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Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.

BNPD kicks off school year with nifty, new car

BNPD kicks off school year with nifty, new car

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – As the new school year begins, the Benton Police Department (BNPD) is trying something new to gain a good relationship with students.

The police department recently introduced an additional school resource officer, Bobby Shell. BNPD said Shell has been in law enforcement for 15 years, has 1,500 hours of certified training, and experience in various different departments over the years.

In addition, a new, not so traditional school resource officer vehicle has been introduced.

“The new school resource officer vehicle is a Chevrolet Corvette that was an asset forfeiture provided courtesy of your local drug dealer,” said a spokesperson for the department.  “A sports car was chosen due to the unique nature of it not being a traditional police vehicle, which allows for rapport building between officers and students. “

BNPD June enforcement initiative focuses on criminal activity in city parks

BNPD June enforcement initiative focuses on criminal activity in city parks

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) Recently, it has come to our attention through some members of the community that they would like to see more of a presence in city parks due to various issues and concerns.  Some of the problems reported to us include vehicular racing, possible drug use, people fighting, and people using vulgar language or slurs around their family.

This initiative will refocus the resources of the department towards utilizing not just patrol officers, but also detectives, the special investigative unit (SIU), and school resource officers to be more effective.  They will focus on community policing by conducting not just vehicle patrols, but foot patrols of the parks and Saline River access points to be a visible deterrent to those intent on conducting criminal activity.

Three burglary suspects caught in the act

Three burglary suspects caught in the act

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday at approximately 8:35 p.m., officers with the Benton Police Department responded to the 400 block of Ashby Street on report of a possible burglary in progress call. Upon their arrival, it was determined that a burglary was indeed taking place.

Officers made contact with one suspect outside the residence who was later identified as Alexander Wall, 25. Upon subsequent investigation, it was determined two other suspects were still inside the residence. One suspect was located a short time later and was identified as Samantha Wilder, 25.

A third suspect, later identified as Dillan Billingsley, 26, fled from the residence. Officers were able to locate him after a short foot pursuit and he was taken into custody without further incident. All three suspects were transported to the Saline County Detention facility for processing without further incident.

Benton Police present the 'Turn yourself in or you MAY get put in jail' warrant initiative

Benton Police present the 'Turn yourself in or you MAY get put in jail' warrant initiative

BENTON, Ark. (BNPD) - Every month this year the Benton Police Department will have a different initiative that we will call attention to in relation to a public safety issue. The month of May is going to be ‘Turn Yourself in or you MAY Get Put in Jail’, which is a warrant initiative which will have two primary objectives. 

First, we currently have over 1,500 active warrants in our system and this initiative will help us cut down on the backlog.  Officers from every division will be working the initiative during the month of May in an attempt to serve the warrants. 

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.