419 N Monroe – Helen Gurley Brown's Home in the Hillcrest Days

The recently deceased Helen Gurley Brown founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine and author of Sex and the Single Girl, apparently had fond memories of growing up in Hillcrest at 419 N. Monroe street, Little Rock, AR. (Her family moved there in 1932 when she was 10 years old.)  Back in 1982 she called her friend Carol Jenkins to see if she could send her some photos of her old childhood home.

“She called me and was talking about the house where she grew up, and [where] her best friend lived in the 500 block of north Ash-and I went by and took pictures of the house and the houses on each side and sent them to her-and this it the letter she sent me back!!!”

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That’s Pulaski Heights Methodist Church in the background. (we’re looking north, toward Lee)
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Invisible Crime in Little Rock

Most crime stories in the news got there because the police sent out a press release about it. No press releases were sent out about the following incidents, so these stories weren’t really in the news (with some exceptions). In this bit you’ll find a sample of what you might not be hearing about in this town. A sample taken during only 3 hours this Saturday night.

Today (Thursday), a FH reader asked me if I knew about a large disturbance that might have happened at St. Vincent ER around midnight Saturday. So, I reviewed JUST THREE HOURS of police scanner recordings from Saturday night looking for info about a disturbance at St. Vincent Hospital. While looking for it I found several unrelated but interesting stories before finding the one in question. I’ve included police reports on the more serious incidents at the bottom of the page.

A) Report of a bleeding man knocking on someone’s door claiming “He had been stabbed in the back of the head.”  (This turned out to be unrelated to the St. Vincent story).

B) A couple at River Market claiming to be robbed: The girl’s purse was stolen and the boyfriend was beaten. The 6 assailants then ran across the Broadway bridge into NLR. (This turned out to be unrelated to the St. Vincent story too).

C) There was a VERY LARGE house party at 1819 s Taylor. One person was shot. Police arriving at the scene estimated a crowd of between 300-400 people. Before police arrived, one of the partiers had started shooting his gun in the air and yelled  ”Who wants some!” and then started shooting at people in the crowd and at vehicles. A teenager (from Donaghey avenue in Conway) was hit in the thigh while running away. He was laying face down in the street when police got there. ( I thought surely this would be related to the St. Vincent story, right?  – No. — This victim was taken to Baptist.)

D) Hit and Run. There was a report that a white lexus, with Hendrix College plates, totaling someones’s car at Evergreen and University then fled the scene. They got the plate number. (But no, this was not related to the St. Vincent story either)

E) Double shooting near the Pizza Hut across from UALR on University. Two teenagers shot. (Finally, the beginning of the St. Vincent story).

Both shooting victims arrived at St. Vincent Hospital in separate vehicles (not ambulances) and left a considerable trail of blood. One was shot in the chest, the other was reportedly shot in the groin and the arm. A large crowd followed the victims from the Pizza Hut area to the ER and made a big disturbance such that the hospital issued a “code grey” alert. The police on the scene appeared very nervous on the radio and called for immediate backup, which arrived  quickly and in large numbers to calm the scene.

A witness at the shooting site claimed that the victims had been in an on-going disturbance with the shooter whom they had encountered earlier at a party. The suspect was identified but not located.You can read the police reports on the Taylor street shooting and the Pizza Hut area shooting.   (Note: the address shown on the report is 3200 s University, which is a Shell Station 3 doors down from the Pizza Hut, not at the Pizza Hut.

An employee at St. Vincent, claims that an ER staff member gave her the following narrative:

“The first car arrived there at the hospital with a whole crew of people trailing along with him he had gotten blood all over the ER when the code grey was called in the hospital (which btw mean security is needed) then a panic button was pushed in the ER and the ER was locked down.

LRPD communications officer Davis told me that she had no incident report regarding a matter at St. Vincent. Earlier, I had written that there was an unconfirmed rumor circulating among hospital staff that there might have been a shooting near the ER, this shooting apparently didn’t happen.

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Oh, this is a tweet somebody forwarded me 4 days before the Taylor street house party. I didn’t think much of it at the time:   ”What: #SenselessSaturdays #HousePartyEdition Where:1819 S Taylor St, Little Rock Ladies & Vodka = $0 Fellas = $5″

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Twisted Human Sculpture of Mental Disease

This happened at the Arkansas State Hospital a while back, as far as you know. I make no claim to this tale’s accuracy, but “You can’t make this stuff up” as the Bible says.

