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Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Kevia K. Bolden (Memphis, TN): Shoplifting This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2007 - Little Rock District), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Pine Bluff High School vandalized Friday

Pine Bluff High School vandalized Friday

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff High School was vandalized sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Lt. David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department said one of the security guard arrived Friday morning and found trash strewn all over campus. When the guard looked around campus, they found more damage including glued locks, graffiti on the side of the gym, decorative plants ripped from pots, overturned picnic tables, and paint on security camera lenses.

Police have not names any suspects, and efforts are already underway to correct the damage. A total on damage cost was not provided.

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.

Pine Bluff couple arrested on drug and firearm charges

Pine Bluff couple arrested on drug and firearm charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Pine Bluff Police S.W.A.T. Team executed a search warrant at 6809 Calhoun Street in Pine Bluff.

According to Lt. David Price, the warrant was secured after an investigation was conducted from information developed from "tips" from the public and a series of controlled buys from the residence.

Inside the residence was a complex growing operation of what appeared to be marijuana. A room inside the residence had been converted to a "grow house" that included ventilation systems, special lighting and timers. Approximately 60 mature plants were recovered from the operation with an estimated street value of around $80,000. Also, methamphetamine and Xanax was recovered from the residence. A handgun was also present in the residence.

Arkansas Supreme Court reverses capital murder conviction

Arkansas Supreme Court reverses capital murder conviction

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a Lincoln County man's capital murder conviction on grounds that there was not sufficient proof the accused man committed the crime.

In a split decision, the court on Thursday dismissed the conviction and life sentence of 23-year-old Justin Jamaille Thornton for the 2011 shooting death of 22-year-old Kwame Turner.

The majority concluded that there was evidence that Turner was killed in Thornton's home, but no evidence that Thornton was the person who fired the shot. The justices also said there was no evidence of premeditation.

Thornton was convicted in a non-jury trial and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty.

The appeal didn't address a gun charge and other counts on which Thornton was also convicted.

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FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

JCSO, AT&T promoting 'Don't Text While Driving' campaign

JCSO, AT&T promoting 'Don't Text While Driving' campaign

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (JCSO/ATT) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is very proud to announce its partnership with AT&T to bring awareness to and promote the “Don’t Text While Driving” Campaign and AT&T’s “It Can Wait” texting and driving campaign.  The purpose of the two campaigns that seem to mirror each other is to focus on educating the public, especially teens on the dangers of texting and driving.