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Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Survey names Maumelle as #1 laziest city in Ark.

Survey names Maumelle as #1 laziest city in Ark.

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - According to a report released by Zippia, Maumelle was ranked as the laziest city in Arkansas. 

The report was developed by taking into consideration the number of hours worked per week, commute times and the average number of workers per household. 

The full top-10 list is as follows:

1. Maumelle

2. Centerton

3. Bryant

4. Cabot

5. Lowell

6. Sherwood

7. Benton 

8. Greenwood

9. Marion

10. Farmington

The data for this information was gathered from the latest American Community Survey.

In case you were wondering which city is the hardest-working, Osceola took 1st place. 

For more information visit: http://www.zippia.com/advice/laziest-places-in-arkansas/

Benton PD to hand out gun safety locks

Benton PD to hand out gun safety locks

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Amid all of the crimes being committed involving guns in our society today, one police department is trying to make a difference. 

Through the help of the Project ChildSafe Program and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Benton Police Department will be distributing free gun safety locks to residents in the area. 

Fatal firearms accidents in all age groups dropped by 22 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Safety Council. Chief Kirk Lane said the BNPD has been a member of the Project ChildSafe Program for a number of years and attributes the decrease of firearm fatalities to the education of firearm safety to citizens along with the increase of gun safety locks being provided to gun owners.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Koffee with a Kause offering free coffee to cops

Koffee with a Kause offering free coffee to cops

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - A coffee business in Bryant is showing their appreciation to law enforcement by providing free coffee to any cop that makes a stop by their shop on Friday. 

Koffee with a Kause is an establishment located at 23219 Interstate 30 in Bryant, Ark. that provides drive-thru coffee service, and 10 percent of their profits go towards charities in the Bryant community. 

To give thanks to law enforcement in the area, they have decided to provide a free cup of Joe to any officer in need on Friday, September 4. 

Koffee with a Kause made this post on Facebook Thursday: 

“We stand with law enforcement and are grateful for what you do for our communities! Officers can come by anytime tomorrow Friday, Sept 4 and receive any drink at no charge as a token of our appreciation! Please feel free to share with all law enforcement friends and family!!"

 

Month long railroad safety initiative in central Arkansas

Month long railroad safety initiative in central Arkansas

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Members of Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement Group will conduct a month long traffic initiative focusing on railroad crossing safety and pedestrians trespassing on railroad property in August. 

According to national non-profit organization Operation Lifesaver, a vehicle or person is hit by a train every three hours in the U.S. Arkansas was ranked number 15 in a list of states that have the highest percentage of rail grade collisions in the United States. These same statistics show that 73 percent of all highway-rail crossing fatalities for 2014 occurred in just 15 states, again with Arkansas in the list ranked at 14. 

For the month of August, officials will be enforcing the rules regarding railroad safety. Lt. Curtis Wood with Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement stated that anyone who tries to risk their life trying to beat an approaching train they will be cited.

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.