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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today's news

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a consumer-protection lawsuit yesterday against the makers of identification cards that are advertised as being "legally issued" or "required by law" even though there is nothing official about the cards.

McDaniel said Connecticut-based AmeraCard Enterprises, Inc. and its owner, Joseph Cassara of Stamford, Conn., produce and sell ID cards that are designed to resemble state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards, except that the ID's produced by the defendants have no official function or legal significance.

Some Arkansas consumers paid $70 apiece for the bogus ID cards that offer no real value to consumers. The cards are not acceptable as government identification, and many private companies will not accept the cards as proof of identity.

The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has concluded that unaccompanied children who have arrived in the state from Central America pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the public.  There are no U.S. Health and Human Services; shelters housing unaccompanied children in Arkansas, but children have been placed with family members or sponsors in the state.

In Hot Springs all city offices, except public safety and the airport, will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. Residential sanitation collection and Earth Angel recycling routes will run one day behind schedule for the remainder of the week. Commercial collection, rolloff and downtown routes will take place as scheduled on Monday. All other services will not operate, and the offices will be closed. Hot Springs Intracity Transit bus and paratransit routes will not run, and the office will be closed. Paratransit cancellations may be left on the answering machine at 321-6625. The city compost facility will also be closed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


It's been a long time and I am hoping to be a more faithful blogger. So much has happened since my last entry.

The vote for increasing assessments on homeowners in the Village will go forward on November 21. Ballots will go out in October. The POA is pushing education meetings between now and then to get Villagers on board with the increase.

Troon will become a part of our golfing lives here in the Village. The best hope is that Troon will bring golfers from around the world into the Village, they will golf, fall in love and invest. A big part of the three prong approach to setting the Village on a firm positive financial future.

East and west gate projects are near completion.

Andy Curry's last day as Jessieville School Superintendent is over this weekend. Interim Superintendent Ron Looper has already started. The school district is in very good shape unlike many of Looper's past assignments. Jessieville school board elections are coming up on September 16, early voting starts September 9.

The Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director Cindy Wagstaff have parted company. No interim has been named.

The trial of alleged murderer Kevin Duck has been re-set to November 4th through the 7th. Duck is accused of the murder of Hot Springs Village Police Dispatcher Dawna Natzke.

There was another murder in the Village. This one, William Scott Murry. His accused murderer, Brent Hile, has been charged with murder in the first degree but there is a gag order on his case and no trial date has been set.

Infrastructure in the Village has been showing its age. There have been several water outages due to water main breaks. Some outages have dragged on for nearly a week.

Former POA general manager Scott Randall got his due. He was fired from his job as town manager for Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation for a DUI and alleged domestic violence.

We survived last winter when polar vortex became a familiar catch phrase. Unfortunately, the Farmer's Almanac is forecasting similar weather patterns for the upcoming winter.

We also survived political primaries. Elections will be upon us again with the final votes this November.

A new musical group was born in the Village. I will be singing with Scherzo this Saturday at Village United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. There are 14 members of this singing group. We will be doing a variety of music including Broadway highlights. I might even be singing a solo. Hope to see you there.

On a personal note, I am still with KVRE, 92.9 FM. I stay busy covering the news. I hope to find the time to adapt my radio news to the blog. I was hoping we would have our KVRE website up by now but Polly's stroke this summer has put that on hold.  I have had some health issues as most of us have when aging.  I have a tumor about the size of a 3D quarter in my parotid gland. These tumors are usually benign, so I am not too worried. When cat-scanning the tumor the radiologist found a funky lymph node in my lower neck, that is of a little more concern. Biopsies are set for next week.

Thanks for continuing to check for updates on the blog. I promise to try to give you more substantive news in the future. Thanks again.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hile's attorney filed motion for mental disease

Garland County District Court transferred the murder case with defendant Brent Michael Hile to circuit court Friday, July 11, following a review hearing. Hile is accused of the first degree murder of William Scott Murry, age 25.

The murder took place at an Alava Lane home in Hot Springs Village. The attorney for the defendant, Hile, has filed a motion for mental disease staying any further action at this time. No court dates have been set for pre-trial or trail of this matter.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Alava Lane murder update

There was a Garland County District Court review hearing in the William Scott Murry/Village Alava Lane murder case Tuesday. Brent Michael Hile was charged with first degree murder in this matter upon his arrest on May 15. The murder took place on May 13.

On Tuesday, July 8th, a motion to continue was considered and granted. The review hearing has been continued to Friday, July 11th at 9 a.m. in District Court. This Friday it will be 60 days since the murder and 58 days since Hile was arrested. According to the Garland County prosecuting attorney’s office, the State of Arkansas has 60 days to decide whether to prosecute or allow a prisoner to go free.

