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Friday, November 21, 2014

No quorum

In Hot Springs Village at precisely 10 a.m. today Keith Keck called the assessment vote meeting to order and turned the meeting over to Don Schnipper to give his statement about the legality of the POA vote. After Schnipper make his opening comments he explained the voting possibilities.

There were 25,298 lots in good standing in the Village eligible to vote. 12,650 votes were needed for a quorum. Schnipper said if  the POA lots were needed to reach quorum it would bring the eligible lot count up to 27,654, with a quorum of 13,828.

There were only 10,049 votes cast. The POA By-laws require the POA lots be counted to try to attempt to bring the count up to a quorum.

The POA lot votes are cast in a percentage reflective of the overall votes cast. The overall 10,049 votes cast were 5,999 for and 4,050 against.

With the POA lots counted that brought the vote up to 7,405 for and 5,000 against. The total vote was 12,405 with the POA lots counted. 13,828 votes were needed to make quorum. The vote count was 1,424 short of a quorum.

The POA can call for another vote on this issue and it will just need 25% of 25,298 lots to vote, that's 6,325 votes. If that were the case in today's vote the POA assessment would have passed.

The next POA board meeting will be on December 3 at 9 a.m. It will be a pivotal meeting discussing the direction the Village will take next to remedy its cash shortfall.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pete Peterkin a blast

Last night the Hot Springs Village Concerts' Association introduced me to The Many Characters of Pete Peterkin and I was delighted. The third offering of the 2014/15 season was another success. This season just keeps getting better.

Pete Peterkin is a 60 year old dynamo you will think is 25 years younger with his endless energy and his James Brown dance moves. Last night Peterkin took the stage in his Ray Charles persona and rocked the house. I was lucky enough to see Ray Charles in concert twice, once on aisle three and now I consider that I have seen him in concert again, complete with the Rayettes. I was stunned by the performance. Peterkin nailed Ray Charles' every signature move and sounded just like him. If you love classics like You Don't Know Me, Hit the Road Jack, I Can't Stop Loving You and Georgia you will be in Ray Charles heaven.

Interspersed in the Ray Charles segment of the evening were glimpses of other period crooners. As Ray Charles, Peterkin talks about how his handlers want him to smooth out his voice to make more money and off he went singing snatches of tunes in dead-on imitations of the originals. There was Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin with a Jerry Lewis tag and my favorite, Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World.

Stevie Wonder made an appearance on the Woodlands stage last night singing For Once in My Life. Again the character came to life with Wonder's brand of humor, characteristics and signature harmonica tunes. We saw Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, the Tops and the Temps and even Michael Jackson strutted his signature dance moves.

For a good portion of the second act Peterkin was in the Little Richard groove talking about all the people Little Richard influenced over the years giving us snippets of Elvis, Tina Turner, Cher, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks and Tom Jones. I was lucky enough to get a personal in-your-face rendition of Jones' Delilah, too much fun. Yes, Peterkin did stroll into the audience several times to catch a dance move or croon to an audience member.

The highlight of the evening was Chuck Berry. Peterkin grabbed up a guitar and broke into Johnny Be Good complete with playing the guitar behind his head and between his legs. He did the kick walk across the stage made famous by Berry and immortalized for all film goers as Michael J. Fox nailed his performance in Back to the Future.

Instead of being exhausted, the audience was exhilarated and welcomed Peterkin's James Brown's Good Golly Miss Molly. It was perfect as were all of Peterkin's reincarnations.

We were lucky enough to have two encores last night, Peterkin singing Unchained Melody as himself, powerfully moving, and Shout, what a way to end the evening.

The combo playing with Peterkin was a pick-up band led by Villager Clyde Pound. The professional musicians were just that, professional. The sound was tight like they had been playing together for years. The women vocalists of the Rayettes were also Arkansas musicians and sounded as good as they looked.

This was one for the books, a great night out. If you've got tickets to this show, don't miss it. If you don't have tickets you can buy tickets for what's left of the season for $17 a ticket or you can buy a ticket for this show for $27. It's well worth the investment. For tickets call 922-4231 or go to

Pete Peterkin will be here for three more nights. The rest of the season includes Adam Trent, illusionist in February and 100 Years of Broadway in March.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Duck pre-trial set for this morning

This morning at 8:30 the pre-trail hearing in the murder of Dawna Natzke in Garland County Circuit Court should take place. Last week I talked to Judge Wright's office, the Circuit clerk's office and the prosecuting attorney's office. All were ready to move forward in this matter.

I did not talk to Kevin Duck's attorney. I don't know if he filed a Motion to Continue. I will let you know more when I know more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DuPue Brothers Band at the Woodlands

The DuPue Brothers Band rocks, waltzes and plays toe-tapping bluegrass with abandonment. Last night's concert at the Woodlands Auditorium was full of energy and plain old fun.

The DuPue Brothers Band was the second serving of the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association season and it was delicious. The good news being the group will appear here in the Village for three more nights, tonight through Friday night at 7:30.

The three DuPue Brothers, Jason, Alex and Wallace were charming and endlessly talented violin virtuosos. Each brother and each member of the band had multiple opportunities to shine. During the concert I kept thinking this is the best jam session ever. In a jam session musicians come together to play the music for the utter joy of making music together with a big dose of one-upping each other with flair.

