Arkansas Crime

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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.

Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
6:21 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Authorities Find Bodies Of Missing Arkansas Man And Infant

Brian and Harper Floyd

  Arkansas officials say search crews have discovered the bodies of a man and his infant son who were reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.

Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey says the body of 10-month-old Harper Floyd was discovered by search crews around 1:30 p.m. The body of the father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd, was discovered about an hour later.

Gilkey said the bodies of both have been transported to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsies.

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Local & Regional News
3:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Search Continues For Arkansas Man And Infant Son

Brian and Harper Floyd

Search crews resumed their efforts on Tuesday to find a man and his infant son reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.

Brian Floyd, 31, and Harper Floyd, 10 months old, have been missing since Friday. The truck they were in was found Monday near Blue Mountain Lake.

Brian Floyd's wife, Brooke, was found along a remote road Friday, "cut and scarred up as if she had been in a wooded area," Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey told the Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith.

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Local & Regional News
10:58 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Bull Shoals Police Chief Wants Retrial Moved To Harrison

The attorney for the Bull Shoals police chief accused of using excessive force against a domestic violence suspect last year wants his retrial moved from Fayetteville back to Harrison.

A federal jury in Harrison earlier this month found Daniel Sutterfield not guilty on charges of conspiracy and filing a false report, but deadlocked on a charge that he used excessive force.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Police Say Man Posed As Officer To Lure Kids Into Car

Arkansas police have arrested a man they say tried to coax children into his car by claiming to be a police officer.

The Jonesboro Sun reports 18-year-old Landon Shawn Morris has been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and criminal impersonation.

Court documents indicate city police responded July 22 to two reports of Morris asking children to get into his red Pontiac Grand Am.

Police say that Morris admitted during an interview to contacting the children and posing as a police officer. Morris tells police he was attracted to the kids.

Local & Regional News
10:57 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Trial Rescheduled For Man Charged In Arkansas Mom's Death

A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors.

Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.

Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later.

Local & Regional News
7:28 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock

North Little Rock Police Department car.
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Police have identified a North Little Rock man found shot to death Sunday morning. North Little Rock Police say 28-year-old Michael Cook was found dead shortly after midnight.

Police responded to a report of gunshots and found Cook lying in the middle of the street with a single visible gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Cook was not carrying identification. Police canvassed the neighborhood and ran his fingerprints to try to identify him. They eventually asked the public for help. Police named Cook Sunday night.

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Local & Regional News
1:57 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Jury Finds Bulls Shoals Police Chief Not Guilty On Two Counts

A jury has found Bull Shoals police chief not guilty on two counts and a mistrial was ordered on a third count.

The Baxter Bulletin reports the jury reached the verdict in the case of Daniel Sutterfield late Friday evening.

Sutterfield was found not guilty on charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report. A mistrial was declared on the count of use of excessive force.

The charges were related to the July 2013 arrest of Nicholas Dore on suspicion of domestic abuse.

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