Arkansas Crime

Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Report Details Problems With Arkansas Parole System

Governor Mike Beebe speaking at a press conference Monday morning at the Capitol about the report.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

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.

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Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jury Gets Manslaughter Case In Trial Of Little Rock Officer

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Arkansas SWAT Officers Kill Man, 107, In Standoff

Police in the southeast Arkansas city of Pine Bluff say a 107-year-old man is dead after SWAT officers shot back at him during a standoff at a home.

Pine Bluff Lt. David Price tells KATV that police officers called to the home Saturday were told Monroe Isadore had pointed a weapon at two people there.

Officers had the threatened pair leave the home and approached a bedroom. Police say Isadore shot through the door at officers but missed hitting them.

Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Investigation Nearly Done In Faulkner County Escape

The Faulkner County sheriff says the investigation is nearly complete into how three inmates escaped from the jail last month.

Sheriff Andy Shock says he expects the probe to be finished this week.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports the inmates got out the afternoon of Aug. 17 when they peeled back a recreation yard fence, jumped a barbed wire fence and then stole a vehicle from a nearby business.

The inmates were all caught within several days, one of them in Oklahoma City. They'd been facing drug and theft charges.

Local & Regional News
3:53 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Inmate Who Escaped From Arkansas Jail Captured In Florida

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.

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Arkansas Corrections
12:48 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Parole Administrator In Dennis Case Fired

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

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Correctional Facilities
5:26 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

3 Escape From Faulkner County Jail In Conway

Faulkner County authorities are searching for three inmates who have escaped from the county jail.  

Sheriff Andy Shock told reporters that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson, 27-year-old Joel Vermillion Jr. and 41-year-old Stacy Ray Wilson escaped shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday through a fence in the jail's recreation yard. Shock said the three then stole a car from a business near the jail and fled.  

The sheriff's office website shows that Wilson was being held on burglary and drug charges and that Jackson and Vermillion were being held on drug charges. 



Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Faulkner County Burglars Hit Homes During Funerals

Authorities in Faulkner County say it appears local burglars have been reading the obituaries and breaking into homes while the owners are away a funerals.

A woman's home in Conway was burglarized on Wednesday while she was attending her husband's funeral. Authorities say at least two other similar burglaries have occurred.

Wednesday's victim, Debra Storment, told Little Rock television station KATV that she wants people to be aware of the danger.

Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Four Men Charged With With The Armed Robbery Of Seven Restaurants And One Store

A joint investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and local police force arrested four Arkansans charged with robbing eight local restaurants and one store.

Two of the men have previous criminal records, and over $8,000 was stolen during the crimes. US Attorney Christopher Thyer says solving cases can be more effective when state and local entities work together. 

"All four defendants are currently in custody. During these robberies suspects were aggresive...lives were put in danger" said Thyer.

Local & Regional News
1:30 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

One Missing Inmate Killed In Crash, Another In Custody

A Jackson County jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mtn. View, Missouri,  about 140 miles north of Newport.

Lucas says police stopped the vehicle driven by Mitchell's wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away.

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