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Police asking for helping locating murder suspect

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a weekend murder.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Melvin Hernandez of Little Rock.

He is described as a Hispanic man, standing about 5-foot-3-inches tall, weight approximately 165 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has distinctive tattoos on his arm and shoulder that include Spanish writing, an angel, money, praying hands, and dice. Other tattoos include 'Sindy' on his left forearm and 'Zayne' on his stomach.

Police said he may be driving a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that is set low to the ground.

Hernandez is wanted for first degree murder in the death of Louis Oswaldo, 20, who was found shot to death early Saturday morning at the Guanacos Beer Bar along Pike Avenue.

Community hits the streets in NLR to help find murderer

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Almost a week after Samantha Olson was shot and killed at the intersection of McCain and JFK Boulevard, an advocacy group returned to the intersection to help garner information on the case.

"He has to pay his debt to society. It won't bring Sister Samantha back but it will help bring some closure to the family and that's what we want to do is bring some closure," Reverend Benny Johnson explains.  

Johnson, who is with the organization 'Stop the Violence' stood on the corner of McCain and JFK Boulevard Tuesday, holding a sign asking for anyone with information to call tips in to the North Little Rock Police hotline.

A resident who lives near the intersection says, "I don't want everyone to forget. I don't want it to be something they saw on the news last week. I want it to be something in everybody's heart until we catch this guy."

NLR considering new home for Ark. Sports Hall of Fame

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaders in North Little Rock are considering the downtown area to house the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Chamber of Commerce President Terry Hartwick said the center, which is currently located at the Verizon Arena, would be located at Maple and Broadway Streets. He said the new location between Verizon Arena and Dickey-Stephens Park would bring new developments to the North Little Rock area.

"I think it would be a neat, neat thing," said Terry Hartwick with the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. "Not only that, but to the hotels and the restaurants (would benefit) on both sides of the river."

Hartwick said the project is still in the planning stages, but would cost at least $6.5 million dollars.

School zone violators closely watched

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Now that school is back in session, school zone laws are in full effect. Leaders at the Pulaski County Special School District said they have seen several drivers on their phones as they drive through school zones.

"Well, it concerns me," one parent said.

"It's just not a good thing," another parent added.

"It's a known problem--something that we have to deal with," explained Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Even though there are signs posted and a crossing guard right in front of the school, it is a scene you can certainly count on now that school is back in session.

Police looking for man considered to be armed, dangerous

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a Saturday homicide.

According to the Little Rock Police Department, a warrant has been issued for Harlon "Lil Money" Finney's arrest. Finney is homeless and stays at motels along I-30 in southwest Little Rock.

Investigators believe Finney is connected to the death of 56-year-old Billy Ray Howard, who was found in the parking lot of the Baseline Liquor Store stabbed to death on Aug. 17.

Finney is considered armed and dangerous, and police believe he may be driving a dark colored 2001 Honda.

If you see him, please not make an attempt to stop him yourself. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Little Rock Police Department as soon as possible at (501) 371-4621.

Thousands apply for 250 jobs at Bass Pro Shop

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Nearly 5,000 more Arkansans are jobless this month compared to last. That's according to new numbers out Monday from the Department of Workforce Services. Coincidentally, that is the exact number of Arkansans expected to apply for jobs at Little Rock's new Bass Pro Shop.

Bass Pro Shop is holding a job fair at the Clear Channel Metroplex August 19-21 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The company has flown in 25 HR officials to interview everyone who comes in the door.

"We're looking at hiring 250 people so a lot of job opportunities," said General Manager Will Anderson.

Monday, Arkansans looking for work and a little fun sat for hours to get a chance at both.

"This would be fun for me. I'm originally from Stuttgart, the duck and rice capitol of the world. It just fits, so I thought I would go ahead and give it a try," said Alicia Ray.

NLR murder victim laid to rest Monday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A North Little Rock wife and mother will be laid to rest today after being gunned down in the middle of an intersection last week.

Samantha Cass Olson, 31, will be laid to rest today. Her funeral is at 10 a.m. at Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

 Park Hill Baptist Executive Pastor, Jay Gordon, says Olson's death rattled the North Little Rock community. 

 "It's obviously a shock. I drive through that intersection a few times a day and just to realize an event like this happened there it causes a little bit of fear and concern and certainly our prayers are with authorities as they seek to find someone," said Gordon. 

Olson was shot and killed Aug. 14 while driving through the intersection of John F. Kennedy Blvd. and McCain Blvd. Her baby girl was in the backseat but was unharmed. She has been returned to her father.