I loved Mike Munford picking away on his banjo, a look of utter concentration always on his face.

Award-winning flatpicking guitar player Mark Cosgrove brought tremendous talent, a good singing voice and a delightful sense of humor to the mix.

Kevin MacConnell wailed on his upright bass and floored with his bass guitar. He's been on the music scene since the mid-80's and has played for a smorgasbord of who's who in the music world.

That leaves us with the band manager and percussionist extraordinaire Don Liuzzi.  Not only can he play the heck out of everything that makes noise at the back of the stage but has a smooth singing voice I could listen to all night.

The DuPue brothers themselves bring so much to the table. Jason doesn't talk much but clearly made a deal with the devil for his talent on the violin. He also playfully shows off his mastery of the mandolin.

Wallace and Alex are the talkers of the group. Wallace, a steady workhorse stopped the show with his yodelling number. His variations on Little Brown Jug with styles from Viennese to contemporary was a real crowd pleaser.

Alex is a showman and takes several opportunities to show how to make fun sounds from his violin with a synthesizer. Hear the violin singing birds, sirens and exploding bombs. Fun, fun, fun.

Tickets to the remaining three DuPue concerts are available for purchase at the will call table in the lobby at concert time and from the POA during normal working hours and on-line.

Don't have to kick yourself later for missing this musician fest, get to the DuPue Brothers Band concert today. Oh, and for those of you that think all bands are loud, this one is set just right and won't make your hearing aids ring.

There still three concerts remaining in the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association 23rd season. Call 922-4231 to secure your seats to the Many Characters of Pete Peterkin, November 11 through 14, Adam Trent Illusionist, February 3 through 6 and 100 Years of Broadway, March 3 through 6.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jeff Smith killed in head-on collision

Hot Springs Sentinel Record special sections editor, 49-year old Jeff Smith was killed in a head-on collision near Bismark on Highway 7, Friday, October 10, at 4:25 p.m. Smith was a 17 year resident of Hot Springs Village.

In addition to his coverage of Hot Springs Village and Northern Garland County, Smith was a prolific writer of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Many of the books are set in the Hot Springs area, all are available on Amazon or at All Things Arkansas on Central Avenue in Hot Springs.

His titles include: Within the Gates, 7 Days of Panic, Between the Elders, Memories of Spearsville, Secrets of Island 27, Death in the Darkness, Escape from the Big Easy, The East Mountain Murders, Death Comes to a Small Town, Vanished on the Vista and The Charleston Connection. He has at least one unpublished manuscript ready to go to press.

Smith has been active with the Hot Springs Village Players for the last six years. He was set to make his directing debut with Murder Can be Habit Forming. Lee Iafrate has agreed to step in and carry through his vision with the play coming to the Woodlands on November 7, 8 and 9.

Jeff Smith was a good reporter, writer and friend, a truly nice man and will be missed. His viewing is Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral is on Friday, October 17 at 2 p.m. at Ruggles-Wilcox funeral home in Arkadelphia.

Again, there was a fatal car wreck on Highway 7 near Bismark on Friday, October 10. Stephanie Philyaw's car crossed into on-coming traffic hitting two vehicles. Of the two cars Philyaw hit, driver Darren Brewster was not injured, driver Jeff Smith was killed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday's news

Villagestock is rescheduled for Saturday October 25. The cost has been reduced to $15 for a day of music at Grove Park in the Village.


The Saline County candidates forum is set for September 16 at 4 p.m. at the Ouachita activities building.


The POA voting board meeting is set for this Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Ouachita activities building. Immediately following the meeting is the next budget review meeting. The topic of the budget review is public works, public safety and recreation/food and beverage.


Garland County residents can bring items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 to 1 on Saturday, October 11 to the Garland County Fairgrounds at 4831 Malvern Avenue, Highway 270 East, for safe, free disposal of unused or leftover household products containing toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive chemicals. There will also be a re-use center for paint that is still usable and stored in the original container with a legible label. Electronic waste and passenger tires, no rims, will also be accepted for disposal.

The event can help prevent hazardous items from ending up in landfills, sewer treatment, storm drainage or septic systems, streams and lakes. These products are also toxic, corrosive, flammable and/or irritating to skin. They can cause fumes and fires and can endanger animals and children if left improperly stored at home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday's news

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and 38 other attorneys general urged the Federal Communications Commission to review whether phone companies may legally use call-blocking technologies that would enable consumers to block unwanted, annoying telemarketing calls.

Some phone companies have said that the FCC's legal framework prohibits the carriers from determining which calls should be blocked. McDaniel and his counterparts formally asked the FCC for an opinion as to whether carriers can block telemarketing calls at a customer's request.

Telephone companies have resisted implementing the technologies to block calls because of their legal concerns.

A brown bat picked up a week ago from the 200 block of Market Street in Hot Springs was sent to the state health laboratory and has tested positive for rabies.

Pet owners are reminded to vaccinate all dogs and cats at least four months old against rabies. To report any unusual daytime activity by nocturnal creatures such as skunks or bats, contact Animal Services in Hot Springs at 262-2091 and Animal Control in Hot Springs Village at 922-6547.

