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Postal Service to dedicate, rename Rose Bud Post Office to honor Medal of Honor winner

ROSE BUD (USPS) - On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute to a dedicated American by renaming the Rose Bud Post Office the Nicky "Nick" Daniel Bacon Post Office Building.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Rose Bud High School Arena at 124 School Road.

Congressman Tim Griffin sponsored Public Law 112-221 in the House of Representatives to rename the Rose Bud postal facility the Nicky "Nick" Daniel Bacon Post Office Building, which was signed by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2012.

While serving in Vietnam, Squad Leader Bacon personally is credited with destroying an anti-tank weapon and moving platoons forward so they could eliminate enemy positions and rescue soldiers trapped at the front. For his actions on that day, Bacon received the Medal of Honor.

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Caught on Camera: Man tries to run officer over

BALD KNOB, Ark. (KTHV) - A Bald Knob officer shot at a suspect's truck after he said the suspect tried to run him over.

Jimmie Feagin faces numerous charges including aggravated assault for the July 28 incident. Officer Foster Steward said he approached Feagin's pickup Sunday at a tobacco store on Highway 367 North in Bald Knob to serve outstanding warrants out of White County when Feagin drove off.

The officer said he jumped into his car to block the suspect and got to draw his weapon, demanding Feagin's surrender. Chief Tim Sanford said that's when Feagin backed into a dumpster and then drove at the officer.

"As they come back around the west side of the building, Officer Steward fired two shots into the rear driver's side of the vehicle hoping to disable it. They then went about two miles north," described Sanders.

Tax-free weekend for back-to-school supplies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For back to school shopping, Arkansas will have a tax-free weekend coming up for those looking for school supplies and clothing.

Linda Hinton, general manager of the Promenade at Chenal, said the tax-free shopping is only for Saturday and Sunday. It will start Aug. 3 at 12:01 a.m. and last until Aug. 4 at 11:50 p.m.

"Everybody who comes out and shops at the store for teachers and students clothing and what not will receive zero taxes for the weekend, which is great," she said.

State and local sales tax will not be collected during the 48-hour period on clothing and footwear for less than $100 per item, clothing accessories at less than $50 per item, school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials.

Police: Searcy man shot in the leg

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Searcy police say a man is in custody for allegedly shooting a family member in the leg.

Police arrived to the Townhouse Apartments at Pleasure Avenue and Gum Street at 10 a.m. Saturday about shots fired.

Officers found the 32-year-old victim on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg. While there, the victim identified the shooter as Kenny Brown, 32, as he was trying to flee the scene.

Brown was taken into custody after getting out of the vehicle and running on foot.

Officers found a .22 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, as well as a .22 caliber spent shell casing near the apartment where the shooting took place. Both the gun and the casing were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for further testing.

The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries while Brown was taken to the White County Detention Center and booked on first degree battery charges with a $100,000 bond.

 

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Today's Box Office: The Wolverine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles sharpens his claws on The Wolverine.

The Wolverine is the, well, I've lost track of how many X-Men movies there have been. It starts with a flashback to a Japanese POW camp in World War 2. Two bombers are seen in the distance and we hear air raid sirens going off. Then we see our hero, Logan aka Wolverine in a pit that is covered with a heave steel lid. As the bombers get closer, a young Japanese soldier begins to release all of the prisoners so they can find refuge from the inevitable bombing run. He releases Logan, and when the bomb drops, we see that it is the Atomic bomb that is being dropped on the village of Nagasaki. Logan throws his former captor into his former cell and shields him from the blast.

Person aims gun at officer during traffic stop, 4 arrested

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Searcy Police said a person aimed a gun at an officer during a traffic stop.

According to Corporal Steve Hernandez, a person aimed a gun at an officer on July 24 around 3 p.m. when he tried to pull a car over for a traffic violation. The following four people were arrested later at an apartment complex: Amber Nichole Webb, 25, of Marion; Michael David Kelly, 37, of Pine Bluff; Will J Johnston, 32, of Heber Springs; and Brian A Bowden, 29, of West Memphis.

Hernandez said when the person aimed the gun at the officer, the officer was able to back up and call for help as the vehicle took off. He said it stopped at Gin Creek Apartments on South Moss Street, where the four people in the car fled and ran into East Market Street Apartments to enter one of the units.

Officers with the Searcy Police Department went into the apartment and took Webb, Kelly, Johnston, and Bowden into custody.

Charges are still pending in this case.

White Co. Sheriff's Office investigating dead dogs

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of four dead dogs found dumped in a ditch along a county road.

Chief Deputy Phillip Miller told The Daily Citizen that investigators have tried to question Kensett Animal Control Officer George Edwards about the case - but that Edwards would not make a statement without first consulting with a lawyer.

Edwards declined comment when contacted by the newspaper.

Investigators say the cause of the dogs' deaths could not be determined. Investigators also said they have visited the animal control office in Kensett and found the animals there in apparently good condition.

Authorities say the dead dogs were found by a county resident who contacted the sheriff's office.