On 4/28/17, just after 2am officers responded to a welfare check in the 4300 block of Central Avenue in reference to a person lying in the street. Upon arrival officers located a deceased female in the southbound lane. At this time it is unknown what occurred. The incident is currently being investigated as possibly being traffic related and more information will be released when it becomes available.
The identity of the female is not being released pending notification of next of kin. Anyone having any information should call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.

Parental Alienation Awareness Day

The following proclamation was written in 2008. Parental alienation is a terribly  painful situation that leaves one feeling a total lack of control and a sense of helplessness.
Children should be allowed to love both parents and to be loved by both parents without feelings of guilt.
Former Governor Beebe was instrumental in bringing awareness to this chronic issue that plagues thousands of citizens of our state. We must not give up hope. For where there is hope, there are possibilities for change.
Here is the original Declaration of Parental Alienation Awareness Day by then Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe from April 25, 2008:
Declaration of Parental Alienation Awareness Day by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS:Parental alienation, often found in high-conflict-divorce and custody situations, involves manipulative language used by a parent with a child, which can result in destroying the loving and warm relationship they onceshared with the other parent.
Professionals agree that the problem of parental alienation exists and is damaging to children and the effects can last well into adulthood, with serious consequences.
Behaviors that indicate parental alienation include speaking negatively about a parent to or in front of a child, interfering with communication and visitation between parent and child, and discussing inappropriate information with a child that can destroy the bond between that child and a loving parent.

Parental alienation takes advantage of the suggestibility and dependency of children, depriving them of their right to love and be loved by both parents.

Using alienating tactics with children is confusing, frightening, and robs them of their sense of security.

There are more than 2.4-million divorced North Americans, including the parents of more than one-million children under the age of eighteen, with nearly as many unmarried couples with children separating.

Education and understanding build awareness that children should be allowed to love both parents and feel loved by both parents.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2008, as PARENTAL ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY across the State of Arkansas, and I urge all Arkansans to help raise awareness of the importance of strengthening parent-child relationships and avoiding causing further distress to children caught in the crossfire of people they love.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 10th day of April, in the year of our Lord 2008.


The Right to Protest (video)

Bomb Threat at Crye Leike Realtors

Friday, April 21, 2017

Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Hot Springs Police and Fire  Departments responded to a report of a bomb threat in the 1400 block of Central Avenue, specifically at the offices of Crye-Leike Realtors.

The surrounding two-block area was barricaded as HSPD called in the bomb squad as well as the K-9 unit to search the area for explosives.  A thorough search revealed no threat to the offices and employees were allowed back into the location. Northern traffic flow on Central Avenue was opened first followed by the southbound lanes and the adjacent cross streets. Search took about an hour.

The location of this threat is the office of City Director of District 5, Rick Ramick, and has been the site of ongoing protests since April 3rd. Residents have been calling for the resignation of Director Ramick for months.  Arkansas Herald conducted an exclusive investigative expose on February 20th. On this date and several days prior, Ramick was observed coming and going to and from the county residence. On February 20th he was seen rolling his Garland County-issued trash receptacle to the curb at his apparent residence at 158 Paddock Point. Paddock Point is part of Enclave B which was annexed into the city in 2016 but has remained outside of the city limits due to ongoing litigation.

During the last 2016 City Board of Directors meeting in December, the board voted unanimously to annex additional lands, specifically Enclaves C and D. This was met with the same opposition as that of Enclave B resulting in petitions produced to allow a public vote. On March 7th, the board was slated to set a date for public vote but in a turn of events, voted instead to vacate the annexation of Enclaves C and D.

Several city and county residents have voiced concern that Director Ramick is serving illegally as the director of his district. They allege that Ramick voted to annex the area of Enclave B where he resides in the Paddock Point home but that he was ineligible. Ramick contends that he has “dual residency” with a condominium inside the city limits.

No further details of the threat were available but will be reported as soon as they become available.


On 04/05/2017 at 10:15 pm., Hot Springs Police were dispatched to a single vehicle accident in the 600 block of Higdon Ferry Road. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle unoccupied and noted the driver had apparently fled the scene. Officers observed a large amount of blood in and around the vehicle, indicating the driver suffered injuries not consistent with the accident and then fled on foot. Officers searched the area but did not locate the driver or other occupants. Officers found a firearm and spent shell casing inside the vehicle along with suspected marijuana.
At 10:26 pm., a 911 call was received from a residence on Garens Street. The 911 caller stated a man was outside of their house claiming he had been shot. Officers and EMS responded to Garens Street and transported the victim to St. Vincent Hospital. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound and died at the hospital. The victim has been identified as 32 year old, Charles David Hill of Hot Springs.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident on Hidgon Ferry Road is identified as 20 year old, Demetrius Perry, also of Hot Springs. Mr. Perry had been transported to a Malvern hospital from the scene by a relative. Detectives were able to interview Perry before he was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, where he underwent surgery for a gunshot to his right arm.
Police are continuing to investigate and have information linking the two incidents/persons together. It is believed that Perry and Hill were together in the area of Garens Street when the shooting incident occurred.  Police do not believe any other suspects were involved.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Hot Springs Police Department Detective Division at 501-321-6789.