Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Little Rock.


Police ID Driver of SUV that Struck, Killed Child in Pike County

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Authorities have released the name of a man who struck and killed a child with an SUV in Pike County on Monday.

Arkansas State Police said 88-year-old Dwight Moody was behind the wheel of the vehicle when it struck 12-year-old Jazmin Hernandez, who had just exited a school bus near Salem on U.S. Highway 70.

The child was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital, where she died.

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Police Charge Second Man in February Murder

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Police have charged a second person in a murder that occurred in Little Rock back in February.

Police said Nathaniel Eskridge, 33, is the second person to be charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cedric Pennington.

Meco Howard, 25, has also been charged.

Pennington, 44, was fatally shot on Feb. 28 on the 8600 block of Baseline Road.

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Benton Police Charge Man with Rape

(BENTON, Ark.) -- Benton Police have arrested a man who allegedly raped two minors.

Manuel Portillo is charged with three counts of rape, police announced.

Investigators said early Monday morning they were informed about a possible rape involving a female juvenile victim, and there also being a possibility of another juvenile victim involved.  

An investigation then led to 51-year-old Portillo being arrested and charged.

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Woman, 47, Killed in Little Rock Hit-and-Run

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- A woman is dead following a hit-and-run collision in Little Rock on Sunday morning.

Witnesses told police that Jesusa Chavez was attempting to cross the 3300 block of Mabelville Pike when she was struck by a silver SUV, which continued southbound after striking the woman.

Chavez, 47, was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The search continues for the driver and vehicle involved.

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Police Arrest Two Women in Bank Robbery

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Two women have been arrested and charged in connection with a robbery at a Little Rock bank on Thursday.

The robbery happened before noon at a Simmons Bank, located at 7401 Cantrell Road. Witnesses told police that a woman robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of money and then fled the scene.

Police said a suspect vehicle was later pulled over, and Precious Canady, 28, and Mikala Vanderbilt, 19, were arrested. Both women have been charged with aggravated robbery and theft of property.

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