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Update: Man suspected of stealing Ark. patrol car in custody

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – A man who is accused of stealing a patrol car is now in custody.

On Tuesday around 2 a.m., a deputy reportedly tried to make a traffic stop in the area of Hwy 286 and Caney Creek Road, and it resulted in a pursuit.

The suspect vehicle is said to have lost control, and wrecked the car near Caney Creek and Amity Road.

When the deputy tried to make contact with the suspect, a struggle ensued. The suspect, later identified as Tyler J. Beene, 44, managed to get the weapon away from the deputy. Beene fled from the scene in the deputy's patrol car with the lights and siren activated on Caney Creek Rd towards Foothills Dr.

Approximately 50 minutes later, the patrol car was reportedly found abandoned on Betty Ln.

Deputies said Beene was arrested Tuesday around 4 p.m.

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Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.

Re-Fashion Bash to feature students' recyclable designs

Re-Fashion Bash to feature students' recyclable designs

BENTON, Ark. - Saline County students will be showcasing their recycled material fashion designs. 

On Saturday, April 11 at 5 p.m., be a part of Re-Fashion Bash “Where Green is the New Black.” It will be held at the Benton Event Center. This event will highlight Saline County students of all ages walking the runway turning trash to treasure. Come out and support your students on this memorable red carpet night.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District Office located at 114 W. Sevier Street in downtown Benton. Top recycled designs will receive prize money, with first place receiving $500, second place $250, and third place $100.

Conway to launch downtown Food Truck Park

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - They are staples in big cities across the country, from San Francisco to New York.

Food trucks are unique, convenient lunch options, and one town hopes to bring the love of street food permanently to the area.

Nathan Sullinger, owner of Nate's Hot Dog Haven, hopes to make the temporary restaurants a fixture in the area.

"We tried some things downtown recently the last few years and they were ok but we've been looking for a more permanent location for a while now," said Sullinger.

A vacant parking lot downtown will soon become the Conway Food Truck Park every Tuesday through Saturday.

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Holocaust survivor shares his story at UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a night of reflection on UCA's campus as dozens of people and one man looked back on the horrors of WWII.

On Monday evening, Gideon Frieder, a holocaust survivor, shared his story with the masses. Frieder was just two years old when the war started.

His father was part of Slovakia's underground secret Jewish rescue organization.

At age seven, he, his mother and his sister fled to the mountains where they were found and killed.

He was found injured and was rescued by Jewish partisan Henry Herzog.

"The Slovak government eventually paid the Germans for every Jew the Germans took away from Slovakia and killed," Frieder said.

UCA student living out of bread truck to save money

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -Since 1985, the cost of attending college has more than doubled.

It's caused families to adjust how they spend, and it's made students more mindful of where their money goes—Brandon Blume is one of those students.

By most normal standards, you could describe Blume as an everyday college junior. He goes to work, goes to school and does well.

He's mostly normal because before he goes to work or class Blume travels from his home, which happens to be a 1982 Chevy Grummans.

"I've got an AC unit-- a composting toilet," Blume said as he toured his living space.

Since November, Brandon has been living out of bread truck he parks in a friendly neighbor's lawn.

"Not having refrigeration, I eat a lot more fruits than veggies," he continued.

Blue Crew holds fish fry fundraiser

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A crowd showed up at a Conway event not just for the fried fish, but to support their local law enforcement.

A foundation named in honor of fallen Conway officer William McGary is hoping to raise funds to send officers on a trip.

The Blue Crew says proceeds from Friday night's fish fry will be used for officers to go to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

"It humbles you. It's an experience. It's just everybody that I know that has been, when they come back it just changes you as an officer," said Paul Burnett of the Conway Police Department.

Conway police officers are hoping to visit D.C. during National Police Week, coming up in just two months.

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