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NLRPD using Facebook to crack down on burglaries

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- A spike in North Little Rock burglaries is prompting police to get involved with the community in a new way.

North Little Rock police have been using Facebook to crack down on crime for several years now. But recently with the rise of home break-ins in certain areas, the Chief of Police is now getting involved.

There have been a rise in home burglaries in Indian Hills, Lakewood and Park Hill, with a total of five break-ins in the month of June and seven in May.

Police Chief Mike Davis has only been actively communicating with people on Facebook for the last year. He said the social media outlet helps police reach out to the community in an immediate way. "I'll look at it often, I try in the afternoon look in the morning time look," said Davis.

Adult nights canceled at Wild River Country

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It was meant to be a night for adults to have some fun at a water park usually packed with kids, but instead there was total chaos.

Adult Night at Wild River Country turned into reports of people jumping the fences and fights breaking out.

"I think it's over. I mean we tried," General Manager Chris Shillcutt explained.

What has come to be known as Adult Night at Wild River Country has officially come to an end, after chaos broke out Saturday night. Shillcutt explained, "Once we started allowing people into the park, the only problem we had was with a handful of people."

Video from a viewer showed just how massive the crowd was outside of the gates. Shillcutt continued, "I guess around 6:15 Saturday night a line started forming. Caught me off guard a little bit because we weren't going to sell tickets until 8."

Arkansans mourn lives of 9 killed in Charleston shooting

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Days after a mass shooting at a church in South Carolina, people across the country were honoring the lives lost.

Churches in central Arkansas were among those standing with the Bethel A.M.E. Church in North Little Rock.

Bishop Samuel Green organized the vigil. "Those who died in the massacre, in the church, they were at the church because of their faith," said Green.

Bishop Green says racism in the country is very much an issue that needs to be addressed. "We want to begin to move, and begin the dialogue for change, the dialogue for healing and the dialogue for bridge building in our state," said Green.

Some of the people who came to the vigil said the best way to address the issues is to promote acceptance.

NLR company 1st in state to get OK for commercial drone use

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A North Little Rock company says it's the first in the state to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate unmanned aerial systems, or drones, commercially.

Zane Anderson's Aerial Patrol Inc. has operated a commercial helicopter service out of the North Little Rock airport for decades, and it created Airborne Information Systems to launch a drone service for businesses.

Utility companies have used Aerial Patrol for years, but Anderson says he wants to persuade them to use the drone service, too.

Soccer tournament to bring $5.7 million to central Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of goals are scored, but millions of dollars are coming to central Arkansas.

It's a big weekend for U.S. Youth Soccer, but an even better weekend for the city of North Little Rock. 3,600 soccer players and their parents have made their way to central Arkansas.

Stephanie Ferguson, the director of sales for the Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn, says it's been non-stop since teams arrived Thursday.

"Crazy, they all came in yesterday and between the two hotels we are completely full."

More than 200 teams from 11 states are playing in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 3 championships at Burns Park. Ferguson says the two Marriott properties she's in charge of are full, with all 130 rooms occupied.

"3,600 soccer players and their parents have made their way to central Arkansas."

Ark. Bishop remembers Charleston victims

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A local community is grieving the loss of the church members in Charleston, but for a local bishop, this loss is very personal.

Bishop Samuel Green is the director of all AME churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. "We go in believing that this is a haven, a refuge. That this is a place where we are healed, not killed," said Green, who is mourning the loss of nine members of his sister church in Charleston, S.C., "Connection of family that makes a feel the pain and hurt."

Of those nine that lost their lives, two of them he knew personally. One of them is retired pastor Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.

"He had a jovial personality, he was an immaculate dresser. When you saw him, you saw this statesman, this distinguished clergyman," said Green.

His other friend, Pastor Clementa Pinckney died. He was also a South Carolina senator.

Update: NLR Family Dollar robbery suspect identified

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The North Little Rock Police Department has identified a suspect in last week's Family Dollar robbery.

Edward April has an active warrant for his involvement in the aggravated robbery of the Family Dollar at 4204 Camp Robinson last Friday.

April reportedly entered the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. According to police, he took an undisclosed amount of money and was seen running north towards Camp Robinson Rd.

Anyone with information about April's whereabouts is asked to contact the North Little Rock Police Department at 501-758-1234.