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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.

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Two suspects rob Searcy convenience store

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Two men robbed a convenience store in Searcy Sunday night, according to police.

Bill Higginbotham with the White County Sheriff's Department says the suspects came into Allison Convenience Store on Hwy 36 just before 9 pm wearing all black clothing and bandannas. At least one of the men was armed with a pistol.

The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise including cigarettes.

Higginbotham says the suspects may be driving a silver four-door Pontiac Grand Am.

The investigation is ongoing.

3 arrested in Searcy gun store burglary

SEARCY, Ar. (KTHV) - Searcy police have three people, an adult and two juveniles, in custody for the recent gun store burglary.

Darnell Trevon Waters, 30, and two male juveniles were arrested Thursday afternoon at an apartment at 204 S. Oak Street.

Waters is being held at the White County Detention Center and is charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Waters is being held on a $100,000 bond and is awaiting a Sept. 3 court date.

One juvenile, 17, is charged with simultaneous possession and is being held at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. The second juvenile, 13, is being charges with commercial burglary, simultaneous possession, and theft of property and is also being held in Batesville.

All charges for all three suspects are felonies. Due to the age of the two juveniles, their names are not being released.

Today's Box Office: Red 2

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles reviews the high-energy, action-comedy Red 2.

Red 2 is the sequel, obviously, to the 2010 film Red. In that film a group of "Retired, Extremely Dangerous" government assassins fight back against the CIA after they're targeted for knowing too much about an agency cover-up. The sequel brings back Bruce Willis as Frank Moses, John Malkovich as Marvin, Helen Mirren as Victoria, and Mary-Louise Parker as Frank's love interest Sarah. This time the team is forced back into action to trot the globe in search of a missing portable nuclear device. Of course, they're not the only ones after the weapon. They're being chased by relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists, and power-crazed government officials.

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A Place to Call Home: Bethany, Tori & Elizabeth

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For three sisters, getting treated to a pedicure, painted nails, and pampering at Envy Nails and Spa is a first. They've never experienced anything like it.

"No I haven't!" exclaimed Tori. "But, this feels so good. I love pedicures now!"

Tori is 11, and her sister Bethany is 12.

"It's happy," added Bethany, "because we don't get to see each other for two weeks."

The youngest, Elizabeth, 5, nods and smiles as she is asked if she enjoyed the treat, too. Her siblings call her "Lulu."

From silver sparkles to glitter blue and shiny pink, drying at the table with the funny light, to the warm water bubbling at the base of the teddy bear chairs -- all of it brings big smiles for foster children in desperate need of love and a forever home.

UPDATE: Searcy gun store burglarized of 19 handguns

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A gun store in Searcy was burglarized early Wednesday morning with the thief making off with 19 handguns.

At 2:30 a.m. July 17, officers were called to Ultimate Outdoors at 608 S. Main about an alarm. Officers are looking through surveillance video from the robbery and said the robber appears to be familiar with the store. They described the suspect as standing at around 5 feet tall; the suspect was wearing a white or grey sweatshirt and dark pants with white gloves at the time of the robbery.

When they arrived they say a window had been shattered at the front of the business.

"After the block was thrown through the window, actually waited outside for approximately ten minutes, I guess to test the alarm system," owner, John Key explains.

That is when the man, estimated to be about 5 feet tall, climbed through the window, covered with a hooded sweatshirt, mask and white gloves. 

Direct Auto Insurance giving away free book bags July 18

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Direct Auto Insurance) -- Direct Auto Insurance is giving back and helping local families get ready for the upcoming school year with their 2nd Annual Book Bag Giveaway. On July 18, parents who stop by their local Direct location can receive a free book bag* while supplies last. On the same day, neighborhood Direct locations will also be hosting a "Back to School Bash" featuring free food, drinks, games and even more giveaways. Guests also can spin a prize wheel to win great gifts and sign up for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9"*.

"Direct is pleased to give free book bags to children in our local communities," said John Mullen, president and CEO of Direct General Insurance. "With back-to-school shopping costs continuously increasing, we are thrilled to help make getting ready for the new school year easier for families."