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Arkansas judge mauled by zebra released from hospital


SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - The wife of an Arkansas judge who was mauled by a zebra says he is still recovering from the serious injuries and needs more surgery.

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Man on four-wheeler robs Searcy store at gunpoint


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Searcy Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred early Sunday morning at a Valero located at 2000 South Main.

Police responded to an armed robbery call around 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning at a Valero gas station. The gas station clerk told police that a man entered the store with a black semi-automatic handgun demanding money. The suspect told the clerk he was driving a four-wheeler, so he only wanted paper money.

The suspect is described as a white male, standing at approximately 5'10" tall and wearing a blue shirt with a white hood and tan cargo style pants.

If anyone has any information that will help with this case, you are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (501) 268-3531.


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.

Backlog freezes storm shelter rebates


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Some Arkansans have concerns about storm shelters they've put in place. They're worried they may not see money they expected from the government.

According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), there's a backlog on their Shelter Rebate Program.

"I had heard about it through Emergency Management, and when I applied for it they said there was no funding available," said Mark Lemkelde, who had a storm shelter installed in his Searcy home in September.

He installed it himself, but the cost was still nearly $6,000.

"I think storm shelters in Arkansas is a real good investment, because you can't really put a dollar amount value on life," Lemkelde said.

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Jacksonville museum to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day

Jacksonville museum to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host a "Welcome Home" event to remember and honor Vietnam veterans Saturday, April 11. 

On May 25, 2012, President Barack Obama declared May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025 as the 'Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.' 

The museum will be open at no charge to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 11. There will be several exhibits on display at the event. There will also be live music and a showing of the new documentary "The Last days in Vietnam" presented by AETN.

14-year-old arrested in Cabot bomb threats

14-year-old arrested in Cabot bomb threats

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – Police have arrested a 14-year-old from Louisiana in connection to a series of bomb threats made at Cabot Junior High South last year.

According to the Cabot Police Department, the teen was found after several subpoenas and search warrants were issued to the teen in Acadia Parish. They said a laptop, desktop, and tablet were seized from the home for evidence.

White County judge injured in zebra attack


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV/AP) -- A White County judge was reportedly attacked by a zebra Sunday night.

According to the Associated Press, Sgt. Steve Hernandez with the Searcy Police department said that police were called to Judge Mark Derrick's home after he was attacked by the animal.

He added that the zebra belonged to the victim's father.

County Clerk Misty Perkins said that the judge suffered eye and arm injuries and is currently hospitalized at UAMS.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)