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Tail Light Allegedly Out…Meth Bust; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Corporal May reports the following:

On 08/16/19 at approximately 0417 hours, I (Cpl. Kenny May #131) conducted a traffic stop on a dark green 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck in the 400 block of Winona Street.

Prior to the stop, I was facing west at the stop sign on Winona St. at the intersection with Central Avenue.  I observed the truck traveling northbound on Central Ave. before turning east onto Winona St. without using a right turn signal.  In my rearview mirror, I then observed the truck to be missing a tail light.  I conducted a traffic stop based on those facts.

I made contact with the driver and sole occupant of the truck (Roberta Shafer).

Tail Light Allegedly Out…Meth Bust; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Tail Light Allegedly Out…Meth Bust; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Tail Light Allegedly Out…Meth Bust; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Tail Light Allegedly Out…Meth Bust; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

Roberta K. Shafer, 51, of Linwood Avenue in Hot Springs – allegedly admitted to having dope in her purse during a traffic stop.

During our conversation, Shafer informed me that she had methamphetamine in her purse.  She added that it was in a mint can.  I located the mint can inside her purse, which was located in the seat next to where she was seated.  Inside the mint can, I located a small baggie with a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine.  Also in the purse was a piece of cloth wrapped around a glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine.

After transporting Shafer to the Garland County Detention Center, the crystalline substance was field-tested and showed a positive reaction for the presumptive identification of methamphetamine.  It weighed 1.8 grams.

Ms. Shafer is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, with a bond amount totaling $5,000.

Student orientation staff makes sure incoming UCA freshman start semester off right

CONWAY, Ark. — University of Central Arkansas students and volunteers worked to make sure the incoming class has a smooth transition from home to college.

There are 3,500 students total living on campus this year, but freshmen didn’t have the burden of moving in all their things. 

“We are moving in all the freshmen that are here today,” Student Orientation Leader Lane Davis said.

Over a thousand students and volunteers welcomed the freshman and made sure they got settled in for move-in day.

“We’ll get everything unloaded, take it up to the room for them so they and their family members just sit in the car and relax, and we’ll take everything upstairs for them and they don’t even have to worry about it,” Davis said.

“It was ridiculously nice to just be able to drive up and have everyone grab my stuff and have it be taken up. That was really awesome and considerate,” Freshman Jon Rowe said.

They’re all looking forward to the upcoming school year.

“I’m excited for the adult experience of being able to make a lot of my own choices,” Rowe said.

It’s also a chance to meet new faces.

“Seeing the freshmen really come out of their shell a little bit once mom and dad are away, they really start to show their true personality and really who they are,” Student Orientation Leader Landon Koch said.

The end of one school year means planning for the next.

“As far as move-in week and Welcome Day, we spend weeks planning. I mean, I found out I was going to be a team leader 9 months ago,” Koch said.

UCA President Houston Davis said it takes the community of Conway to make it happen.

“It’s a testament that we have all these volunteers. These are a thousand of our current students and community members, and they know what a great first year these students have in front of them,” Davis said.

Welcome Week will continue tomorrow with the Bear Den Greek Stroll Off Monday.

The first day of classes for students is August 22nd.

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Allegedly Parked Illegally With Meth While Wanted; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Corporal Kenny May reports the following:

On 08/16/19 at approximately 0150 hours, I (Cpl. Kenny May #131) was traveling southbound on Charteroak Street, approaching West Belding Street.  I observed an orange 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche that was stationary but running with its headlights on.  It was illegally positioned facing northbound in the southbound lane of Charteroak St.  I then discovered that the license plate number expired in June of 2019.

I made contact with the driver/sole occupant (Shawn Jasper).

Allegedly Parked Illegally With Meth While Wanted; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

Shawn Wayne Jasper, 49, of Diamond Drive in Garland County – allegedly found parked illegally with meth just after midnight.

Allegedly Parked Illegally With Meth While Wanted; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Allegedly Parked Illegally With Meth While Wanted; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Allegedly Parked Illegally With Meth While Wanted; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

HSPD dispatch advised that Jasper had a valid Failure to Appear warrant through the Garland County Sheriff’s Office and that they wanted him brought in.

Jasper advised that he did not have anyone on scene that he trusted to leave his vehicle with.  At that time, we requested the vehicle be towed.

During a tow inventory, officers located a red metal tin between the driver’s seat and center console.  Inside the tin was .4 grams of marijuana and .8 grams of a crystalline substance that was field-tested and showed a positive reaction for the presumptive identification of methamphetamine.  Jasper confirmed that he was not a Medical Marijuana card holder.

Mr. Jasper was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Possession Of A Controlled Substance, with a bond amount totaling $3,500.

