Arkansas Crime http://ualrpublicradio.org en Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/judge-lets-conviction-arkansas-treasurer-stand <pre> A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities. Lawyers for Martha Shoffner said the Arkansas Ethics Commission - not federal jurors - should have addressed claims that she accepted $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state. A federal jury convicted Shoffner on March 11. The defense team said the federal government wasn't harmed by Shoffner's actions and wanted U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to dismiss the charges against her. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:43:42 +0000 Associated Press 21867 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand Report Calls For Changes In Sentencing Juvenile Offenders http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/report-calls-changes-sentencing-juvenile-offenders <p>A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is suggesting that judges and other officials reconsider whether locking up some juvenile offenders is the best approach.</p><p>The study, which looked at more than 40,000 incidents in the state, was released Tuesday in Fayetteville.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:49:55 +0000 Michael Hibblen 21513 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 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 Ex-Treasurer's Lawyers Continue Push For Acquittal After Jury Conviction http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ex-treasurers-lawyers-continue-push-acquittal-after-jury-conviction <p></p><p>Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner say prosecutors failed to show Shoffner was paid with any business funds as her legal team continues pushing for her acquittal on 14 bribery and extortion charges.</p><p>Shoffner's attorneys on Monday again asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to acquit Shoffner, who was convicted last month of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.</p><p>Prosecutors last week argued that they had proven Shoffner's conduct affected interstate commerce, so the conviction should stand.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:13:45 +0000 Associated Press 21427 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ex-Treasurer's Lawyers Continue Push For Acquittal After Jury Conviction Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Ex-Little Rock Officer http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/manslaughter-charges-dropped-against-ex-little-rock-officer <p></p><p>A judge has dismissed manslaughter charges filed against a Little Rock police officer who was set to go to trial for the third time in the shooting death of a teenager.</p><p>Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted the prosecutors' request Monday to drop charges against Josh Hastings.</p><p>In a motion, the prosecution said it made the request "based on its good faith belief that it cannot obtain a conviction" against Hastings.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:23 +0000 Associated Press 21421 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Ex-Little Rock Officer 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 Skull, Other Remains Found Near Little Rock Jail http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/skull-other-remains-found-near-little-rock-jail <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Police in Little Rock say a human skull and other remains have been found just south of the Pulaski County jail.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A police report on the discovery says officers were called shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday by a man who said his dogs and found the remains. The report says the man gathered bones that he also found and that detectives later found more and those remains were turned over to the county coroner.</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:05:03 +0000 Associated Press 21141 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-hopeful-calls-return-electric-chair <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume&nbsp;</font><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:21:01 +0000 Associated Press 21091 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hot-springs-attorney-wanted-manslaughter-charge <p></p><p>A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor is now charged with manslaughter.</p><p>Garland County authorities have issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Andrea Davis and her brother - Matthew Davis - in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis' home in February 2012.</p><p>An attorney for the Davises told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's made arrangements with the special prosecutor in the case for both Andrea and Matthew Davis to surrender sometime this week.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:37:47 +0000 Associated Press 20874 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge Martha Shoffner Says Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks For Legal Help http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/martha-shoffner-says-finances-exhausted-asks-legal-help <p></p><p>Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.</p><p>Shoffner was convicted this month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She has another 10 fraud charges pending for allegedly spending campaign cash on personal items.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:41:19 +0000 Associated Press 20844 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Martha Shoffner Says Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks For Legal Help