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Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Pawn shops are having a difficult time slowing down thieves. On Monday night, Goodride Auto Care in North Little Rock had more than $25,000 worth of goods stolen, and Arch Street Pawn Shop in Pulaski County says they've been experiencing robbers as well.

"Me and my brother have been switching off staking out up here," said shop owner Brett Carter.

In the last 12 days, the shop has been robbed four times, losing goods to thieves that have tried pawning the tires off to other shops as used goods.

"It's so hard to tell if they're stolen or not," Carter continued, referring to the tires. "[Thieves] are stealing wheels and tires because they know there's no [serial] numbers on them, so there's no way you can say they're yours unless you have absolute proof, which is so hard to find."

JPD offering crime free multi-housing and rental property program

JPD offering crime free multi-housing and rental property program

JPD offering crime free multi-housing and rental property program

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (JPD) - The Jacksonville Police Department Participates in the Crime Free Multi Housing and Crime Free Rental Property program. Our goal is to keep crime out of our neighborhoods. We encourage property owners, managers and landlords to participate in this great opportunity. If we work together, we can provide housing that is clean, safe and reduce crime for our citizens.

The Crime Free Multi Housing program was developed in 1992 in Mesa AZ. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states 5 Canadian Provinces, Mexico, England, Finland, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Puerto Rico. The Crime Free Multi Housing program was designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties.

Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A backlog of state inmates is jamming county jails across Arkansas, meaning only the most serious offenders are spending time behind bars.

The Pulaski County jail closed on April 29th, and since then it has taken in only the most serious violent criminals and repeat offenders. Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley calls it "catch-and-release" law enforcement where even burglars arrested for breaking into people's homes are being turned loose, and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon.

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LRPD releases crime numbers from Riverfest

LRPD releases crime numbers from Riverfest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- During Riverfest 2014, the Little Rock police made several arrests.

According to Lt. Sidney Allen with LRPD, here is a list of the charges from Riverfest:

  • 68 Minors in Possession
  • 27 Obstruction of Government Operations
  • 15 Possession Instrument of Crime
  • 17 Unknowingly Furnishing Alcohol to minor
  • 7 Possession of Fraudulent Identification
  • 2 Disorderly Conduct
  • 2 Public Intoxication
  • 1 Resisting Arrest

Of the arrests nine were juveniles, nine were adults over 21, and 60 were between the ages of 18-21.

Allen reports that a total of 78 people were arrested with 139 total charges.

Also 297 parking violations were given out.

 

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 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 pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Kevia K. Bolden (Memphis, TN): Shoplifting This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 - Little Rock District), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.