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Catholic High to host inaugural "Rocket Rumble"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Catholic High School prepares to host the first ever "Rocket Rumble" event in Little Rock.

Rocket Rumble is a high school wrestling competition held "under the lights." This event will take place at Catholic High school's new Roy Davis Field (the new football field). Wrestling begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate.

High school teams from around the state and a few out-of-state teams will compete in the tournament. So far LR Catholic, LR Central, LR Christian, Central Arkansas Christian, Maumelle, Russellville, Ft. Smith Southside, Searcy and the Mighty Bluebirds Club Team have signed up to compete.

THV 11's Phil Buck sat down with Catholic High School wrestling coach Paul Mammarelli to talk about the event.

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Searcy police may drop anonymous text tip program

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Police in Searcy are considering ending a program that allows residents to text anonymous tips about crime.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that the TipSoft program that police purchased in February 2012 has generated 21 tips, but the program costs the department $1,700.

"It's hit or miss. Sometimes we'll have maybe one or two a week. Then sometimes we'll have maybe 9 or 10 in a week," he said.

Police Lt. Steve Taylor said the department may not have educated the public thoroughly about the program, and Clark said he had never heard of TipSoft before becoming the city's police chief in February 2013.

Man arrested for Thursday Searcy armed robbery

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Less than 24 hours after a Searcy pharmacy was robbed at gun point, police have a man in custody.

Preston Landis, 28, is charged with aggravated robbery. Officers say he held up the Lowery Drug Mart and demanded prescription pills.

He's being held on a $75,000 bond.

This is one of three robberies in one week in Searcy. The other two at a Valero gas station and a Citgo station.

No arrests have been made in those cases.

Today's Box Office: The Internship

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles talks about the fun he had watching The Internship.

The Internship is fun to watch. The Internship is easy to watch. If you Google "commercial for Google", The Internship should be the first result that pops up.

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Searcy Police investigate third armed robbery of week

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - One armed robbery in Searcy is enough to raise some eyebrows in a town with a fairly small crime rate, but three in one week has authorities working around the clock to stop them.

"The first of the week was Sunday at approximately 1 a.m. Then we had another one Tuesday at 1 p.m. and again today at 1p.m.," said Officer Steven Hernandez with Searcy Police.

A Valero, a Citgo and Lowery Drug Mart were all robbed at gunpoint all at one o'clock every other day this week. Hernandez said while they don't appear to be connected, all three used force to get what they wanted.

"This isn't something Searcy sees on a regular basis and to have three in one week is very rare," explained Hernandez.

"He called my mom himself. He's like I'm shot, and she's like no you're not, and he's like I've been shot and robbed at the same time," recalled Shubam Deep Singh.

Armed robbery suspect with fake teeth, wig shoots store clerk

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A store clerk in Searcy was shot during a recent armed burglary in Searcy.

According to Sgt. Steve Hernandez, a store clerk was shot in the leg around 1 p.m. on June 4 at a Citgo Gas Station. Police said a robber was able to leave the store with an unknown amount of money and got into a small, white SUV before driving West on Arch Street.

Hernandez described the suspect as a black male wearing a dark hoodie with black pants, a wig, and fake teeth. He stands at around six feet and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The clerk's wound was not life-threatening.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Searcy Police Criminal Investigations Division at 501-268-3531.

Peyton Manning to headline All Arkansas Preps banquet

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback and future Hall of Famer, will be the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All Arkansas Preps awards banquet, sponsored by St. Vincent.

The event is this Saturday from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock and tickets are on sale now to the general public for $75. (must be purchased online in advance) The ticket price includes a sit-down dinner. Manning will be the banquet's featured speaker and will sit down with emcee Keith Jackson, former NFL star, for a question and answer segment. The banquet is to honor the 300 student athletes who have been chosen for the 2012-2013 All Arkansas Preps teams. More than 1,000 will attend the invite including student athletes, parents, sponsors and the general public.