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Small Business Saturday boosts local business

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - It was the annual Small Business Saturday, and shop owners in Conway were looking forward to that boom in business.

Larry Rogers owns the EM Jeans retail store on Chestnut Avenue in Conway.
Rogers explained, in his experience of having his own store for more than 30 years, the concept of investing locally is definitely on the rise.

On a good Saturday he would have more than 200 customers walk through his doors. He explained it
s about creating an experience for the customers and building a relationship.

"It's just something that I fell in love with," said Rogers. "I like talking to people and getting to know each other. I just talked to a guy a while ago, that he's the first basemen at UCA."

Man wanted for assaulting store employees while committing theft

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway Police Department is searching for a man who, while trying to steal computers, assaulted two Wal-Mart store employees.

Jason Warren, 41, is wanted by police for assaulting a couple of employees at a Conway Wal-Mart on November 14. According to officials, Warren was attempting to steal computers from the store when the assault took place.

Conway police asks that if you know his whereabouts, to please contact them at (501) 450-6120.

Conway police gear up for holidays

Conway police gear up for holidays

CONWAY, Ark. - 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 additional officers per shift to work overtime from November 26 to December 27.  Along with regular patrols all over town, two officers will focus specifically on the Commons shopping center, one will work the Towne Center and we will have an officer patrolling the downtown area. 

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback in the past from both business owners and customers about the presence of police officers in the shopping centers,” said Chief Spradlin with the Conway Police Department.  “Many felt safer and strongly believed it was a deterrence to crime.” 

Conway police boosting numbers to protect holiday shoppers


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Conway has grown a lot in the last few years. With that growth means more shoppers during the holiday season. But it also means that more people with sticky fingers could be coming to Conway to target those shoppers.

That's where the Shop Secure campaign comes in. Along with the department's regular patrols, four officers will actually walk the streets and in the shops around the Commons, Towne Center, and downtown.

The hope is that the business owners and the shoppers will feel a little bit safer, and those who would like to take advantage of you would think twice about it if they see officers walking in those areas," says LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department.

Those officers will work those overtime shifts from Thursday until December 27th.

New business open in Conway

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Parents and children can now work and play side-by-side thanks to two new businesses opening in Conway.

Trendy Conway parents lined up for their morning coffee at Zeteo on Friday, as their kids headed for the slides and sand boxes at Share the Love. The two businesses share a building.

"They get to bring their kids, enjoy the environment, enjoy their coffee and relax, while their kids get to play," said Carrie Beth Sherwood.

"What's different about this place versus other places is that they are getting energy out, and they are learning. They aren't just putting coins in an arcade," Sherwood explained.

Sherwood said she also liked knowing the money for admission is going to a good cause. Five percent of all profits from Share the Love go to foster children in Arkansas.

UCA vigil for peace

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University Central Arkansas held a candle light vigil for global peace Thursday night.

UCA Students and community members hope that this event will help shed light on global tragedies. The event came about after over 100 people in Paras were killed in an attack last Friday. Around 500 candles were lit just to show support for their friends across the sea.

THV11 talked to a few exchange students on Thursday, who had loved ones hurt in the Paris attacks.

"That's just awful, everything that happened, is really awful," said Swe-zeek Houllier.

Houllier is still numb after the Paris attacks that left her entire country in mourning. Her friend was shot at the Bataclan concert where 87 out of the 129 were killed.

Suspect arrested after alleged beating death of Conway man

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Hot Springs man was arrested for beating one Faulkner County man to death and seriously injuring another.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Faulkner County Deputies were dispatched to Mount Gale Rd. in Conway in reference to a homicide. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found two men in the home.

Bradley Stinton, 52, was found and appeared to be beaten to death. A second victim was severely injured and transported to Baptist Health in Little Rock for treatment.

Through speaking with witnesses and neighbors, deputies gathered information on the suspect, 52-year-old Richard Williford.

At 5:35 a.m., deputies responded to another Conway address on Winwood Loop regarding a man who called himself "Ricky" with no shirt saying he was homeless and needed a ride.