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Burglary prevention tips

Burglary prevention tips

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lots of people travel this time of year, leaving their homes vulnerable to thieves. How can you keep from becoming a victim?

According to the Garland County Sheriff's Department, the key is to make your home look occupied even if no one is home. They offer the following tips to discourage would-be robbers from making off with your valuables.

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime.
  • Leave a radio on an all-talk show station and a little louder than normal. The conversation might lead an offender to believe the home is occupied.
  • Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

Biker arrested after high-speed chase

Biker arrested after high-speed chase

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- A man riding a motorcycle was arrested Wednesday evening after leading sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase through town.

According to a release from the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, James Dale Wheeler, 27, sped away from a deputy who tried to stop him on Oliver Lane.

The report says Wheeler then headed for the highway, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds between 80-100 miles per hour.

Eventually Wheeler collided with another vehicle on Highway 89. That's when deputies say he got up and ran.

Authorities found Wheeler and took him into custody. He faces charges of fleeing, racing on a public highway, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and parole violation.

Keo woman arrested for forgery, lying to deputies

Keo woman arrested for forgery, lying to deputies

On the Sept. 30 around 4:30pm, Sherry Lynn Dowell, 20, contacted the Sheriff’s Office to file a burglary report at her residence located on Williams Street, in Keo. Dowell reported a 9 mm ruger pistol and her boyfriend’s checkbook were taken.

On the 16 November 2011, Dowell’s boyfriend came to the Sheriff’s Office to report someone had been cashing checks from the stolen checkbook. A total 12 checks had been cashed.

On 28 November 2011, investigators arrested Dowell for forgery and filing a false report.  Sheriff's deputies say the checkbook had not been stolen and Dowell had been cashing checks without her boyfriend's knowledge.  Dowell was taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility.

Protect your car from theives

Protect your car from theives

Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Dept.

Safe traveling tips from Lt. Russell

Safe traveling tips from Lt. Russell

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Governor to issue pardons

Governor to issue pardons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant six pardons. An additional 25 clemency requests were denied and 21 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The six applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the commutation and pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Clifford Damron (Monette): Theft of Property, Breaking or Entering
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1979 - Cross County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations.

Police find more than $18K in suspects' vehicle

Police find more than $18K in suspects' vehicle

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Monday investigators found $18,479 hidden in a vehicle that had been occupied by two suspects who had earlier been charged with possession of marijuana.

The Central Arkansas Drug Task Force and Beebe Police had arrested Robert Sullins, 26, of Lonoke and McKinley Rickett, 21, of Searcy during a traffic stop Saturday. According to the report, they found 8.2 pounds of marijuana and $11,434 in cash at the time.

Another search of the vehicle lead to the discovery of the extra cash.

Sullins and McKinley are both in the White County Detention Center on $25,000 and $5,000 bond respectively.