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Man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting, assault

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Bald Knob man has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he fatally shot his father-in-law and assaulted his wife.

The Daily Citizen reports 50-year-old Robert Draft pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery.

He's being held in White County jail with no bond. A message left with Draft's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent. According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008.

Man charged in woman's death to appear in court

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Texas man who has been charged in an Arkansas woman's death is expected to appear in court later this month.

The Daily Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1zMp7s3) a July 28 hearing will be held in Texas for 30-year-old Christian Ivan Bautista, who's facing a first-degree murder charge in the 2013 death of 24-year-old Lauren Bump.

Bump - who had family in the San Antonio, Texas area - attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Police say her body was found on New Year's Eve in a Texas park.

A message left with Bautista's attorney Richard Timothy Molina wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

The hearing will be an opportunity for both the prosecution and Bautista's attorney to file motions.

Bautista is being held in Bexar (bayr) County jail on a $200,000 bond.


Boy killed crossing Arkansas highway on bike

JUDSONIA, Ark. (KTHV) – A boy reportedly attempting to cross an Arkansas highway on his bike was killed Monday morning.

According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash summary, the accident happened around 6 a.m. when a boy riding a bicycle along West Military Road attempted to cross Highway 367. A vehicle heading northbound on the highway reportedly struck the boy, identified as 11-year-old Cody Dean Miller of Judsonia.

The report details that the driver of the vehicle was not injured.

No other details have been released at this time.

Missing Searcy teen found unharmed

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Searcy police had requested the public's help in locating a teenager who had been missing since Thursday.

Authorities told THV11 Tuesday that Madison Bargeil has since been found unharmed.

No other details were released.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

2 arrested while allegedly stealing backhoe, trailer

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Searcy arrest two men and are still searching for a third while the suspects were allegedly trying to steal a backhoe and trailer.

Early Friday June 26 around 1:45 a.m. Searcy police officers were called to Davis Construction on Eastline Road when they received word suspects were trying to take a backhoe on a trailer.

Police said when officers arrived they saw a Chevy Blazer attempting to turn around in the middle of the road towing the trailer.

Officers turned on their blue lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. After a short distance, police said the suspects' vehicle jackknifed and became disabled and three suspects jumped out.

Two of the three were caught while a third is still on the loose.