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Self-defense classes beginning in July

Self-defense classes beginning in July

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Jacksonville Community Center will be offering self-defense classes beginning Saturday, July 23. The classes will be taught by local police officer Brian Blauser, a certified personal trainer and self-defense trainer with 10 years of martial arts under his belt. The classes will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. one Saturday of every month for 6 months. The cost is $20 per class or $120 for the whole 6 months. For more information, call Jennifer Rackley at 501-982-4171

Lonoke Co. teen suspected of stabbing man to death

Lonoke Co. teen suspected of stabbing man to death

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. -- A 17-year-old boy is in custody, suspected of stabbing a Jacksonville man in the chest Monday afternoon.

Medics and sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call on Rifle Lane around 3:30 pm. The victim, 19-year-old Brandon Don Scott, died at the scene. Witnesses say the two had been fighting over a girl.

The suspect was arrested for second degree murder and is being held at a juvenile detention facility.  Authorites are trying to determine whether to charge him as an adult. The investigation is ongoing.

Source: Lonoke County Sheriff's Department

Junior Citizens' Police Academy accepting applications

Junior Citizens' Police Academy accepting applications

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- The Jacksonville Police Department will be conducting a Junior Citizens Police Academy beginning on June 20-24, 2011. This will be an five day academy designed especially for kids from ages 13 to 17 years old. The Junior CPA is set up to inform Jacksonville youth on some of the different aspects of law enforcement including Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Duties, Use of Force, Firearms, Use of Force, K-9 Duties, SRT demonstration, Narcotics and Less Lethal weapons. This is the first Junior CPA for Jacksonville Police Department. The Jr. CPA begins at 9AM each day and ends at 3PM. Lunch will be provided. The course is free, and we encourage all who want to gain an active knowledge of their police department to attend. Attendance will be limited.

The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is that educated youth will be more supportive of police officers and the department.

Drug Task Force makes several arrests

Drug Task Force makes several arrests

On April 4, 2011 the CADTF assisted the Searcy Police Department (SPD) subsequent to a traffic accident at State Highway 267 and Booth Road.  Jose Bravo Vargus, 27, of Searcy was found to be in possession of approximately 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine in the form of Ice, value $200.00.  Vargus was transported to the White County Detention Center (WCDC) and upon being searched approximately 1 gram of suspected methamphetamine in the form of Ice, value $100.00 was located.  Vargus was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver and Furnishing Prohibited Articles in a Correction Facility.  Vargus was incarcerated in the WCDC on $50,000.00 bond.

On April 4, 2011 the CADTF assisted the Arkansas State Police (ASP) subsequent to a traffic stop on State Highway 31 out of Beebe, AR.  ASP Trooper Bo Harrson attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup, driven by Rodolfo Longoria, 43, of Jacksonville, AR, for speeding on US Highway 6

Cops crack down on underage drinking

Cops crack down on underage drinking

The Jacksonville Police Department will be joining other state and local law enforcement agencies March 11-20 and April 15-24 conducting additional sobriety checkpoints looking for all drunk drivers with an emphasis on teenage drivers. 

This is part of an effort to keep young drivers safe before the upcoming end of school periods when many young people are on the road for proms, graduations and spring breaks.  Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death to America’s teens and nearly one-third of those crashes are alcohol-related.

It is against the law in all states for anyone under age 21 to drink alcoholic beverages.  Arkansas’s Underage Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Law, makes it illegal for anyone under age 21 to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or above.

“For a young driver, this often means one drink is all it takes to be impaired.” said Lt.