Hot Springs Street Closure Update

One lane of El Monte Trail, between Spring and Norwalk streets, will be closed for one week beginning Friday for gas service construction.  Signs will be posted, and motorists are asked to use caution in the work area.

HSPD Official Report on Helen Street Shooting

On May 11, 2016 at approximately 2:25 pm the Hot Springs Police Department received numerous 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of Helen Street.   Responding Officer’s located one victim near the scene who had been shot and that victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance.  Officers secured the scene and located numerous shell casings in the area of 110 Helen Street.
A short time later, HSPD was notified of two other shooting victims at National Park Medical Center. The victims at National Park Medical Center had been driven there by private vehicles.  Detectives responded to National Park Hospital and contacted two male victims along with several witnesses.  Subsequent to investigation, Jimmy Harris was taken into custody at 110 Helen Street without incident. Harris is charged with three counts of Battery in the First Degree and five counts of Aggravated Assault. Harris’ bond is set at $27,500.
Detectives are currently processing the crime scene and interviewing other persons of interest. All three victims appear to have non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Hot Springs Street Closure Update

One lane of Archwood Street, between Central Avenue and Oakcliff Street, will be closed Thursday, May 12 for installation of a grease trap.  Signs will be posted, and motorists are asked to use caution in the work area.

Olive Street, from Ouachita Avenue to Broadway Street, will remain closed to through traffic through Friday, May 20 for water line construction.  The project will also require the occasional closure of the Olive Street and Central Avenue intersection.  Signs are posted, and motorists should seek alternate routes.

GCSO Arrests Suspect in Connection with Rape of Juvenile

On Monday May 9, 2016 the Garland County Sheriff’s Office received a snapshot from the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline regarding sexual abuse of a twelve year old female by a known offender, James Sharp of Hot Springs.

On May 10, 2016 the twelve year old female was interviewed at the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center by investigators from the Arkansas State Police and the Garland County Sheriff’s Office. The twelve year old juvenile female disclosed that she and the offender had numerous sexual contacts between the ages of eleven and twelve.

The Garland County Sheriff’s Office received information that James Sharp was planning to flee to the state of Georgia to avoid prosecution. A warrant was issued for James Eugene Sharp (D.O.B. 01/30/1984) on the charge of Rape 5-14-103 a class Y felony.

On Tuesday May 10, 2016 Garland County investigators with assistance from the Hot Springs Police Department were able to locate and apprehend James Sharp at a local Motel on Albert Pike Road at approximately 3:30 P.M.

Mr. Sharp is currently being held on a $0 bond at the Garland County Detention Center.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday

Garland County residents can bring items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 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 paint exchange center for paint that is still usable and stored in the original container with a legible label. Passenger tires (no rims) and electronic waste will be accepted at the Garland County collection site only.

Clark County residents may bring their materials to the Clark County Fairgrounds in Arkadelphia from 8 a.m. until noon. Hot Spring County residents may take their materials to either of the collection locations listed above.

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.

Items that can be brought to the collection event include automotive substances such as antifreeze or brake fluid; paints, thinners, strippers and solvents; household pesticides and herbicides; water-based cleaners and bleaches; compressed gas cylinders; old kerosene and diesel fuel. Electronic waste can include monitors, computers, keyboards, mice, VCR and DVD players, televisions 19” or smaller, electronic games and microwaves. Recyclable electronics are also accepted weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Regional Recycling Center behind the city sanitation office at 218 Runyon Street off of Valley Street.

Products must be in original containers with labels attached. Unknown or explosive products will not be accepted, nor will lead acid batteries or those from autos, marine vehicles and golf carts. Items should be transported in a corrugated box for stability in a car trunk or truck bed, with lids tightly fastened.

The event, sponsored by the Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District, is for household quantities only. Hazardous waste from companies and businesses cannot be accepted. For more information, call the Solid Waste Department, 321-6911.