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Police identify men who died in Conway fire


 

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Conway police identified two men killed in a fire on Robins Street in Conway early Sunday. 

According to a Facebook post by police, 65-year-old Gary Harrison and 53-year-old Nicholas Compagnucci died during a mobile home fire that was reported just before 2 a.m.

Police said their bodies were found once the fire was extinguished.  

CPD spokesperson LaTresha Woodruff said the department does not suspect foul play but have not yet determined a cause. She did say several space heaters were found in the debris, but stopped short of blaming them for starting the fire.

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UCA to host Argentine student for two-month visit

UCA to host Argentine student for two-month visit

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host 15 Argentine students as part of the Friends of Fulbright program from January 8 to February 26.

Friends of Fulbright is a U.S. Department of State supported program, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission Argentina and U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

This program is designed to increase student mobility for outstanding junior and senior level university students majoring in economics, business, education and political science. Selected students will be in residence on the UCA campus participating in cultural activities on campus and in the community. Students also will earn three English language credit hours.

Grand opening for new UCA Downtown on Jan. 14

Grand opening for new UCA Downtown on Jan. 14

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new UCA Downtown at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 14 at 1105 Oak Street in Conway.

As part of the grand opening and ribbon cutting, original art works created by UCA students in the Department of Art will be featured in the front, gallery section of the building.

The approximate 2500-square-foot facility will also be home to culinary, fine arts, technology and other community education and lifelong learning programs hosted by UCA.

Located within walking distance to popular restaurants, shopping, Toad Suck Square and Simon Park, UCA Downtown can also be rented to host upscale events, business meetings and other small functions.

Central Baptist College to add band program


CONWAY, Ark. (CBC) - Central Baptist College has announced the addition of band to its programs for the 2016 fall semester.  In addition Tim Gunter has been hired as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music. Gunter will begin recruiting immediately and anticipates to have 30 students for fall 2016.

Gunter is most well-known for his tenure as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark, a position he held for 15 years.    He has also served as Associate Director of Bands at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. and numerous bands across the state of Arkansas.  Gunter most recently has served as the Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at First Baptist Church in Camden, Ark. since 2012.

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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.

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.