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The Christmas open line: Peabody Hotel fire; six hurt in club shooting

Posted by Max Brantley on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Just watching limbs ice up and berry-laden hollies crack under the additional weight. A little bleary from food, too. Here's an open line, with some news items:

* PEABODY HOTEL FIRE: A kitchen fire about 8 a.m. this morning, apparently linked to a broiler, caused major damage to the Peabody Hotel kitchen. Several reports put the damage to kitchen, appliances, ductwork and wiring at $1 million. The report from Channel 4:

At around 8am a grease fire started in the main kitchen of the Peabody Hotel. Guests and workers were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

However extensive damage in the kitchen forced the hotel to cancel Christmas brunch and room service.

Peabody Sales and Marketing director Bruce Skidmore says they're hoping to re-open their restaurants, with health department approval tomorrow at 2pm .

No ducks were hurt.

Channel 11 has a photo of smoke billowing from the building.

* SHOOT EM UP: Those weren't firecrackers but many gunshots welcoming Christmas day shortly after midnight last night at Real Rock Ryders motorcycle clubhouse at 2220 Wright Avenue. When officers responded to a disturbance with gun, Sgt. Cassandra Davis said, they arrived to see people running from the building screaming. They quickly found one juvenile, conscious and talking, with a gunshot would near her ear and another juvenile shot in a finger. A third victim, with a wound in the leg, was found at Wright and Dennison. Inside the business, officers learned that three more juveniles had been shot or injured and taken to hospitals by private cars.

On December 25, 2012, at approximately 0008 hours, officers respnded to 2220 Wright Avenue ( Real Rock Ryders) for a disturbance with a weapon. Upon officers arrival they observed multiple people running from the business screaming. Officers made contact with Juvenile and Juvenile who both appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds. Juvenile was observed to have a wound to her head near her ear, however, she was conscious and talking. Juvenile had been shot in a finger on his right hand. A third juvenile was located just north of the interseciton of Dennison and Wright Avenue. The third victim stated he had been shot while inside the business. He was observed to have a gunshot wound to the lower right leg. The victim with the wound near the ear and the victim with the wound to the lege were transported by MEMS and the victim with the wound to the finger was treated on scene and released. One was shot in the knee; another was shot in the chest and arm, a third person was hit by a car as she attempted to flee. One of the wounded was listed in critical, but stable condition. Other wounds were less serious.

Officers secured numerous witnesses who had been inside the business at the time of the incident. Major Crimes detectives responded as well as CSSU. It was later determined there were three other victims who had been transported by private vehicle to local hospitals, all were juveniles. One had been shot in the left knee, One shot in the left chest and arm, and the last had been struck by a car while she was attempting to leave the scene. two were treated in the ER and released. The victim shot in the chest underwent surgery for her injuries and is listed in critical but stable condition. Police were looking for a couple of Cadillacs and a Crown Vic spotted motoring away from the shooting scene.

* DEJAVU ALL OVER AGAIN: A New York newspaper publishes interactive map of handgun permit holders. Gun nuts go nuts.

Comments (21)

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The Webster, New York shooter yesterday who killed two volunteer firefighters and wounded two others is reported to have used the exact same weapon as the Newtown shooter, a Bushmaster .223. No big deal, right? We have to be able to protect ourselves when the federal government comes for our guns.

Wonder If the NRA and its spokesman Wayne LaPierre will announce that all firefighters must now have armed guards and the federal government must immediately pay for those guards as well as guards in every school the NRA endorsed last Friday. Will the Tea Party go along with taxpayers paying for all these armed guards? Is this the Republican's job creation plan?

Will the NRA ever see the common thread in all of these shootings? None are so blind as those who will not (refuse to) see.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 12/25/2012 at 4:49 PM

Just because I support reasonable gun laws does not make me anti-gun. Just because I support reasonable traffic laws does not make me anti-car.

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Posted by Sellercreek on 12/25/2012 at 5:38 PM

The NRA can use some of its congressional bribe money and start paying for the damage, starting with offering to pay for trained police personnel, in every school in the country. Nothing less than a trained police officer who undergoes all of the normal training/retraining cycles. No war vets, shotgun soccer moms, quick-draw McGaw dads, or gun-toting perverts. Nothing less than a police officer at EVERY DOOR, after all, they had an armed policeman at Columbine.

BTW, good to hear that the ducks are safe. They are about to be pink-slipped if not already.

Snow switchover here about 5 pm. Been with friends and now tucked safely back at teh farm and animals secured. Ham and bread in the oven.

Mountaingirl, looks like a good ski run except for the sudden stop at the end. My outside thermometer says 31.1 but the trees are icing and hopefully we can keep the power going (but the flashlight is close by). says high of 41 tomorrow.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/25/2012 at 5:39 PM

your hyperlink to "interactive map of handgun permit holders." doesn't work.

Posted by eLwood on 12/25/2012 at 6:35 PM

This is absolutely fascinating. I wonder if Lanza's body was donated, or if the ME's office was involved, but I'm all for it however it got worked out. I hope somehow they can check out his brain while they're at it.…

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Posted by Vanessa on 12/25/2012 at 6:46 PM

cbb.....if someone were so inclined, it would be an amazing ski run....all fresh powder with no disturbance, with the exception of deer or bear tracks. Of course, that inersection with hwy 27 about a mile down might prove to be a challenge.

There is so much snow on that road now, it is impossible to see the ditches. We have 6"+ and it is still coming down hard and fast. I ventured out a little while ago to take some photos and by the time I got back inside, there were strips of ice in my hair!

I'm sitting here daydreaming about how much water we are going to get in the pond from the runoff when all of this snow melts! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!!

Hope you are feeling better after your mishap.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 12/25/2012 at 7:46 PM

Let's just take a wild guess who's gonna pick up the tab for treating these fine m/c juvies.

