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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Little Rock.

Tuesday
Sep022014

Philander Smith College on Lockdown After Police Chase 

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Officials placed Philander Smith College dormitories on lockdown Sunday after three suspects led police on a chase through Little Rock, Arkansas.

Officers patrolling the area observed three men in a white BMW on 16th and Chester Streets around 5 p.m. One of the passengers pointed a gun outside the car's window, according to officials, aiming at two children in the area.

Police turned on their sirens "to distract the suspect," prompting the driver to flee. A chase ended at the Philander Smith College dormitories, where all three suspects fled on foot.

Following a lockdown of the premises, the men were taken into custody without incident. Carvelle Diante Jeffries, 20, was issued a citation for fleeing, Emory Craig, 23, was charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, and fleeing; and Clinton Burrell, 22, was charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, careless driving, and fleeing.

Officers were unable to locate the victims and subsequently unable to charge the suspects with additional crimes.


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Friday
Aug292014

Judge Issues Injunction to Shut Down Willow Creek Apartments

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- A judge has issued an injunction to immediately close the Willow Creek Apartments in Little Rock.

City officials said Friday that is has received a temporary injunction from Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Fox to shut down the apartment complex, located at 7515 Geyer Springs Road.

"Officials had previously cited property owners with more than 250 municipal code violations. While some issues were solved, owners failed to bring units to compliance with minimum building and housing codes," officials said.

Tenants now have until 5 p.m. next Friday to vacate the property.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Arkansas Gets $100,000 Grant to Ensure Safe Water Supply

(DALLAS) -- Arkansas has received $100,000 from the federal government to ensure that residents across the state have safe drinking water.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and will go towards water quality management planning.

The agency says the money will be used to analyze chemical samples of rivers, streams and lakes in the state.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Ebola Outbreak Emerges as Issue in Arkansas Senate Race

(WASHINGTON) -- An unexpected issue popped up in the Arkansas Senate race this week -- Ebola.

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., released an ad titled “Emergency Response,” highlighting the recent Ebola outbreak, saying his opponent Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., voted against funding for medical disaster aid.

“Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola,” a male narrator says as news clips about the unprecedented Ebola outbreak play on screen.

“Congressman Cotton voted to cut billions from our nation’s medical disaster and emergency programs,” a female narrator says.

“He was the only Arkansas congressman to vote this way,” the male narrator says.

The Cotton campaign, which planned a news conference to rebut the TV spot, scoffed at the ad.

“Senator Pryor’s desperation is comical. In Senator Pryor’s world, he doesn’t have to take responsibility for rubber-stamping the Obama agenda over 90% of the time, but wants Arkansans to believe Tom Cotton is responsible for everything from Ebola to crabgrass and male-pattern baldness,” said David Ray, a spokesman for Cotton.

Along with Ebola, the Arkansas Senate race has seen a number of issues come to the forefront, including religion and border security, in a midterm election where the president’s health care plan was expected to dominate the agenda.


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Tuesday
Aug262014

Benton Police Arrest Man for Allegedly Breaking into Truck

(BENTON, Ark.) -- Benton Police have charged a man in connection with a vehicle break-in over the weekend.

Police announced Tuesday that 30-year-old Matthew Kyle has been charged with breaking and entering, and criminal mischief, among other charges.

Police said on Sunday morning they responded to the 2000 block of Military Road on a report of a suspicious person, and at the scene they found a truck that had been broken into. Officers searched the area, and arrested Kyle as a suspect in the crime.


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