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Jacksonville Junior CPAs graduate

Jacksonville Junior CPAs graduate

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department will graduate their fifth class of youth citizen police academy attendees. 

The Junior Citizens Police Academy is a five-day training experience for the youth to see the day-to-day procedures of police officers in their neighborhood. 

The academy began on Monday, June 22 and will last until Friday, June 26. Participants were informed on different aspects of law enforcement including Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Duties, Use of Force, Firearms, K-9 Duties, SRT Demonstration, Narcotics and Less Lethal Weapons. 

The course was free and lunch was donated by local businesses each day. 

The graduation ceremony will take place at noon on Friday in the safe room of the Jacksonville Police Department. The guest speaker at the ceremony will be the Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. 

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock and North Little Rock's finest will be hosting the annual "Battle of the Badges Blood Drive" for American Red Cross on Friday. 

There is reportedly always a big need for blood donations during the holiday weekend, so North Little Rock Officials began an annual blood drive to help. 

The North Little Rock Police and the North Little Rock Fire Department will be competing and against Little Rock police and the Little Rock Fire Department for the team with the most blood donations. 

The blood drive will be held in the ballroom of the Patrick Henry Hays Center from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. While all blood donors are needed, the type 'O' is most needed. 

There will be free t-shirts being given out, as wells as plenty of food and drinks. 

18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby

18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Fish enthusiasts ages 15 and under are preparing for a day of outdoor fun in Jacksonville. 

Jacksonville Parks and Recreation along with Arkansas Game and Fish are hosting their 18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 20 at Dupree Lake at #1 Park St. 

Registration is free and will begin at 7 a.m. The tournament will start at 8 a.m. and will last until 10 a.m. rain or shine. 

Prizes will be awarded for different derby categories such as smallest fish caught, most fish caught and longest fish caught. Participants must be present to receive the awards. 

For more information on the Youth Fishing Derby, call (501) 982-4171.

Splash Zone celebrates its 10th year

Splash Zone celebrates its 10th year

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Splash Zone wants to celebrate their tenth year of business with the public, so they are having a party. 

On Friday, May 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Splash Zone at 201 Martin Street in Jacksonville, Ark. will be having a celebration that will include chances to win Splash Zone passes and other giveaways. Admission in to the park will be $5, and slides will be free. Those who attend must be 48" or taller to ride the slides. 

Concession food and drinks will be available. 

Approval for sidewalk clearing near Majestic Hotel

Approval for sidewalk clearing near Majestic Hotel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Hot Springs received approval from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday to begin clearing the sidewalk near the "yellow brick" structure adjacent to the Majestic Hotel. 

In February of 2014, parts of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Ark. went up in flames. Over a year later, debris from the fire still covers the sidewalk. 

The City of Hot Springs is taking over the project after giving the property owner over a year to dispose of the rubble. The project will include construction of a fence barrier to ensure pedestrian safety. The property owner will be billed for the cost of the project. The County Judge Rick Davis has agreed to waive landfill fees for debris disposal. 

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 host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Jacksonville police host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department will be hosting Prescription Drug Take Back Day in an attempt to collect expired and unused medications from those in the community. 

This event will be held Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville Police Department off 1400 Marshall Road. 

Drop-off of the medications is completely anonymous and no questions will be asked. Medications can be returned in any container. For privacy, the pills may be removed from the original pill bottle. Police are accepting unwanted prescriptions, over the counter meds and vitamins.

According to a study published in 2013 by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation, more than 40 percent of teens who have misused or abused a prescription, obtained it from their parents' medicine cabinet.