Arkansas Crime

Judge Bobby McCallister
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An Arkansas judge accused to failing to pay state and federal income taxes is agreeing to a temporary suspension with pay.

An attorney for Saline County Circuit Court Judge Bobby McCallister told the state Supreme Court in a filing Monday the judge agrees to the temporary suspension until his tax case is resolved. The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission asked justices for McCallister's temporary suspension with pay after he was charged with four felony counts of failing to pay taxes.

A rapper arrested in Alabama after a shooting that injured more than two dozen people is Arkansas is being returned there to face charges in another shooting.

Court and jail records show Ricky Hampton signed papers agreeing to return to Arkansas. He left the county jail in Birmingham, Alabama, early Friday.

Also known as Finese 2Tymes, the 25-year-old performer from Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested in Birmingham on July 2 at a rap show held one day after the shooting in Arkansas.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court meets in a building on South Broadway.
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A push in Pulaski County to temporarily bar certain musical performances if a city deemed its content to encourage violence fell flat in a Quorum Court meeting Tuesday night. Justice of the Peace Judy Green of central Little Rock believes going to certain rap concerts can encourage people to be violent. The proposal was a response to the shootout at Power Ultra Lounge earlier this month. 

Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister
Arkansas Business

A commission that oversees Arkansas judges has filed charges of failing to pay state and federal income taxes against Saline County Circuit Court Judge Bobby McCallister.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said Tuesday that McCallister appears to have filed no more than tax returns since 1995, but said it isn't clear how much he may owe.

Attorneys for McCallister didn't immediately return phone calls for comment.

Music historian Stephen Koch, host of the public radio music documentary program Arkansongs and author of Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B joined KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman to talk about an effort to squash rap concerts.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court meets in a building on South Broadway.
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Local leaders are scrambling for solutions in the wake of a mass shooting at a Little Rock night club earlier this month. The Pulaski County Quorum Courts is considering during Tuesday’s meeting on a resoultion encouraging cities to place a 180 day moratorium on musical performances deemed to encourage violence.

Power Bar and Ultra Lounge Mass Shooting
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The liquor license of a Little Rock nightclub where a shooting during a rap concert left 28 people injured will remain suspended. The Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control informed nightclub owner Herman Lewis on Monday that the license will remain suspended pending an investigation of potential violations. Power Ultra Lounge's liquor license was suspended soon after the July 1 shooting during a concert by rapper Ricky Hampton, also known as Finese2Tymes Lewis did not testify during the Monday hearing.

Governor Asa Hutchinson violent crime task force
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced the creation of a multi-jurisdictional, investigative joint task force that will help the Little Rock Police Department respond to a recent spike in violent crimes, including the Power Ultra Club shooting last week.

Backed by a phalanx of local, state and federal law enforcement, prosecutors and correction officials in the packed Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol, Hutchinson outlined what he described as an effort to take back the “streets of Little Rock.”

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden says his relatives were among the 28 people injured in a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub last week.

The Little Rock native and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up said in a statement that his nephew called him early Saturday and said he'd been shot at Power Ultra Lounge. McFadden's statement says other relatives were also shot at the club.

McFadden says he went to the scene "to check on my relatives and to offer any help I could."

Federal prosecutors say a rapper shot someone in the neck while leaving a different Arkansas club just days before headlining a Little Rock concert where a shooting left 28 people injured.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas said Monday that a complaint has been filed against 25-year-old, also known as Finese2Tymes, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

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