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Conway man dies after stabbing wife, holding son hostage

Conway man dies after stabbing wife, holding son hostage

CONWAY, Ark. (June 3, 2013) -- The following press release was sent to THV11 by the Conway Police Department:

Branagen Davis, 28, died at the hospital shortly after being removed from a home on Arden Lane in Conway. Conway Police and SWAT answered a call about a domestic disturbance at the home around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. At the scene they found a woman who had been stabbed several times. She reported that her husband, Branagen Davis, attacked her with a box cutter and that he was still inside the house with their 2-year-old son.

More photos of crime scene: http://on.kthv.com/1ui8mkI

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clearing out winter's clutter and making way for Spring can be quite the task, but getting rid of the old is another ordeal. Buddy McConnell says, "You always come across something where someone's dumped something probably illegally."

As we drove down Ballinger street we found several unwanted electronic devices that appeared to be dumped on the side of the road. Not only is it an eye sore for the neighborhood but it also presents an environmental hazard.

McConnell says, "There's just so many toxic tHings in electronics." Cheryl Harrington of the Conway Sanitation Department adds, "and would cause great problems if it was to get into our water and our drinking system."

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Conway Police gear up for the start of the Holiday Shopping Season

Conway Police gear up for the start of the Holiday Shopping Season

CONWAY, Ark. (CPD) - Officers with the Conway Police Department will be out in full force this Holiday Season so that you can Shop Secure.  The City Council has allocated $50,000 to have four officers work overtime from November 28, 2013 to around December 28, 2013.  Along with regular patrols all over town, two officers will focus specifically on the Commons shopping center, one will work the Towne Center and new this year the department will have an officer specifically patrolling the downtown area. 

“With Conway becoming an increasingly more popular shopping destination, we expect to see more people than ever this holiday season,” said Chief AJ Gary with the Conway Police Department.  “We believe more police presence in the high traffic areas will make people feel safer.”

FCSO will be out enforcing laws, protecting children on Halloween

FCSO will be out enforcing laws, protecting children on Halloween

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Faulkner County Sherriff’s Office will be out and about on Halloween to enforce traffic laws and protect children. In addition, they’ll be doing extra patrols at parks, schools, cemeteries, and local businesses to control vandalism.

Drivers are also reminded to use extra caution Thursday night, especially when driving through neighborhoods, due to the increase in pedestrian traffic.

Sheriff Andy Shock said he discourages anyone planning to do any pranks that may get them in trouble with the law.

The sheriff’s office also provided some tips to make sure your family has a safe Halloween:

• Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.

• Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.

• Children should never enter strangers' homes.

• Never invite children into your home.

• Children should never accept rides from strangers.

New employment firm helps offenders, local businesses

New employment firm helps offenders, local businesses

Terry Williams has a love for former prison inmates. She believes in them so much that, in an economy that is less than robust, she just launched an employment firm – Little Rock-based Ramoth, Inc. – to help recently released Arkansas and Louisiana inmates find jobs.

Though it’s a unique concept, Williams said she doesn’t consider it a risk.

That’s because when it comes to ex-inmates, Williams is an expert. The daughter of a police officer and wife of the City of Maumelle, Ark.’s police chief, she has decades of experience working as the director of faith-based halfway houses for federal inmates called City of Faith. Based in Louisiana and Little Rock, Williams’ programs have put thousands of former federal prisoners to work – successfully.  Now she is hoping to help state-level offenders find jobs.