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Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.

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Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a central Arkansas realtor will be facing charges of murder.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was taken into custody just after 10 a.m. Monday for the kidnapping of real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49. He was apprehended by the Little Rock Police Department Monday morning at Pleasant Pointe Apartments at 1602 Green Mountain Drive around 10 a.m.

Details of Lewis' arrest: http://on.kthv.com/1vpJsBt

The sheriff's office said Lewis was interrogated for 12 hours and eventually admitted to kidnapping Carter, but wouldn't say where she was.

He was booked just after midnight for kidnapping, and information gathered by investigators led to the location of Carter's body at the Pulaski/Lonoke County line.

Public hearing set in Conway on Highway 25 project

Public hearing set in Conway on Highway 25 project


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is set to host a public hearing in Conway on plans to relocate Highway 25 and expand it to five lanes.

The Design Public Hearing is set for Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. at the Conway Parks & Recreation in Conway and the public is invited to visit to view displays, ask questions and offer comments.

The work will extend north from Exit 124 on Interstate 40 to existing Highway 25 just west of Beaver Fork Lake.

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State preparing in case liquor sales get approved

State preparing in case liquor sales get approved


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of 3 questions voters might see on the November ballot this year could make alcohol sales legal in all 75 Arkansas counties.

Even if voters approve that measure, there will still be lots of work to do at state and local levels to implement the plan.

Arkansas Business Online Editor Lance Turner says officials are already making plans.

Michael Langley, the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, tells Arkansas Business that he's already been thinking through the possible new law.

If voters do approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment he's got a plan of action on tap to implement the law, which would go into effect on July 1.

Bigelow man found dead in his tractor

Bigelow man found dead in his tractor


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – On Monday around 8:30 a.m., family members found a Bigelow man dead.

According to the Mayflower police department, Lendell Boydston was found dead in his Bobcat tractor at his business in Mayflower.

Boydston owned Mayflower RV, which was destroyed in the April tornado. He was trying to push some debris off his property when the Bobcat overturned.


AHTD holding meeting about Conway expansion

AHTD holding meeting about Conway expansion


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has scheduled a public hearing in Conway on plans to relocate Highway 25 and expand it to 5 lanes.

The work will extend north from Exit 124 on Interstate 40 to existing Highway 25 just west of Beaver Fork Lake.

The meeting is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Conway Parks and Recreation.