Arkansas Crime

Local & Regional News
3:53 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Inmate Who Escaped From Arkansas Jail Captured In Florida

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Derrick Estell was in custody in Florida.

Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Estell had escaped the agency's custody on July 28 with help from Tamara Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Correction for a court appearance.

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Arkansas Corrections
12:48 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Parole Administrator In Dennis Case Fired

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

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Correctional Facilities
5:26 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

3 Escape From Faulkner County Jail In Conway

Faulkner County authorities are searching for three inmates who have escaped from the county jail.  

Sheriff Andy Shock told reporters that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson, 27-year-old Joel Vermillion Jr. and 41-year-old Stacy Ray Wilson escaped shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday through a fence in the jail's recreation yard. Shock said the three then stole a car from a business near the jail and fled.  

The sheriff's office website shows that Wilson was being held on burglary and drug charges and that Jackson and Vermillion were being held on drug charges. 



Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Faulkner County Burglars Hit Homes During Funerals

Authorities in Faulkner County say it appears local burglars have been reading the obituaries and breaking into homes while the owners are away a funerals.

A woman's home in Conway was burglarized on Wednesday while she was attending her husband's funeral. Authorities say at least two other similar burglaries have occurred.

Wednesday's victim, Debra Storment, told Little Rock television station KATV that she wants people to be aware of the danger.

Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Four Men Charged With With The Armed Robbery Of Seven Restaurants And One Store

A joint investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and local police force arrested four Arkansans charged with robbing eight local restaurants and one store.

Two of the men have previous criminal records, and over $8,000 was stolen during the crimes. US Attorney Christopher Thyer says solving cases can be more effective when state and local entities work together. 

"All four defendants are currently in custody. During these robberies suspects were aggresive...lives were put in danger" said Thyer.

Local & Regional News
1:30 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

One Missing Inmate Killed In Crash, Another In Custody

A Jackson County jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mtn. View, Missouri,  about 140 miles north of Newport.

Lucas says police stopped the vehicle driven by Mitchell's wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away.

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Local & Regional News
2:52 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman/ KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with state legislators to discuss what he says is a broken death penalty system.

McDaniel appeared before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. The state doesn't have any pending executions.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he doubts an execution will take place while he's still governor.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Groundbreaking For Little Rock's 12th Street Police Station

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks at Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

After years of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new Little Rock Police substation on 12th Street.

City and community leaders joined Little Rock Police officials to formally begin work on the $11.9 million project.

The 12th Street Station will fill an entire city block between Pine and Cedar Streets and is a key part of efforts to revitalize the area.

Denise Johnson owns a beauty shop across the street from where it will be built.

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Local & Regional News
1:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Mental Exam Ordered For Suspect In Three Arkansas Deaths

A judge has granted a request for a mental evaluation for a man arrested in the shooting deaths of three people, including his 9-year-old niece.

Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan granted the request Monday from defense attorneys for 43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill.

Authorities arrested Hill in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn Hartsfield. All three were found shot to death at a home near Murfreesboro.

Police Shooting
1:29 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

LR Police Shoot Suspect, Community Reacts With Anger

A man speaks to people demonstrating on 12th Street in Little Rock.
Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

Little Rock Police say an officer shot and killed a suspect who fled after being stopped Monday for driving a stolen vehicle along 12th street.

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