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City of Cabot ranks #10 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

City of Cabot ranks #10 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Cabot has made the tenth rank for Arkansas’ top 10 safest cities.

Motovo staff writer Natalie Grigson said the city came in at #10 because it has a crime rate that is five times smaller than that of its larger neighbor, Little Rock.

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Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Scammers targeting home rentals

Scammers targeting home rentals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you are looking to rent a home, beware. The Attorney General's Office is getting reports of scammers who are advertising homes that are not for rent.

This scam is nothing new. It has been going on in Arkansas for years, but people are still falling victim to it. Scammers are stealing pictures from legitimate real estate ads and making it look like homes are for rent when they are not. They are getting people when they are most vulnerable.

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"It was heartbreaking to think that she was no't going to have the things that she needed to succeed because I fell for this," said Mary Lorance.

Like any mother, Mary Lorance is looking for what is best for her daughter. She wants her to go to a good school and live in a nice neighborhood. Mary had her sights set on renting a home in Cabot.

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clearing out winter's clutter and making way for Spring can be quite the task, but getting rid of the old is another ordeal. Buddy McConnell says, "You always come across something where someone's dumped something probably illegally."

As we drove down Ballinger street we found several unwanted electronic devices that appeared to be dumped on the side of the road. Not only is it an eye sore for the neighborhood but it also presents an environmental hazard.

McConnell says, "There's just so many toxic tHings in electronics." Cheryl Harrington of the Conway Sanitation Department adds, "and would cause great problems if it was to get into our water and our drinking system."

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of Lonoke County dogs are in limbo at the Pulaski County Humane Society. They'll be there until a Supreme Court judge makes a decision. But it's getting costly.

"It's approximately two years, it will be two years, the end of June," said Dr. Teresa Medlock.

Dozens of dogs, 137 to be exact, have been at the Pulaski County Humane Society for the last two years.

They were taken from Sandra Nance's Lonoke County property in 2012 after a search by the Humane Society and Lonoke County Sheriff's Department found the dogs living in poor conditions.

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"They are evidence in the court system case and so we're entrusted with their care until the resolution of the case," Medlock said.

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Two arrested after stranded driver flees from police

Two arrested after stranded driver flees from police

CARLISLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Two people were arrested Tuesday night when a stranded driver fled from police.

According to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year-old Carlton Cole, of Tichnor, and 25-year-old Brandy Dismuke, of Lonoke, were arrested around 5:30. A deputy had approached the two to check on them and their stranded vehicle; Lt. James Kulesa said Cole the fled from the deputy, across a field, and into a wooded area.

Kulesa told THV11 that Cole was found to have outstanding arrest warrants from the City of Carlisle, Beebe, and a felony arrest warrant from Ashley County in addition to an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violation. He was found with the help of a tracking bloodhound.

Cole was taken into custody for the outstanding warrants and for fleeing, two counts of resisting arrest, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Dismuke was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.