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Searcy hotel robbed at knifepoint

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – A hotel in Searcy was robbed Thursday night.

Searcy police said at 9 p.m. April 4 they were called to the America's Best Value Inn at 107 Rand Drive about an armed robbery.

Officers were told that a black male entered into the lobby area prior to entering the area behind the clerk's desk while holding a knife.

Officers were told that the suspect demanded money from the clerk, and once the clerk opened the cash drawer, the suspect forced the clerk into a bathroom where she was told to stay until the suspect left the hotel.

The suspect is described as being between 5'7" to 5'9" tall, about 160 to 180 pounds, and could be in his early to mid-20s with a bald head.

The suspect was last seen wearing a purple or blue hoodie with light colored symbols all over it, and a white bandana covering his face.

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (USPS) – Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their tax returns. This year is no different. Filers have until 12 midnight on Tuesday, April 15 to drop off their completed returns. The Postal Service will not be adding any additional window hours or collection times.

Officer in Charge Paula McDore is urging customers to be aware of this change. "The latest window hours and collection time is 8:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Processing & Distribution Center located at 4700 E. McCain, North Little Rock."

"Customers can be assured all mail dropped in the blue collection boxes at the Processing & Distribution Center location until 8 p.m. will receive an April 15 postmark. Although the deadline is Tuesday April 15, customers are urged to drop off returns as early as possible," says McDore.

The Postal Service offers the following advice to tax filers:

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LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

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Prosecutor clears Bald Knob chief in shooting

BALD KNOB, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor has cleared the Bald Knob police chief in a shooting that wounded a woman at a convenience store.

Prosecuting attorney Chris Raff says Chief Tim Sanford was justified in his use of force in the March 24 shooting of 34-year-old Amy Renee Collins of Cave City. Authorities say Sanford was investigating a reported stabbing when he shot Collins after she allegedly ran toward him with a knife in her hand.

Collins was shot in the shoulder area and is in White County Medical Center in stable condition. Raff says he will file first-degree battery and aggravated assault charges against Collins for the stabbing.

Sanford tells The Daily Citizen that he's ready to return to work and that he knew "100 percent" that he did the right thing.

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Pedestrian on tracks hit, killed by train

KENSETT, Ark. (KTHV) – A pedestrian was hit and killed by a train early Wednesday morning, according to the White County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Phillip Miller said the incident happened at the Martin Luther King crossing in Kensett about 3 a.m. A Union Pacific train hit and killed a pedestrian who was on the tracks, according to Miller.

According to Deputy Heather Zomant, the victim was identified as Walter Lee Hart, age 58, a resident of Beebe; he was pronounced dead at the scene. Kensett Police Department, White County Sheriff's Department, and Union Pacific Railroad agencies continue to investigate the cause of the incident, in order to determine how the victim ended up on the rail road tracks.

Earlier Wednesday morning, the crossing and rail traffic was held for several hours; normal traffic has resumed at this time.

Animal lovers from as far away as California help dumped White Co. dogs

JUDSONIA, Ark. (KTHV) - In an update to a story we brought you last week, the man caring for the dumped dogs in White County is thanking the public for all their help.

Darrell Cleveland said literally 5 minutes after our story aired, he began receiving phone calls from people wanting to help. He said people have been so generous that he has even had to turn down food; he has even received help all the way from California.

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