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Man, 30, Charged in April Vehicle Break-ins

(BENTON, Ark.) -- Police have charged a man in connection with a dozen vehicle break-ins that occurred in Benton earlier this year.

The 12 break-ins and thefts occurred on April 21 in the area of Millbrook Drive and the Heritage Farms neighborhood, according to Benton Police.

Officials said an investigation led to 30-year-old Devin Weston being identified as a suspect. Weston was arrested and charged with 12 counts of breaking or entering, and four counts of theft of property.

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Little Rock Police Chief to Host Series of Public Meetings

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Little Rock's new top cop is set to host a series of public meetings throughout the city, starting next week.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner will host meetings in each of the seven city wards from Aug. 4 through Aug. 21. The first meeting will be held at the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, located at 3805 West 12th St.

"Community involvement will be a key factor in the success of our crime-control model," Buckner said in a statement. "These meetings are the first step in a relationship-building process between our police department and Little Rock residents."

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Little Rock Encrypts Police Radio Traffic 

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- The Little Rock Police Department is beginning the process of encrypting its radio frequencies in an effort to strengthen city safety.

Officials started the steps on Monday, and the operation is expected to take one week.

The action is meant to combat individuals monitoring police presence in their area, and those who use radio information to "victimize citizens," according to Lt. Sidney Allen.

In some instances, individuals will track calls to see if officers are being dispatched to the scene of their crime.

While police say that many "law-abiding citizens" monitor such frequencies for details on their neighborhood, officials are prioritizing residents' safety and protection.

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Officials Investigate Deadly 11th Street Shooting

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Little Rock Police are investigating a Saturday shooting that left one woman dead.

Officials arrived at 3719 W. 11th St. around 9:40 p.m. to find the 44-year-old victim, Tanuyna Wilson, on the ground in front of her home.

Witnesses told police that they heard two shots and a woman's scream, then saw a man running from the area.

Wilson was taken to UAMS Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect is described as a black man, 25 to 40 years old, 5'6" with a heavy build, wearing a dark-colored hat, white button down shirt, and dark slacks.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact law enforcement at 501-371-4829 or 501-371-4830.

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Two Dead After Head-On Crash

(JONESBORO, Ark.) -- Two people are dead after a head-on crash Monday morning.

The Arkansas State Police says the crash took place on Highway 63 north of Highway 69.

Rickey Wheeler had been driving north when he ran off the road. When he overcorrected, he lost control and crossed the median, hitting Mary Torres head-on.

Torres died at the scene. Wheeler was taken to St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro where he died.

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