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Dozens of dogs rescued from Arkansas animal shelter after rain triggers flooding

Dozens of dogs rescued from Arkansas animal shelter after rain triggers flooding


ARKADELPHIA — As Louisiana and Mississippi continue to experience the aftermath of the storm, including widespread flooding, floodwaters have inundated parts of Arkansas.

The tropical rainstorm dumped 6 inches of rain on Arkadelphia, in just seven hours. Floodwaters swamped the local Humane Society, leading to the death of one dog on Monday night. Janie Allen with the Humane Society of Clark County said that dogs and puppies were swimming for their lives as the floodwaters moved into their kennels.

“We’re pretty deep back here, it has literally ruined food, our medical supplies are ruined,” Allen said.

At one point, the floodwater was kneedeep in the facility. The no-kill shelter has about 30 dogs and just invested in upgrades.

The shelter later shared on Wednesday the dogs are now in foster homes, saying “We are so blessed!”

Flood watches and warnings were in effect in southern Arkansas on Tuesday morning. At the Monticello Airport, 4.21 inches of rain was recorded, and 3.87 inches of rain was recorded at the Stuttgart Municipal Airport.

Several roads and highways remain flooded and closed in Arkansas into Tuesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation (DOT). A number of accidents, stalled and disabled vehicles have been reported into Tuesday morning.

Local officials urge motorists to use caution when headed out into the potentially dangerous conditions.

The heavy rainfall across southwestern Arkansas will likely cause major flooding on the Little Missouri River at Boughton, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Little Rock, Arkansas. The river rose nearly 10 feet overnight, and is forecast to crest 25 feet, which would be the highest since 1950.


Nashville records 33rd homicide of 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Hambino Godbody belongs to the group Violence Interrupters. Whenever a shooting happens in Nashville the group meets within 48 hours to see how they can offer their services to the affected community. The group works to curb violence and reduce shootings and crimes, especially among youth.

“We knee deep in the streets, we do not work for no police officers. We try to stop it before it happens,” Godbody said.

“Every violation that happens is not worthy of death. There’s things that can be talked about and to be made understood about before we go and take somebody’s life.”

A 26-year-old man died after a shooting happened near the corner of 17th Avenue and Cockrill Street around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. According to police, the man was found on the porch of a home with a gunshot wound to his torso. Officers do not believe he was shot at the home, instead they believe he went there to get help.

Godbody said he wants others to join Violence Interrupters.

He has seen a decrease in violence in his neighborhood since the start of the grassroots group.

Tuesday’s deadly shooting makes Nashville’s 33rd criminal homicide.


Missing North Carolina baby recovered in Mississippi bus stop

COLUMBUS, Miss. – A woman at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert after allegedly kidnapping her 4-month-old daughter from a Bladen County daycare has been arrested, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Lonnisha Renee Askew was taken from Little Hands Daycare near Bladenboro at around 5 p.m. Monday. Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville, was taken into custody at a Greyhound bus stop in Tuesday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office. Her daughter, Lonnisha Renee Askew, was checked out by medical personnel and seems fine, the sheriff’s office said.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Juanita Askew took the 4-month-old child from Little Hands Daycare near Bladenboro at around 5 p.m. Monday. The sheriff’s office describes Askew, the child’s mother, as a non-custodial parent who went to the daycare, grabbed the child and fled.

According to the sheriff’s office, Juanita Askew was allowed one supervised visit per month, which usually took place at the daycare or at the Columbus County Department of Social Services.

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