There was a computer glitch and the steel doors that hold back all the habitual sex offenders burst open and about two hundred level-4 violent sexual predators poured into the streets and charged northward. About twenty of them died immediately while crossing Markham street; getting hit by rampaging ReadyMix trucks but the remaining 180 offenders fondled their way north, to freedom.

Upon arriving at the edge of Arkansas River, they lunged into the filthy water like lemmings. A hundred drowned instantly but their floating corpses clung together as if they were gruesome, oversized Rice Crispies, forming a raft which the survivors clambered upon, like a bunch of fire-ants.

It was on this raft that the men climbed upon one another, forming fleshy stalagmites which leaned and grew into each other culminating in a gothic spire with the most depraved men at the spire’s tip. These madmen contorted themselves into a twisted human sculpture of mental disease; a sculpture which was now slowly drifting toward North Little Rock. Innocent onlookers on the awaiting riverbank reeled in terror as the nightmare crept closer.  Horrified spectators fled the riverwalk after witnessing the men writhing and struggling for carnal dominance within the abomination, which itself transformed into other familiar architectural shapes from moment to moment, such as churches and ranch-style homes. The raft eventually lapped upon the virginal shores of NLR and disintegrated into its individual components of psychopathic sex criminals, each of whom proceeded to offend his way further north toward the Argenta Farmers Market.

Upon arrival at the market, a shocked and terrified throng of doe-eyed gentry scattered like blackbirds, leaving only quaint troughs of glistening produce alone with the angry horde of sex criminals. Cantaloupes were the first to fall prey, but every manner of vegetable was subject to an unspeakable outrage. Sparing you the horrific details, within one hour the depraved creatures were all satisfied, sexually.

There is no record as to what happened next, but it is rumored that the men traveled west and settled down in San Mateo, California, where they prospered in dry goods.

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Mugging/Shooting behind Leo's Greek Castle Friday Night

According to witnesses and evidence disclosed by police,  a Hillcrest man was mugged and grazed by a pistol bullet near the intersection of Kavanaugh/Spruce late Friday night while walking home to 700 block of Jackson street.

The following  narrative was provided by a witness who was on a porch across Spruce street:

“At approximately 12:20 am on Saturday morning, an African-American male in his 30′s driving a silver four-dour Cadillac turned left onto Spruce and parked behind Leo’s dumpsters. He cut off a Hillcrest local walking home alone. The man jumped out of the car holding a gun and ordered the pedestrian to give up his wallet. The pedestrian did not have a wallet, stated this fact to the mugger and attempted to flee. The mugger threw the pedestrian to the ground and fired a shot. Witnessing the whole event from across the street, we immediately called 911 and yelled at the mugger. He quickly jumped back into the vehicle, and, reversing onto Kavanaugh, got away without revealing the license plate. The 911 dispatcher spoke to the victim within seconds on the phone and determined he was only grazed by the shot. Asked if an ambulance or police were necessary, the victim, in shock, answered no. To our amazement, the 911 dispatcher agreed and did not send an ambulance or request an officer take down our statement. We called 911 minutes later to request the police again. An hour and 20 minutes after the actual event, an officer arrived.”

I reviewed the LRPD dispatch recordings and could not find this mugging/shooting incident being dispatched at all. It appears, for whatever reason, the 911 operator failed to dispatch this very serious incident to police and I found no mention of the incident in the police dispatch recordings at all until later for a non-emergency dispatch requesting an officer go talk to a man on Spruce street about some assault he had witnessed at an unknown location. The police dispatcher spoke as if this was the first he was hearing about it. It appears to me that the 911 operations  are seriously screwing up. [Background: The 911 operator talks to the citizen making the emergency call, he then sends it on to the police dispatcher.]

The patrolman’s narrative:

