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Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The United States Reserve Marines has a special mission for this 2015 Memorial Day weekend. 

This unit, which is based at Camp Pike in North Little Rock will be hiking from Hot Springs to Little Rock on May 24 and 25.  This 60-mile hike will begin at 5 a.m. Sunday and is expected to end by 5 p.m. Monday. The starting point will be at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hot Springs and will end at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. 

This event is an India Company tradition dating back to the late 1940s. It is used to raise awareness while commemorating India Company's history and testing the physical and mental endurance of Marines. 

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Pizza Hut employees charged for pizza box slurs

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Two Bryant Pizza Hut employees have been charged after they admitted to writing racial slurs inside a pizza box.

According to a press release, Siernna Harris told Bryant officers that her son and some of his friends picked up a pizza earlier that evening from Pizza Hut and when they looked inside they noticed written on the inside lid the letters "KKK", a racial slur, and a swastika symbol.

Bryant Police Investigators began looking into the matter and learned that some Pizza Hut employees had been fired after this incident. Some individuals were questioned regarding the comments left on the box.

They were both questioned and both admitted to writing the comments. They were both charged with Harassment which is a Class "A" Misdemeanor.

One of the subjects charged was a 17-year-old. His charges will be handled through Juvenile Court.

Benton family finds racial slurs in pizza box

BENTON, Ark, (KTHV) – Justice was served to a family in Benton after a disturbing find inside their pizza box.

It started Sunday night when a couple of teenagers ordered pizza from the Pizza Hut in Bryant.

19-year-olds Brian Reed and Somante Wallace went to the franchise to pick up their second pizza that day, and explained that when opening the box, they found racial slurs, a swastika and the words KKK written inside the box.

THV11 spoke to Wallace's mother, Sierrna Harris, who says she doesn't understand how someone could do that.

"Speechless really…to know that someone would even do this. Why…what is the reason behind this?" said Harris.

Shortly after Harris reached out to Pizza Hut, two of the employees were terminated.

Pizza Hut released the following statement:

Mablevale woman arrested for burglary

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - On Saturday morning, Benton police responded to a report of a burglary in progress on the 700 block of Tee Street.

Officers made contact with the complainant who said that he thought a suspect was stealing items from a home.

The officers then proceeded to check the area and located a suspect at the home who was identified as Tara Larue, 33, of Mabelvale. While investigating around the home, officers discovered a broken window and other evidence of a recent break-in. Larue was subsequently placed under arrest for burglary.

Larue was transported to the Saline County Detention Facility and charged with Residential Burglary, Theft of Property, and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief. Additionally, Larue also had an outstanding warrant out of the Saline County Sheriff's Office. This is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.

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Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Boys and girls of all ages will hit the basketball courts on June 6 not only for the competition, but also for a good cause. 

Chick-fil-A off Reynolds Road in Bryant is teaming up with Landers of Benton and Team USA to host a Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 6. The event will be held at Bishop Park in Bryant and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant and Team USA.

"We are very grateful for our growing customer base and believe strongly in giving back to the community where ever we can. It's a must," said Guy Parker, owner/operator of Bryant Chick-fil-A and sponsor of the tournament. The Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament will be a great way to provide fun and entertainment, while raising money for...two organizations that help ensure great futures for our local youth."

2 Benton men arrested on burglary, meth charges

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Saturday evening, officers responded to a possible burglary in progress at a home on Mink Road in Benton.

Police said officers made contact with two men on scene identified as David Cunningham, 58, and Terry Ward, 56. Items found in a truck nearby were found to belong to a construction company working in the area.

Further investigation reportedly determined a trailer on the truck had previously been reported stolen from a Benton home on an earlier date. Police said a plastic baggie was also found containing a white crystal-like substance believed to be suspected of methamphetamine.

Bryant authorities respond to calls about bear in city

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - A bear decided to make a late night food run in Bryant Saturday night.

According to the Bryant Police Department, officers began receiving calls of a large black hairy animal in the Bryant area around 9:45 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Customers and workers at a local Firehouse Sub were sure it was a bear after it hit the glass of the restaurant and began trying to enter the store.

Corporal Mike Montgomery was in the area about the time of the calls and observed the bear around Pasta Jacks heading south towards the interstate. The bear then crossed through Backyard Burgers and climbed a tree near the service road.

Officers monitored the bear until Arkansas Game and Fish were able to arrive and sedate the bear with a tranquilizer dart. The bear was safely loaded into a vehicle and released into the woods.