Arkansas Crime

A 30-year-old Bentonville man has been convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 6-year-old girl.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that a Benton County Circuit Court jury found Zachary Holly guilty Wednesday of capital murder, kidnapping, rape and residential burglary in the death of Jersey Bridgeman.

Defense attorneys called no witnesses and acknowledged both at the start of the trial and at the end that Holly was responsible for the girl's death.

Arkansas Joins FTC, Other States In Cancer Charity Case

May 20, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined with the Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking millions from consumers.

police shooting cabot

Authorities say police officers have shot and killed a handcuffed Arkansas parolee who fired at them from inside a patrol car.

It happened Tuesday night in Cabot, 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, after officers with the state Department of Community Correction and Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office detained 35-year-old Jonathan McIntosh for suspected drug possession.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is raiding pain clinics, pharmacies and other locations in four southern states as part of a crackdown on prescription pain drug abuse.

A federal law enforcement official says the early-morning raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are the final stages of a nearly yearlong operation by the DEA's drug diversion unit. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe details of the ongoing investigation in advance of a public announcement about the raids.

Fred Kauffeld
Pope County Sheriff's Office

An Arkansas judge has ordered a man charged with capital murder in the death of a Johnson County reserve deputy to be held without bond.

A Pope County judge on Monday held a probable cause hearing for 51-year-old Fred Kauffeld, who is charged in the Friday shooting of 42-year-old Sonny Smith. Kauffeld is being held at the Pope County jail.

Arkansas State Police say Smith was shot after confronting Kauffeld when Smith and other deputies responded to a burglary report. Police say Kauffeld sustained minor injuries after Smith returned fire.

Authorities in northwest Arkansas say a deputy was fatally shot while responding to a reported burglary.

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston said Friday that the reserve deputy was fatally shot overnight in the east of the county. Houston said the suspected shooter was in custody.

The deputy's identity hasn't been released.

Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler says the Johnson County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from state authorities but declined to provide other details.

Timothy Lamont Howard
Arkansas Times

An Ashdown man reconvicted in the 1997 slaying of a couple could be eligible for release due to time already spent behind bars.

Timothy Lamont Howard recently was found guilty on lesser charges in the deaths of Brian Day and Shannon Day and attempted killing of the couple's son.

The Texarkana Gazette reports Howard was convicted in 1999, but it was overturned in 2013. He has been in custody since December 1997, which is around 17 years and five months.

Timothy Lamont Howard
Arkansas Times

An Ashdown man has again been convicted, but on lesser charges, of killing a couple and trying to kill the couple's 7-month-old son.

 The Texarkana Gazette reports that 45-year-old Timothy Howard was found guilty Friday on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says a large cocaine ring that moved the drug through Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas, before bringing it to Muskogee for distribution has been broken.

OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said agents and officers from several departments began serving arrest and search warrants Friday morning and have arrested 21 of 24 suspects in the Muskogee area on charges including distribution and trafficking cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Martha Shoffner
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Federal prosecutors are being given more time to respond to a filing by the attorney for convicted ex-Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Thursday gave prosecutors until May 18 to respond to the filing in which attorney Chuck Banks objects to a report suggesting Shoffner spend at least 15 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions. Banks says a more appropriate sentence would be about 12 to 18 months, with half served in home detention.

The response was due Friday, but U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer said more time is needed.