Arkansas Law Enforcement http://ualrpublicradio.org en Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/officials-say-multiple-arrests-cocaine-ring <pre> Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas. Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas. Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:52:12 +0000 Associated Press 21468 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Police Join Effort To End Texting & Driving http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-police-join-effort-end-texting-driving <p></p><p>Law enforcement agencies across Arkansas are joining a national effort to stop texting while driving.</p><p>Arkansas State Police said Monday that the crackdown is part of a six-day national program that begins Thursday.</p><p>The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign combines officers watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media plan designed to inform the public about stepped-up patrols and a driver's responsibility to obey the law.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:47:41 +0000 Associated Press 21434 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Police Join Effort To End Texting & Driving Prosecutor Clears Bald Knob Chief In Shooting http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/prosecutor-clears-bald-knob-chief-shooting <pre> A prosecutor has cleared the Bald Knob police chief in a shooting that wounded a woman at a convenience store. Prosecuting attorney Chris Raff says Chief Tim Sanford was justified in his use of force in the March 24 shooting of 34-year-old Amy Renee Collins of Cave City. Authorities say Sanford was investigating a reported stabbing when he shot Collins after she allegedly ran toward him with a knife in her hand. Collins was shot in the shoulder area and is in White County Medical Center in stable condition. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:18:01 +0000 Associated Press 21203 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/thousands-crowded-firefighters-memorial-dedication-day <p>Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial.&nbsp;</p><p>The ceremony included the marching of colors by bagpipers, drums and honor guard, the unveiling of the statue, reading of the 1958 A. W. "Smokey" Linn's Firefighter’s Prayer, the ringing of bells for each fallen firefighter and the laying of a rose on top of memorial wall for each name. &nbsp;</p><p>Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:46:04 +0000 Kezia Nanda 20708 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day Fallen Firefighters Memorial To Be Dedicated Saturday http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fallen-firefighters-memorial-be-dedicated-saturday <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After 28 years of work and fundraising to make it a reality, the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial will be dedicated this Saturday at the state Capitol.&nbsp; It pays tribute to the 104 firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:31:59 +0000 Kezia Nanda 20286 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Fallen Firefighters Memorial To Be Dedicated Saturday Arkansas Governor Beebe Announces Intent To Pardon 7 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-governor-beebe-announces-intent-pardon-7 <p>Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beebe's office said Tuesday that each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:10:18 +0000 Associated Press 15873 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Governor Beebe Announces Intent To Pardon 7 Authorities Seize Marijuana From National Forest http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/authorities-seize-marijuana-national-forest <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Forest in Arkansas.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:05:16 +0000 Associated Press 13755 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-criminal-justice-project-continues-prison-research <p>Efforts are underway to e<a href="http://ualr.edu/race-ethnicity/criminal-justice/">xamine the criminal justice system</a> in Arkansas and eventually come up with recommendations to improve state prisons.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UALR Bowen Law School professor </span>Adjoa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Aiyetoro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is overseeing the project. She’s been working with elected officials and community leaders for nearly a year on research concerning racial disparities in sentencing and treatment at Arkansas courts and prisons.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 03:11:55 +0000 Malcolm Glover 13543 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/missing-arkansas-boy-5-found-safe-new-mexico <p>A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents&#39; home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.</p><p>The Sebastian County Sheriff&#39;s Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.</p><p>Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:39:49 +0000 Associated Press 12660 at http://ualrpublicradio.org FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fbi-offering-reward-lonoke-county-incidents <p>The FBI is investigating after an electricity substation was set on fire and a power line was intentionally cut in Lonoke County.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the incidents. Authorities say </span>Entergy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arkansas reported a fire at its substation in </span>Keo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Sept. 29.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:51:41 +0000 Associated Press 12419 at http://ualrpublicradio.org FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents