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7OYS case updates

We update several 7OYS cases and remind Arkansans how they can get help with a problem.

Seven on Your Side has several updates on recent reports.

Complaint leads to eviction

An Arkansas couple is closer to getting a safe source of heat -- but they may not be able to enjoy it for long.

KATV reported last week on a North Little Rock landlord who said he can't afford to replace a broken furnace. So his tenants are using gas burners on their stove to heat the home.

We were there as Cedric Williams, a member of North Little Rock's code enforcement team, inspected the property.

The landlord, 82 year-old Hayward Wallace of Greenbrier, has been given a deadline of Friday to repair or replace the heating and ventilation unit. Wallace said he has tried but can't gain access to the property.

Wallace served his tenants with an eviction notice the same day our original report was broadcast.

Tough cell

On Tuesday KATV reported on a complaint made by an inmate inside the old Faulkner County jail.

Sheriff Tim Ryals called Channel 7 after the report aired and said that while there was some truth to inmate Greg Phillips' claims of mold and plumbing problems, much of what Phillips said is greatly exaggerated.

We asked if our cameras could be allowed in so we could let viewers see for themselves the conditions inside the jail. Ryals denied that request.

A veteran's housing battle

Nothing has been filed at the courthouse yet but Channel Seven has learned from multiple sources that the Drew County man who allegedly tricked a 92 year-old World War II veteran into giving up his property is in need of a new attorney.

Cliff Gibson of Monticello has been the attorney of record for Jack Bennett. Wiley Ballow is suing Bennett in an attempt to get his land back from his neighbor.

Ballow's attorney, Hani Hashem of Monticello, hasn't filed anything in court connected to the case since May 23.

If you are in a situation and need help you can contact Seven On Your Side by calling (501) 324-4357 or you can send an email to sos@katv.com.

Air date: Jan. 23, 2019

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