Hot Springs Officials Dispute High Crime Rating

November 25, 2005 - 12:07 p.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) _ Hot Springs officials are scoffing at a
recent national study that lists the Spa City as the ninth most
dangerous metropolitan area in the country.

Local law enforcement and city leaders say the ranking by
Morgan Quitno Awards is ridiculous. Steve Arrison of the city's
convention and visitors bureau says the listing is NOT credible and
anyone can take and twist numbers around anyway they want to.

Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders says the ranking shocked
him and he is baffled over how Morgan Quitno came up with its
conclusion about Hot Springs.

The sheriff says he doesn't feel threatened when he walks the city
streets and he says the city and county do a good job with the
resources they have.

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