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Cabot man arrested for breaking into vehicles

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - On Wednesday, a Cabot man was arrested for multiple vehicle break-ins in the area.

William Russell Wrentz, 34, was investigated after numerous were reported in the area of Rye Drive and Woody Lane in Cabot between February 4 and 10.

According to police, video surveillance was obtained from one of the victims showing Wrentz committing the crime. Video was also obtained from a business that showed Wrentz using stolen credit cards from another vehicle break-in.

Wrentz is charged with three counts of Breaking and or Entering (Class D Felony), Theft of Property (Class D Felony), Possession of Controlled Substance (Class D Felony), Theft by Receiving (Class A Misdemeanor) and Criminal Trespassing (Class B Misdemeanor).

He was booked into the Lonoke County Detention Facility and is awaiting a court hearing.

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Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Cabot law enforcement Freezin for a Reason

Cabot law enforcement Freezin for a Reason

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Cabot community will be taking the plunge for 'Freezin for a Reason' on Feb. 28. 

The event will be held at the Cabot Community Pond, located at 1881 Kerr Station Road. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the plunge will be at noon. 

All of the proceeds will go to the Arkansas Special Olympics. Plungers can also register online at this website. Each participant will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. After you have gotten wet, be sure to stay and enjoy the other Plunge festivities.

Austin opens new library

AUSTIN, Ark. (KTHV) - Last week, the Austin Little Free Library opened for business.

The library was donated by the Cabot Library, who furnished books and will continue to provide support.

There is no membership fee at the library and all books are free. It is open to everyone and the hours of operation are the same as Austin City Hall.

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Non-profit organization builds home for single mother

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A single mother of three is getting the home of her dreams thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

The non-profit organization has been building homes in the state for more than 20 years, and it's the first time they have come to Cabot in five years.

Crystal Meeks has three children, and has worked two jobs for as long as she can remember. "We're coming from a two bedroom apartment with the four of us, so this is pretty awesome," said Meeks.

She applied to Habitat for Humanity a couple of months ago. She said the group helped her establish a foundation for her children.

The non-profit raises funds to buy materials, and relies on volunteers to builds the homes.

Saturday, volunteers with the Army and the Air Force helped build her three bedroom, two bathroom home. Bill Plunkett is the executive director of the branch in Pulaski and Lonoke County.

Pre-K students motivate burned Cabot teacher

Cabot, Ark.(KTHV)- A Cabot teacher badly burned in a fire pit accident is now back in the classroom.

For 14 years Kelly Baird has taught elementary school in Cabot. But after an accident in October, Baird says she worried she may never teach again.

"When I turned to throw another piece of wood in the fire, I lost my balance and fell in."

That's when Baird said she rolled over and pushed herself out of the fire. "I just knew when I fell in, I had to get out."

Baird says the next few hours was a blur.

"First of all I knew when I lit the fire it was probably not a good idea to be alone, but I thought I'll just be extra careful. Well that didn't work."

Her neighbor helped get her to the hospital, where she was later transferred to the burn unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Man killed in accident between car, Mack truck

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A man was reportedly killed Thursday afternoon after being struck by a Mack truck.

According to a preliminary fatal crash summary released by Arkansas State Police, 24-year-old Joshua R. Garcia of Ward was killed when the car he was riding in failed to yield at the intersection of Highway 89 and 236 in Lonoke County, and was struck by the truck.

The driver of the car was taken to UAMS for treatment. No word on his condition at this time.

Police report that the driver of the Mack truck was not injured.