My biopsy results came back as inconclusive, so I will have to have surgery before the end of this month. I will find out then if I will need to undergo cancer treatment.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday's news

Pre-register today to participate in the 2014 Hot Springs Village Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) Hunt, set for Nov. 1 – Dec. 15. The event, which is an archery only hunt, is regulated by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

All hunters must attend the Hot Springs Village Mandatory Hunters Orientation Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the Ouachita Activities Building, Ponce de Leon Center, to participate in the hunt, no exceptions. Hunters will register, show proof of current licenses/cards and sign the POA waiver at the meeting. Maps showing designated hunting areas and dash passes will be distributed during the meeting. A question and answer session will also be held. The Ponce de Leon Center is located at 1101 DeSoto Blvd., in Hot Springs Village.

In addition to attending the mandatory orientation meeting, hunters must meet the following requirements to participate in the hunt:

·        Participants must have a current Arkansas Game & Fish hunting license.
·        Participants must have a current Arkansas Bow Hunter’s Association card.
·        Participants must also complete the International Bowhunter Education Program. Hunters who complete the class will receive a lifetime Bowhunter Education Card. For more information, go to or contact J.D. Crawford at or 501-733-2921.
·        Hunters must hunt from an elevated deer stand that is 10 feet above the ground.
·        Hunters must check deer harvested at the HSV Cortez Fire Station and with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission via telecheck, internet, or smartphone. For more information, go to
·        The first deer bagged must be donated to Arkansas Hunter’s Feeding the Hungry Program. It is the hunter’s responsibility to deliver deer to the processor.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission allows harvesting of both bucks and does. Hunters may harvest two bucks, but those deer must be checked using their license allocation. Bonus doe tags must be issued through DMAP.

For more information, contact the HSV Permitting & Inspections Department at 922-5562.

Relive your college days at the “drive in” showing of Animal House at the Magellan Golf Course Driving Range on Sept. 13. The movie, which is sponsored by Boomers Rock and the HSV Recreation Department, is a comedy about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Fabor College. The cast includes John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Kevin Bacon and Tim Matheson. It is rated R.

Golf carts are welcome and the Magellan Deli will be open for beverages (beer, wine and soda). There will be a trivia contest with prizes and free popcorn courtesy of Boomers Rock.

Tickets, which are $5.00 per person in advance are available online at Tickets will be $7.50 at the door.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great evening at the movies!

Have you recently purchased a new vehicle? When selling or trading your personal vehicle, remember to remove the HSV member decal. Members who bring in a current year decal will receive a new current year decal at no charge. For more information, call 922-5556.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday's news

The requests to put the Lake DeGray Water Agreement to a November election vote were rejected Friday by the Hot Springs City Clerk’s office due to deficiencies identified in the filed petitions. It was determined that the petition is noncompliant with a significant provision of the Arkansas Constitution, and therefore insufficient to move forward to be placed on the ballot.

In a City Attorney’s opinion letter, the failure to include an enacting clause has resulted in a fatal defect in the submitted petitions. The lack of this constitutional requirement means the petition is not legally sufficient and should be rejected.

The City will continue their diligence in pursuing the alternate water source from Lake DeGray and obtaining an agreement with the Army Corp of Engineers for a long-term allotment from this source.

City Manager David Watkins stated, “It is very encouraging that our community has reached an agreement that will provide system users with water from two completely separate watersheds in order to secure a long-term supply and put this issue behind us.’

Improvements to Highway 270 (MLK Expressway) require lane closures in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be doing routine maintenance including general cleaning, weed eating, and draining cleaning along the Highway 270 (MLK Expressway) median. The work will require closing the eastbound and westbound inside lanes within the moving work area.

The eastbound lane closures will be Monday, September 8th through Thursday, September 11th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., each day, weather permitting. The westbound inside lane closures will likely begin the following week at the same times.

The number of days needed for the closures may be reduced if the work does not take as long as anticipated. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD

Looking for a way to save a little cash when your grandchildren ages 6 through 15 visit Hot Springs Village? Stop by the HSV administrative building and sign them up for a temporary dependent recreational card. Show this card at select HSV recreation facilities to receive member rates. Golf discounts are not offered with this card.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's news

Still recovering from my ordeal yesterday. News will be later in the day.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's news

I hope you all had a restful Labor Day. I did not labor yesterday, so no news.

There's a Hot Springs Village budget overview meeting, open to the public, tomorrow at the Ouachita activities building from noon to 1 p.m., immediately following the board meeting. The budget overview is for the proposed 2015 budget. Everyone interested in where your assessment dollars go should attend.

Keith Salisbury and the Hot Springs Village Audubon Society donated more than 20 tree-identification tags along the Magellan Beaver Dam Trail.

The Magellan Golf Course is closed today.

Isabella Golf Course is undergoing aerification.

It's Washington State week around the Village. Visitors from Washington will pay member rates for Village amenities.

The working board meeting this week will host discussions on the following: the appointment of James Mahan for the open position on the public works committee; the appointments of John Lands and George Tenuta for open positions on the recreation committee; a proposal to modernize the POA's accounting and operations software programs; a proposed revision of bylaws; and, the annual assessment increase by consumer price index.

The POA board meets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the Ouachita activities building at the Ponce de Leon Center.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today's news

The Lily Alert for the two year old male Pomeranian that disappeared around Herencia has been canceled. The dog is back home.

