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Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas

Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Distracted driving is a big concern to a Central Arkansas Traffic Enforcement Group.

To reduce the number of fatal crashes, the Central Arkansas Group has been conducting a distracted driving mobilization that started on September 22 and ends on Tuesday.

They're using marked and unmarked cars to identify drivers guilty of distracted driving and will issue them a violation citation. Arkansas State Police says so far they've given out 11 citations.


McRae man arrested for allegedly damaging over 30 mailboxes

McRae man arrested for allegedly damaging over 30 mailboxes

BEEBE, Ark. (September 10, 2014) – On Tuesday, the White County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Blue Hole Road in Beebe, regarding over 30 mailboxes being damaged or destroyed.

After the incident, the Sheriff's deputies were able to locate and arrest one of the suspects, Justin Ackerman, 21, of McRae.

Ackerman is ordered to appear in the White County District Court on November 6. He is charged with a DWI, Refusal to Submit, Leaving the scene of an accident, and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree. His bond is $9,825.

Police believe that Ackerman did not act alone in the crime, and they are asking for any tips to be reported to the White County Sheriff's Office at 501-279-6279.

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Communications Commission has reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon.

The FCC says the wireless company used personal consumer information for marketing purposes.

As part of the settlement, Verizon has agreed to take significant steps to improve how it protects the privacy rights of customers.


Searcy man pleads guilty to killing grandmother

Searcy man pleads guilty to killing grandmother


SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Searcy man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his grandmother.

The Daily Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1so3738) that 25-year-old Grant Ellis Crawford was sentenced after entering the plea Monday in the Jan. 13 shooting of 65-year-old Rachel Maples. Maples died Jan. 18 at a Little Rock hospital.

Crawford said the shooting was an accident - but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to win his conviction for on the murder charge.

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White County deadly shooting suspect arrested

White County deadly shooting suspect arrested

WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Robert Draft, the man wanted out of White County on murder charges for the death of his 72-year-old father in law Douglas Cloyes, is now in police custody.

Authorities arrested Draft near Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

He's now awaiting extradition back to Arkansas to face pending charges in White County.

STORY: 72-year-old man found dead in White County

 

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.