Future of state-controlled Little Rock School District discussions to begin this week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Starting this Tuesday, the Arkansas Board of Education will host four public forums to discuss the current and future shape of the state-controlled Little Rock School District. 

Diane Zook, the chairman of the State Board of Education, broke down the reasons the state intervenes in school districts and the criteria those districts need to meet in order to be controlled locally again. 

She said these public forums are a stepping stone to get there. 

“We want Little Rock to be the best school district it can be and we think community input, as well as raw data, will guide that decision,” Zook said. 

On January 28th, 2020, the Little Rock School District’s five-year deadline to fix its student academic weaknesses runs out.

The state took control of the Little Rock School District in 2015 after six schools had consistently low test scores. LRSD then became categorized as needing “Level 5-intensive support,” but Zook said state and federal laws have changed since then.

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“They focused more on academic distress priority, focused schools – They labeled them different. We were under No Child Left Behind,” she said. 

Zook said in 2017, the laws changed to what’s now called the Every Students Succeeds Act. 

“We look at each child, each child’s growth, each child’s achievement, each child’s attendance— everything about each child. It is very student-focused,” she said. 

Zook said because the state took over LRSD under one law and now the laws have switched, their exit criteria didn’t come out as quickly.

She said the exit criteria are broken up into several categories. First, numerical measurements, such as test scores.

“There are four categories: in need of support; close, meaning you do pretty good a lot of the time, but not a solid B student; and then ready, which means probably an A or B student; and then exceeding,” Zook said. 

She said they also measure what are called, “growth scores.”

“If you as a student make as much progress this year as we would’ve anticipated you make based on previous years, then your school will be 80 or above,” Zook said. 

She said in addition to tracking numbers, they also speak with faculty and administrators to see if everyone’s needs are being met. 

“Is the central administration providing the support that’s needed by the principals and, in turn, the teachers so they can be prepared and do what they need to for the students,” Zook said. 

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Based on the law, if the school district doesn’t meet these criteria, it can’t return to local control at that time. The state then has three options: 

1) It could be wholly consolidated into a neighboring district. 

2) It can be split up with different schools going into different districts. 

3) It could be reconstituted— gradually returning to local control step by step. 

She said reconstitution is a more “flexible” term. 

“More than likely it would be reconstitution, not annexation or consolidation,” Zook said. 

Parents can get involved at one of four meetings: 

1) Aug. 20 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Arkansas Baptist College’s auditorium

2) Aug. 26 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roberts Elementary. 

3) Aug. 27 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Saint Mark Baptist Church. 

4) Sept. 3 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Education’s auditorium

“We want what’s right and good for your children too and we want them to know we are listening to them and then maybe they will see that we care as well,” she said. 

Deon Stewart To Miss Season Due To Torn ACL

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Throughout fall camp, the Arkansas coaching staff has emphasized the need for freshmen wide receivers to step up. Now, the need becomes more critical with reports of the loss of fifth-year veteran Deon Stewart.

Stewart tore his ACL in the Razorbacks’ second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday and is expect to miss the entirety of the 2019 season.

Stewart tweeted out Saturday night hinting that the injury may be worse than originally expected.

Last year, Stewart caught 22 passes for 178 yards. He also made an impact on special teams, returning nine punts for 91 yards.

Charged With DWI After Allegedly Having One Drink; Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Wagner reports the following:

On 08/15/19 at approximately 1721 hours, I responded to the 500 block of Charming Heights Road in reference to a possible accident.

Upon my arrival, GCSO Corporal Clayton Green and Deputy Elwood McConnell were already on scene.  Cpl. Green advised that the driver of the white Ford F150 was possibly intoxicated.  I then went over and spoke to the driver, who was identified as David Forest Norton.

Charged With DWI After Allegedly Having One Drink; Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

David Forest Norton, 46, of Arkansas Avenue in Rose Bud, AR – Allegedly blew almost double the legal limit after only having “one drink”.

Norton advised that the truck on scene was his and that he only had one “drink” prior to driving.  Norton had the odor of intoxicants emitting from his breath and person, red bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and appeared to be unsteady on his feet.

I asked Norton if he would be willing to take the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and he advised that he would.

Charged With DWI After Allegedly Having One Drink; Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY
Charged With DWI After Allegedly Having One Drink; Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY
Charged With DWI After Allegedly Having One Drink; Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

During the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, Norton displayed a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, displayed distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes, and displayed the onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes, totaling 6 clues.

During the walk and turn test, Norton started too soon, stepped off line, and missed heel-to-toe, totaling 3 clues.

During the one leg stand test, Norton used his arms to balance, totaling 1 clue.

Norton was then placed into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.

