On 2/25/18 at approximately 8:20pm, officers responded to a residence in reference to the potential tampering to a case of water bottles. It appeared that two bottles appeared to have been tampered with. The reporting person stated that he had tested the water with a “over the counter” drug test kit and it showed a presumptive positive result for PCP.

The department tested the water with a law enforcement recognized test kit that is PCP specific. Each of the bottles were tested with a negative result. We have taken the bottles and sent them to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for additional testing to confirm our negative results. We have requested the State Crime Lab to expedite the testing, so we can provide the public with accurate information. We are also in contact with the vendor to check for any additional possible tampering. Our detectives are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. We have had no other reports of similar incidents.

We will update when more information is available.

Activist ask board to help keep the Boys Club open (video)

Its was announced late last week the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hot Springs was closing down. Having been a part of the community since its first opened it’s doors in 1947, the people of Hot Springs were shocked. What happened, what went wrong? Tuesday night(February 20th), at a meeting of the Hot Springs City Board of Directors, some light was shed on the situation. Willie Wade Jr. and James C. Lowery stated not only the importance of the club staying open, but how the Board of the Boys and Girls Club failed to inform the community of the clubs dire situation. Mr. Wade spoke of how spoke on how the city had 1.4 million dollars for a bike trail, but no programs for at risk youths of the community. Mr. Lowery Willie Wade Jr. stated the club Board of Directos efforts to seek finacial support(donations), were “near non-existent”, as well as having not filed a required yearly finacial report since 2007(it was stated that in 2007 when they last filed they had a $400,000 surplus). The Boys and Girls Club of Hot Springs Board of Directors has declined to meet with the community to address the issues related to the club closing down as well as efforts to save the club.
Story and video by
Kyle McCracken

Aggravated Robbery Press Release

Aggravated Robbery
On February 12, 2018 at approximately 12:27 pm, two suspects robbed the two owners of the Valero, located at 3228 Central Avenue. The owners had just exited the Valero with the stores deposits. The suspects, who were armed with handguns approached the owners and forcibly took an undisclosed amount of cash from them.
HSPD Officer Richard Nunez was patrolling in the area of Central and Crawford and heard one of the victims scream. Officer Nunez then saw a GMC Acadia fleeing the area. Officer Nunez began to pursue the GMC Acadia and observed it stop between Pro Signs and Graphics (110 Crawford Drive) and Colton’s Steak House (120 Crawford Drive). As Officer Nunez pulled behind the GMC Acadia, he saw one suspect fleeing on foot.
Multiple HSPD officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. One person, who matched the suspect description was located in the area. That person was detained, but is not being named at this time.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.

Sonny Payne has passed away

“Sunshine” Sonny Payne, host of the long-running King Biscuit Time radio show, has passed away. He was 92 years old.

The program, which aired on KFFA 1360 AM in Helena-West Helena, was the longest-running blues show in the country. Payne began hosting the show in 1951. Artists from BB King to Levon Helm have credited him as an influence in their music. Guests included Muddy Waters and Robert Plant. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

Courtesy of KATV 7


HSFD issues burn ban

HOT SPRINGS – Due to current dry atmospheric conditions, all open burning within the City of Hot Springs is now prohibited.

Effective at 7 p.m. this evening, Thursday, September 28, all burning permits are hereby revoked. The burn ban will remain in effect until the fire danger and associated atmospheric conditions improve.

Those with questions concerning this or other fire related matters may contact the Hot Springs Fire Department at 501-321-6972 or via email at