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Benton bank robbery suspect arrested, charged in 3 cases

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- Benton police have arrested the suspect in a bank robbery that happened Tuesday. He is now apparently charged in three separate robbery cases.

Lt. Kevin Russell said Richard Swicegood, 37, of Texas, was caught in a traffic stop by Arkansas State Police (ASP) near Forrest City on I-40 and was positively identified as the suspect in the Summit Bank robbery on July 1 around 9:40 a.m.

Police said Swicegood entered the bank and demanded money after showing a gun to the clerk; after getting an undisclosed amount of money, Swicegood then fled the bank on foot. Benton Police Department (BNPD) detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were later able to learn that Swicegood was driving a red Ford Mustang with Texas license plates.

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My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every town has a hero with a remarkable story to tell and tonight we introduce you to one in Little Rock.  Tonight's My Town Hero has gone from teaching in the classroom to teaching behind bars, helping women embark on a second chance at life.

Inside a house on Garland Street in Little Rock, healing is taking place and lives are being transformed.

"I'm learning some things about myself that's so amazing. You know my life has a purpose now," said Jeanette Hollister.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

CADC to accept applications for regular LIHEAP assistance

BENTON, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications July 7, 2014 for the regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance.

Regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists households with home energy bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying. Shut off notices will not be accepted.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis at the following mass day locations & times:

In Union County, applications will be taken beginning July 7 at the mass intake day, 8 a.m. until Noon at the TAC House, 1101 North West Avenue in El Dorado. Call 870-864-0067 for more information.

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Benton PD release photos of female involved in bank robbery

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - On Monday afternoon around 4:15, officers with the Benton Police Department responded to Malvern National Bank on Military Road in response to a report of a robbery. Police said that when they arrived, two people had fled the scene.

Lt. Kevin Russell said in a press release to THV11 that two people entered the bank and then demanded money after displaying a pistol to a clerk. Both individuals reportedly left on foot toward Ferguson Drive.

Bryant’s First Southern Baptist Church presents ‘Red, White & Bluegrass’ Festival, Firework Show

Bryant’s First Southern Baptist Church presents ‘Red, White & Bluegrass’ Festival, Firework Show

BRYANT, Ark. (FSBC) — First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant will present its annual “Red, White & Bluegrass” festival and firework show Thursday, July 3, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The festival will feature three live bluegrass bands, inflatables and games for children, activities for adults, all-you-can-eat watermelon, food and drinks for purchase, door prizes and a firework show (weather permitting). Admission is free.

This is the fourth year for the event, which is the largest bluegrass festival in central Arkansas. The festival will feature bands including Clancey, Runaway Planet and Interstate Thirty. Community members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the event.

“Our heart is to provide a fun and safe patriotic event for families in this area and to build relationships with the people in our community,” said Chad E. Smith, worship and senior adults pastor at First Southern Baptist Church.

BNPD warning citizens about police officer impersonator scam

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Recently, officers with the Benton Police Department took a report of a scam involving a suspect impersonating an officer.

The suspect called the victim in the case and identified themselves as being a Benton Police Department officer. The suspect told the victim they had missed jury duty and that the judge had ordered an arrest warrant on them for missing it. The suspect then convinced the victim to provide them with their credit card information over the phone so they could 'take care of it' for them. Unfortunately, the victim was scammed out of several hundred dollars in this case.

This seems to be a common tactic that criminals are starting to employ across the state, but it's the first time here. Another tactic they've used in other parts of the state include telling the victim to buy money cards for several hundred dollars to avoid the arrest warrant.