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NLR pulls plug on Burns Park light display

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It has always been a bright holiday tradition, but now North Little Rock is pulling the plug on its holiday lights at Burns Park.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around North Little Rock, but Mayor Joe Smith said no to the decorations at Burns Park.

"It was at a point and time, it was an average at best light show, and I didn't like average," said Mayor Smith.

Mayor Smith decided after a decade of putting up the lights, to do away with the Hometown Holiday Lights in Burns Park.

The 56 displays spanned for a mile long down Funland Drive.

Mayor Smith said with holiday lights going LED, their displays were outdated.

Silver Alert inactiviated for missing NLR couple

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Silver Alert for the missing North Little Rock couple has been inactivated by police.

A Silver Alert was issued for Eldon Dingler, 84, and Diane Dingler, 78, around 7 p.m. on Thursday. It was inactivated two hours later. 


Rock Region Metro partners with PTC to offer transit pass

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pulaski Technical College is partenering up with Rock Region METRO to offer PTC students, faculty and staff a fare-free universal transit pass for 2016.

On Tuesday, the Rock Region METRO Board of Directors approved the launch of this pilot program, which provides passholders with unlimited bus and streetcar rides for one year.

"We're excited to team with Pulaski Tech to offer this first-ever pass," said Jarod Varner, Rock Region METRO executive director. "The pass lets the Pulaski Tech community get the most value out of our transit system. If it proves successful in this pilot program year, we hope to partner with other area academic institutions and large employers to offer their students and employees an affordable, safe way to get to and from campus."

NLR police searching for robbery suspect

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The North Little Rock Police Department is searching for an aggravated robbery suspect.

Surveillance footage from the store showed a man with a handgun robbing the AGC Food Mart at 2910 East Broadway in North Little Rock on Monday.

Police reports stated that he left the store running east and then south on Baldwin Street.

The suspect is reported to be between 5'4" and 5'6."

If you have any information regarding the robbery or the suspect's whereabouts, you are asked to contact police.

Meadow Park home gutted by fire

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A home in the Meadow park section of North Little Rock went up in flames Sunday evening. 

Firefighters responded to the fire located off of the 600 block of East Bethany Road around 6 p.m. Upon arrival, responders said that 

40 percent of the home was consumed by the fire. Once the fire had been contained, 60 percent of the home was destroyed.

According to officials on the scene, there were no fatalities.

North Little Rock Battalion Chief Roger Robinson said foul play is not suspected.


More bus crash victims head home

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - All of the survivors from the North Little Rock bus crash began their trip home on Sunday.

Six farm workers died after their charter bus, on its way to Laredo, Texas, crashed off Interstate 40 in North Little Rock early Friday morning. Some of the 16 survivors have been held up in local hotels over the weekend. The Mexican Consulate as well as the Arkansas Red Cross did their best to keep them comfortable.

A couple of the victims with head injuries asked to stay one more day, but the consulate told THV11 that everyone had flown home by 9 p.m. Friday, November 8.

Federal investigators are still looking in to the cause of the crash.

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Mexican Consulate reacts to 6 dead from bus crash

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Mexican Consul David Preciado expressed extreme sadness on Saturday as he discussed with THV11 the bus crash that left six Mexican farm workers dead on Friday

Preciado visited the 13 workers staying at a local motel Saturday morning. "For us, [we have] been very busy to try to help them, all the families and all the survivors."

The Mexican Consulate personally met each worker to make sure their needs were met. "They will be flying these days back to Mexico to meet their families as soon as they can." Some of the 13 survivors have already gotten flights home, while others are waiting for word from their family in Mexico to find out more details.

Non-profit Seis Puentes helps the Hispanic community across Little Rock access resources in the community. They provided breakfast to the survivors on Saturday morning.