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Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops

Thieves targeting tires and wheels in pawn shops

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Pawn shops are having a difficult time slowing down thieves. On Monday night, Goodride Auto Care in North Little Rock had more than $25,000 worth of goods stolen, and Arch Street Pawn Shop in Pulaski County says they've been experiencing robbers as well.

"Me and my brother have been switching off staking out up here," said shop owner Brett Carter.

In the last 12 days, the shop has been robbed four times, losing goods to thieves that have tried pawning the tires off to other shops as used goods.

"It's so hard to tell if they're stolen or not," Carter continued, referring to the tires. "[Thieves] are stealing wheels and tires because they know there's no [serial] numbers on them, so there's no way you can say they're yours unless you have absolute proof, which is so hard to find."

New police chief to hold forums to discuss Little Rock's future

New police chief to hold forums to discuss Little Rock's future

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you have ideas on curbing city crime, now is your chance to voice your opinion.

The new Little Rock police chief, Kenton Buckner, is holding seven forums next month to meet the public.

He plans to visit all seven wards, starting with Ward 2 at the Henton Neighborhood Resource Center.

Buckner started on the force last month when Chief Thomas retired.

The dates of the scheduled forums are as follows:

August 4 6 pm Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 West 12th Street (Ward 2)

August 7 6 pm McDermott Elementary School, 1200 Reservoir Road (Ward 4)

August 8 6 pm Dunbar Community Center, 1001 West 16th Street (Ward 1)

August 11 6 pm Centre at University Park, 6401 West 12th Street (Ward 6)

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

Reward offered for information on escaped convict

JEFFERON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Corrections is now offering a reward for information leading to the capture of an escaped convict.

On Thursday, July 24, ADC spokesperson Shea Wilson said there is now $4,000 in reward money available for information leading to Timothy Buffington's capture and arrest. Buffington walked away from work detail at the Pine Bluff Unit about a month ago.

He is said to have shot his ex-wife Rhonda Combs in the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend's truck in Booneville in July of 1998. According to Wilson, he was admitted to ADC on March 12, 1999. Combs and Buffington had been in a custody dispute over their two children.

Mother grieves over son's murder, shares his story for the first time

Mother grieves over son's murder, shares his story for the first time

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "My heart breaks everyday because I have no closure," Redious Yancy explained. All Yancy is left with are photographs. Her 26-year-old son, Omar Yancy was killed in December of 1999. Yancy continues, "This year, in December, it will be 15 years."

Yancy remembers it like it was yesterday. She recalls, "I paged him, I couldn't get him. I would call him. I couldn't get him. And I just started praying. I said something done happened. Something done happened."

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Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A backlog of state inmates is jamming county jails across Arkansas, meaning only the most serious offenders are spending time behind bars.

The Pulaski County jail closed on April 29th, and since then it has taken in only the most serious violent criminals and repeat offenders. Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley calls it "catch-and-release" law enforcement where even burglars arrested for breaking into people's homes are being turned loose, and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon.

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Armed bank robberies increasing in Little Rock

Armed bank robberies increasing in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Another Bank robbery this week in Little Rock means in the last year and a half, there have been 23. Many of them happened along the 10000 block of Rodney Parham Road, and 5000 block of West Markham Street.

The most recent one happened Tuesday at the First Security on West Markham when a man with a gun came in and demanded cash.

"It just seems like there's more and more every year," said Joe Earhart, who works along the street. "It's getting a little out of control."

Watch full story: http://on.kthv.com/1tqFNiD

It's a scene straight from a Hollywood movie- a masked thief comes in, points a gun and demands money.

"It just surprises me that in today's age that people rob banks with the cameras and technology and everything else," said Earhart's colleague Mark Ward who also works along the street.