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100 years ago

May 22, 1919

• Several men, attempting to break into the shoe repair shop of J.L. Hart ... near the state penitentiary, were discovered by a neighbor of Mr. Hart when he passed near the place after alighting from a street car, about 12:15 o'clock. Mr. Hart was notified, and, with the neighbor, went to the shop, about two blocks from his home. Mr. Hart carried with him a shotgun. As he approached the shop he saw several men standing on the porch, trying to break into the front door. He pointed the gun at them and marched them to two Ford cars parked nearby. The motor in one of the machines was still running, evidently to assist the burglars in making a quick getaway. The proprietor ordered one of the men to get in the car and to stop the motor. As the man stepped on the running board, four others jumped behind the car. Instead of stopping the motor, the man started the Ford. When he failed to stop at Hart's command, the latter fired at him. With Hart's attention directed at the fleeing man, the four who had hid behind the car started to run.

50 years ago

May 22, 1969

PIGGOTT -- Authorities called for an airplane search of the Piggott area Wednesday for two men who escaped from the Clay County Jail by kicking out a cell window. Clay County Sheriff Burness W. Dalton said a stolen truck was reported early Wednesday, leading authorities to believe the two men were still in the Piggott area. The truck was stolen west of Piggott, Dalton said. State, county, and local authorities continued their ground search, combing an area near Piggott where the truck was reported stolen. ...The two Greene County men are believed to be in their early 20s. ...Authorities said the men escaped Monday night by kicking out bricks around their cell window, then crawling through the opening. The two men were spotted several times Tuesday by authorities and residents, but each time they eluded p0lice.

25 years ago

May 22, 1994

• A fire early Saturday morning at a Little Rock apartment complex caused extensive damage to two apartments but no injuries, a fire department spokesman said. Firefighters responded to a fire at the Raintree Apartments at 1221 Reservoir Road at 3:24 a.m. and reported flames coming from two upstairs windows in apartment 412 on the east side of building 23. The apartment's occupants were not at home at the time of the fire, firefighters said. The fire started in the northeast corner of the east bedroom in the apartment but the cause is still unknown, firefighters said. Flames were confined to apartment 412 and the attic space above it, but the apartment below suffered water damage, firefighters said. They estimated the damage to the building at $80,000.

10 years ago

May 22, 2009

• A Sweet Home man stuffed 14 packages of tuna in his pants and fought with an employee who tried to stop him Thursday afternoon at a Family Dollar store in southwest Little Rock, police said. A store employee told police he saw Albert Brown, 42, stuffing tuna into his pants at the store at 5200 W. 65th St. at 4:45 p.m. The employee followed Brown outside, where they fought until police arrived and arrested Brown, police said. ...The 14 packages of tuna, valued at $14, were recovered.

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