Arkansas Crime

Federal prosecutors have announced that the former Saline County sheriff has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for using money from his campaign account to pay for personal items and expenses charged to his sheriff's office credit card.

Prosecutors said that 64-year-old Bruce Pennington pleaded guilty to the count at a hearing on Monday.

Pennington was sheriff of Saline County from 2008 until he resigned on Oct. 1, 2013.

The maximum potential sentence for wire fraud is up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Police in Little Rock say a motorcycle officer was injured when he was struck by a car in a hit-and-run crash.

Police say Officer Steve Pledger suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries in the crash at the intersection of Ninth Street and Interstate 30 about 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Officer Richard Hilgeman says the extent of Pledger's injuries are not fully known. has details on the arrest of North Little Rock businessman John Rogers. He became known for buying the photo archives of major newspapers across the country and dealing in sports memorabilia like rare baseball cards. But Rogers has been dogged by a series of fraud allegations by banks, business associates, clients and investors.

Three Faulkner County deputies have returned to work after being placed on administrative leave during a review to determine if they had used excessive force during two arrests in May. But the sheriff's office fired a fourth deputy after finding he had used excessive force against one of the two suspects.

Authorities say an internal investigation of the deputies' conduct was finished this month. Sheriff Andy Shock says the three deputies had acted within the scope of the use of force policy. They returned to "full duty" on Wednesday.

A federal appeals court has rejected a request for a new hearing by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for his role in killing an Arkansas family.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a federal judge's ruling against Danny Lee of Yukon, Oklahoma.

A woman charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Arkansas real estate agent has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband, who also is charged in the death.

The Washington County prosecutor says a capital murder charge against a Springdale man has been dropped because a key witness died.

The charge against 29-year-old Rico Tavarous Cohn was dropped Wednesday and he was released from jail. Prosecutor Matt Durrett told reporters the witness died unexpectedly earlier this year and that the remaining evidence was not sufficient to go to trial.

Durrett declined to release the witness' name.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says the state is reviewing drug options for lethal injections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday morning.

The court ruled 5-4 to allow Oklahoma to continue to use Midazolam, a sedative that inmates had argued may not prevent pain in lethal injections because it is not a barbiturate.

Hutchinson spoke to press at the Capitol shortly after the ruling.

A southwest Arkansas man charged with kidnapping and killing a Gurdon woman and driving her body across multiple states is due in court for a change of plea hearing.

Court documents show Kevin Bolton is due in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.

Bolton previously pleaded not guilty to the charge. His attorney did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Arkansas State Police is investigating whether employees in the Faulkner County clerk's office tampered with financial paperwork for public officials to make it appear they were filed on time.

Clerk Margaret Darter has declined to comment on the matter.

A prosecutor sought a review by the agency, citing irregularities with filings of financial interest statements by county elected officials. The documents provide limited information on sources of income and holdings in the previous year for officials and their spouses.