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Presents stolen from Jacksonville cars


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - As we head further into the holiday season, local police departments are ramping up their efforts to protect shoppers from crime.

Imagine having your Christmas presents stolen before they ever make it under the tree. That's exactly what happened to a number of people in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Police Department is trying to find a local Grinch after many residents had their Christmas presents stolen from their cars.

"It's really sad to see these moms and dads that have been out shopping all day... and they got home, and they were just too tired to pull the packages out, then they wake up the next morning and they're all gone," said April Kiser with the Jacksonville Police Department.

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Safe speed zones coming in North Little Rock

Safe speed zones coming in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The North Little Rock Police Department released their scheduled safe speed zones starting Dec. 14 till Jan 8, 2016. 

North Little Rock police will be out in full force to keep citizens safe for the holidays. The schedule of safe speed zones is as follows:

Dec. 14th -        1400 blk. Crutcher

Dec. 15th -        1900 blk. Crestwood

Dec. 16th -        Main Street

Dec. 17th -        Indian Hills Drive

Dec. 18th -        Maryland Ave.

Dec. 21st -        McCain Blvd.

Dec. 22nd -        John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Watch Videos: Stuff the Sleigh in Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The 14th annual Stuff the Sleigh is underway and Tom Brannon was live at the Kroger Marketplace in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

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Coats and Claus for a Cause in Sherwood

Coats and Claus for a Cause in Sherwood

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - The Sherwood Young Professionals of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Wall Allstate Agency, will be holding "Coats and Claus for a Cause" on December 22.

On Tuesday, December 22 they will be collecting coats and raising funds for the charitable organization, The Call.

People can come by the Wall Allstate Agency at #7600 Highway 107, Suite B, in Sherwood from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to drop off new or gently used coats and/or donations for coats.  

Santa Claus will also make an appearance to the event. He will be available for photos and fun with the kids.

For more information, contact SYP President Darrell W. Brown at (501) 425-4037 or DWBrown@CityofSherwood.net

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Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club funding cut


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club is scrambling to keep their doors open after the city cut their funding.

Approximately 3/4 of the club's annual budget was provided through the city. The funding from the city paid for the salary and benefits of the clubs director as well as provided supplies, equipment and meals to the kids.

"It kind of made me feel like Jacksonville was turning its back on a certain segment of this community,"said Ryan Maxwell, who attended Jacksonville's Boys and Girls Club.

Now, he sends two of his own there.

"It's not only just a place to babysit your kids, but it's a place of nurturing and growth,"said Maxwell.

The city of Jacksonville cut funding to several nonprofits, setting this club back significantly.

Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Pulaski Technical College Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1, a day that focuses on holiday giving rather than holiday spending.

At PTC, more than 60 percent of students rely on financial aid through scholarships, grants and loans, while 90 percent work full- or part-time. With a somewhat small allocation from the state, tuition and fees must generate almost half of Pulaski Tech’s operating costs, whereas most colleges’ student fees account for a mere 20 percent of their budgets.

Four women arrested in Jacksonville prostitution sting


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Four women were arrested and one was cited during a prostitution sting in Jacksonville.

According to police reports, the targets of "Operation Backpage" were prostitutes who advertised with the website Backpage.com. They used hotel rooms and private residences in Jacksonville to conduct their business.

Lois Chavez, 25, Krystal Gilbert, 31, and Tonya Ballou, 38, were arrested for one count of prostitution and one count of operating a business without a license. They all reportedly traveled from out of town and met with undercover officers.

Kayla Edmond, 23, was arrested for one count of prostitution. Edmond was staying in a local hotel and arranged a meeting with an undercover officer.