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4:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

State Legislators Review Problems With 911 Systems In Arkansas

Lawmakers review issues with local 911 systems Thursday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

State lawmakers are looking into problems with 911 systems across Arkansas. On Thursday, a legislative committee reviewed technological and staffing discrepancies between county systems.

State Senator Missy Irvin from Mountian View said some 911 call centers are run by police or fire departments. Others are run by volunteers that can’t consistently track the locations of incoming callers.

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2:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

AG Candidate Steel Gives Legislative Agenda, Rutledge Criticizes Sex Offender Vote

Nate Steel (D-Nashville) in 2013 Regular Session
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Democratic nominee for attorney general Nate Steel unveiled Thursday what will be his legislative agenda if elected to the office. Steel’s package would eliminate parole for sex offenders, increase child-support collections through prison earnings and tax refunds, and expand drug courts and alternative sentencing for juveniles among other proposals.

The state representative from southwest Arkansas said it’s critical for the attorney general to present a plan to the part-time legislature.

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9:39 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Jonesboro Paper Says Police Chief Bullied Reporter

The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied one of the newspaper's reporters into quitting by making derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

In a story published Tuesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with the Sun's ability to conduct its business.

Yates did not return a call from The Associated Press, but told the newspaper he was exercising his free speech rights.

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3:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Attorney General Candidate Nate Steel Distinguishes Himself From Opponents

Democratic Attorney General Nominee State Rep. Nate Steel (Nashville)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Democratic nominee for Arkansas attorney general Nate Steel took steps to distinguish himself from his Republican opponent Tuesday at the Political Animals Club in Little Rock. Steel said unlike his closest competitor Leslie Rutledge he will not focus on lawsuits against the EPA and federal government but instead on issues related to crime.

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4:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Name Of Sebastian County Deputy Who Fatally Shot Suspect Release

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a deputy who shot and killed a man in Fort Smith.

Authorities said Monday that deputy Joshua Heidelberg shot 23-year-old Justin Higgins on Saturday after Higgins had earlier exchanged gunfire with Fort Smith police and as Higgins attempted to carjack the deputy's vehicle.

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5:23 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Man Charged In Arkadelphia Deaths Gets Life Terms

A man charged in three Arkadelphia slayings has been sentenced to four life sentences after pleading guilty.

21-year-old Riakos Lizana pleaded guilty on Friday to three counts of capital murder and one count of residential burglary.

Lizana admitted to killing 40-year-old Bobby Jean Galbraith and his stepdaughters, 4-year-old Marley Crutchfield and 6-year-old Adiele Crutchfield.

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4:52 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Little Rock Police Chief Acknowledges Department Misses Some 9-1-1 Calls

Chief Buckner meets with residents of Ward 2 on Monday evening.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Little Rock Police Department is acknowledging it fails to answer some 9-1-1 calls. According to Police Chief Kenton Buckner, the problem is technological. Phones ring repeatedly before being answered because of the way calls are patched into the department from AT&T.

Buckner met with Ward 2 community members on Monday night. He told the crowd the issue came to his attention after an animal control officer was unable to call the police on Sunday about an escalating situation with a pit bull.

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5:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Life Sentence Handed Down In Texarkana For Murder

An Arkansas jury sentenced a man to life in prison for a murder in retaliation for missing crack cocaine. The Texarkana Gazette reports a Miller County jury returned the verdict for 26-year-old Serandon Ramon Starling on Wednesday afternoon.

It took the jury 30 minutes to find him guilty of murder and committing a terroristic act. It took them 10 minutes to sentence him to two life terms and 15 years on each count of using a firearm in a felony.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas State Police Lieutenant Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

Mug shot of Sedrick Reed

A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Sedrick Reed was accused of taking drugs from state police's evidence room and selling them to a dealer.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug charge in exchange for having four more charges being dismissed.

Reed acknowledges that in 2006 he sold marijuana that had been seized from a traffic stop. He also said that between 2011 and 2013, he took cocaine and heroin from the evidence room. Before his arrest, Reed supervised the room.

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6:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Little Rock Police Begin Encrypting Radio Communications, Prompts Concerns

The Little Rock Police Department has begun encrypting its radio frequencies to limit criminals’ access to information about the activity of officers. The encryption process is expected to be completed by Friday.

“There are those in society who use police frequencies to monitor police presence in an area and use that information to victimize citizens of the city,” the department said in a press release on Monday.

“In some instances they monitor calls to see if a call is being dispatched to the location where they are committing a crime,” it said.

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