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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 21:00:00

Details from today's homicide on E. 7th St.

The Little Rock Police Department has issued an incident report detailing information about this morning's homicide at 224 E. 7th Street in which a woman allegedly stabbed her husband before attempting suicide by slashing her wrists. Police identified the victim as Kenneth Patterson, 61, and have identified Marilyn Patterson, 61, as a suspect in the crime.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 20:39:00

LRPD: Arrest made in murder of LRSD employee

The Little Rock Police Department announced this evening that they have made an arrest in the murder of Debbie Bush, 56, a Little Rock School District employee found dead in her Tatum Street home on Tuesday. Police say they have arrested Joe Wicker, 40, in the crime. After being interviewed by police detectives, police said, he was arrested and charged with Capital Murder. No word yet the connection between Bush and Wicker, if any.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:24:00

LRPD on the scene of two separate deaths this morning

Lt. Sidney Allen with the Little Rock Police Department reports the scant details available right now on two suspicious deaths that happened this morning in Little Rock, including a woman who police say stabbed her husband, and the death of a former Little Rock Police Officer who police say was involved in an altercation with an online blogger who'd written about him in the past.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:51:00

Missing New Mexico girl found in Fort Smith

A 14-year-old girl who went missing in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March has been found in Fort Smith, with police saying she was in the company of a 26-year-old man who met online. Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service followed a tip that Lacey DeWitt, 15, might be at a Target store at 4001 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. Police found her there in the parking lot around 1:30 yesterday afternoon in the company of a New Jersey man named Robert Butler, 26.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:25:00

POLICE: Downtown Bank of America robbed this morning

The Bank of America on Capitol Avenue was robbed this morning around 9:30 a.m. The bank is on the ground floor of the Bank of America building at 200 W. Capitol. Police are on the scene, and LRPD spokesman Lt. Sidney Allen says detectives are looking at surveillance video to get a better description of the perpetrator.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 15:45:00

POLICE: Shooting victim declared brain dead, charge against man upgraded to homicide

A woman found shot in the head on April 13 in Southwest Little Rock has been declared brain dead. The charge of a man arrested for Domestic Battery in the first degree in connection with the shooting have been upgraded to first degree Murder. The victim in that shooting is currently being kept alive on life support so her organs can be harvested in coming days.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 06:28:00

Victim identified in yesterday's homicide — UPDATE

The Little Rock Police Department has identified a woman found dead in her home yesterday near Boyle Park, the victim of an apparent homicide. The woman has been identified as Debbie Bush, 56, who lived at the house where her body was found at 4122 Tatum Street. A report says she was an employee of the Little Rock School District.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 17:04:00

Prosecutor: warrant issued for OBGYN on video voyeurism charge

The prosecutor for the Second Judicial District said today that he has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Paragould OBGYN, on charges that the physician allegedly took nude photos of a patient during an examination. Prosecutors say the allegations came to light after a woman came forward to tell investigators with the Paragould Police Department that she suspected she'd been photographed without her consent while visiting the doctor's office. Paragould requested help from the Arkansas State Police, who handled the investigation.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:06:00

Police: Woman's death on Tatum St. investigated as a homicide

The Little Rock Police Department is currently on the scene at a house in the 4100 block of Tatum Street, where a woman's body was reported found this morning just after 11 a.m. They are investigating the death as a homicide. Police say the woman's co-worker, who reportedly hadn't heard from her in several days, went to the house and found the body.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 09:24:00

Former UA Football player arrested on animal cruelty charges

Police in Fayetteville arrested a former player for the Arkansas Razorbacks after animal control officers allegedly found one dead dog and another starving in a  

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Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:30:00

Man driving on highway spots his own stolen car

A man driving in Izard County was shocked after he saw his own car — which was supposed to be at home in his garage in Baxter County — in front of him on the highway, being towed on a trailer. The Baxter County Sheriff tells KAIT that once the man spotted his car, he called the Sheriff's office, and then followed the truck towing the trailer until it stopped before confronting the man

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:30:00

POLICE: Traffic stop leads to high-speed chase, foot chase, drug arrest

A harrowing account from the LRPD of a traffic stop that turned into a car chase that turned into a foot chase, with the suspect later arrested on a raft of charges, including DWI and drug counts. Police say Ricard Giacolletti, 33, was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 20:23:00

Police: man killed father, mother, himself in Garland County

Tragic case out of Garland County, where police say a young man killed his parents, then turned the gun on himself, with their bodies apparently lying undiscovered since the weekend. Police found the bodies of David Ritter, 49, Judy Denise Ritter, 50, and their son Jonathan Ritter, 23, dead inside the house they shared on Blacksnake Road on Tuesday night after relatives called to say they hadn't heard from the three since Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:17:00

Police: Maumelle High locked down after handgun found; student in custody

Maumelle High School was placed on lockdown this morning around 11 a.m. after police responded following a report of a student with a handgun. After a search, police said, an 18-year-old senior, James Zantrese Austin, 18, was arrested and a small-caliber handgun was recovered from a classroom The lockdown has been lifted as of this writing.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 23:00:00

POLICE: Elderly woman punched in SWLR restaurant after asking patron to stop cursing, melee caught on video

KATV has surveillance footage of a confrontation between two elderly patrons of a Chinese restaurant on Geyer Springs Rd. and a woman who police say attacked them after they asked her to stop cursing while on the cell phone. They couple was eating at Cuisine of China on Geyer Springs Rd. on Sunday night when Bettye Francis, 69, asked Jocelyn J. Thornton, 33, to stop cussing while speaking on a cell phone in a nearby booth. According to police, Thornton shouted and cursed at the couple before shoving and punching Bettye Francis when Francis tried to push her away.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 18:14:00

LRPD: Man killed father, assaulted mother

The LRPD says a man killed his father and assaulted his mother last night just before midnight, then yelled for responding officers to shoot him before being tased and taken into custody. Sean Patrick Johnson, 30, was arrested at the home he reportedly shared with his parents, Ronald and Hope Johnson, at 11817 Doe Run Drive in Little Rock. According to a police report, Hope Johnson told officers that her son had assaulted her and Ronald Johnson with a knife. Hope Johnson told officers that her husband and son had struggled over the knife, and that during the fight, Sean Johnson had pushed his father down, kicking and hitting him in the head. Ronald Johnson was later pronounced dead at a local hospital

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 14:05:00

LR POLICE: argument leads to gunshots at S. Main grocery store

An argument today at the Edwards Food Giant store at 1701 South Main St. in Little Rock escalated to the point that shots were fired, police said. Lt. Sidney Allen with the Little Rock Police Department said that just before 1 p.m., several subjects were involved in an argument outside the store. As the argument escalated, someone drew a gun and fired several shots. No one was injured, Allen said, but a vehicle was hit.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:29:00

Police: April Fool passes out in car he's trying to steal from

The Little Rock Police Department responded to a call about an auto burglary on Cumberland Street this morning, only to find a suspect still at the scene, passed out inside the car with a screwdriver in his hand.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 14:51:00

Administrators: threat to 'shoot up' Bentonville H.S. this morning leads to student

Administrators at Bentonville High School have identified and sent home a student who they say admitted to writing a threat to 'shoot u

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:52:00

LRPD: two shot at N. Shackleford Waffle House

The Little Rock Police Department reports that around 3 a.m. this morning, two people were shot inside a Little Rock Waffle House following an argument.

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