More than 180 bicyclists will be be routed through the Village as part of the Rock'n Hot Bike MS 150 Group on September 6 and 7. The cyclists will begin their ride in North Little Rock on the morning of September 6 will ride to the east gate, enter the Village and ride the length of DeSoto Boulevard and out of the west gate to the Village Inn behind Cranford's. They will spend the night at Village Inn and make the return trip on the morning of September 7.

Bike MS raises money for multiple sclerosis. Villagers are asked to carefully share the road with the cyclists next weekend.

A public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in Saline County will be held at the Benton Municipal Complex on Tuesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Recent legislation has affected the procedures for the sale of tax delinquent properties, and purchasers should take the time to review the changes prior to the auction dates. The Commissioner of State Lands provides a catalog of tax delinquent lands containing the current statutes governing the sales, auctions dates, times, location and other pertinent information regarding parcels being offered. The catalog can be found on the Commissioner's website at or is available in print by mail.

"Properties at auction no longer have a minimum bid of the assessed value of the property," Commissioner Thurston said.  "Bidding begins at the moment of taxes and fees that are due."

The redemption period has also changed. Owners of properties sold at auction now have ten days to redeem the property following the sale. Delinquent property owners may call the office at (501) 324-9422 to request a petition to redeem, or they may look up the delinquent parcel on the website and print the form there.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Today's news

The Coronado Fitness Center will be closed September 14 through 17 for annual maintenance.

Villagestock was supposed to take place today, it has been postponed due to possible inclement weather. Today showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Boomers Rock and the Hot Springs Village recreation department. A new date will be announced after the Labor Day holiday.

There will be a forum for Jessieville school board candidates at the Coronado Center on September 11 at 7 p.m. Early voting for the school board starts September 9 and election day is September 16.

A two year old Pomeranian named Jabacca was lost yesterday. Jabacca was last seen near Herencia Circle yesterday morning. Jabacca is a reddish-tan color male and has a red collar without tags. If you see or catch Jabacca, call Krystal at (870) 919-7799.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced that the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. The constitutional amendment needed 78,133 valid signatures; the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment sponsors turned in 127,265. At this time, the proposed amendment has at least 87,102 valid signatures and the count continues.

The Secretary of State has certified the proposed amendment to the County Board of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 4 on the November 4 ballot.

Registered voters will decide on the proposed amendment that if approved, would legalize the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol statewide. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 6.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today's news

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $232,649.89 to victims of crime in July. Awards were made in 102 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 49 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may submit claims to the program to help defray the costs of medical treatment, mental-health counseling or other unexpected expenses associated with the crime. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, although the maximum award may be as high as $25,000 for a crime victim who receives catastrophic injuries.

In 2013, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded a total of $3,910,389.92 in reparations.

For July there was one new award in Garland County totaling $837.88 and there was one new award in Saline County totaling $395.91.

Over the summer tow educational exchange delegations visited Hot Springs' sister city. In early July, four teachers traveled to Hanamaki. They stayed with host families, visited area schools and had opportunities to exchange with teachers and even a parent teacher organization. Teachers scholarship recipients taking part in the exchange were Bruce Orr, assistant superintendent at Lakeside School District; Lorri Saracini, elementary math coach at Gardner STEM Magnet School; Lindsey Waddell, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts geology instructor and Shannon Michelle Geoffrion, biology teacher at Hot Springs High School.

The Hot Springs Village Police Department is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization that started August 15 and will run through September 1.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading the effort to stop drunk driving. You can help spread the word and save lives. And the word is Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Hot Springs Village administration building will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. Property owner services will be open on Saturday, August 30 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Trash will be picked up one day after the normally scheduled time. For more information, see the holiday sanitation schedule on the POA website. There will be no yard waste pick up on Friday, September 5.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today's news

Lake Isabella is being treated for blue green algae. It will take about 10 days for treatment and the lake to return to normal. Villagers are not to swim in the lake and the boat ramp will be closed during this time. The public will be notified when swimming in safe waters can be resumed.

The Hot Springs Hanamaki Sister City program was one of only four American cities' programs to receive a commendation from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The commendation will be presented, along with commemorative gifts at a ceremony on November 1.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the commendation is awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields to acknowledge their contributions to promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.

Con artists who perpetrate the "secret shopper" scam entice consumers with promises of cash payments if a consumer will evaluate the customer service at store or restaurant while acting as an ordinary customer. This and similar scams have been around for years, but a number of incidents have been reported recently in northwest Arkansas.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert yesterday to remind Arkansas consumers about the "secret shopper" scam and to again warn consumers not to become victims of wire-fraud schemes.

"For the handful of actual secret-shopper jobs, employees are not required to wire money to their bosses in order to get a paycheck," McDaniel said. "Even though a con artist may go to great lengths to convince a consumer that a ruse is legitimate, the good advice that is always worth repeating is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Follow these guidelines to keep safe from scams.

* Throw away any unexpected or unsolicited checks that come in the mail from an unfamiliar person or business. If a consumer wants to take the check to the bank anyway, then he or she at least should ask that the check be verified and funds from it not be withdrawn unless the check has cleared. This process can take days or weeks.

* Be careful about employment opportunities in which the employer uses no screening process for applicant or guarantees a job.

* Be leery of outfits based in Canada or overseas that claim to have secret shopper or work-at-home jobs available.

* Never wire funds or provide information from a MoneyPak card to an unknown person or business.

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.

