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Accidental shooting leads to explosives investigation


GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) - An accidental shooting on Wednesday night left one man dead and led federal agents to an explosives investigation. The shooting happened at a private hospice care facility in a home in Greenbrier.

Jeremiah Hackler died after he was transported to a nearby hospital. Faulkner County Sheriff's Office have questioned four people in connection with the shooting. Matt Rice, Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy, said it's still unclear what happened.

"I know he was 22-years old and I know they're acquaintances to each other," Rice said.

Deputies took the person who shot Hackler into custody for questioning. He told Rice that the shooting was an accident. So far, no arrests have been made.

"We don't know a whole lot at this point but we do know there were quite a few individuals at the house," Rice said.

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Red Cross blood donation events for October

Red Cross blood donation events for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.

Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Conway hosting 8th annual Artsfest

Conway hosting 8th annual Artsfest

By Kelsey Williams

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication, in partnership with Hendrix College, Central Baptist College, the Conway Schools, and the Conway Alliance for the Arts, will play host to Conway’s ArtsFest, Sept. 26-Oct. 5, when multiple events are scheduled with a range of art, music, film, theatre, dance, and writing productions to be held.

"We want the Central Arkansas community to know that the 2014 ArtsFest events are more diverse and more inclusive than ever before,” said Dr. Gayle Seymour, associate dean of CFAC, professor of art history, and member of the ArtsFest Planning Committee. “Art will be everywhere with something for everybody."

Update: Explosives found at scene of fatal shooting


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A fatal shooting leads to an explosives investigation in Greenbrier.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office said they got a call around 8 p.m. Sept. 24 about a shooting at a home on E. Cadron Ridge Road. The caller said he accidentally shot his friend 22-year-old Jeremiah Hackler.

When authorities arrived at the home, Hackler was found unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at Conway Regional Medical Center.

While searching the home, investigators found explosive material along with firearms, and the Conway Fire Dept. Bomb Squad, Arkansas State Police, ATF and FBI were called to the scene.

The explosive material was turned over to the ATF, and the Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate the shooting as a homicide.

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Conway looking to harvest methane from under landfill


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaders in Conway are interested in trying to harvest an alternative fuel source within the city.

On Tuesday night, the city voted to drill pilot wells to search for methane gas beneath the landfill.

"We can purify it and we can either sell it, put it in the gas tanks of our vehicles that we already have, or generate electricity and put that electricity to the grid," Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said in an interview Wednesday. "With the payback potential we're already set up to take advantage of yeah you bet I think it's going to be a good investment for the city."

The gas leaches out as a natural byproduct of the millions of tons of waste that sits in the landfill. Unfiltered the gas can be explosive and even harmful to humans, but when harnessed it can prove to be an invaluable resource to the economy, especially as a gas alternative for cars.

2 women arrested in Faulkner Co. drug investigation


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Two women are facing numerous charges following a narcotic search warrant in Conway.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT) served a narcotic search warrant at a home on the 400 block of Robins St. in Conway Sept. 22.

The search was a result in several tips from the community who reported their suspicions of drug sales that were happening at the home.

During the search of the residence the Sheriff's Investigators recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and several thousands of dollars.

Jouita Monterosa-Ramirez was at the residence at the time and was arrested, and Beverly Hallet showed up later while investigators were conducting their search. After further investigation, Hallet was also in possession of narcotics and arrested.

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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