Arkansas Crime

Mental Exam Ordered For Suspect In Three Arkansas Deaths

Jul 23, 2013

A judge has granted a request for a mental evaluation for a man arrested in the shooting deaths of three people, including his 9-year-old niece.

Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan granted the request Monday from defense attorneys for 43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill.

Authorities arrested Hill in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn Hartsfield. All three were found shot to death at a home near Murfreesboro.

Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

Little Rock Police say an officer shot and killed a suspect who fled after being stopped Monday for driving a stolen vehicle along 12th street.

Arkansas State Police say a 9-year-old girl is among three people killed in a shooting near Delight in Pike County.

The ASP said in a news release Sunday that the three were found Saturday night after authorities received a 911 call reporting a shooting southwest of Delight. Troopers say 33-year-old Dana Hill and 54-year-old Julie Hartsfield were dead at the scene and 9-year-old Autumn Hartsfield was found wounded and later died at a Hot Springs hospital. The ASP says one man is being held for questioning about the shooting.

Two Killed In Fort Smith By Man Wielding Machete

Jun 27, 2013

A man with a machete hacked two people to death in western Arkansas and police arrested the suspect at his mother's home.

The Southwest Times Record reports the victims were outside a Fort Smith home when the suspect, 20-year-old Gregory Aaron Kinsey of Fort Smith, walked by and exchanged words with the men.

Witnesses told police the men confronted Kinsey, who attacked them with the machete.

Police have identified the victims as 32-year-old Nathan Young and 39-year-old Brandon Prince.

Martha Shoffner
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges accusing her of taking cash payments to steer state investments to a bond broker.

It was a brief hearing, with U.S. Magistrate Joe Volpe reading the 14 charges of extortion and bribery.

Her attorney Chuck Banks entered a plea of not guilty and requested a trial by jury.

Asked by the judge if that was her plea, Shoffner said “Yes, not guilty.”

Beebe Wants Review Of Arkansas Parole System

Jun 18, 2013

Arkansas' governor says the state's parole system needs review after a parolee was charged in a Little Rock murder.

Darrell Dennis was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Dennis had been arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 following an aggravated robbery conviction - and that he skipped parole revocation hearings.

Wynne Band Director Accused Of Indecency

Jun 14, 2013

The director of the Wynne High School band has been arrested on suspicion of sexual indecency with a child.

Nicholas Wayne Wooster appeared in court Thursday for a probable cause hearing.

The 35-year-old was released after District Judge Joe Boeckman set bond at $1,000.

According to The Jonesboro Sun, Wynne Police Detective Mike Smith said Wooster admitted kissing a teenage girl and exposing himself to her at school.

Smith said Wooster also asked the girl a number of inappropriate questions.

Garland County Deputy Arrested On Prostitution Charge

Jun 14, 2013
Union County Sheriff's Office

Federal authorities say a Garland County deputy sheriff has been arrested on a prostitution-related charge.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge and FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Coleman announced Friday that Deputy Neil Parliment was arrested Thursday night on a charge of enticing an individual to engage in prostitution.

Online jail records show Parliment is being held without bond in the Union County Jail in El Dorado.

Prosecutors accuse Parliment of bringing a prostitute from Memphis, Tenn., to Hot Springs to have sex for money.

24 Named In Hot Springs Gang, Drug, Indictments

Jun 13, 2013

Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.

US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.

An Arkansas woman, who founded a group that advocates on behalf of children with incarcerated parents, was honored Wednesday at the White House.

Dee Ann Newell, executive director of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, was one of 12 people from around the country honored as a “Champion of Change.”