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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. 

LRFW impacts local community

LRFW impacts local community

By Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is preparing for another great year and people in the community have the event marked in their calendars.

Every year, LRFW exceeds the expectations of an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind experience that merges designers, models and artists together to connect and establish their brands.

“LRFW is a great platform to allow those seeking careers in the modeling and fashion industry a leg to stand on in hopes of creating or expanding their brand,” said fashion designer, Nichole McGehee, who has been participating in LRFW since 2009. “As for me, LRFW has benefited me in helping to put my brand in the “spotlight” of the media. I feel that being a part of LRFW played a great part of my line becoming known on both a local and national level.”

Jacksonville community gather to mourn SC shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansans in Jacksonville mourned on Thursday night for those who died in Wednesday night's shooting in Charleston. They filled the room with words of faith and strength as they prayed to end the spirit of racism that continues to linger.

"There's a lot of things going on in the world, but God is still in control," said Bishop James Bolden. "The enemy, the devil will use things to cause conflict in the atmosphere."

It's a conflict that has many of faith looking for divine guidance. Brothers and sisters at Evangelistic Ministries Church in Jacksonville took time on Thursday night to come together in the face of heartbreaking news.

"The people in South Carolina are hurting now and we feel their pain," said church Mother Mary LaBron.

Families looking into Arkansas Funeral Care refunds

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The state is continuing to get calls from people looking for answers following this week's arrests of three men in connection with bodies being left out to rot at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville.

The state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors said that they were completely inundated with phone calls after this story first broke in January and February. But since then, most of the calls have died down.

This week, Jacksonville police arrested Edward Snow, Leroy Wood and Rod Wood, and charged each with more than a dozen counts of abuse of a corpse.

Amy Goode, executive secretary for the state board, says it's possible that some of the clients who had loved ones at Arkansas Funeral Care may still have some money coming to them.

Warrants obtained for 3 wanted on 13 abuse of corpse charges

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Police obtained warrants for three men wanted on abuse of a corpse charges.

According to April Kiser with Jacksonville police, the arrest warrants are for 63-year-old embalmer Edward Snow, of Cabot; owner 86-year-old LeRoy Wood, of Jacksonville; and 61-year-old Rod Wood. Each are facing 13 felony charges of abuse of a corpse—all of which are felonies

This is an update to a story THV11 has been following for months, as an investigation into alleged infractions at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville began in January.

Highway commission approves road improvement bids

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Pulaski County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 1.7 miles of Jacksonville-Cato Road extending west from Highway 107 to Lybrand Drive and 1.5 miles of Jacksonville Cut-off Rd in Sherwood extending east from Highway 107 to Bayou Meto.

Rogers Group, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee was awarded the contract at $331,276.49.

This project is part of the State Aid City Streets Program approved by lawmakers in 2011 and voters in 2012. This program provides $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist cities with projects selected by a nine member panel of Arkansas mayors.

Construction is scheduled begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete this summer.