Arkansas News

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pine Bluff offers housing incentive for officers, firefighters to help create safe neighborhoods

The City of Pine Bluff is willing to spend big to bring its first responders home. The city council approved a resolution Monday night to offer a forgivable loan as an incentive for any police officer or firefighter who wants to buy a home and move inside city limits. The city will budget up to $100,000 for the loans, which will help first responders pay for closing costs and down payments. The city will offer $5,000 to anyone who buys a home within city limits and lives there and remains on the job for five years; if the home is within Pine Bluff’s Urban Renewal Area near downtown, the amount increases to $10,000. If they leave the job in fewer than five years, they will have to repay the loan. If they live closer to their stations, first responders can respond faster in an emergency, and it is easier for officers to patrol a community when they live there, too. But supporters of the housing incentive see many other reasons to like it.
KTHV-TV Little Rock

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hundreds run in Hero Half Marathon in Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Firefighter Hero Half Marathon took place in downtown for the fifth year supporting our heroes by running and raising money. "It felt really good, it was a great moment. I didn't expect to win, I was just hoping to finish," said runner Joseph Jenkins. Jenkins was one of the over 400 runners in the half marathon race, some firefighter participants even set off in full firefighter gear. "I did it to be part of the race and be part of the good cause the charity brings," said Jenkins. Proceeds from the race supports Northwest Arkansas groups that meet community needs, celebrate an active lifestyle, and honor the heroes in our everyday lives. Just as clear, the message that everyone running did it for our heroes who look after us.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

Batesville landscaping supervisor, volunteer firefighter honored as Citizen of the Year

While Johnathan Abbott isn’t originally from Batesville, it has definitely been his home for the past 28 years. Abbott, 48, came to work for the city of Batesville two days after he graduated from Wilburn High School, which is now part of the Concord School District. And with the exception of a few months, he has lived in the area ever since. Abbott, who wears many hats for the city of Batesville, was recently honored as the Batesville Kiwanis Club’s Citizen of the Year. Abbott is the landscape supervisor for the city. He is also a reserve officer for the Batesville Police Department, as well as a paid volunteer firefighter for the Batesville Fire Department. “I was absolutely surprised by the honor,” Abbott said. “What a great honor it was. I was definitely not expecting that.”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette & Arkansas Online

Three teens charged with arson & burglary in connection to Jonesboro blaze

A house fire investigation quickly turned into an arson case that led authorities to arrest three teens in connection to the fire, and to charge them with burglary as well. While crews battled flames, they came across evidence that prompted the arson investigation. The next day, they also found signs of forced entry into the home, and concluded the house had been ransacked once inside. Jason Wills, division chief, reported, "The one juvenile that we contacted was carrying a large bag, and that bag was open and one of the fire marshals observed that it contained guns." Police say they also found evidence that linked the juveniles to another burglary in the same area. A woman injured in that fire remains in critical condition.
Fox 16

Firefighters battle blaze at cleaners in Paragould

Dixie Cleaners in Paragould was in flames earlier today. Paragould Fire Department got the call around 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang said the cause of the explosion is unknown. “They got the fire knocked down and mopping up right now,” Lang said. “They are working on hot spots, then will try to come back and figure out what caused the explosion.” Lang said that a couple of employees had minor injuries but there no major reported injuries at this time.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

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