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'Ink Master' veteran creates new kind of tattoo shop in Little Rock

Arkansas tattoo artist Katie McGowan was angry with her then-boyfriend when she decided to go to Austin, Tex. , to audition for "Ink Master. " “I needed a reason to get out for the weekend,” she said. “As good an excuse as any. ” Four years, three seasons and a few franchise spinoffs later, McGowan and her apprentice-turned-best friend have opened a small tattoo shop in Little Rock called Love Spell Tattoo.

'This isn’t a horror film': A night at Arkansas' haunted 1886 Crescent Hotel

When Jack Moyer, the 1886 Crescent Hotel's general manager, moved to Eureka Springs in 1997, he wasn’t troubled by the ghost stories. Partially, he said, because he didn’t believe them. But in his time there, Moyer has heard over 5,000 accounts of unexplained happenings at the historic mountainside resort. The former skeptic even joined paranormal investigators when they filmeda full-body apparition for a 2005 episode of "Ghost Hunters. "

From meth to mayor: The transformation of a small-town drug addict in Arkansas

Jeff Collins was dead. After more than 20 years of using methamphetamine and other hard drugs, Collins and his heart had had enough. His main artery was completely blocked and the others were 75 percent blocked. According to Collins, a heart surgeon tried to revive him with a defibrillator four times. For 6 minutes and 21 seconds—all of which, Collins said, he spent at the gates of hell—he was clinically dead. Then the surgeon tried one more time. And, to his surprise, Collins woke u

Little Rock native who voices Squidward talks 20 years of 'SpongeBob Squarepants'

Nickelodeon is kicking off SpongeBob's "Best Year Ever" tonight to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of "SpongeBob Squarepants," their highest-rated show. We talked with Rodger Bumpass, the Little Rock native who has spent two decades voicing SpongeBob's sarcastic octopus neighbor Squidward Tentacles. How often do you get back to Little Rock? That’s an interesting question because I usually come back about once a year or so.

A day as a professional Santa in Arkansas

Stacy “Pete” Peters pulled his red truck into a church parking lot in Bryant on a recent Tuesday and grabbed the finishing touches of his uniform from his trunk—white gloves, an iconic red hat, and a red velour jacket to cover a memory foam pad wrapped around his waist. A passerby waved and took photos as Peters sinched his waist with a flashy gold belt buckle. On the buckle, his job title is emblazoned in clear letters: “Santa. ”

Investigations

Parents of Louie Schneider, Arkansas boy with mysterious illness, accused of abuse

An Arkansas woman who spent years advocating for her son online and documenting his mysterious and debilitating illness has been accused of abuse. Court records show that Kristy and Erik Schneider have been accused ofMunchausen by proxy, or Factitious disorder. The disorder is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a serious mental disorder in which someone deceives others by appearing sick, by purposely getting sick or by self-injury. ”

Cabot School District accused of mishandling report of sexual misconduct against student

Last year, a former Cabot School District Volunteer pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student-athlete in 2015. Now, newly-opened case files reveal there was another alleged victim, and several staff members were made aware of his inappropriate behavior. John Bradley Rich, who goes by Brad, was convicted of sexual assault in 2019. He is currently serving probation for fourth-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Court filings detail evidence against Sydney Sutherland's accused killer

Newly-released court documents show that the family of a man who admitted to killing Arkansas nurse Sydney Sutherland has helped detectives with their investigation. Quake Lewellyn, 28, was arrested in August on suspicion of kidnapping and abuse of a corpse after Sutherland’s body was found two days after she disappeared while jogging between Newport and Grubbs. Police found the geo-locating app Life360 on Lewellyn's phone after he agreed to let them search it.

Little Rock Police Chief sued by four more department employees

Four more Little Rock Police Department employees have filed suit against Chief Keith Humphrey. The lawsuit is the third filed against Humphrey in the past two weeks. It says that Humphrey violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by refusing to give the four employees their personnel files. It also says that Humphrey closed an internal affairs investigation into himself, "all while covering-up a hostile work environment. "

'It's like Mad Max in here': Arkansas inmate says conditions woeful amid outbreak

On Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported that 55 inmates at a federal prison in Forrest City had tested positive for COVID-19. But inmates at the facility said that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is downplaying the extent of the outbreak and that their living conditions have made them especially vulnerable to the highly contagious virus. Gary Morelandis serving an eight-year sentence for drug conspiracy in the Forrest City prison’s low-security lockup.

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Woman suffers second-degree burns at Arkansas hibachi restaurant

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- A woman said a mishap at a hibachi restaurant in Paragould, Arkansas Sunday left her with second-degree burns. Samantha Myers said she was celebrating her 26th birthday with her family at Kimono Japanese Steak House. She said they were eating lunch around a freshly cleaned grill when their chef drew a heart in flammable liquid, held a flame to the liquid and it "exploded. " Myers said she and the chef both caught on fire.

Judge: No bond for Arkansas man accused of beating officer with flagpole at Capitol riot

An Arkansas man who is accused of beating a Washington D. C. police officer with a flagpole during a riot at the U. S. Capitol has been ordered to stay in jail while he awaits trial. U. S. District Judge J. Thomas Ray said during a detention hearing on Friday that Peter Stager demonstrated that he had a "trigger" for violence when he was videoed attacking a D. C. Metro officer on the steps of the U. S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Chris Stapleton releases 'Arkansas,' a southern rock ode to the natural state

Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton released a new song on Friday titled "Arkansas" after a road trip through the state. The "Tennessee Whiskey" singer shouts out Little Rock, Fayetteville, West Memphis, the White River and the Ozark mountains. Before performing the song at a concert in 2019, Stapleton said his wife bought him a car in Oklahoma City. He and his bassist went to pick the car up and took a road trip through the Natural State on their way back to Nashville, Tennesee.

'Now is the time to act': Arkansas officials predict 1,000 more virus deaths by Christmas

Arkansas officials pleaded with Arkansans to follow COVID-19 guidelines as cases, deaths and hospitalizations are surging right before the holidays. “We are on the precipice of a significant and possibly uncontrollable rise in cases,” Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said during a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday. “This is like a boulder rolling down a hill. There will come a time when we can not stop it ... Now is the time to act. ”

2 Arkansas State Police officers attended rally that led to U.S. Capitol siege

Two Arkansas State Police troopers attended a rally for President Donald Trump last week that led to an attack on the U. S. Capitol, an agency spokesman confirmed. The officers requested leave time to travel to Washington D. C. last week and were there on Jan. 6, according to state police. The troopers reportedly attended the “Save America Rally” near the White House before some Trump supporters marched down the National Mall and stormed the Capitol.
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