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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. Prosecutors 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.

Jacksonville police keeping crime out of neighborhoods

 Jacksonville police keeping crime out of neighborhoods

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department participates in the Crime Free Multi-Housing and Crime-Free Rental Property Program in an attempt to keep crime out of neighborhoods. 

Police are encouraging property owners, managers and landlords to participate in the program as well, in hopes of a conjoined effort to provide clean safe living and reduced crime for the community.

The next session will be a three part evening class done Tuesday Feb. 17 through Thursday Feb. 19. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Estranged wife of Arron Lewis arrested in connection with realtor's death

Estranged wife of Arron Lewis arrested in connection with realtor's death

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A second person has been arrested in the death of a central Arkansas real-estate agent.

According Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Crystal Hope Lowery, 41, of Jacksonville, has been arrested in connection to Beverly Carter's death, and charged with capital murder and kidnapping. She was taken into custody at her home Thursday.

"We've had suspicions all along," Minden said. "This is something that through the investigative process they were able to wrap up today."

According to court documents, she is the estranged wife of 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis—the man originally arrested and charged with murder in this case in late September. She apparently filed for divorce on Oct. 17 on the ground of general indignities and has been separated from him since August 27.

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

October 29: Live Entertainment!
Joint Venture Improv Comedy Group at The Joint

October 29: Ristorante Capeo weekly dinners inlcude Chicken Cacciatore plus the Chicken and Mushroom Risotto of the Week.

October 30: Live Entertainment!
Singer/Songwriter Heather Smith Patio Show at Crush Wine Bar
Pow Wow Launch Party at The Joint

Security taken seriously this year at Arkansas State Fair

Security taken seriously this year at Arkansas State Fair


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- The Arkansas State Fair kicks off Friday and organizers say there will be plenty of security to ensure the safety of visitors.

Around half a million people are expected to pack the fairgrounds in Little Rock over its two-week run and Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says security is a top priority.

"We'll be out in ATVs, golf carts. We'll have the mounted patrol, our horses out."

Lt. Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said his department along with Little Rock Police, State Police and 43 private security guards will be spread throughout the fair grounds and its perimeter.

STORY: State Fair 75th anniversary brings new eats (http://on.kthv.com/10WNnKW)

What's next legally for suspect in murder of realtor?

What's next legally for suspect in murder of realtor?


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Earlier Tuesday morning, Arron Lewis freely spoke to media members as deputies led him to jail and later on to court. Now the question is, can anything he said be used in court?

Arron Lewis nods Tuesday morning acknowledging he would be willing to plead guilty. At this point, we are told he cannot.

"There may come a time when perhaps they will be some sort of plea bargaining where he may decide to plead guilty to capital murder in exchange for them not seeking the death penalty," said UALR Law Professor Felecia Epps.

Epps says if prosecutors seek the death penalty, there cannot be a guilty plea now.

"There actually has to be a trial," said Epps. "There actually has to be a sentencing hearing where the jurors decide if the death penalty is the appropriate sentencing."

Realtor's family, friends in shock over loss

Realtor's family, friends in shock over loss


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Those close to Beverly Carter sat in silence today at a press conference held by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. Investigators discussed limited details of the missing real estate agent's death. Most of her friends and family members are still in shock.

"On a personal note, Beverly and I have been friends for 11 years now," said friend David Goldstein. "And there are no words for me to tell you how much she's going to be missed."

Volunteers and police searched for Carter for days until her body was found early Tuesday morning.

David Goldstein has been a friend of Carter's for years. With the shocking news of her death not even a day old, Goldstein, fellow co-workers and friends were too broken up to speak.