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Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Believe it or not, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some, it will the first of many. That means new tips and gadgets.

Ginger Daril with Verizon stopped by THV11 This Morning to share some high tech ways to help moms take care of their little ones.

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Main Street Searcy Swing Into Spring PSA

Main Street Searcy Swing Into Spring PSA

SEARCY, Ark. (Main Street Searcy Swing) - Main Street Searcy invites you to attend Swing Into Spring on April 23 to raise money for Main Street Searcy's downtown projects. 

On Thursday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Robbins Sanford Grand Hall will be hosting a celebration from downtown Searcy with silent and live auctions, food and live entertainment. 

Tickets are $25 per person. All of the proceeds will go towards non- profit organization Main Street Searcy. The tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the Main Street office at 279-9007.


Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting April 13, Jacksonville law enforcement will be raising awareness to the dangers behind texting and driving. 

The Jacksonville Police Department will be taking part in a national campaign called U Drive. U Text. U Pay. This campaign will combine harsher enforcement along with increased advertising and media outreach. 

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our State’s texting law will be stopped and fined. If you drive and text, you will pay,” said April Kiser.  “For those who say that driving and texting is an epidemic, we believe enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure.”

All drivers are banned from sending text messages while driving (Arkansas Criminal Statue 27-51-1504).  The fine for texting and driving in Jacksonville is $175.00.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov.

Arkansas judge mauled by zebra released from hospital

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - The wife of an Arkansas judge who was mauled by a zebra says he is still recovering from the serious injuries and needs more surgery.

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Man on four-wheeler robs Searcy store at gunpoint

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Searcy Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred early Sunday morning at a Valero located at 2000 South Main.

Police responded to an armed robbery call around 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning at a Valero gas station. The gas station clerk told police that a man entered the store with a black semi-automatic handgun demanding money. The suspect told the clerk he was driving a four-wheeler, so he only wanted paper money.

The suspect is described as a white male, standing at approximately 5'10" tall and wearing a blue shirt with a white hood and tan cargo style pants.

If anyone has any information that will help with this case, you are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (501) 268-3531.

Man arrested for rape claims demons affected his memory

Man arrested for rape claims demons affected his memory

STRAWBERRY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said a Strawberry man arrested for rape claimed demons had affected his memory.

Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division said 18-year-old Krystopher Johnson was charged with rape following an investigation of abuse to a 7-year-old.

Backlog freezes storm shelter rebates

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Some Arkansans have concerns about storm shelters they've put in place. They're worried they may not see money they expected from the government.

According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), there's a backlog on their Shelter Rebate Program.

"I had heard about it through Emergency Management, and when I applied for it they said there was no funding available," said Mark Lemkelde, who had a storm shelter installed in his Searcy home in September.

He installed it himself, but the cost was still nearly $6,000.

"I think storm shelters in Arkansas is a real good investment, because you can't really put a dollar amount value on life," Lemkelde said.