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State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting After Rescue Of 9-Year-Old In Standoff

CLINTON, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened after a 9-year-old boy was rescued from a hostage situation.

The incident took place at a residence off Arkansas 9 southwest of Clinton and just north of Formosa in Van Buren County, state police said.

According to state police, William Lloyd Jones, 49, barricaded himself inside 361 Hillpoint Road and held a 9-year-old child at gunpoint as officers arrived at the home to investigate a report of aggravated assault Wednesday afternoon. Officers then learned that Jones was wanted on a parole violation.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office contacted state police and requested negotiation assistance from their Crisis Response Team. The team communicated with Jones through the night, state police said.

Just after 2 a.m., members of the state police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team entered the home and rescued the child. They found Jones, who pointed a gun at the state troopers. A trooper fired on Jones, who died at the scene.

Jones’ body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the exact cause of death. Special agents with the Criminal Investigation Division will present their findings to the county prosecuting attorney to determine if any charges will be filed.

Per Arkansas State Police policy, the trooper who fired on Jones was put on paid administrative leave.

Man fatally shot by police after holding 9-year-old child hostage in Van Buren County

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Ark. — The Arkansas State Police is investigating the use of deadly force by state troopers on Thursday, Aug. 22 at a residence off Arkansas Highway 9, south of Clinton in Van Buren County.

William Lloyd Jones, 49, barricaded himself inside a residence on Hillpoint Road and was holding a 9-year-old child at gunpoint. Local law enforcement authorities went to the home on Wednesday, Aug. 21 responding to a report of aggravated assault, later learning that Jones was wanted on a parole violation.

Sheriff’s deputies later contacted the Arkansas State Police requesting assistance from the department’s Crisis Response Team.

Communications with Jones continued sporadically through the night. Shortly after 2 a.m., members of the Arkansas State Police SWAT team entered the home and rescued the child. While inside the home the SWAT team encountered Jones, who pointed a gun at the state troopers. A state trooper then fired on Jones who died at the scene.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory will analyze evidence and perform an autopsy on Jones’ to determine the manner and cause of death. Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division will be prepare an investigative file to present to the county prosecuting attorney who will decide if the shooting was consistent with Arkansas laws regarding the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

The trooper who fired on Jones is presently on paid administrative leave.

Arkansas Can Strengthen Its Economy and Communities With Four Inclusive Policies for Immigrants

State and local policymakers can take four key steps to better integrate immigrants, including immigrants who are undocumented, into the mainstream economy and foster community well-being, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Giving all residents access to economic opportunity would enable them to earn higher wages, spend more at businesses, and contribute more in taxes that are used to fund schools and other investments that are critical to a strong economy, the report finds. Harsh anti-immigrant policies, in contrast, harm workers and their children and likely weaken the economy.

“At a time when federal immigration policies are causing widespread harm, it is both sound policy and beneficial to states to pursue supportive polices that assuage fears and provide opportunity for all of their residents — regardless of their national origin, their religion, the color of their skin, or the language they speak,” Senior Policy Analyst Eric Figueroa of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained.

The report highlights four important ways Arkansas can connect people who are undocumented to opportunity:

  1. Driver’s licenses for immigrants who are undocumented can help immigrants who are undocumented get better jobs, make roads safer, and modestly reduce insurance premiums. Fourteen states and D.C. allow immigrants to get driver’s licenses regardless of their status.
  2. In-state tuition and state financial aid for college students who are undocumented will boost the skills and wages of the state workforce. Twenty-one states and D.C. have adopted “tuition equity” laws and 12 of these states plus DC offer state financial aid to students who are undocumented. This spring, the Arkansas legislature passed Act 844, which classifies certain immigrant students as eligible to receive in-state tuition at state-supported colleges and universities.
  3. Stronger labor law enforcement will ensure that all workers, regardless of immigration status, are paid what they earn and to help level the playing field for businesses and workers. Despite the economic costs of lost wages and tax revenues, many states have few designated investigators to enforce the minimum wage. For years, Arkansas lawmakers have filed anti- “wage theft” legislation that has repeatedly failed, despite being an important protection for all workers, not just immigrants.
  4. Expanding health coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status, can improve long-term health outcomes, high school and college completion, and long-term economic benefits for the child and for states and local communities. Only six states and D.C. offer health care coverage to all children. While Arkansas has yet to expand coverage to all children, regardless of status, the state did extend ARKids First coverage to all lawfully residing immigrant children in 2017.

