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Benton teenager organizing event to fight Colitis


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV)- A Benton teenager has taken it upon herself to help fight a disease that changed her life forever.

Jaycee Hobbs, 16, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis last November, but now she is organizing the Stepsy Market. It's an arts and crafts fair taking place Saturday, May 30. It's organized to help raise funds to fight the incurable disease.

From one day to another, Jaycee was told she had an incurable disease with ulcers in her colon, forcing her to completely change her eating habits.
"You just don't know what you can eat, like something might hurt you or something may cause you to have a flare up,"
said Hobbs.

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17-year-old facing capital murder charges

17-year-old facing capital murder charges

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The murder of Jason "Snowman" Stovall led investigators to a 17-year-old boy who is now facing Capital Murder and Criminal Attempt Capital Murder charges. 

According to the Malvern Police Department, the teen was arrested May 26 and charged with capital murder and criminal attempt capital murder. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 cash or professional bond.

Police said the teen had apparently also been arrested in March and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Bryant homeowners calling 911 over loud bugs


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - It's a sound that only gets this loud every 13 to 17 years and it's freaking some people out around central Arkansas.

The song of the cicada is loud and very distinct, and for anyone who has never heard it before, it can be a little unnerving.

"People thought that, gee whiz, the world was coming to an end, that UFOs were here, that these sirens were going off and they couldn't understand why these sirens were going off," said Lt. Jeffrey Silk of the Saline County Sheriff's Department on Monday.

"Our 911 dispatchers said, beginning Saturday morning, they started to get a flood of phone calls from citizens saying there were sirens going off, there were alarms going off, real loud noises – and then they said that it's been going on for a while. So we dispatched patrol cars out there, so the deputies went out to check it out, and in fact it was cicadas."

Benton looks to expand liquor sales


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Changes could soon be coming to the city of Benton. Six months after Saline County began selling alcohol, restaurants in Benton could soon add liquor to their menus.

"It would be wonderful if I could have a glass of wine or something like that with my dinner or lunch," said Evelyn Hagan.

In order to sell beer and wine in Benton, restaurants must have a mixed drink license. But if they want to add liquor to the menu, they need a second private club license.

"I think that's a lot of waste of time," said Christina Smith. "I don't think they should have to get permission to."

City Alderman Charles Cunningham says a proposed ordinance could simplify things when it comes to serving alcohol.

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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. 

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: