Arkansas Crime http://ualrpublicradio.org en Little Rock Police Department Encrypts Radio http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-police-department-encrypts-radio <p>The Little Rock Police Department has begun encrypting its radio frequencies to limit criminals’ access to information about the activity of officers. The encryption process is expected to be completed by Friday.</p><p>“There are those in society who use police frequencies to monitor police presence in an area and use that information to victimize citizens of the city,” the department said in a press release on Monday.</p><p>“In some instances they monitor calls to see if a call is being dispatched to the location where they are committing a crime,” it said.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:38:37 +0000 Sarah Whites-Koditschek 27358 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Authorities Find Bodies Of Missing Arkansas Man And Infant http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/authorities-find-bodies-missing-arkansas-man-and-infant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Arkansas officials say search crews have discovered the bodies of a man and his infant son who were reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.</p><p>Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey says the body of 10-month-old Harper Floyd was discovered by search crews around 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The body of the father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd, was discovered about an hour later. </span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:21:55 +0000 Associated Press 27357 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Authorities Find Bodies Of Missing Arkansas Man And Infant Search Continues For Arkansas Man And Infant Son http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/search-continues-arkansas-man-and-infant-son <p>Search crews resumed their efforts on Tuesday to find a man and his infant son reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.</p><p>Brian Floyd, 31, and Harper Floyd, 10 months old, have been missing since Friday. The truck they were in was found Monday near Blue Mountain Lake.</p><p>Brian Floyd's wife, Brooke, was found along a remote road Friday, "cut and scarred up as if she had been in a wooded area," Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey told the Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:45:55 +0000 Associated Press 27337 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Search Continues For Arkansas Man And Infant Son Bull Shoals Police Chief Wants Retrial Moved To Harrison http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bull-shoals-police-chief-wants-retrial-moved-harrison <p>The attorney for the Bull Shoals police chief accused of using excessive force against a domestic violence suspect last year wants his retrial moved from Fayetteville back to Harrison.</p><p>A federal jury in Harrison earlier this month found Daniel Sutterfield not guilty on charges of conspiracy and filing a false report, but deadlocked on a charge that he used excessive force.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:58:09 +0000 Associated Press 27315 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Police Say Man Posed As Officer To Lure Kids Into Car http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/police-say-man-posed-officer-lure-kids-car <p>Arkansas police have arrested a man they say tried to coax children into his car by claiming to be a police officer.</p><p>The Jonesboro Sun reports 18-year-old Landon Shawn Morris has been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and criminal impersonation.</p><p>Court documents indicate city police responded July 22 to two reports of Morris asking children to get into his red Pontiac Grand Am.</p><p>Police say that Morris admitted during an interview to contacting the children and posing as a police officer. Morris tells police he was attracted to the kids.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:44 +0000 Associated Press 27313 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Trial Rescheduled For Man Charged In Arkansas Mom's Death http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/trial-rescheduled-man-charged-arkansas-moms-death <p>A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.</p><p>The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors.</p><p>Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.</p><p>Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:57:57 +0000 Associated Press 26863 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/seventh-murder-2014-occurs-north-little-rock <p>Police have identified a North Little Rock man found shot to death Sunday morning. North Little Rock Police say 28-year-old Michael Cook was found dead shortly after midnight.</p><p>Police responded to a report of gunshots and found Cook lying in the middle of the street with a single visible gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.</p><p>Cook was not carrying identification. Police canvassed the neighborhood and ran his fingerprints to try to identify him. They eventually asked the public for help. Police named Cook Sunday night.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:28:30 +0000 Associated Press 26858 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock Jury Finds Bulls Shoals Police Chief Not Guilty On Two Counts http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/jury-finds-bulls-shoals-police-chief-not-guilty-two-counts <p>A jury has found Bull Shoals police chief not guilty on two counts and a mistrial was ordered on a third count.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1oTGNJx" target="_blank">Baxter Bulletin</a> reports the jury reached the verdict in the case of Daniel Sutterfield late Friday evening.</p><p>Sutterfield was found not guilty on charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report. A mistrial was declared on the count of use of excessive force.</p><p>The charges were related to the July 2013 arrest of Nicholas Dore on suspicion of domestic abuse.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:57:36 +0000 Associated Press 26803 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Bull Shoals Police Chief On Trial For Excessive Force http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bull-shoals-police-chief-trial-excessive-force <p>A trial has begun for the chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, who is accused of using excessive force against a suspect.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/local/2014/07/15/sutterfield-trial/12713403/" target="_blank">Baxter Bulletin</a> reports prosecutors allege Daniel Sutterfield kicked and beat a domestic abuse suspect with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:35:41 +0000 Associated Press 26595 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Man Charged With Capital Murder Fit To Stand Trial http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/man-charged-capital-murder-fit-stand-trial <p></p><p>A lawyer says a man charged with capital murder in Arkansas has been declared fit for trial after a mental evaluation.</p><p>The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a lawyer for Darrell Dennis says his client can stand trial. He adds Dennis won't challenge the finding.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:15:34 +0000 Associated Press 26537 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Man Charged With Capital Murder Fit To Stand Trial