People who are undocumented make sizable contributions to their state’s economy and finances, as well as their local communities. The nation’s estimated 11 million immigrants who are undocumented pay nearly $12 billion annually in state and local taxes, for instance. And households headed by a person who is undocumented pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the top one percent of U.S. households. A 2013 study by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation found that immigrants generated $7 in business revenue and tax contributions for every $1 the state spent on services to immigrant households — easily a net benefit to the state economy.

Wendy Anderson, Wife Of Arkansas State Head Football Coach, Dies After Cancer Battle

Blake and Wendy Anderson (Courtesy THV11)

JONESBORO (KFSM) — Wendy Anderson, wife of Arkansas State Head Football Coach Blake Anderson, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Her death was announced by her husband on Twitter early Tuesday morning (Aug. 20). Wendy died shortly before midnight on Monday, Blake Anderson said.

“She passed as peacefully & gracefully as you could ever hope just a few minutes before midnight with me laying right beside her,” he said. “I have been so blessed to have her by my side each day for the past 27 years.”

The news comes a day after Blake Anderson announced he would be taking a leave of absence to be with his wife, who was battling Stage 4 Triple Negative breast cancer. She was diagnosed last year, but the cancer had “metastasized into the lymph nodes, liver, and most significantly in the lungs,” the coach said on Twitter.

Wendy Anderson went through surgery to remove two of five tumors and chemotherapy to shrink the last three, which seemed to be working in early June. But the last couple of months have been “tough,” the coach told our Little Rock affiliate THV11.

Condolences poured in through Twitter early Tuesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Blake Anderson, his wife Wendy and their entire family during this difficult time,” said a Tweet from the Arkansas Razorback Football page.

“Paula and I cannot express our condolences enough to Coach Anderson and his entire family. To say our thoughts are with you is an understatement. Thank you for being an example of light in a moment of darkness,” Hogs Coach Chad Morris said, concluding with the hashtag that has been the rallying cry for the Andersons, #NotFightingAlone.

“She impacted so many lives, including mine,” said Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner. “May she rest in peace with God. We love you coach! This season is for her,” he said.

Deeply saddened to hear of Wendy Anderson’s passing. May God welcome her into His loving embrace and give comfort to Coach Anderson and his family,” Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted.

Funeral and visitation information has not yet been released.

Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson to take leave of absence to support wife's cancer battle

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson will be taking a leave of absence, according to a school press release.

The school announced Anderson’s leave of absence Monday and said the coach will take the leave to “be with his wife Wendy and his family.”

We will continue to pray for peace for his family and provide assistance any way we can,” said Terry Mohajir, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletic at Arkansas State University.

Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator David Duggan will serve as interim head coach until Anderson decides to return.

“I know there has been an outpouring of support for Coach Anderson, Wendy and their family, not only locally, but nationally,” Mohajir said. “Coach Anderson has expressed how grateful his family is for all the thoughts and prayers, and we are also thankful for everyone’s support.”

In July, Anderson sat down with Hayden Balgavy ahead of the season to talk about his wife’s battle with stage 4 triple negative breast cancer.

“[We were] hoping that we would be sitting here telling everybody that she was completely well and that we had beat cancer and thanks for everything but it just hasn’t been that kind of ride,” Anderson said in the interview.

“How do you respond when you’re facing tragedy? How do you respond when your best friend, the person you love, is struggling,” Anderson said. “Part of the battle is just trying to be the same person no matter what.”

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Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

Story By Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

Arkansas State Police Sergeant Oseguera investigated a single vehicle, airborne rollover crash on Highway 270 East near Industrial Drive yesterday.

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

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Evidence at the scene showed that the Toyota was westbound on wet pavement.  While negotiating the curve, the rear of the vehicle began to rotate.  The Toyota exited the right side of the pavement, continued to rotate and slammed into an elevated driveway perpendicular the vehicle’s direction of travel.  The Toyota went airborne sideways for approximately 25 ft. before striking the ground.  It is unknown exactly how many times the vehicle overturned.  The Toyota collided with and ripped a very sturdy mailbox completely out of the ground, may have taken out a 2nd mailbox, crashed through a sturdy metal fence and came to final rest on it’s roof in the front yard of the residence at that location.

Morning Star Fire & Rescue Troops led by MSFD Chief Nathan Kew arrived quickly and assisted as needed.

LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew to the scene and met with the driver of the car, but did not transport anyone to the hospital.

Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 15 minutes.

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY
Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY
Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY

Vehicle Goes Airborne..Rollover Crash On Hwy. 270E – GARLAND COUNTY