-A disturbance at Terra Tots on the Fayetteville square led to a bomb squad response. According to police, John Scharnhorst was arrested Monday for terroristic threatening, criminal mischief and commercial burglary. The co-owner of Terra Tots, Jennifer Creel, told us Scharnhorst’s wife is a former vendor of their store. When they stopped carrying her product, Creel says they started receiving threats from Scharnhorst and he showed up Monday, threatening to kill employees and ultimately throwing a sign through the glass door of the store. Police say Terra Tots filed two police reports regarding him in the last year.
-More arrests made in a child rape case out of Springdale. Police say a 13-year-old girl was raped by a Springdale substitute teacher in January. They say John Ross junior admitted to raping the girl. Officers say it all happened in Christopher Bayley and Nadja Gremard’s apartment. According to police,all three adults provided alcohol to the teen victim and her friend. Investigators say that,after the rape happened in the apartment, the adults tried to cover it up.
-The national highway transportation administration says more than 3,100 people were killed and 424,000 injured in crashing involving distracted drivers in 2013. And now Arkansas is putting a renewed emphasis on education and enforcement of the state’s distracted driving laws. Law enforcement agencies across the state have joined the national “u drive u text u pay” campaign. Arkansas law prohibits the use of a hand held cell phone for texting, typing, email or accessing the internet while driving, regardless of the driver’s age.
-The highway department tells us their expansion projects could be done a little early. The warm winter, kept the snow and ice at bay, which allowed crews to keep working. The first phase of the project which extends southbound from highway 71 to highway 412 is set to be completed by March of 2017. That portion is 20 days ahead. And the second phase which heads northbound from 412 to the Wagonwheel Overpass is scheduled to be done November of 2016 and the department says it’s about 6 days ahead of schedule.
-The world’s largest retailer,launching a nationwide initiative joining the fight against hunger. Walmart announced today it will work with Campbell Soup, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz and Pepsi Co for the “fight hunger,spark change” campaign. Through donations from Walmart and suppliers the campaign hopes to helping feeding America secure 75 million meals.
-The University of Arkansas is ready to throw down in a big way. Everyone is welcome to join in to help celebrate the school’s 145th birthday today. All the usual party activities and goodies will be on hand,from free cake and drinks, to a photo booth. The Razorback band, team mascots and the spirit squad will also be on hand. It takes place today from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon at the Arkansas union quad.
-A pilot recycling program being tested in Fayetteville,showing promise as the city aims to send less to landfills.
Right now 1,000 homes are participating in the a single stream recycling pilot program. It allows homeowners to put all their recyclables in one cart to be collected curbside. Brian Pugh,the waste reduction coordinator for the city of Fayetteville,says since the pilot program began there has been an increase in the amount of items being recycled and the number of people recycling. Pugh says this program is just a test and later this year, the city council will decide whether or not to bring the program city wide.