There is a gag order in place in the Murry murder. Hile was arrested May 15th at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. He was charged with murder in the first degree and held on $100,000 bond.

Murder in the first degree according to section 5-10-102 B of the Arkansas Statutes and Codes states the person or an accomplice causes the death of any person under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

According to Garland County Detention Center records Hile has not spent all of his time in jail. Garland County Judge Rick Davis said it is not uncommon for prisoners to be sent elsewhere for mental health evaluations. No one is saying Hile was sent away for mental health evaluations. No one is saying anything in this matter.

The next action in this matter is the review set for July 11th at 9 a.m. in the Garland County District Court.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hile in district court tomorrow for Murry murder in the Village

Information is now seeping through the gag order in the William Scott Murry murder on May 13 in the Village. Alleged murderer Brent Michael Hile will appear in district court tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in Garland County.

Originally, Hile was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on May 15 at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. A gag order was put in place following his arraignment. Hile fell off the radar. Evidently, he was re-arrested on June 26 and has spent the last 10 days at the Garland County Detention Center awaiting his next court date, tomorrow. Where was he between his May 16 arraignment and his re-booking on June 26?

Hile has been charged with murder in the first degree and a bond was set for $100,000. Tomorrow is not an arraignment but it is not clear if this is a pre-trial hearing or a trail. We'll know more tomorrow.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Scott Randall resigns and keeps from being fired again

Former Hot Springs Village POA general manager Scott Randall is unemployed again. Members of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation board of directors accepted his resignation effective immediately, June 9th.

Randall resigned after he was charged with domestic battery and DUI.

Officer Adele Girmendonk of the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a verbal domestic altercation in the driveway of Randall's home on June 5th at 11:38 p.m. According to Girmendonk's police report, Mrs. Randall had some physical wounds and was asked if she wanted medical attention. She did not and a brochure on domestic abuse was given to her.

Officers conducted an intoxilyzer alcohol analyzer breath test on Scott Randall in the Los Alamos Detention Center and according to the report, he blew a 0.08 BRAC on both the first and second times.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation board of directors wasted no time in setting up a meeting on June 9th to decide what to do about Randall. Randall saved the board from firing him by turning in his resignation. Randall worked for Los Alamos for about 14 months.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our trouble moved to Los Alamos

LACDC Board Meeting Today to Decide Course of Action Following Scott Randall's Arrest

Submitted by Carol A. Clark 
on June 9, 2014 - 1:37pm

LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post
Members of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Board of Directors are meeting today to decide the course of action they will take with regard to Executive Director Scott Randall.
Randall, who turned 59 years old Sunday, was arrested by Los Alamos police early Friday morning and charged with domestic battery and DUI. He has been executive director of the LACDC for about 14 months.
"We are holding a special board meeting at 4 p.m. today where we will make a decision on what is the best option," LACDC Board Chair Bill Wadt told the Los Alamos Daily Post. "Once we make a decision, we will first inform Scott, then the staff and then we will issue a press release."
Randall's arrest occurred after he attended a tourism event with his wife and another couple off the hill that ended at 7 p.m. Thursday. It's unclear where they went next but he and his wife returned home after 11 p.m. and police were called to the residence a short while later.
Randall was hired by the LACDC Board of Directors April 1, 2013. He succeeded longtime Executive Director Kevin Holsapple who retired in April 2013. Randall moved to Los Alamos with his wife from Hot Springs Village, Ark., where he served as general manager of a non-profit property owner's association.
He was fired from that job after 20 months and from another job as city manager in Superior, Colo.Randall held that job from February 2007 to September 2010. He sued the City of Superior and the contentious lawsuit was finally settled last February after a 3-and-a-half-year battle.
Randall's past jobs also include city manager of Auburn Hills, Mich., 2004-2006, Scott Randall & Associates 2003-2004, city manager of Clayton, Mo. 1997-2003, interim village administrator in Streamwood, Ill. 1992-1996 and village manager of LaGrange, Ill. 1988-1992.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Murder update

Alleged murderer Brent Hile is currently residing in the Garland County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $100,000. His next court date is July 8, 2014.

According to prosecuting attorneys Terri Harris and Michele Lawrence of the Garland County Prosecutors Office, there is a gag order in this matter and there will be no further comment from any quarters.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Arrest official in Alava Lane murder

We now know the name of the victim in the May 13 murder at 14 Alava Lane in Hot Springs Village, William Scott Murry, age 25.

Early this morning, 1:30 a.m., Brent Michael Hile was taken into custody by the Garland County Sheriff's Office on a charge of first degree murder.