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Emergency medallions going up along Arkansas River Trail

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – September 3, 2014 – The Arkansas River Trail Task Force is pleased to announce the addition of trail signage that improves efficiency for emergency responders dispatched to the trail. Emergency medallions are in the process of being placed at trailhead access points and along the main trail every two-tenths of a mile. Trail users will soon be able to relay information from the nearest emergency medallion to plainly communicate an exact location to 911 operators.

NLRPD arrest 2 members of Florida Felony Lane Gang

NLRPD arrest 2 members of Florida Felony Lane Gang

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – North Little Rock police say they have arrested two members of the Florida Felony Lane Gang.

Ofc. Shana Cobbs said Monday afternoon just before 3 p.m. police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with two members of the gang.

A witness saw the suspects breaking into vehicles at Wild River Country and called 911. Police pursued the suspects in a chase that ended in a one-vehicle accident on Forts Roots Drive.

The two suspects in the vehicle were identified as Everol Blake and Cinel Geffrard. Initially, Geffrard gave a fake name, but they were identified through a facial recognition program being used by the Polk County Sheriff's Department in Florida.

Both are being held on no bond.

CATA looking to increase low ridership

CATA looking to increase low ridership

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - Fewer people are riding the bus in Central Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Transit Authority says they're down 5 percent in ridership from last year, saying the decrease came at the hands of this winter's weather.

"When it comes to level of investment in our system we're not at the top," said CATA executive director Jarod Varner.

In a day and age when there are more cars than people in the world the novel idea of public transportation can often be overlooked, and Varner wants to change that.

"I think there's room, much room for improvement when it comes to the service area as well as the frequency of service," he said.

Varner has had to implement cost saving measures that include lower fuel rates and fewer employee benefits to make up for the decrease in ridership.

"It comes at a time that we're being very introspective," he continued.

Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame

Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - African Americans in the state are being recognized today for their outstanding achievements.

Chairman of the Black Hall of Fame, Charles Stewart, listed this year's nominees to be inducted.

Among them are educators, business men and women, entertainers and those involved in social and political life.

"We each year will receive a number of nominations and we are actually building a library of nominees," said Stewart.

Stewart also said this year they will hold a special tribute performance at the ceremony for those who have died this year. They expect a record turnout.

For a list of the inductees and how to purchase tickets: http://on.kthv.com/1lIjHe4


'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week

'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Construction work at the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock will force the closure of Shackleford Road beneath the new lanes of Interstate 630.

The interstate and Financial Centre Parkway will remain open, but no traffic will be allowed to cross it. Northbound Shackleford traffic will be routed onto I-630 eastbound. Drivers wanting to go farther north on Shackleford will need to go through two cloverleafs and re-enter Shackleford north of the construction area.

Southbound traffic will be diverted onto Financial Centre Parkway westbound and then to Hermitage Road.

Crews are removing safety platforms and painting steel beams on the new I-630 bridge over Shackleford.

The detour will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday night and lasting through Friday morning.

Stolen Riverfront Park sculptures found in plastic bag

Stolen Riverfront Park sculptures found in plastic bag

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thousands of dollars worth of sculptures that were stolen from Riverfront Park's sculpture garden have been recovered.

Park visitors discovered them Sunday morning, seemingly returned in a plastic bag. The three pieces stolen were made of bronze with copper detail and were worth close to $30,000.

While the city's Department of Parks and Recreation said a theft like this has not happened in years, this most recent incident has spurred the city to add surveillance cameras and cut down some vegetation.

"We only had one surveillance camera in the garden," said Truman Tolfree, director of Parks and Recreation. "Because of the incident we're adding more signs, we're adding additional lights and trimming the tress to clear the view in the park."

The city is tightening on security to make sure residents like Joy George feel safe.

Fans finding silver lining in first Hogs game

Fans finding silver lining in first Hogs game

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fans here in central Arkansas turning out in big numbers to start the season.

A big crowd showed at the Buffalo Wild Wings in west Little Rock, and they had plenty to get excited about through the first half. Fans are ready to give Coach Bret Bielema the benefit of the doubt based on how the team played today.

"You kinda wanna see the strengths we have, and we're kind of seeing that. We have a good defensive line and running backs are strong, so we love to come out and see the first game for sure," said Arkansas fan Toby Stephens.

The fans are finding some silver linings in the Hogs first game.