—VICTIM TOLD ME THAT HE WAS WALKING HOME WEST BOUND ON KAVANAUGH, HE CUT BEHIND THE DUMPSTERS AT KAVENAUGH AND SPRUCE. HE SAID A SILVER CADILLAC THEN PULLED UP AND SUSPECT1 (UNKNOWN) GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND RAN UP TO THE VICTIM  WHO TOLD ME THAT THE SUSPECT HAD SOMETHING IN HIS HAND BUT HE DID NOT KNOW IF IT WAS A GUN OR A TASER. HE TOLD ME THAT THE SUSPECT TOLD HIM TO GIVE HIM HIS WALLET. THE VICTIM TOLD ME THAT HE PUSHED THE OBJECT IN THE SUSPECTS HAND AWAY FROM HIM AND HEARD A POP. I WITNESSED THAT THE VICTIM HAD SCRAPES ON HIS RIGHT KNEE, LEFT KNEE,LEFT ELBOW AND ABOVE HIS LEFT EYE. HE ALSO HAD A MARK ON HIS LEFT SIDE ABDOMEN THAT COULD HAVE BEEN FROM A BULLET GRAZE. HE ALSO HAS A BLOOD BLISTER ON HIS RIGHT THUMB FROM THE WEAPON WHEN HE PUSHED IT AWAY. THE VICTIM TOLD ME THAT THE SUSPECT DID NOT GET HIS WALLET BUT DID GET HIS CELL PHONE.I SPOKE WITH THE WITNESS  WHO TOLD ME SHE SAW THE STRUGGLE. A WITNESS TOLD ME SHE SAW THE TWO MEN STRUGGLING AND SHE HEARD THE POP. BOTH PARTIES ADVISED THAT THE SUSPECT VEHICLE LEFT WEST BOUND ON KAVANAUGH.  —

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LRPD communications officer Cassandra Davis didn’t return my phone call but eventually sent an incident report, from which the police narrative was derived.

One of the witnesss tells me that an officer later advised him that the wound was caused by small caliber pistol and that they wanted him to ID a man in custody who is possible suspect.

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Tornadoes and the Wicked

Arkansas immorality map since 1956.

The streaks represent Arkansas tornadoes and their paths of destruction upon the wicked of this state. Notice how all the sinners live in a straight line like that. The dark areas represent righteousness and less wind.

According to this scientific evidence, Madison, Carroll and Newton counties have fewer wicked people than say, Jackson, Van Buren and Faulkner counties which apparently are a bunch of maniacs.

(The map above is an Arkansas zoom-in of the national tornado track map.)

The map below is more inclusive.

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ATM looted at Hillcrest Bank

First Security Bank ATM at 4936 West Markham Street (across from War Memorial). This still hasn’t made the news even though it happened 5 days ago during the morning of Memorial Day, according to a bank manager. An Internet news source is reporting a similar theft in Maumelle, May 25th at yet another First Security Bank. They claimed also that police were investigating a fairly large number of similar crimes in the state in which the thieves blinded security cameras before breaking into the ATMs.

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[special thanks to Ashley Green]

 

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Message in a Doorway at Aztec Sun

2701 Kavanaugh. Door is locked and the store is closed with this strange note taped across the lock. (See close-up below to read note).

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Mysterious Occurances

People shot on Thayer street

 

Hear two minutes of edited police audio: Burglary and shooting on Thayer street

What I’m hearing is that the burglar was shot  and killed by police outside the house. Just before that, the burglar apparently shot two residents or friends or residents who went to the house after hearing of the burglary in progress. One victim was shot upstairs, the other was found outside the house. One victim is now dead.

From a neighbor:  ”The criminal was shot in our yard then stumbled in front of Allison’s house where he was shot repeatedly. He was apparently reaching for a clip to reload his gun when he stopped in front of our house after seeing my wife. Our little dog was barking at him. When he was shot, the clip flew in the air and is still on the sidewalk in front of our house. He then stumbled next door. About 8 gunshots. Angie hit the deck when the shots started and thought the guy was about shoot her. She’s pretty shaken up, but doing better. Two men were shot three doors down before all of this happened. One is in critical condition and one is dead. A policeman got hurt, but is okay. The criminal is dead.” — Chet L.

Another neighbor claims that shortly before all this happened a black male was standing in front the house at 204 pretending to use a leafblower while a second person was inside the house burglarizing it.

Please remember  the FH story from a few weeks ago when two suspicious young black males (one with a leafblower) were being sought by police in Capitol View.

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Pearl Street EZ-Mart Shooting & Manhunt

Four minutes of edited police audio of the EZ Mart shooting and search which started around 9:20 pm Friday, May 11, 2012.

Click the audio for the story, but it appears that the clerk was shot twice in the foot and is alive.  A witness followed the suspects downtown and fed information to the police who conducted a manhunt in the Governor’s Mansion area. It’s unclear if any suspects were caught. A friend on Louisiana street tells me that a policeman asked him if he’d seen a man in a green shirt running down the street in handcuffs. Not sure what that’s about. More info here.

 

 

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