Top 11 Local Stories of 2016

A collection of our most popular stories of 2016


Dash cam video shows Ark. Police chief speeding, not given ticket

Dash camera video released to the public revealed that a Brinkley police chief was pulled over for speeding and let go without being given a ticket. The chief admitted he was speeding, but denied going the 107 miles-per-hour he was accused of. The Mayor of Brinkley said the incident warranted an investigation but no charges were ever filed and the investigation was dropped.

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Attorney General warns against poolside posts

In May, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge warned parents, asking them not to post pictures of their kids in bathing suits on social media. While photos in a bathing suit are not considered child porn, Rutledge said they can be used to barter with other online.

“Predators are essentially harvesting photographs from Facebook and other means of social media taking innocent pictures of children that show a lot of skin,” Rutledge said.

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Former THV11 anchor Beth Ward passes away

The THV11 family was heartbroken when they learned of Beth Ward’s passing. She was a mainstay on Arkansas television for 37 years before retiring in 2006. Our hearts are with Beth’s family and she will be missed by all of Arkansas tremendously.

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Waiter goes above and beyond to help Ark. Mom, baby

Robert Davis’ act of kindness spread across social media and national news after a mother posted a photo of the waiter helped feed her baby. Davis said he tries to treat everyone he meets like family and said he could tell the mom and baby needed a hand.

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KARN anchor dies in fatal I-430 crash

Longtime Arkansas journalist and newscaster Gary DiGiuseppe died during a collision on the I-430 Bridge in June. DiGiuseppe, along with Felecia Stevenson died during the accident after Stevenson was driving the opposite direction. KARN 102.9 hosts Mike Kemp and Kevin Miller spoke fondly of DiGiuseppe during that morning’s radio show.

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Shooting at a Sonic in Little Rock leaves one in critical condition

In mid-July, 20-year-old Olivia Stanage was shot while working at a Sonic in west Little Rock. Sonic offered up a $20,000 reward to the public to help find the three suspects, but at this time no one has been arrested in connection to the shooting.

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Reports: Weapon-wielding clown spotted in Ark. town

The beginning of fall not only brought with it the changing of the leaves, but it brought a wave of creepy clowns being spotted across America. The town of White Hall was one of many towns to receive calls about a clown standing near a wooded area. Most of the claims never found the suspected clowns, but a few people were arrested dressed up as clowns as the hoax spread across the nation.

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Massive turtle found in Lake Conway by fisherman

A fisherman in Lake Conway came across a 3 ½ to 4-foot long turtle when the turtle was at the end of a trotline. It took Scott Pitts about an hour to free the huge turtle from the trotline.

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Volunteer firefighter shot and killed by homeowner

In January, Ronald Jason Adams, a volunteer firefighter, was shot and killed while responding to a medical emergency in Pulaski County. Deputies arrested Mark Pruitt for the murder. His trial has been set for April 11, 2017

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Ark. Swim beaches closed due to health risks

Several swim beaches in Arkansas were closed this summer for health risks including E. Coli. Beaches had to pass two tests before being declared safe.

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Police identify bodies found in Pope Co. junkyard, investigating homicide

Two bodies were found crushed inside a demolished car at a Pope County salavage yard in September. Aaron Brock and Beau DeWitt were reported missing a week earlier and their last known location was at U-Pull-It Auto Salvage Yard just outside of Russellville. One day later after identifying the bodies, police arrested Tyler Barefield in connection with the murder of both men.

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