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Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's goal of keeping children out of after-school trouble is growing and needing help. 

Eric Gunter is the administrator of the Mobile Inter-Action (M.I.A.) program. It is a large vehicle driven around Camden to pick up children after school and provide them with safe activities, counteracting the influence of drugs in the community. The M.I.A. supplies warm meals, homework assistance, social activities and educational fieldtrips.  

The M.I.A. gives the children tutoring and mentoring in hopes to shape them towards a rewarding future. 

Have you seen this missing Arkansas man?

Have you seen this missing Arkansas man?

HOPE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hope police are asking for the public's assistance in locating 58-year-old Larry Smith.

According to police, Smith was last seen on Feb. 4 at his apartment. He has not contacted family or friends since that date, and all of his belongings are said to still be inside his home.

No other description were released.

Benton police searching for registered sex offender

Benton police searching for registered sex offender

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are asking for help in finding a registered sex offender for registration violations and theft charges.

Bobby Poe, 45, has an active warrant for Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements and Theft of Property, according to officials. 

Poe was residing in a motor home at the I-30 Travel Park, when he left the area without reporting a change in address. It is believed, Poe stole the motorhome and is currently residing in Texas. The stolen motorhome was located by the Dallas Police Department. 

This is an on-going investigation. 

Anyone with information about this crime or Poe’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.  

Man charged for beating child with rhinestone belt

Man charged for beating child with rhinestone belt

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - A caregiver is in custody and charged with second-degree Battery, a Class C felony, after repeatedly whipping a juvenile with a rhinestone belt. 

Police say Richard McClure, 24, was left in charge by the mother to take care of the juvenile. He would not state to officials why he began whipping the juvenile, but there were reported bruising marks on the child as well as abrasions. 

McClure's arraignment has been set for March 3. 

For the full story check out the Siftings Herald website

Clark Co. man charged with battery for 2nd time

Clark Co. man charged with battery for 2nd time

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkadelphia resident charged for third degree battery for the second time and violating a restraining order. 

Johnny Ray Clayborn, 60, was arrested Dec. 23 for entering the female victim's home, against a restraining order, and causing her physical harm. 

According to reports, Clayborn was previously convicted of third degree battery back in November. 

Since it is Clayborn's second offense, it will be labeled as a Class D felony. The restraining order violation is considered a Class A misdemeanor. He is facing a possible six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

To see the full story, check out the story here

3 charged in Atwood's theft`

3 charged in Atwood's theft`

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Three women were captured and charged for theft of property at a farm supply store. 

Atwoods' security cameras showed on Aug. 29 Yomiya Lashay Nero, 21, and her sisters Sandra and Beatrice Green leaving the store with merchandise valued around $1000.

Lt. Jason Jackson with the Arkadelphia Police Department recognized the sisters on the security footage "from prior law enforcement contacts." While being questioned, Sandra reportedly admitted to assisting with the theft and also identified the third additional person as Nero. 

If they are convicted of the Class D felony, the women could face up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 

For more information on this story, check out siftingsherald.com.

College loan scams targeting graduates

College loan scams targeting graduates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As more and more students rack up college loan debt, scammers prey on their vulnerability. One recent college graduate is out hundreds of dollars after someone convinced her to shell out money to decrease her debt.

College loan debts account for the second highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages and are expected to increase not just in number but also in amount. Which is why, when recent grads hear someone can help them with that debt, they jump at the opportunity.

"They just took advantage of someone who just got out of college and did not know what to do," said Holly Morrison.

Morrison graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May with $45,000 in debt.

"He just started talking about this is how much your debt is," said Morrison.

In August, she got a call from a company saying it could help her consolidate her loans.