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Update: 2 more arrests made in Benton High School vandalism


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Benton have made three arrests in the recent shooting at the Benton High School building.

On Thursday, detectives and school resource officers worked together with district officials to develop information on a suspect who was identified as 18-year-old Justin Carroll of Benton. He was arrested in connection of two recent incidents of glass being shot out at the high school.

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Shots fired at Benton High School twice in one week

Shots fired at Benton High School twice in one week


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - "We usually end our walk walking Cupcake the dog here," Jeffrey Lipinski explained. Jeffrey and Barbara Lipinski take their daily evening stroll, usually cutting through Benton High School. But in recent weeks they have noticed a few things out of the ordinary. Lipinski continued, "Glass all over the ground and we said someone's vandalized the school window."

Benton school district would not comment on camera nor release surveillance video to THV Wednesday afternoon; only sending a media release describing the two incidents.

Benton High School changing drug testing policy

Benton High School changing drug testing policy


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV)- Parents are talking about policy changes to Benton High School's drug testing policy. "I've seen high school students drug tested for more than a decade now," said Athletic Director Coach Randy McFarlin.

Benton High School students in sports and spirit groups used to get tested once a year before the start of their sport's season. The new policy modifications will now include band members in the drug testing pool. The students will be subjected to eight random drug tests throughout the year.

"We're outsourcing the collection of the specimen and the testing to medical laboratories in Little Rock." It's part of an attempt to improve the accuracy of the testing as well as enforce the confidentiality of the process. "We used to have our school nurses perform the procedure here, but this is better," said Coach McFarlin.

11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

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Husband allegedly shoots wife at Buffalo River campground


HARRISON, Ark. (September 10, 2014) - On Monday evening, National Park Service and Marion County Sheriff law enforcement responded to a 911 call by park campers reporting gunshots in Loop A of the Buffalo Point Campground located within Buffalo National River.

NPS rangers arrived on scene to find a female victim who had been shot numerous times. She was transported via helicopter to Cox Medical Center in Springfield Missouri where, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, she was listed in stable but critical condition as of around noon on Tuesday.

According to officials, arrested at the scene was her husband John Prickett Jr.,51, of Alexander, Arkansas. John Prickett, Jr. was charged in Marion County Circuit Court with criminal attempt to commit capital murder 1st degree, a Class A Felony. Bond was set at $250,000.

Benton School District posts $1,000 reward for information on vandalism


BENTON, Ark. (September 10, 2014) -The Benton School District is posting a $1,000 reward for any information that can lead to the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for vandalism at the high school, which occurred in the late night hours on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, August 30.

On both dates the suspects drove by the high school during late night hours and shot multiple times into the glass of the rotunda and the cafeteria areas of the high school.

On August 30, the suspect was riding what appeared to be a scooter or moped and was wearing a mask. On September 5, the suspect was driving a dark colored passenger car and drove by speedily from Border Street and fired shots at the cafeteria windows.

My Town Hero: Woman dedicates life to homeless adults, children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman in Little Rock has dedicated her life to helping working homeless adults and their children stay together and live successful lives. Her passion to help others is what makes her so deserving of being featured as a My Town Hero.

For Georgia Mjartan, there's nothing more rewarding than helping children and their parents succeed.

"I grew up not a mile from Our House. I was very aware of the disparities and social injustices even as a little girl," said Georgia Mjartan. She explained that that's what motivated her to do something meaningful in her own community. After taking over as Executive Director of the homeless shelter, Our House in 2005, Georgia became inspired to create a youth center. "I looked around and saw all of these homeless children who had nowhere to be during the summer hold up in a dark dormitory in the shelter."