Newest on Village murder person of interest

The press release from Garland County states:

Garland County Sheriff Investigators have obtained a Murder 1st arrest warrant for 29 year old Brent Michael Hile in reference to a homicide that occured last night, [March 13], in Hot Springs Village. Hile is described as a white male, approximately 5'11" tall, 190 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. Hile is possibly driving a 2008 Blue Ford Fusion bearing Arkansas License plate number 578RHP.

Investigators do not believe that Hile is still in Hot Springs Village or Garland County area. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Brent Hile or if you come into contact with Hile use caution and are asked to dial 911 or contact you local law enforcement agency.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Alava Lane murder update

Hot Springs Village Chief of Police now states, "at this time, the resident is a person of interest and is being sought as no one was at the house when the body was discovered by a relative who had come to visit."

Murder in Hot Springs Village

There was a murder in Hot Springs Village on Tuesday, May 13, at 14 Alava Lane.

The homeowner, not residing in the home, stopped to see her son at 6 p.m. and discovered the body of a white male in his late 20's.  Her son was not home at the time.  The deceased was a family acquaintance.

The mother was in contact with her son last night after the body was discovered. The son was okay.

Two investigators from the Hot Springs Village Police Department with the assistance of the Garland County Sheriff's Office are investigating the murder.

There was no sign of a break-in.  Chief Gary Adams of the Hot Springs Village Police Department said there is a person of interest.

The names of the victim, the homeowner and her son are not being released at this time.

Officers want to talk with the resident of the home and are looking for him and his blue late model Ford.

Call 922-0011 if you have any information in this matter.

Friday, May 9, 2014

KVRE's highlights from Hot Springs Village police reports

April 25

A Galeon Way woman complained of a computer scam.

There was a bat on the side of a front door on Pizarro Drive. An officer hosed the bat until it flew away.

April 26

A yard sale attendee on Panorama Drive said someone backed into the front fender of his car causing approximately $300 in damages. There was white paint on the fender and his driver’s door would not open. He had no idea who hit his car.

There was a burglary on South Pego, more missing copper pipe and other items.

There was a dog at large complaint on Vera Lane. An officer saw the dog but couldn’t catch it.

There was a hit and run in the WalMart parking lot. A gun was pointed at the victim as the bad driver escaped. Village officers assisted in attempting to find the driver on an aggravated assault charge.

April 27

A Magellan Circle woman either lost of misplaced her purse. She was making a report and changing her banking information.  She found her purse later in the day.

April 29

The trailer holding the flag poles for special holiday displays by the VFW at Cedarvale Funeral Home on Minorca Road has been stolen. The trailer, valued at $300, was last seen in March of this year. Replacement of the flag poles will cost an estimated $1,700. Anyone with any information regarding the missing trailer and its contents is asked to call the police at 922-0011.

The Arkansas Revenue Office advised a Villager to make a police report regarding his missing drivers license. He lost his license at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

A Sonora Way man reported a Doberman Pinscher running around at large near time for children to get off the school bus in the area. An officer returned the dog to its owner with a warning about securing the dog. This is not the first time this dog has escaped.

There was a car broken down on the side of the road at DeSoto Boulevard and Ponce de Leon Road.

April 30

A neighbor reported lights on at a vacant house on Empinado Way.

There was an unruly patron at Diamond D’s Bistro. The man was convinced to calm down and leave.

A Frontera Circle woman called the police when she saw a man with a flashlight outside his own house.

There was a disgruntled patron at the Village Inn. The man left after gathering his belongings.

There was a barking dog complaint on Castillo Lane.

An Arias Way resident complained of a truck parked in the roadway on one of the Arias hills. By the time the police arrived the driver was driving away. He was stopped and warned of the complaint.

A Villager reported a missing pressure washer from his back deck.

A Halcon Way woman said some of her prescriptions are missing form her lock box.

A barking dog citation was issued to a Sanchez Place resident. According to the officer, the woman walked inside her house and ripped up the citation. Her dogs were barking at the time.

An officer escorted a woman from the west gate to her rental property. She was lost.

There was a car in the roadway on Alicante Way.

A Ventoso Lane man said he was missing two wrought iron chairs from his boat dock. The chairs were valued at $282 each. The chairs were found in the water near the dock.

Copper was missing from Tomino Lane. The copper pipe was valued at $1,000. Damage to the residence in removing the pipe was estimated at $4,000.

May 1

A Lago Drive couple were having a few communication problems that may have a root in a medical problem.

A car drove into a business, the West Side Hair Company, at the Cordoba Center.  One of the customers inside was temporarily trapped under a shelf that had fallen when the car crashed into the business. Both the injured patron and the driver refused transport by Lifenet. The driver said her husband usually drove her everywhere and she drove herself to get her hair done this time. The damages to the salon were estimated at $30,000. Damages to the care are approximately $900.

There was an off property brush pile burning.

There was a fender bender in the Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church parking lot.

A Villager went into the police station to complain of unauthorized use of a credit card totaling $1,345.34.

A Sanchez Place woman said her brother was poisoned. The brother said he was fine.

A Perralena Way man said his wife drove over him repeatedly. Officers did not find the car that allegedly ran over the man. A warrant has been issued for the wife for domestic battery.

May 2

There was a traffic complaint resulting in the arrest of a man with an active warrant out of the Bryant Police Department. The man’s car had run out of gas at Barcelona Road and Gancho Way and he built a fire on the roadway and honked his horn to signal distress.

