On July 8, 2017 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Hot Springs Police responded to the area of Hobson and Second Streets in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located Darryl Lavell Williams, 23, of Hot Springs. Mr. Williams was found on the sidewalk near the intersection of Hobson and Second Street. Mr. Williams had visible gunshot wounds to his upper left arm and upper left torso. Responding officer’s rendered aid to Mr. Williams until LifeNet arrived. Mr. Williams was transported to St. Vincent hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in stable condition.
Detectives with the Hot Springs Police Department continue to investigate this case and follow-up leads. No suspect(s) have been identified and no arrests have been made at this time.
Anyone with information concerning this shooting is asked to call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.
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 12/12/2016 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Hot Springs Police responded to the 300 block of Hawthorne Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Officers located the victim, Raymond Nicholson, age 24 of Hot Springs. Mr. Nicholson stated he had been walking in the 400 block of Ouachita Street when a red four door car approached him. Nicholson advised there were two occupants inside the car and one of the occupants pointed a handgun at him and shot him.
Mr. Nicholson had one gunshot wound to his left forearm and was transported to National Park Hospital by LifeNet. Mr. Nicholson’s injury is not life threatening. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.
On May 29, 2016 Mark A. Tuner of Hot Springs was found deceased inside his home at 110 Oakwood. The manner of death was ruled a Homicide. Since that time, Detectives have continued to investigate and to bring those responsible for Tuner’s death to justice. Detectives have interviewed dozens of people and submitted numerous items of evidence to the Arkansas State Crime Lab since the time this investigation began.
Today, Hot Springs Police announce they have made an arrest in connection with the Homicide of Mark A. Tuner. Twenty (20) year old Kenney Danner of Malvern has been charged with Capital Murder and is being held at the GCDC without bond. The arrest comes after DNA evidence linking Danner to the Homicide was confirmed through testing by the Arkansas State Crime Lab.
Detectives are continuing to investigate this Homicide and anticipate additional arrest. No further information is being released at this time.