HSPD Investigating a Shooting on Chattanooga Street

On March 31, 2016 at 12:08 p.m. the Hot Springs Police Department responded to Chattanooga City Park (500 Chattanooga Street) in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Officer’s found an 18 year old male with two (2) gunshot wounds. One wound was in the upper leg and the other wound was in his buttocks.
The 18 year old victim identified the suspect who shot him, but stated he did not wish to pursue charges against the suspect. The suspect in this case is also an 18 year old male.
Detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation. During the investigation it was learned two (2) separate groups of people met at Chattanooga Park to fight. When the two (2) groups met, the victim and suspect exchanged words and the suspect then produced a gun and shot the victim. The suspect fled the area prior to officer’s arrival.
The victim’s injuries are not life threatening. The suspect has not been arrested at this time. The investigation is continuing.

Get ready for the 2016 “Du for the Parks”

The Arkansas State Championship Duathlon 17th annual “Du for the Parks,” sponsored by The Hot Springs Friends of the Parks, has been scheduled for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th.

This is a chip timed event with a 2 mile run, followed by a 12 mile bike ride, followed by another 2 mile run. All proceeds will benefit the development of Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail.
Registration at the Arlington Hotel begins Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There is also registration on Monday, May 30 at 6:00 am at the Transportation Depot. The race begins at 7:30 am.
Following the race at 10:00 am, is an awards ceremony at the Transportation Depot.


Maps for the routes can be found at the following links:
Run Route #1
Run Route #2
Bike Route
Transition Area

For more information and to register for this event go online to: www.cityhs.net/575/Du-for-the-Parks or call Event Coordinator Ken Freeman at 501-623-6108 or 501-321-4802.
Register online at https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8211/du-for-the-parks.
Printable Registration Form Du for the Parks Information and Registration.


Hot Springs Residents Evacuated after Civil War Era Land Mine Recovered

Twenty homes were evacuated in Hot Springs on Thursday afternoon after police learned that a resident had recovered a Civil War era land mine, authorities say.
The Hot Springs Police Department said it was called around 12:30 p.m. to a home on Woodberry Street, where a man said he’d excavated what he thought was an old cannonball from Danville. After doing some research on it, the man learned it was actually an old land mine with a pressure sensor fuse. He then called authorities.
When police arrived, they found the land mine in the man’s pickup truck. It was at that point the homes were evacuated.
The Little Rock Air Force Base and a U.S. Air Force Bomb Squad unit were called to the scene, and they conducted x-ray testing on the device. After the test, they learned it was possible that explosives could still be inside the land mine, police said.
As of 4 p.m., authorities were seeking a safe place to detonate the device. They need an area where they can detonate it with a 3,500 foot minimum standoff distance.
Courtesy of KARK 4

Hot Springs Street Closure Report

HOT SPRINGS – Spring Street, between Illinois and Kansas streets, will be closed to through traffic Friday, April 1 for street repairs.

Bridge Street, Central and Malvern avenues, and Malvern Avenue, between Bridge and Spring streets, will be closed to through traffic Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8 for water line replacement.

Signs will be posted, and motorists should seek alternate routes.


LITTLE ROCK – Former prosecutor and U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who is running for the U.S. Senate, today reaffirmed his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement between the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim countries. Eldridge said he is concerned about the trade deal’s impact on Arkansas’s workers, especially the state’s rice farmers.

Statement from Conner Eldridge, candidate for U.S. Senate:
“I support fair trade that helps all Arkansans, including our rice farmers, which is why I oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership in its current form. We need a trade deal that expands export markets for all commodities and strengthens Arkansas’s entire agricultural and manufacturing communities – this deal does not meet that test. As someone who grew up on a rice farm in east Arkansas, I understand the concerns voiced by everyday farmers and workers, which is why I know Arkansas loses with bad trade deals like this. We want free trade agreements that are fair and enforced on all countries.
“Senator Boozman is once again trying to lead from behind on this issue. The full text of the Trans Pacific Partnership has now been publicly available for 160 days, and Senator John Boozman still will not say whether he supports or opposes this trade deal. I call on Senator Boozman to unequivocally oppose the TPP and join me in demanding a fairer trade deal for all Arkansans. We need a strong leader representing Arkansas in the U.S. Senate, and that’s why I’m running to be Arkansas’s next senator.”


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an ambitious, 21st century trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam). It was signed on February 4, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, after seven years of negotiations.  It has not yet been to Congress for a vote.