 feet 6 and weighs 130 pounds; DYS asks if you see him to notify local police.
The Dermott facility is operated under a contract by South Arkansas Youth Services.
UPDATE: Metcalf was located in Russellville and has been taken into custody.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced today it was investigating the fire that destroyed the First Baptist Church of Highland Park last Sunday. Damage was estimated at $1.5 million.
The church pastor told Channel 4 the day of the fire that the burglary alarm at the church went off shortly before the early morning fire. But those might have been security alarms also rigged to serve as smoke detectors.
KNWA reports that the Prairie Grove police department has fired a detective, Rex Frederick, who was involved in a fight in a Fayetteville tavern.
Prairie Grove moves faster than the Little Rock Police Department. Another office in that episode, Little Rock Officer Jeffery Harris, was placed on leave with pay April 15 while an internal investigation proceeded.
Parts of University and H streets were closed this morning following what Little Rock Police Department Sergeant Cassandra Davis called an "officer-involved shooting." Police were responding to reports of car break-ins. They apprehended one suspect. Davis said the other suspect is down.
UPDATE FROM KATV: One suspect in custody, one hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wound to upper torso; one suspect being sought.
UPDATE FROM ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE: The wounded suspect has died.
The suspect shot by an officer during this mornings officer involved shooting has died as a result of his injuries. The identity of both suspects is known however we are not releasing their names nor the name of the officer involved in the shooting.
UPDATE: Late in the afternoon, the LRPD released the following summary of the morning events:
On April 15, 2013 this agency received information that an officer with this agency was involved in a physical altercation in Fayetteville, AR. Reports indicated that the officer was in possession of a handgun and did display that handgun during this altercation. Our department determined this officer to be Jeffery Harris who was hired with this department in November of 2011. Mr. Harris has been relieved of duty [not fired, but suspended with pay] and an Internal Investigation has been initiated. This department is cooperating with Fayetteville police as they investigate this incident.
Fox 16 reports a police officer has fired at a suspect near Brodie Creek Road and Bowman Trail in western Little Rock in the Woodlands Edge subdivision. A large police contingent on the ground and a helicopter have been deployed, which has stirred chatter on Forbidden Hillcrest and other sites.
UPDATE: Fox 16 now says police apparently exchanged gunshots with a person wanted on a felony warrant, but it's believed no one was hit. The suspect remained at large at that report.
Channel 4 adds that the police were investigating two other afternoon shootings — at 28th and Van Buren and 36th and Potter.
UPDATE II: A suspect was in custody about 5:30 p.m. in the Woodlands Edge shooting, Channel 11 reported.
An important update on a case reported here earlier about a hit-and-run of a pedestrian, Lois Sandusky, 61, at Kavanaugh and Beechwood. Eyewitness testimony resulted in the arrest of the wrong person. From the LRPD's Sgt. Cassandra Davis:
On January 7th at approximately 1:10 pm officers responded to a hit and run at Kavanaugh and Beechwood. Witness advised that the pedestrian was struck by a white two or three ton truck which displayed a military tag of AAEF. Investigators ran the tag thorough ACIC and located 26 military tags which displayed AAEF. One of those returns to a two ton truck, white and registered to Steven Kissinger. A witness identified Mr. Kissinger as the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian. Mr. Kissinger was arrested and charged with careless and prohibited driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Upon further investigation investigators determined that although Mr. Kissinger’s truck was similar in color and style to the suspect vehicle, it was not the vehicle involved in the hit and run. Investigators also determined that although Mr. Kissinger resembled the suspect he was not the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian. The case against Mr. Kissinger has been Nolle Prosequi [not prosecuted].
Additional investigation developed Mr. Claude Smith as the driver of the vehicle that struck the victim. On March 18, 2013, at 10:00 Mr. Claude Smith, w/m, 9/29/70 turned himself in to Judge Lightle’s court and was charged with one count each of Felony Hit & Run, Careless & Prohibited, Failure to Yield to Pedestrian in a Crosswalk, Driving on a Suspended D.L., Expired Vehicle Registration and No Insurance.
- NEW SUSPECT: Claude Smith.
In response to a question, Sgt. Davis said Smith also had a special plate bearing those letters on his truck.
A Jonesboro woman was placed under arrest last night in after drunkenly trying to flee police in a child's battery-operated "Power Wheels" toy car after crashing her Pontiac into a mobile home and then removing her pants.
Jaime Craft, 28, reportedly had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit. Once her low-speed pursuit was over, she was charged with disorderly conduct, driving on a suspended license and DUI.
On Saturday, the AP followed up on a story we first reported on last fall: The Little Rock Police Department is now employing a license plate scanner on one of its patrol cars. From David Koon's story last October:
While the goal is to help officers spot plates associated with wanted cars, the system captures every plate it sees, and the data it collects can be stored and searched at a later date. With most of that data potentially accessible to both law enforcement and anyone who makes a Freedom of Information Act request about a specific plate number, the ability to store and cross-reference data on the movements of innocent citizens has privacy advocates up in arms about similar systems nationwide...
"The date, time, LPN [license plate number] and GPS coordinates are stored each time a license plate is 'read,' " [Little Rock Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Cassandra] Davis said in an e-mail exchange about the system. "Those 'reads' can be uploaded to a server and then [we can] search records if needed."
News of the use of the scanner didn't sit well with at least on state legislator. Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, tweeted yesterday: "Something tells me that the City of Little Rock isn't gonna like my response to learning about this," with a link to the AP story.
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