Arkansas Crime

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10:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Search Continues For Missing Arkansas Inmate Three Weeks After Escape

Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.

But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Opening Arguments Set In Arkansas Inmate's Trial

Opening arguments are set in a resentencing trial for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned more than two years ago by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams Jr. was convicted in Lafayette County for the 1992 killing of farmer Clyde Smith. But in December 2011, the state's highest court ordered that Williams be resentenced, citing problems with his original sentencing in 1993.

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Local & Regional News
10:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

No One Hurt After Shots Fired In Little Rock River Market

Credit inarkansas.com

Little Rock police say no one was injured after shots were fired in the busy River Market district downtown.

Lt. Sidney Allen says a large group of teenagers was escorted out of the River Market Amphitheater on Wednesday night during the outdoor Movies in the Park event, where "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was being shown.

Allen says that shots were fired once the group reached Clinton Avenue, and several people ran in different directions. No one was hit by the gunfire.

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Local & Regional News
10:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Bull Shoals Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Excessive Force Charges

The Bull Shoals police chief has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.

Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking and stomping Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest. He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.

Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Dies At Malvern Hospital

Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much of the past year and was being housed at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit medical facility.

Wilson says Dansby was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Monday night because of vomiting and difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Local & Regional News
10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Resentencing Trial Begins In Death Row Case

Jury selection is underway for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Frank Williams was sentenced to die for the 1992 death of farmer Clyde Smith in Lafayette County. But the high court ordered a new sentencing in 2011, citing problems in the original sentencing in 1993.

This week's sentencing trial was moved to Miller County from Lafayette County because of pretrial publicity.

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Local & Regional News
1:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Pulaski County Jail To Close Again To All But The Most Violent Offenders

Credit www.pcso.org

The Pulaski County Jail is again being closed because of overcrowding, with only the most violent offenders to be taken in.

Sheriff Doc Holladay says as of Monday morning, 1,281 inmates were being held, which is 71 over capacity.

“Looking ahead over the next few days with the long holiday weekend coming, it is quite clear that our population is going to continue to grow unless we took some steps to limit access to the facility. Unfortunately the only way we can do that is close the facility to only violent felons,” Holladay said.

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Local & Regional News
11:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Little Rock Extends Hours For 311 Non-Emergency Line For Fireworks Calls

The city of Little Rock says it's extending the hours of its non-emergency line so residents can report the illegal use of fireworks.

The city said Monday that its 311 non-emergency line will have extended hours Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until midnight. The city is asking residents to either call 311 or the police department's non-emergency line to report fireworks, rather than dialing 911.

The use of fireworks is outlawed within Little Rock city limits.

Local & Regional News
4:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Convicted Arkansas Killer Remains On The Loose After Six Days

Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

A convicted killer who walked away from a work assignment at a prison in Pine Bluff remains on the loose after six days.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson said Friday that 47-year-old Timothy Buffington is still at large.

Wilson says Buffington was doing yard and janitorial work at a house on the prison grounds - but outside the secure area - on Saturday when he broke into the house and took a shotgun and ammunition before disappearing. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Local & Regional News
11:07 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing

Terrick Nooner
Credit Arkansas Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh.

Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.

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