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Conway Text-A-Tip program leads to arrests


CONWAY, Ark.(KTHV) - Conway police credit text tips for providing them with key leads in several unsolved cases. Just last week, they asked for the public's help in locating a suspect.

LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department says within hours, tips began pouring in.

"We put information out about a person who had a warrant for her arrest and in about five minutes or so we started getting tips on the text-a-tip line."


Text-A-Tip
is a service is offered by several police departments around the state. Woodruff says it's been a great tool for their department.

"We get the word out to people. Anytime we put some information out we let people know they can text us an anonymous tip."

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Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (University of Central Ark.) - More than 90 undergraduate students will present 64 posters highlighting their original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Wednesday, Feb.11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda in Little Rock.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol. The University of Central Arkansas is the primary organizer of the event, with support and participation from other Arkansas colleges and universities. The Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol is modeled after the STEM Posters program at Murray State University in Kentucky. Both are designed to mirror the Posters on the Hill event at the U.S. Capitol.

My Town Hero: Sheila Gardner

My Town Hero: Sheila Gardner

SCOTLAND, Ark. (KTHV) - There is one woman from Scotland, Ark. that people in her community see as their 'town hero.' She has managed to involve herself in several organizations within Scotland, and is still able to help anyone in need.

Sheila Gardner, described as an outstanding individual by her peers, is a pastor at the Scotland Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church. She is a hero to many for her involvement in several community programs including a First Responder volunteer, jail ministry, a coach of peewee basketball and was awarded alumni of the year for her help in the construction and fundraising of a church project.

She manages to help in any area of Scotland she can, while owning her own logging company.

Gardner is also known to help pay for people's house bills out of her own pocket. 

Update: Charges filed in Faulkner County deputy shooting


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Two suspects have been charged in a deputy-involved shooting that happened on Tuesday.

Cody Boose and Stephanie Fason have been charged with the following charges due to the narcotics search warrant.

State Police have not yet filed charges in the shooting incident.

The shooting happened when Conway Police, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Task force attempted to search a home in Conway in the early morning hours. A deputy was hit in the stomach.

Boose is charged with the following:

-Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance Felony B

-Proximity to certain facilities sentencing enhancement

-Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance Felony B

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Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can't believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother, Amy Laureles, was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW and seventh annual LRFW.

Faulkner Co. Sheriff Deputy shot while serving warrant


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV)- A Faulkner County deputy is recovering after being hit by a bullet in an attempted drug raid on Tuesday morning. It happened after Conway Police, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Task force attempted to search a home in Conway in the early morning hours.

The Deputy Chief Matt Rice from the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office along with the other agencies were at the Clifton Heights Apartments at six a.m. They attempted to serve an apartment with a narcotics search warrant. Before they could go inside, shots were from inside the home. "We did not fire one round," said Deputy Chief Rice. "All the rounds came from inside the house."

One round hit a deputy in the stomach. "He was sent to Conway Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released- he's good."

Cody Boose and Stephanie Fason were taken into custody. Boose is the one accused of shooting the deputy.

Conway looking at addressing parking needs downtown


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Conway has seen steady growth over the last few decades and with that growth comes challenges. Right at the top of the list: Parking. With last week's announcement that 140 new jobs are coming to downtown Conway, local leaders want to make sure there's enough room for everyone.

"Conway's growth is one of those things that is remarkable and incredible," said Conway mayor Tab Townsell, who thinks adding a parking deck could help accommodate that growth. "I do think a parking deck is appropriate at some point, I don't think tearing down buildings for parking lots is a good position to take at any point in the future."