Arkansas Crime

Local & Regional News
8:30 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Searcy County Deputy Recovering After Shooting In Bakery

Authorities say a Searcy County deputy who was wounded in a shootout at a bakery in the Ozark Mountains has been released from the hospital.

Searcy County Sheriff Donald Ragland says Deputy Lang Holland is recovering at home after the shooting last week at Serenity Farm Bread in Leslie. Arkansas State Police say Holland was injured Friday after a man allegedly opened fire at the bakery.

Holland and a state police trooper returned fire and injured the man, who authorities identified as 75-year-old John Kolata.

Local & Regional News
6:34 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Arkansas Community Corrections Proposes Nearly $9 Million In Reentry Funds

Prisoners play basketball near the Arkansas Correctional School in Pine Bluff.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Arkansas Community Corrections presented a proposal for transitional  centers for ex-offenders to a legislative joint committee Monday. The plan would provide 800 transitional beds statewide over two years at a total cost of nearly $9 million. 

Sheila Sharp of the Community Corrections said that could help ease prison crowding as it looks to release inmates and avoid recidivism.

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Reentry Into Society Pt. 2
9:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Employment and Fees Obstacles To Transition For Former Inmates

Nyle Daniels, left, now works as a maintenance man for a west Little Rock apartment complex. His colleague, Karlton Hayes (right) is also a former inmate. Hayes estimates he filled out more than 100 job applications without a call-back or interview after his release. He was later hired by the Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock and after a few months started working at the same apartment complex.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Reentering society after a prison sentence can be a difficult task. That's because former prisoners can come up against barriers. While Arkansas corrections officials try to find ways to ease those barriers, obstacles might still come in the search for housing or employment, or getting mental health and addiction treatment.

43-year old Nyle Daniels of Little Rock was raised by a single mother, but, he says she was often absent, so at an early age he started drinking, using drugs and got involved with gangs.

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Criminal Justice
5:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Looks To Expand Reentry Services For Inmates

A Pathway to Freedom classroom. The non-profit operates a 200 bed facility at the Wrightsville Hawkins Unit.

Before 28-year old Timothy King was convicted of second degree murder in 2009, he says he spent the majority of his time running with the wrong people.

“There was a night at this one party where a guy was cutting himself and trying to throw blood on people and I asked him to leave and he wasn’t happy about it. And from that point on, the next few nights he was openly threatening people and my wife at the time.”

King says the threats escalated, leading him and a friend to send a violent message.

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Local & Regional News
3:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Northeast Arkansas Site Removed From List Of Most Polluted Places In Nation

The former Superfund site is in Greene County near Paragould.

The site of a former auto equipment company in northeast Arkansas has been removed from a national list of one of the most environmentally dangerous places in the country. On Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency removed the former Monroe Auto Equipment Company site near Paragould from a list of Superfund sites.

EPA spokesperson Jennah Durant said the plant stopped using the area to dispose of waste in 1978 and the site was hazardous for decades.

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Local & Regional News
1:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

AG Holder In Arkansas Says Ferguson Highlights Need For Collaboration

Attorney General Eric Holder speaking Wednesday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Holder told a group of mayors and police chiefs that the shooting of Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the protests that followed show the need for expanded collaboration among law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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Local & Regional News
9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Legislators Fume Over Parole Board After Recent Murder

Parole Board Commissioner Abraham Carpenter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Intense media coverage of the murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter last week is causing a stir in the state legislature. A meeting Monday between lawmakers and parole officials turned contentious.

It didn’t take long for the tone and atmosphere in the Judiciary committee to turn hostile, as legislators let their frustrations known to Parole Board members. Representative Sue Scott of Rogers told Parole Board member Abraham Carpenter to get ready for an emotionally-tinged string of remarks.

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Local & Regional News
1:15 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Suspect In Realtor's Death Transferred To State Prison

Arron Michael Lewis
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County authorities say the suspect in the kidnapping and slaying of a real estate agent has been transferred from the county jail to the state prison system.

County Sheriff Doc Holladay told reporters that 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis was transferred to the Arkansas Department of Correction after his parole was revoked Friday. Lewis was paroled in Arkansas in August 2013 after serving time for theft.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Ex-Arkansas Agency Official Pleads Guilty In Bribery Scheme

A former deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services has pleaded guilty to providing official assistance in exchange for bribes from the owner of two mental health companies.

Federal officials announced Thursday that 49-year-old Steven B. Jones had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges. Jones, of Marion, will be sentenced April 2, 2015.

Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Advocates Urge Lawmakers For Juvenile Justice Reform

Advocates officials and lawmakers discuss the state's juvenile justice system.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Legislators heard from advocates and officials hoping to reform the state's judicial justice system on Wednesday. Panelists told lawmakers Arkansas is institutionalizing too many young people for minor offenses and the costs are high.

Madelyn Keith is with the Arkansas Youth Services Association. She wants more intervention to happen at the community level.

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