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14-year-old arrested in Cabot bomb threats

14-year-old arrested in Cabot bomb threats

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – Police have arrested a 14-year-old from Louisiana in connection to a series of bomb threats made at Cabot Junior High South last year.

According to the Cabot Police Department, the teen was found after several subpoenas and search warrants were issued to the teen in Acadia Parish. They said a laptop, desktop, and tablet were seized from the home for evidence.

Ward man who escaped custody arrested

Ward man who escaped custody arrested

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - AUSTIN, Ark. (KTHV) - A Ward man who escaped police custody Thursday morning was arrested Saturday.

Stephen Thomas Pilgreen, 27, was first taken into custody after admitting to taking items from a Dollar General Store in Austin. Pilgreen escaped from the police and ran into a nearby wooded area adjacent to Highway 367.

Arkansas man takes plea deal in power grid attacks

Arkansas man takes plea deal in power grid attacks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty in a series of attacks on a power grid in the central part of the state.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said Tuesday that 38-year-old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville pleaded guilty to the attacks between August and October 2013. Prosecu

tors agreed that Woodring should receive a 15-year sentence in federal prison under the plea deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18.

Woodring admitted to downing a 500,000-volt power line onto a railroad track near Cabot, cutting down power poles and setting fire to an electrical station in Scott.

He was arrested in October 2013 following an explosion under power lines near his home.

Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, Jeremy Clark resigned as Searcy police chief amid an investigation being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

On Wednesday, officials with ATF shared the following information with THV11:

According to the press release, in March 2014 Arkansas State Police began investigating an arson that occurred on the 400 block of Pollard St. in Bradford, Ark. It is still an ongoing investigation.

A review of property records reportedly revealed that Clark was the owner of the residence. During the course of the investigation, ATF reports that agents uncovered evidence pertaining to possible violations of Federal firearms and controlled substance laws, as well as abuse of power allegations.

Man charged in Conway officer's death died of pneumonia

Man charged in Conway officer's death died of pneumonia

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say pneumonia resulting from mixed drug intoxication killed a man charged in the 2013 traffic death of a Conway police officer.         

The Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1LcQkJg ) reports that Barry Strickland's death certificate says he had a mix of morphine, amphetamine, muscle relaxer, and anti-anxiety medications in his system when he was found dead at his parents' house in November. He was out on bond awaiting a December jury trial.     

Strickland was charged with first-degree battery after authorities say he was driving the car that hit Conway Police Officer William McGary, who was directing traffic, in January 2013. McGary died the next day.     

Strickland's attorney says he had been taking the medications found in his system since he returned from Iraq as a combat veteran.     

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.