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Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

Realtor's body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are reporting that they have located the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49.

As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. He was initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Lewis is also charged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the sheriff's office to share more information. THV11 will be there.

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

Full Coverage: Search ends for missing realtor; suspect charged

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a central Arkansas realtor will be facing charges of murder.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was taken into custody just after 10 a.m. Monday for the kidnapping of real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49. He was apprehended by the Little Rock Police Department Monday morning at Pleasant Pointe Apartments at 1602 Green Mountain Drive around 10 a.m.

Details of Lewis' arrest: http://on.kthv.com/1vpJsBt

The sheriff's office said Lewis was interrogated for 12 hours and eventually admitted to kidnapping Carter, but wouldn't say where she was.

He was booked just after midnight for kidnapping, and information gathered by investigators led to the location of Carter's body at the Pulaski/Lonoke County line.

Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas

Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Distracted driving is a big concern to a Central Arkansas Traffic Enforcement Group.

To reduce the number of fatal crashes, the Central Arkansas Group has been conducting a distracted driving mobilization that started on September 22 and ends on Tuesday.

They're using marked and unmarked cars to identify drivers guilty of distracted driving and will issue them a violation citation. Arkansas State Police says so far they've given out 11 citations.


Update: Missing Lonoke juvenile home safe

Update: Missing Lonoke juvenile home safe


LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) – A missing Lonoke juvenile has returned home safely.

The Lonoke Police Dept. confirmed the 16-year-old returned home safely around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 26.

She was last seen around midnight on Wednesday Sept. 24.


Superintendent speaks after murderer found working in school

Superintendent speaks after murderer found working in school


CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A convicted murderer was found installing gym equipment inside Cabot Junior High North last Monday.

The school ordered new gym mats from Arkansas Corrections Industries, a part of the Arkansas Department of Correction that manufactures athletic equipment.

The company uses inmates that have earned trusty status to install the equipment, leading 61-year-old murder convict Glen Green into the Cabot Junior High halls.

"To say that I was disappointed and frustrated and even angry would be an understatement," said Cabot superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman.

"With all the schools shootings and everything going on I'm shocked," added Cabot resident and parent Jeanette Talik.

Cabot has been using the company for more than 35 years, saying they've trusted the ADC's judgment about who they hire to do work, saying they've never felt threatened, until now.