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Army Corps christen largest crane in state

The barge-mounted crane is named after the late Mike Hendricks, who worked more than 30 years for the Corps until his death in 2008.

His widow, Linda Hendricks of Benton, and other family members were on hand as his son Josh broke the champagne bottle and put the giant floating crane into full service. In addition to being the state's largest crane, it is the second-largest in the entire Corps nationwide. It was constructed to conduct routine maintenance and repairs on Montgomery Point Lock and Dam on the lower White River near its confluence with the Mississippi River in Southeast Arkansas.

The crane barge is 260 feet long by 84 feet wide and has a 12 foot hull depth. The pedestal-mounted Manitowoc 18,000 crane has a 200-foot boom and a capacity of lifting up to 285 tons.

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Silver Alert canceled: Missing NLR man found safe

Police say Fred Hooks was found safe at his sister's house in Little Rock just after 2:30 p.m.

Officers said Fred Hooks, 65, of 1710 Orange Street walked away from his residence where he lives with his son at approximately 6:30 a.m. Hooks' son was unable to locate him and contacted police at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Hooks was last seen wearing only boxer shorts and a hospital wristband. Hooks is described as a black male having gray hair, a gray goatee, 5'8", 120 pounds. Hooks also has respiratory problems and heart problems.

(Source: North Little Rock Police Department)

 

 

Camp Robinson fire burns 200 acres

Nobody was injured and no buildings were damaged. Officials said an estimated 200 acres were burned prior to containment. Camp Robinson's Fire and Public Safety Departments helped the Installation Support Unit and Range Control with dousing the fire on the ground.

A Blackhawk helicopter flew over the fire, dumping mass amounts of water on the blaze. Camp Robinson personnel also tilled fire breaks around the affected area in order to prevent further spread of the blaze.

Man found safe after Silver Alert issued

Wesley Hugh Morehart, 73, was found safe and uninjured in Forrest City, according to police.

Morehart has dementia and is required to take medication that he didn't have with him and the alert was issued.

(Source: Arkansas State Police)

 

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