A Llana Lane man refused to buy a new vehicle sticker to enter the Village gates. He now has to stop every time he enters the Village and show his identification card and drivers license.

A Village man stopped by the police station to report two checks were written on his checking account by an unknown person. The bank was aware of the situation.

May 3

There was a loud music complaint in the area of the Magellan Golf Course.

There was a fender bender in the parking lot of Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. A truck had approximately $300 in damages and van had approximately $2,000 in damages.

There was a traffic accident at the DeSoto Club. A car had approximately $250 in damages.

A Villager reported a computer scam.

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place.

A Lindura Way couple said a man in a kilt had urinated in front of them on the fairway at the 15th hole of the Balboa Golf Course.  When the man yelled at him to stop the urinator responded in a distasteful manner.

A chair was found in the roadway on DeSoto Boulevard near Carmona Road.

A golfer found his car damaged after his round of golf. A Badajoz Way man had backed into the driver’s door. There was approximately $1,000 in damages. The Badajoz Way man was not supposed to be driving and had his canceled license taken from him.

May 4

There was a domestic disturbance on Perralena Way.

A Suave Place woman thought there was an intruder in her home. She had left the television on in her laundry room. No intruder.

A stray dog was caught in an Animal Control trap on Argomaniz Way. The dog was taken to the shelter when the phone number on his collar was not valid.

There was an outside faulty wiring light flashing on Silleda Lane.

There was a bat inside a Charca Way residence. The bat was captured and brought to Animal Control to be sent to the state lab and checked for rabies.

May 5

A Gorrion Lane woman said she could not put her garage door down. It was broken and she called a repair person.

A Villager complained someone is cashing checks that belonged to his dead brother. The crime occurred in Illinois, not in HSV.

May 6

A package was found in the roadway at the east gate. The package owner was out of town and said she would pick it up.

Officers escorted fire department personnel to check out a smoke smell on Destino Way.

May 7

A Promesa Place man said jewelry valued between $25,000 and $30,000 was stolen from his home.

There was a blowing leaves dispute on Sergio Way.

May 8

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place.

A La Canada Way man reported his missing golf clubs.

There was a one car accident on Ponderosa Way/Lane.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

KVRE's HSV Police highlights

April 15

There was a dog barking complaint on Sanchez Place.

A Gancho Way woman requested a police escort home to help her feel safe.

There was a dog barking complaint on Madrid Way.

A boater was cited for not having his decal on his boat trailer for the current year.

April 16

An Arkansas ID card was found at the east gate.

An electrical tester was turned in at the east gate.

There was a minor fender bender, well a scratch, in the Good Sam’s parking lot. A car backed out and hit another car that was illegally parked.

A Good Sam’s residence reported a telephone scam with someone offering to fix her computer.

Some copper pipe was stolen and a house was broken into for the second time on Empinado Way.

Officers arrested a woman on Vaqueria Lane for an outstanding warrant from Texas for an alleged probation violation and a new warrant from Hot Springs for domestic battery for allegedly beating her grandfather.

The mother of the woman arrested above reported someone entered her home and damaged several items in the home. There were also several items in the house that did not belong there. Possibly part of her missing father’s coin collection.

April 17

An officer delivered police department paperwork to a Caceres Way man.

An officer stood by while a check was written to a man that is no longer allowed in the Coronado Center.

Officers followed up on a failure to vacate on Manresa Lane.

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place.

A puppy escaped through a cat door on Alina Lane, was rescued on Arias Way and was returned to the owner at the Animal Shelter.

April 18

There was a barking dog complaint on Dosceintos Lane.

A Villager found a pair of Craftsman vice grips in the intersection of Balearic and Balboa Roads. It now resides in lost and found.

A Village woman made a complaint regarding her friend’s wife making repeated harassing calls to her. The caller was in Texas. Officers called the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in this matter.

April 19

A car broke down on DeSoto Boulevard at Cortez Road.

An Esplendor Lane man said he was driving on DeSoto Boulevard near Minorca Road when a deer struck his car.

A paramedic dropped his wallet at a San Pablo Way residence. An officer returned the wallet to the rightful owner.

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place.

April 20

An officer on patrol found an ID badge at the west gate. The badge is now in the lost and found.

There was a two car accident at N. Barcelona Road and Durango Way. One car tried to pass another car that was turning. The passer was issued a citation for following too close. The turning car sustained approximately $2,000 in damages. The other car sustained approximately $3,000 in damages.

Animal control is investigating a further complaint regarding the escaped puppy on Alina Lane.

There was a barking dog complaint on Emanuel Circle.

A Village man said his truck was driven away from his mother’s house on Lado Place by a man he had picked up earlier on Little Blakeley Creek Road. It was unauthorized use of his truck.

A Promesa Way couple was advised to call a pest control company after hearing noises coming from their home vents.

A red igloo cooler filed with beer and alcohol was found off La Ramble Lane. It looked abandoned.

April 21

An Arias Way home in foreclosure was vandalized.

A Coronado Trace woman has requested her neighbor quit talking to her. She said he was harassing her.

A man trying to enter the Village with a dead person’s card was denied access and the card was taken to Chief Adams.

A housekeeper allegedly stole money from a Ponce de Leon Circle home.

April 22

There was a possible prowler in the area of the Coronado Fitness Center.

