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The brutal randomness of Samantha Olson's murder

The brutal randomness of Samantha Olson's murder

In August 2013, Samantha Olson was shot to death at the intersection of JFK and McCain in North Little Rock. As the investigation drags on with few solid leads, the apparent pointlessness of the crime has left Olson's family asking why. by David Koon

It was the seeming randomness of Samantha Olson's death that shocked people when they turned on the news or picked up a paper the morning after she was killed: A mother with her child in the car, traveling through one of the busiest intersections in North Little Rock. A few shots, reportedly from a pickup truck heading down McCain Boulevard in the opposite direction. And, just like that, a young woman's life was ended and a family was changed forever... Read More

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State Farm accepting ideas for grants to help Arkansas communities


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (State Farm) – Do you have an idea that would make your community a better place to live, and would $25,000 be a game-changer? State Farm is here with the assist. From March 3 through March 23, people from the United States and Canada can submit a cause for a chance to win one of 40 $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants. http://www.multivu.com/players/English/65562-state-farm-neighborhood-assist-2014/

Now in its third year, Neighborhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers people to identify the issues they feel are the most important in their communities. The program then connects them with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity to receive one of 40 $25,000 grants.

North Little Rock welcomes a dog to help control the Canada Geese population at Burns Park


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "Roll out the red carpet for our newest and youngest employee," North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith says.

It was a special day for Shep. "Here's your badge," Mayor Smith says as he holds Shep's new badge next to him. It is the first official day on the job for the two-year-old Blue Heeler mix.

Mayor Smith continues, "We want to try to strike a balance between enjoying wildlife and being overrun by an overpopulation of these geese." Mayor Smith has been trying to combat the geese invasion at Burns Park for months. Now Shep will be working alongside Ian Hope , a North Little Rock Park Ranger.

North Little Rock Schools address creationism complaint


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock Schools didn't waste any time Tuesday in addressing a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union over a creationism lesson taught in a Lakewood Middle School class. North Little Rock superintendent Kelly Rodgers said teachers will have to go through additional training next week on the district's policy of staying neutral when it comes to religion. "Everybody knows you can't bring up certain things in school," said one Lakewood Middle School parent who wanted to remain anonymous. "My daughter's coming home telling me that the science teachers are saying that 'science wants us to teach you this but I believe in creationism and I'm going to tell you about that'."

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Students seek community's help for school farm


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The North Little Rock community farm is looking for members of the community to be a part of their team.

On Tuesday, parents, teachers, administrators, and more came out to become members of the farm's board of advisors.

Project chairman, Mason Graves, said the community farm shows the uniqueness and creativity of students at the NLR school district.

He and one other student created the community farm about a year ago, with only one community volunteer. Now they have 15 community volunteers and 20 sponsors, but Graves said they need more of the community to help out to continue completing projects.

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40-year sentence for convenience store killing


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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A guilty plea will send 19-year-old Samuel Douglas to prison for at least 28 years for a murder at a North Little Rock convenience store.

Douglas shot and killed 20-year-old Xavier Woods last April on Camp Robinson Road.

Prosecutors said Douglas fired 7 shots, and Woods tried to run into the convenience store but died in the lap of a woman trying to help him.

The 40-year sentence also covers a felony firearms charge.

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NLR to introduce new dog to fight geese problem


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (City of North Little Rock) -- Wednesday, Mayor Joe Smith will introduce Shep, a two year old, Catahoula - Blue Heeler mix, that will help our parks department control the Canada Geese population. The acquisition of the dog is a continuing effort by our Parks Department to maintain a natural, healthy park for residents and visitors.

"I can't wait for our community to meet our newest employee," said Mayor Smith. "Shep is a great addition to our geese control program and he's eager to get to work."