Arkansas Crime

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8:43 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand

Martha Shoffner
Credit David Goins / KARK-TV

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Report Calls For Changes In Sentencing Juvenile Offenders

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.

The study, which looked at more than 40,000 incidents in the state, was released Tuesday in Fayetteville.

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Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring

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.

Local & Regional News
12:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ex-Treasurer's Lawyers Continue Push For Acquittal After Jury Conviction

Martha Shoffner, leaving federal court last month in Little Rock after her convicted on 14 bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

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.

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.

Prosecutors last week argued that they had proven Shoffner's conduct affected interstate commerce, so the conviction should stand.

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Local & Regional News
11:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Ex-Little Rock Officer

Former Little Rock Officer Joshua Hastings in court Monday.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

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.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted the prosecutors' request Monday to drop charges against Josh Hastings.

In a motion, the prosecution said it made the request "based on its good faith belief that it cannot obtain a conviction" against Hastings.

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Local & Regional News
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Prosecutor Clears Bald Knob Chief In Shooting

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.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Skull, Other Remains Found Near Little Rock Jail

Police in Little Rock say a human skull and other remains have been found just south of the Pulaski County jail.

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.

Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume 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 method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

Local & Regional News
7:37 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

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.

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.

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.

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Local & Regional News
3:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Martha Shoffner Says Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks For Legal Help

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving federal court in Little Rock after her conviction earlier this month.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

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.

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.

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