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CPD asking for help solving thefts at new hospital site


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Conway Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for stealing from a construction site.

According to a Facebook post from the department, a number of welders have been stolen from the site at the new Baptist Health Hospital. Police said they aren’t sure if the thefts are connected.

Surveillance cameras did capture an image of a person and a truck on the site, which police shared on social media.

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Officer on leave after weapon accidentally discharges during arrest

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A Conway police officer is now on paid administrative leave after his weapon accidentally discharged while making an arrest on Sunday.


Public Information Officer LaTresha Woodruff told THV11 News that 26-year-old Alexander Wood, of Greenbrier, was arrested after the police department received a call from a Walmart employee about a shoplifter around 10:41 a.m.

According to Woodruff’s report, an officer’s weapon accidentally discharged during the arrest. No one was injured from the gunfire or the crash.

A police report stated that Woods had been stealing electronic equipment at Walmart by prying open security devices with a screw driver.

Conway opens real-life escape game

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - In the heart of downtown Conway, a facility is offering the chance to experience what it's like to be trapped in a room where you must follow signs and clues to make an escape.

It is called Escape Mystery Room, and it is located at 707 Parkway, suite 101 in Conway. The goal of the Escape Mystery Room creators was to create a unique, detail oriented and immersive escape room game unlike any other. There are several different rooms that you and a group of people can choose from.

Official shares date, time of when Ark. River at Toad Suck Dam will crest

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (Dec. 30, 2015) -- The Arkansas River is expected to crest at the Toad Suck Lock and Dam close to midnight on December 30/31st, according to the National Weather Service. The elevation of the crest is anticipated to be 280.2 feet.

This flood is expected to be comparable to the water level of the floods earlier this year, so residents who experienced flooding problems then should prepare for it now.

Lake Conway is expected to rise to 4 or 5 feet above winter pool level.

There will be sandbag staging areas at the following locations:

1.48 Easterwood Point Road at Mayflower Fire Station.

2.South End of Faulkner Meadows Lane just before 120 near the pumping station

3.At the entrance of Stanford Road of HWY 65.

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Conway police search for 20-yr-old woman

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a 20-year-old who is wanted for forgery and fleeing in a vehicle.

Heather "Lucky" Crews reportedly drove away from police after they caught her attempting to sell stolen property obtained from a local vehicle break-in. According to the Conway Police Department, Crews is well aware of the warrant for her arrest and that all requests to get her to turn herself in has gone unanswered.

If you know of Crews' whereabouts, you are asked to call Conway police at (501) 450-6120.

Ex-University of Central Arkansas administrator drops appeal

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The former chief of staff for the University of Central Arkansas has dropped his appeal of his commercial burglary conviction and is set to carry out his sentence.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 59-year-old Jack Gillean dropped the appeal Monday for a deal in which the state will not file additional charges or jail time after learning that Gillean failed six separate drug tests while on probation.

Gillean was convicted in March 2014 of six counts of commercial burglary. Prosecutors say he gave master keys to a student who then stole tests from professors' offices. Gillean was sentenced to three years in prison and was fined $35,000 with 120 months of probation.

UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Foundation, Inc. has received $215,500 to support the Nursing Simulation Lab in the Department of Nursing.

“Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to care for a lot of individuals,” said Elizabeth A. Blankenship, CEO of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation. “With our ability to gift to the nursing program, the students will have some of the best technology available to them, and I believe it will assist in their training and education.”

Blankenship, along with her daughters and fellow UCA alumnae, Ashley M. Blankenship and Gretchen E. Humphreys, made the gift in a presentation that included UCA faculty, staff and students.

UCA President Tom Courtway expressed gratitude to the Blankenship family, “Thank you very much for your generosity. Thank you, more than anything else, for believing in UCA and believing in this college and this department.”