A Federal Grand Jury has indicted the owner of a Little Rock-based bottled water company on eleven counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and making a false statement. U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement.
The Pulaski County jail has become critically overcrowded, Sheriff Doc Holladay said Monday, which could result in it only being able to house the most dangerous offenders.
It comes as Arkansas has made changes to the parole system, stiffening rules for when people must be detained for violating parole. That has greatly increased the number of violators being detained at county jails, waiting for space to become available in state prisons.
Members of the Arkansas Board of Corrections are scheduled to discuss the board's policy on parolees following the release of a report that outlines problems within the state's parole system.
The board will meet Wednesday in Little Rock.
The meeting comes after Gov. Mike Beebe this month released the findings of an investigation about the Department of Community Correction. The Arkansas State Police report found systemic problems with the parole system but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officials after a man who was on parole was charged with murder.
An investigation into the Arkansas Department of Community Correction found “systemic problems” with its parole system. But Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials say steps are already being taken to address people who violate parole, but aren’t being picked up and returned to prison.
Jury deliberations have begun in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.
Defense lawyers for Joshua Hastings on Wednesday rested without calling any witnesses.
The prosecution rested Tuesday after putting on a full day of testimony. Hastings is accused of being reckless by shooting into a car driven by 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr., who was breaking into vehicles with two other juveniles.
Jurors left the courtroom just before noon to begin their work.
Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle.
The Garland County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Derrick Estell was in custody in Florida.
Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Estell had escaped the agency's custody on July 28 with help from Tamara Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Correction for a court appearance.