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Arkansas State Troopers rescue teenage victim in human trafficking operation

Arkansas State Troopers and civilian investigators of the State Police Crimes Against Children Division are being credited with locating and recovering a fifteen year old girl who had been sexually exploited while being held in a human trafficking operation.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
The Refuge Youth Host Pancake Breakfast, May 17
Posted: May 02, 2015

The Refuge Youth students will be attending Youth America Summer Camp in Oklahoma City July 20-24 and are working to raise their own funds. 

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Friday 05/01/2015
Yell County Sheriff’s Department releases statement following Highway 28 standoff
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced today the arrest of Charles Edward Black, (49), of Atkins, following a standoff with both Yell County Sheriff’s Deputies and Arkansas State Police on April 30, 2015, near Dardanelle. Black, a previously convicted felon, had reportedly fled from Pope County authorities the previous night.

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One patient transported following rollover collision on East Main Street
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Just after 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 1, the Russellville Police Department, Russellville Fire Department and Pope County EMS were requested to respond to a motor vehicle collision that occurred at 1900 East Main Street in front of Cogswell Motors.

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Traffic stop yields 'internally' hidden meth, other drugs
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Following a traffic stop on Tuesday night, April 28 by the Russellville Police Department, three individuals appeared in a felony bond hearing on Wednesday, April 29, before District Court Judge Don Bourne.

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Mayor Horton issues strong statement on new billboard
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Earlier this week the content of an existing billboard visible to westbound traffic on Interstate 40 and in the area of Exit 81 was changed. The new message infers a racist tone to many who have seen it. There has been coverage of this in local and statewide media and prompted a call to City Hall from the Little Rock office of the NAACP. This content promotes an internet address that redirects to a website of the Ku Klux Klan.

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UPDATE: Formal charges filed following Booneville Homicide
Posted: May 01, 2015

Bond has been set at two million dollars each for Nick Charles Stoicu, 39 and Joseph Oliah Hals Brown, 32, who have been charged with 1st Degree Murder in Logan County. Both subjects are being held at different detention facilities in two different Counties for increased security and public safety.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Update: Arkansas State Police Standoff in Yell County
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 2:45 am


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California man’s epic 3rd run across America continues west in dramatic fashion
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 1:12 am

PRLog (Press Release) - April 29, 2015 - FORT SMITH, Ark. -- After just 60 days, Noah Coughlan has traveled solo on foot through seven states and 1,400 miles on his 3rd Run across the continental United States- the 2015 Run for Rare. His monumental effort to rally support for the 30 Million Americans affected by a Rare Disease is working in remarkable ways. Coming off the heels of a joint press conference at the steps of the U.S.Capitol with U.S. Congressmen in March, Coughlan has continued his impressive efforts into the Southern states into April.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Man calls 911 to report debit card stolen after buying drugs
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 10:20 am

Brandon Snow, 34 of Russellville, appeared in a bond hearing on Wednesday, April 29, before District Court Judge Don Bourne following his arrest on Monday, April 27. Snow was arrested by the Russellville Police Department and appeared in the hearing accused of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

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Man on an epic 3rd run across America for rare disease awareness makes stop in Russellville
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Noah Coughlan is running 3,100 miles from New York to California, and AAHOA is helping him on his journey.

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Collision on Lakefront Drive determined to involve fatality
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 4:16 pm

The Russellville Police Department responded to Lakefront Drive at approximately 1:26 p.m. in reference to an accident with injury.

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Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway Grand Opening is May 2
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:43 am

Excitement for the grand opening on May 2 of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway is palpable, almost like a University of Arkansas football game day. Hundreds of people are expected to turn out and take part in the many activities planned on and along the route, which touches six cities and provides recreational and transportation opportunities for a half million residents of the area.

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Area Youth to Compete in Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ Competition Saturday, May 2
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:22 am

Valley Motors will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for area youth on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Merritt Park Baseball Complex located on Hwy 22 in Dardanelle.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination Could Be a Game Changer
Posted: April 28, 2015

A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Arkansas woman finds 3.69 carat White, Teardrop-shaped Diamond
Posted: April 28, 2015

Release submitted by Arkansas State Parks

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Taste of the Valley at the Russellville Depot, Thursday, April 30
Posted: April 28, 2015

Everyone is invited to attend the 2015 Taste of the Valley tasting party on Thursday, April 30, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Russellville Depot. In the event of rain, the location of the event will be moved to the Hughes Community Center located on East Parkway Drive. 

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Monday 04/27/2015
Clarksville Police Department hosts Open House Wednesday, April 29
Posted: April 27, 2015

The Clarksville Police Department welcomes residents to their Open House that will be held on Wednesday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

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Russellville Police collect 95 pounds of drugs during 'Take Back Initiative'
Posted: April 27, 2015

Following the Russellville Police Department's participation in the "National Drug Take it Back Initiative” held on Saturday, April 25, at the Russellville Walmart, the department announced that they collected 95 pounds of unused or expired prescriptions during the drug take back event.

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Traffic stop with man on bicycle leads to discovery of drugs
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Christopher Tarkington, 29 of Russellville, appeared in a bond hearing on Monday, April 27, before District Court Judge Don Bourne following his arrest on Sunday, April 26, by the Russellville Police Department. Tarkington appeared in the hearing accused of the felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Tarkington also is accused of two separate misdemeanor charges--Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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Man on felony probation arrested after officers find drugs and paraphernalia
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 4:16 pm

John Ward, 37 of Atkins, appeared in a bond hearing on Monday, April 27, before District Court Judge Don Bourne. Ward appeared in the Monday morning felony hearing following his arrest by the Pope County Sheriff's Office on Friday, April 24. Ward is currently on felony probation for a previous Aggravated Assault conviction and is accused of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of an Instrument of Crime. 

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Man arrested for DWI, drugs, following early morning traffic stop
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Cody Roberts, 26 of Russellville, appeared in a bond hearing on Monday, April 27, before District Court Judge Don Bourne. Roberts appeared in the felony hearing following a traffic stop during the early morning hours of April 25. He was arrested by the Russellville Police Department following the traffic stop and is accused of DWI, drugs.

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NRC To Discuss 2014 Performance Assessment for Arkansas Nuclear One
Posted: April 27, 2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet in Russellville, Ark., on May 12 with representatives of Entergy Operations to discuss the agency's 2014 assessment of safety performance for Arkansas Nuclear One. The plant is located in Russellville.

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Sunday 04/26/2015
Update: RVL reader seeks assistance in locating missing Siberian Husky
Updated: April 26, 2015 - 11:51 pm


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Sunday evening explosion on Crow Mountain reportedly 'shook houses'
Updated: April 26, 2015 - 10:44 pm

River Valley Leader received several inquiries from readers concerning a "loud explosion" that occurred in the Cagle rock area of Crow Mountain at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday evening, April 26. The explosion reportedly "shook houses" and "rattled windows and items" inside homes in the area. 

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Saturday 04/25/2015
"March for Marriage" rally at the Pope County Courthouse held 'without incident'
Updated: April 25, 2015 - 11:12 pm

The "March for Marriage" rally was held Saturday, April 25 in Russellville as participants began their march to the Pope County Courthouse in support of a traditional marriage. The rally was organized and hosted by the ARV Tea Party Patriots.

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