A real estate sign was blocking the road sign from some angles at a Galeaon Way/Lane home.

A Sosegado Way man and his son were warned that open burning was a violation of Village policy.

It looked like there had been a squatter in a foreclosed home on La Palabra Way.

A Village man was issued a warning citation for not having a current decal on his boat.

An officer removed a snake from an Oviedo Way woman’s window shutter.

April 23

A Teleno Lane woman was worried in advance of an estate sale on her street. She did not want anyone in her yard or driveway.

A lawn maintenance worker drove his truck into the closed garage door of a Jardinero Drive home.

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place. The couple with the three barking dogs will be cited.

There was a two car accident at the east gate. One car backed into another. There was approximately $1,000 damages to each car.

There was a two car accident at DeSoto Boulevard and Sonora Way. One driver was cited with following too close and it was discovered the woman was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Her license was confiscated.

A Manzanares Drive woman was found wandering around the Isabella golf course. She was escorted home and an officer waited with her until her husband returned home.

April 24

There was a loud music complaint on Arjona Way.

A Golada Lane woman said there was a partially dead, blind and rabid infested opossum on her back deck. An officer knocked the opossum off the deck. It landed about five feet off the deck, jumped up and ran off into the woods about 100 feet away.

There was a two car accident with injuries at North Barcelona Road and DeSoto Boulevard. Both cars were totaled. One driver was cited with failing to stop at a stop sign.

April 25

There was a noise complaint on Frontera Circle.

***** this is the complaint Gary already sent me on the new scam

April 26

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place.

There was a noise complaint on Sierra Lane.

A man tried to drive his truck down the trail at La Granja Circle.

There was a noise complaint on Papacio Circle.

There was a loud music complaint on Frontera Circle.

There was a theft of several items at the Diamante golf maintenance area.

There was a dog bite on Tomino Way. The victim did not want the dog put down just wanted it out of the area.

There was a noise disturbance on Sierra Lane.

April 27

There was a tree down partially blocking Gancho Circle.

April 28

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place.

There was a theft from an unlocked car on La Vista Lane. The total estimated value of the missing items was $3,630.00.

Two female Good Sam’s residents got into a fight. One slapped the other. The involved women were a 94 year old and an 89 year old.

An Arias Way woman reported a possible stalker harassing her daughter at DeSoto Park. Be on the look out for a young man looking like Harry Potter.

April 29

There was a bear sighting on Maderas Drive. A woman had been sitting out on her deck when she saw a large black bear. She was told not to let her pets and children out unsupervised and not to leave any food out that might attract the bear. Sightings this time of year are normal.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KVRE's Highlights from the Hot Springs Village Police

April 8

An injured deer was euthanized in a Gailosa Lane backyard after sustaining two broken front legs in a car/deer accident.

There was a tree down on a power line on Viscara Way. Officers provided traffic control while Entergy workers removed the tree.

A Village man fell victim to the grandparent scam. His grandson was not in jail in Bermuda. The scam cost the man $2,150 plus a $150 transaction fee.

A Cifuentes Lane woman reported a scam in which $4,000 was charged to her credit card. The card carrier did not hold her responsible for the fraudulent charges.

A Quisto Circle man said there had been a skunk in his garage but it left before officers arrived.

A Village woman reported the violation of a no contact order by her ex-boyfriend. Information has been forwarded to the judge issuing the order.

April 9

A Panorama Drive woman complained house builders were blocking the roadway when they backed their trailer and truck onto the building lot.

A Sanchez Place couple filed a barking dog complaint.

A motorist’s car ran out of gas at DeSoto Boulevard and Fenix Drive.  The motorist put gas in his car and was on his way.

A Resplandor Loop couple said they were receiving harassing scam telephone calls. A call came in while an officer was present. The officer answered the phone and identified himself. The caller said he would come and rape his family. The officer provided several security measures on how to handle these particular calls.

A Halcon Place woman informed the police her ex-boyfriend had been harassing her.

April 10

A Village man allegedly exposed himself in the parking lot of the Coronado Fitness Center. Officers are providing extra patrols.

A woman walking on the Hernando Trail when she encountered an elderly woman and her medium sized barking white dog. After they passed each other the dog turned and bit the woman.  She did not think anything about it until she looked at the bite and realized it was more serious than she originally thought and needed stitches. Dr. Pullig’s office called police to report the dog bite to Animal Control.

HSVPD with the assistance of HSPD arrested Wesley Harris on an outstanding failure to appear warrant on a Commercial Burglary Fleeing charge. Harris was transported to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers removed a tree branch blocking the roadway on San Sabatian Way.

There was a barking dog complaint on Sanchez Place. The dogs were not barking when police arrived.

There was a barking dog complaint on Sonora Way. The dogs were not barking when police arrived.

April 14

A woman donated a gun to the HSVPD that belonged to her brother that is hospitalized for dementia.

A Village woman stopped by the police department to report her wallet missing. She lost the wallet in Little Rock.

A Promesa Place man called police when lightening struck a tree between two Promesa Place residences.  The 6' tall tree was shattered into pieces. There was no damage to either home.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

KVRE's Village Police highlights

March 27

An officer assisted a man with finding an address on Sorpresa Way.

A Palisandro Drive man said his house was egged for the second time in weeks.

An officer gave a woman a lift to the Shell station when her car ran out of gas.

