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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.

UCA hosts Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace

UCA hosts Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A local university is taking the time to recognize the lives that were lost in the tragedy that struck in Paris on Friday.

The University of Central Arkansas is hosting a candlelight gathering to honor those who died in Paris on November 13. The Division of International Engagement at the university is sponsoring the event. The organization hopes to provide students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to reflect on world events and promote a peaceful society. 

The "Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace" will be held at the Student Center Amphitheater on UCA campus Thursday, November 19 at 4:45 p.m.

UCA STEM Institute open house

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The UCA STEM Institute open house will be held on Wednesday, November 18. 

The open house will be held in Main on UCA campus in room 212, 213 and 215. 

VIP hours will be held from 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., which will include a light lunch and a presentation of the new institute. Organizers of the event want to give the public an opportunity to tour the facilities and see the resources and programs that are available to teachers and students. 

Special guests attending the VIP luncheon are President Tom Courtway, the Provost, College Deans, various Department Chairs, and the CEO of Conway Corporation. 

For more information, visit www.uca.edu/steminstitute.

Veteran receives special suprise from his 3rd grade students

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - On this Veteran’s Day, we are reminded of one of the many freedoms we get from those who serve our country; the ability to get an education.

Julia Lee Moore Elementary School in Conway honored someone who gave them this freedom, as well as someone who provides it first-hand.

Third grade teacher William Brown wore a full U.S. Air Force uniform at the school assembly Wednesday morning. Sgt. Brown received dozens of awards over his 25 years of service. 

However, Wednesday may have been his greatest honor of all. He received a surprise recognition from his students.

“When I saw all the kids singing and smiling, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Sgt. Brown.