January 31, 2015
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Local news stories
     It is hard to quantify the positive effects a mentor can have on a person's life, especially the life of a young person. January was National Mentoring Month, celebrating the impact of mentoring relationships and showing ...Read More
     Members of the Mountain Home Advertising and Promotion Commission carved out a budget which will serve as a guideline in making spending decisions this year during a lengthy workshop session Wednesday during which the ...Read More
     The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their annual Valentine Pageant at Salem High School on January 27th. Winners were awarded in two categories for both boys and girls.      In the ...Read More
        Carolyn Carter, the shelter manager and animal cruelty officer for the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas, recently attended and completed a professional level Animal Cruelty Investigation ...Read More
     The Volunteers for Income Tax assistance Project at ASU Mountain Home has received two grants to support the project, according to Coordinator Dr. Troylene Perry. The Winthrop ROckefeller Foundation is again providing ...Read More
        Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident outside Mountain Home Thursday night. Baxter County 9-1-1 said fire and rescue crews were dispatched at around 6:15 p.m. to the scene on U.S. ...Read More
     The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced two Mountain Home men were sentenced Thursday on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and ordered to pay more than half a million ...Read More
    District 17 Senator Scott Flippo of Bull Shoals saw his co-sponsored bill to end the "Private Option" stall in committee Wednesday, a disappointing decision for the freshman legislator that serves parts of Baxter, Boone and ...Read More
     The North Central Chapter of the all volunteer Arkansas Master Naturalists, one of seven in the state, began at Bull Shoals White River State Park in 2009, according to Park Superintendent Tracy King. Last year the local ...Read More
     A Mountain Home woman was injured in a two vehicle accident Wednesday near the American Stitchco offices in rural Baxter County. According to a report from the Baxter County Sheriff, Deborah M. Smith was transported to ...Read More
     For over 25 years KTLO, radio listeners throughout the Twin Lakes Area have depended on veteran journalist Richard Hester for the latest in local news. Friday, at noon, Hester will turn off his mic and hang up his ...Read More
ABC national news
hdecumont/iStock/Thinkstock(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) -- Video captured the U.S. Coast Guard rescuing a millionaire Pinterest investor and four other crew members after their $2.5 million catamaran malfunctioned. The incident happened about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina on Friday afternoon. Video of the rescue shows the crew members - including Brian Cohen, a Pinterest investor - being plucked from the churning water via helicopter. "There was 40 knot winds and 13 foot seas and they took a wa
Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Aaron Hernandez helped lead the New England Patriots into the 2011 Super Bowl, but this weekend, the former NFL standout won't even be allowed to watch his teammates take on the Seattle Seahawks on TV, ABC News has learned. Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson told ABC News that Hernandez is back where he started shortly after his arrest on June 26, 2013, when he was accused of the murder of his one-time friend Odin Ll
Ashtin Fitzwater(CHANDLER, Ariz.) -- Ashtin Fitzwater just may be the Seattle Seahawks' biggest fan. A few days after painting his girlfriend's mother's house in the team's colors -- neon green and blue -- he then proposed to his girlfriend Melissa of eight years on the lawn he spray-painted with the team's logo. "She and I both huge fans, and after doing something so big with painting the house, I had to make my move now," Fitzwater told ABC News on Friday after attending a Seahawks pep rally.
Shawna Steeves(LAWSON, Mo.) -- Shawna Steeves' 8-year-old daughter, Meghan, will get a dance of her own after the single mom said local PTO officials stood firm on a ruling that she could not be her daughter's date at a father-daughter dance. According to Steeves, the president of the PTO said the group would stick to a "no moms allowed" policy for the Feb. 6 dance at Southwest Elementary School in Lawson, Missouri. "One option they gave was that they [the PTO] would find a male substitute to ta
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- “You can’t go back to the way you were before.” That understated phrase summed up how dozens of counter-terrorism professionals described the toll – physical, psychological and emotional – that working for years in the life and death race against terrorists takes on daily life in the post-9/11 era, according to a study recently published on the CIA's website. The study, Counterterrorism Professionals Reflect on Their Work, paints a h
John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the "beginning stages of a friendship" at the time of Lloyd's murder, the victim's former girlfriend said on the stand today. It was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who introduced Lloyd, 27, to Hernandez, she said. Hernandez, who dated Jenkins' sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod's murder. Friday’s testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law stude
Digital Vision(PHOENIX) -- The NFL is conducting a "thorough and objective investigation" into the "deflate-gate" controversy, league commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday. Following accusations that the New England Patriots used under-inflated balls during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, Goodell said the NFL is focusing on two questions: "Why were some footballs used in the game that were not in compliance with the rules, and was this result of a deli
iStock/Thinkstock(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- As the judge wrapped up day two of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Friday, she gave the jurors an unusual warning in recognition of the fact that this high-profile case involving a former NFL player was unfolding in advance of a weekend that isn't like any other during the football season. "I am not going to forbid you from watching this Super Bowl on Sunday, if that's something that's really important to you," Judge Susan Garsh told the 18 jurors. "Bu
iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The defense team for Brandon Vandenburg, one of the former Vanderbilt University football players who was convicted this week of raping a female classmate, is now trying to get the verdict thrown out after discovering one of the jurors did not disclose he or she was a sexual assault victim.ABC News has confirmed that the juror in question, whom ABC News has decided not to identify, was a victim of statutory rape 15 years ago, and his or her attacker was sen
NASA(NEW YORK) -- A retired NASA astronaut is a viral star thanks to his official NASA photo that shows him posing with two unlikely companions.Leland Melvin, who retired from NASA last February according to the space agency, is seen in the photo in the traditional orange spacesuit worn by astronauts in their official photos. But instead of posing alone, Melvin is flanked by his two dogs.The undated photo of Melvin, 50, was tweeted Wednesday by Adam Aton, a newspaper reporter in Missouri. T
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Every day, nearly half a million school buses hit the road, taking 25 million children to school. And while many parents think their children are in safe hands, tragedy can strike in a flash.Michael Watkins was 9 years old when the school bus he was riding on the way to his Indiana charter school crashed into a bridge in March 2012.The bus driver, 60-year-old Thomas Spencer II, and a student, 5-year-old Donasty Smith, died in the crash. Dozens of other students wer
Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the "beginning stages of a friendship" at the time of Lloyd's murder, the victim's former girlfriend said on the stand Friday.It was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who introduced Lloyd, 27, to Hernandez, she said.Hernandez, who dated Jenkins' sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod's murder.Friday's testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law st
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A hot air balloon with a couple on board taking their wedding vows was forced to make an emergency landing on a San Diego street Thursday afternoon.The balloon, with a 6-person wedding party on board, began experiencing trouble about 20 minutes into the group’s trip.The balloon’s pilot, Phil Brandt, was forced to dodge buildings and power lines as the balloon hovered perilously over a valley.Brandt, a nearly 25-year veteran pilot, fired up the aircraft
Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Prosecutors are working Friday to set the scene of the murder that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with orchestrating on day two of his trial.Emotions ran high as relatives of the victim, Odin Lloyd, 27, sat through testimony from the captain of the North Attleboro, Massachusetts Fire Department, who responded to the 911 call after the body of the semi-pro football player was found after being
ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Three jurors from the Vanderbilt University rape trial said the evidence that played the biggest role in deciding a guilty verdict was video that prosecutors claimed proved four former Vanderbilt football players sexually assaulted a female classmate."As soon as we saw the videos and photographic evidence...we knew exactly who was guilty of what and what we were going to come back with," said juror Todd Easter. "What we knew is that a terrible crime had occurre