An Ola Way woman reported an attempted grandparent scam. She talked to her grandson and he reassured her that he was safe at home and not in a Vegas jail in need of $4,000.

A male Villager reported an attempted grandparent scam.  This time the caller wanted $2,300 to get out of jail.

A Campeon Way man said there was someone posing as a bill collector over the phone asking for his personal information.

March 28

A Herencia Circle woman said a car pulled in front of hers and stopped on DeSoto Boulevard and Nocazori. The male driver got out of his car and yelled at her The woman said she was from out of town and unfamiliar with the streets and was traveling under the speed limit.

There was a barking dog complaint on Alina Way. The dog owner did not appear to be at home. An officer called and left a message regarding the complaint.

March 29

There was a single car accident on Carmona Road. A car left the roadway, traveled 110 feet along a ravine, jumped an embankment and hit a tree. The woman driver was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol .181 at the accident scene.

A West Villena Drive woman reported seeing someone in her carport wearing a ski mask.

A San Sebastian Drive man thinks his ex-girlfriend may have taken his meteorite like rock of unknown value. Later he found the rock and called the police station to let them know it was a false alarm.

March 30

There was a sizable sink hole on Segovia and Badalona. Public Works was notified.

A Village woman said her ex-boyfriend continues to send harassing text messages.

A Villager found a Dell laptop on the side of DeSoto Boulevard.

March 31

A Madrid Place woman was getting unwanted phone calls from a drunk.

A Reddina Lane man was issued a citation for driving left of center with a Garland County court date. He was told not to retrieve his car until his blood sugar levels became normal and he could operate his car safely.

A Village driver stopped by the police station to report a missing license plate.

There was a one car accident at West Villena Drive and Murcia Way. The male driver said he looked down and when he looked back up he couldn’t negotiate a curve. His car was towed out of the ditch.

A South Badalona Drive woman discovered an additional $1,000 in charges on her credit card. The charges were made in North Carolina and were not hers.

There was a complaint regarding a woman digging up trees in an empty lot. She was told she had to obtain permission from the lot owner before digging up anymore dogwoods.

April 1

A Village couple said they received a call from Citibank regarding a new credit card account. The account was closed before the couple received cards. Charges were already made on the account. Fraud protocol is being followed.

A Badalona Circle said someone stole the stereo from his car.

Leno Lane neighbors are worried about one of their neighbor’s mental health.

April 2

A Village man stopped by the Village police station to report the theft of gasoline from his pontoon board. The fuel was valued at $50.

A woman Village driver had difficulty keeping her car on the roadway near the West Gate ponds.

April 2

There was a growling dog complaint on Badalona Circle.

A Village driver was able to drive her car home once is was towed out of a ditch on DeSoto Boulevard between Fuego and Fresno Road.

A Village resident said someone filed for Arkansas taxes with her social security number.

April 3

Village officers assisted by providing traffic control for Arkansas State Troopers working a head on collision at the Health Mart at Highway 7.

There was a one car accident at the intersection of Piocha and Altiplano. The car had struck a tree. The car owner said he had backed the car out of his driveway and got out to attach the golf cart trailer. The car continued on until it hit a tree.

A Leno Lane man complained of leaves being dumped on an empty lot across from his home. The owner of the leaves arranged to pick them up.

There was a head on accident at Highway 7 and DeSoto Boulevard. One of the drivers admitted he failed to yield and the accident was his fault.

April 4

There was a dog barking complaint on Cambre Circle.

A Perralena Way woman is afraid of a stalker. HSV police are making increased patrols around her home.

There was a fallen tree on Andorra Lane.

There was a fallen tree on South Pego Way.

A retired police officer on Leno Lane asked officers to take his firearm that was malfunctioning. He said he did not feel safe with it in its current condition.

A Meals on Wheels driver said she was bit by a Carballo Lane dog. The driver offered to pay for any upcoming vet bills that would arise from her complaint.

A Village woman brought a lottery fraud letter to the police department.

An abandoned television was found in the woods near Romero Lane. Officers thought it might be part of a nearby burglary.

A tree was down in the roadway on La Mancha Way.

A woman’s wallet was found at the Balboa Pavilion. The owner came by to pick up the wallet at the police station.

A Lindura Way man said the sun awning on his back deck had been lowed two feet but nothing was missing.

April 5

There was a dog barking complaint on Sonora Way.

A Largo Drive man advised officers of a credit card fraud.

A Nabo Lane man dialed 911 in error and hung up before telling the dispatcher. Officers arrived at his home to see if he was alright.

April 6

There was a one car accident at DeSoto Boulevard and Castellon Drive. The woman said she was dodging potholes when she ended up off the roadway. Her car sustained approximately $10,000 in damages.

There was a disturbance at the Balboa Gate regarding delinquent borrowed funds.

There was a one car accident on DeSoto Boulevard outside the East Gate. The driver lost control of his car in the rain. His car sustained approximately $10,000 in damages when it hit a tree.

A Santistiban Way man felt he was being harassed.

A Perralena Way woman said a visitor to her door wanted cigarettes. Officers did not find anyone in the area matching the description the woman gave them.

April 7

There was a dog barking complaint on Sanchez Place.

A thief broke in to the East Gate Shell and stole several items.

A deer was euthanized after a car/deer accident on Santa Maria and Galiosa Lane.