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Posted by louie on 12/25/2012 at 7:48 PM

Mountaingirl, Hwy. 27? You close to the Illinois Bayou or that area?

Posted by wannabee conservative on 12/25/2012 at 8:19 PM

I don't claim to know much about farming but I did live in Central Illinois for quite a few years and 170 acres per bushel of corn (USDA report on pg 1B of today's Demo-Zette) doesn't sound very efficient to me. Can well all expect a substantial increase in the price of our corn likker in the not to distant future?

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Posted by MysteryShopper on 12/25/2012 at 8:24 PM

wc.......same part of the state but about 40-50 miles away. My brother and his friends used to float it often. Now his sons do.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 12/25/2012 at 8:43 PM

Several churches have opened up to provide sanctuary for stranded motorists in our county. One school has opened its gymnasium as a place of refuge. Two houses were destroyed by lightning caused fires. Doubt LR Tv has a clue to what's going on over here. They seldom do.

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Posted by Cato on 12/25/2012 at 8:50 PM

cato.......what area?

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Posted by mountaingirl on 12/25/2012 at 8:57 PM

That's the beauty of sparsely populated areas Cato, you don't get much notice until there's a big shooting or a school teacher has sex with a student. Not as many copters during harvest time either.

No snow at 36 north lattitude yet. After 24 inches in winter of 2010 I don't care if all of it passes us by.

Sweetie had tonight scheduled off but, the "population" at the IC suddenly shot up so, it's just me and the cannines tonight.

Just a friendly reminder to readers who may not realize the extra stress holidays may be bringing them. Take that aspirin now if you're over 50 and been dealing with new faces, busy schedules, noisy environments and heavy meals.
My grandfather fell over with a lethal heart attack on Christmas evening 47 yrs ago.

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Posted by eLwood on 12/25/2012 at 9:04 PM

Mountaingirl, our paths must have crossed before. In my youth, I spent many a high water weekend on the Illinois Bayou. We're getting the snow now. It's not quite the blizzard that was predicted but for our last Christmas in this house, we'll take it and love it.

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Posted by Yellowdogdaughter on 12/25/2012 at 9:36 PM


You are correct, eLwood. We are sparsely...but more populated than any county surrounding us. Max tries to give us help by mentioning Mena anytime he wants to gnaw on Rep. Nate Bell even though the Rep. doesn't live in Mena. Our latest crime was death by a knife stabbing by a 17 year old female. That got the attention of the central Arkansas news media.

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Posted by Cato on 12/25/2012 at 10:45 PM

A deep layer of snow slowly melting does a wonder for land damaged by drought. My goat folk may not like the snow but will love the results in the spring.

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Posted by Hackett on 12/25/2012 at 10:54 PM

Still no snowfall at 36 deg N lattitude in NWA. I understand other areas, like mg's mountain villa, are getting a deep blanket. Gene Lyons said earlier in the evening that his farm is being covered by a big downfall coupled with a thunderstorm.

"Tickets to the title game between Alabama and Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in Miami are extremely hard to come by - the cheapest ticket on as of mid-afternoon on Christmas was $979." --Yahoo News, today.

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Posted by eLwood on 12/26/2012 at 12:13 AM

KARK - Update, 12:00 a.m. Wednesday:

Entergy is reporting 161,857 customers are without power. The hardest hit counties include Pulaski Co., with 80,363 customers, Garland Co., with 24,971 customers, and Saline Co., with 15,825.…

It looks like Little Rock is having a major power outage.

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Posted by radical centrist on 12/26/2012 at 12:25 AM

eL....we have more snow than we know what to do with so bring a big truck and I will be glad to share. Getting up the mountain will be hard (impssible?), but that last mile up our winding little driveway where the ditches and the road are now all one surface might be a doozie.

We have been up and down throughout the night because the dogs are unsettled. The power has gone off and on a couple of times (which they hate) and the wind is howling, resulting in things going bump in the night, which they also hate. Our little 10 year old beagle is a nervous sort who constantly needs reminding that "everything's ok", and he doesn't seem to hesitate to wake someone up to hear those words.

The falling snow has stopped for now. I can see the lights of the little town below and a few lights up on Nebo. Those folks will have a challenge getting down off of that narrow winding road. That's hard to do even on a bright summer day.

I walked around and took some photos earlier in the evening during the worst of the storm, but now we have even more snow . I would love to sneak out and look for more interesting things to capture, but I am afraid if the hubby wakes up and finds me gone, he might panic.........but only for a second, then he would figure out that is exactly the sort of thing I would do. I'm just too lazy to pack on the snow suit, muck booots, gloves, hat, etc. I would need for this 22 degree night. So, I guess I will fire up the ol kindle and read for awhile. Just a matter of time before Bob the Beagle will need some more reassurance.

Cato.....I'm glad the folks in your area have a safe warm place to go. doubt we have! This is a small area and in years gone by, I too would float that river with my brother and his friends (they all played football at Tech). But I was not near as fearless as they were and didn't buy into the "if someone doesn't fall in, it wasn't a successful trip" idea.

Hackett....hope your goats are okay.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 12/26/2012 at 3:29 AM

Aggie friend of mine has cancelled trip to Cotton Bowl after learning his tickets would be $750 EACH! If the CBowl had offered the Razorbacks (and had they accepted) THEN they would've been giving away tickets. Or, paying people to take them.

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Posted by louie on 12/26/2012 at 7:52 AM

The goats have good barns with hay & heated water... frisky this morning trying to tip toe through 6" of wet snow. The only reason they get out in this type of weather is the weight of the snow brings pine branches within reach & they love fresh pine needles.

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Posted by Hackett on 12/26/2012 at 10:49 AM
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