Arkansas Crime

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2:02 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Two More Face Charges In Slaying Of Arkansas Interpreter

Two relatives of a man accused in the death of a Spanish language interpreter in southwestern Arkansas are charged with hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Miguel Angel Martinez in the November slaying of 54-year-old Jamie "Jimmy" Barrios in De Queen.

Prosecutor Carlton Jones told the Texarkana Gazette that Martinez's mother and sister allegedly provided false information to investigators when Martinez was sought for questioning.

Charged are 46-year-old Celia Beavers and 28-year-old Janett Garribo.

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5:36 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Owner of Arkansas Water Bottling Company Indicted

John Stacks, owner of Pure Mountain Water LLC.
Credit Arkansas Business

A Federal Grand Jury has indicted the owner of a Little Rock-based bottled water company on eleven counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and making a false statement. U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement.

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2:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Pulaski County Jail Overcrowded, May Have To Keep Only Most Dangerous

The Pulaski County Detention Center
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

The Pulaski County jail has become critically overcrowded, Sheriff Doc Holladay said Monday, which could result in it only being able to house the most dangerous offenders.

It comes as Arkansas has made changes to the parole system, stiffening rules for when people must be detained for violating parole.  That has greatly increased the number of violators being detained at county jails, waiting for space to become available in state prisons.

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8:24 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Arkansas Board Of Corrections To Meet In Little Rock

Members of the Arkansas Board of Corrections are scheduled to discuss the board's policy on parolees following the release of a report that outlines problems within the state's parole system.

The board will meet Wednesday in Little Rock.

The meeting comes after Gov. Mike Beebe this month released the findings of an investigation about the Department of Community Correction. The Arkansas State Police report found systemic problems with the parole system but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officials after a man who was on parole was charged with murder.

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4:50 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Task Force Created To Combat Human Trafficking in Arkansas

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, alongside Arkansas legislators, announcing the creation Wednesday of a task force to investigate human trafficking.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Wednesday the establishment of a task force to combat forced labor and sex trafficking in the state.

Its creation was part of the Human Trafficking Act, which was passed this year by the Arkansas Legislature.

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1:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Arkansas Board Of Corrections To Meet Next Week

Governor Mike Beebe listens Monday as Benny Magness, chair of the Arkansas Board of Corrections, speaks at Monday release of a report on problems with the parole system.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Board of Corrections is scheduled to meet next week following the release of a report that outlines problems within the state's parole system. The board is to meet Nov. 13 in Little Rock.

The meeting comes after Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday released the findings of an investigation about the Department of Community Correction.

The Arkansas State Police report found systemic problems with the parole system but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officials after a man who was on parole was charged with murder.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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