While at the Detention Center, Norton consented to a breath test and blew a .15% on the EC/IR-II Intoxilyzer machine.

Mr. Norton’s charge carries a bond amount of $1,000.

Suspect In W. St. Louis Drive By Arrested; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Detective Shawn Stillian reports the following:

On 08/01/2019, at approximately 1755 hours, the residence at 1607 West Saint Louis Street was struck by gunfire from a drive by shooting.  Inside the residence at the time of the incident were three adults and three juveniles.

The residence was struck six times by gunfire and a black 2010 Ford Escape, which was parked in the front yard, was also struck one time.  Officers located 10 spent .22 caliber cartridge casings in the street.  The casings stretched from 1611 W. St. Louis to 1605 W. St. Louis.  Also located was one 9mm cartridge that had not been fired.  The cartridge was located in the street in front of 1609 W. St. Louis.

A residence in the area has several exterior security cameras and captured the incident.  In the video, which also has sound, a black male (subject #1) walks up to 1607 W. St Louis and knocks on the door.  He starts walking up the street towards 1611 W. St. Louis.  He meets up with another subject, identified as Montez Dixon, who is walking towards 1607 W. St. Louis from the other direction.

Suspect In W. St. Louis Drive By Arrested; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

Montez Saquan Dixon, 24, of Illinois Street in Hot Springs – allegedly fired rounds at a house on West Saint Louis Street on August 1st.

A black Dodge SUV pulls into the driveway of 1611 and two other subjects (#3 and #4) get out and meet up with Dixon and subject #1.

Suspect In W. St. Louis Drive By Arrested; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Suspect In W. St. Louis Drive By Arrested; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS
Suspect In W. St. Louis Drive By Arrested; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

All 4 subjects then start walking towards 1607 W. St. Louis at which time one of the occupants of 1607 W. St.Louis came outside and there is a verbal exchange between them.

Dixon and subject #3 pull out handguns and Dixon “racks” the slide ejecting the 9mm cartridge that was later recovered.  All of a sudden, all 4 subjects take off running back towards 1611 W. St. Louis.  Dixon is observed pointing his gun back towards 1607 W. St. Louis and shoots one time.

They get into the Dodge SUV and quickly drive past 1607 W. St. Louis with subject #3 firing at the house from the backseat of the SUV.  One spent 9mm casing was located in the grass where Dixon is observed shooting from at 1611 W. St. Louis.

On 08/01/2019 at approximately 10:45 hrs Dixon was arrested on unrelated charges and transported to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hot Springs Police Department for processing.  Dixon was placed in an interview room that is recorded in both audio and video.  Dixon is observed wearing a distinguishing pair of white pants with a blue stripe on the side of both pant legs and multi-colored design on the lower legs.  After processing, Dixon was transported to the Garland County Detention Center.  It was discovered Dixon bonded out of the detention center at 14:50 hrs on 08/01/2019.

I, Detective Stillian, reviewed the video of Dixon’s interview at the Hot Springs Police Department and the video from 1609 W. St. Louis and I positively identified the person in both videos as being Montez Dixon.

Mr. Dixon is charged with Felony Terroristic Act with bond not available.

'Augustus the Warrior' | City of Austin hosts benefit for 2-year-old with cancer

AUSTIN, Ark. — The city of Austin, Arkansas found a new way to take care of some residents.

It put on a benefit auction for a family whose two-year-old son is battling cancer.

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Gus Britton, or as the community likes to call him, “Augustus the Warrior,” was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma on June 14, but he has the entire city of Austin as an army behind him.

On Wednesday, they came together to show their support. 

The benefit was held at Austin City Hall, and had everything from a silent auction to a live auction to a bake sale. 

All of the proceeds from the event will go straight to the Britton family. 

Businesses in Austin, Cabot, Sherwood, and beyond donated more than 200 silent auction items. 

Bernie Chamberlain, Austin’s Mayor, was the one who came up with the idea and everyone from the police department to the fire department and more helped her make it happen. 

Gus’ mother, Kayla, said she was overwhelmed by the emotion of the day.

“We were just floored that everyone wanted to rally around Gus and set up this auction for him and for our family,” said Kayla Britton. “I can’t even say how much it means, it just, I’m at a loss for words because it means a lot to us, so they’ve really just completely welcomed us and wrapped their arms around us and stood for us when we can’t stand for ourselves, so it’s been pretty amazing.”

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The mayor said it was too soon to tell how much they had raised, but early on in the afternoon, they were already well over $2,500. 

Gus’ mom said that even though he has a long journey ahead of him, he is still the exact same goofy, energetic, and bossy kid who knows he is cute and can get whatever he wants.