Arkansas Crime

Authorities say two men who briefly escaped while awaiting booking at the Jefferson County jail are back in custody.

Pine Bluff police arrested 26-year-old Corderro Foster and 24-year-old Justin Cartwright in an alleged armed robbery on Wednesday and took them back to the jail.

Spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the men knocked down a jailer and bolted out of a door. Law enforcement officials spotted the men several hours later less than a mile away and arrested them.

Boxer Jermain Taylor has pleaded not guilty to accusations he pointed a gun at a man's head and threatened to shoot three small children in Little Rock, Arkansas.

But local media outlets report a judge revoked his bond Tuesday afternoon in a separate case from August involving a firearm and issued a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors say the boxer's arrest this week is evidence he violated the terms of his release.

Online records of the Pulaski County jail show Taylor hasn't turned himself in yet to authorities.

A member of Little Rock's board of directors has been cited for driving while intoxicated.

A Little Rock Police Department report says 48-year-old Kenneth Richardson was cited for DWI and traffic offenses on Saturday evening after an officer observed his car swerving at a high rate of speed. The officer caught up with Richardson, who changed lanes without signaling.

The report says Richardson then pulled the car into a parking lot and struck a shrub before stopping.

Federal prosecutors say three women have been charged in a plot to steal money from a food program for the poor.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer identified the three as 39-year-old Jacqueline Mills of Helena-West Helena, 37-year-old Tonique Hatton of North Little Rock and 34-year-old Gladys Elise King of England. A 76-count indictment was unsealed Thursday.

Prosecutors said Mills inflated Child and Adult Care Feeding Program numbers in an effort to receive excess federal payments. Thyer said Mills bribed the others in return for protection from government scrutiny.

Arkansas Advocates For Children And Families Executive Director Rich Huddleston.
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One of Arkansas’s leading advocacy groups for children and low-income people is gearing up for next month’s legislative session. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families on Thursday in Little Rock held the last of three pre-legislative conferences hosted throughout the state. Expanding access to pre-K and reforming the juvenile justice system were among a slew of issues in which AACF's staff and guest speakers briefed attendees.

A new report indicates that the number of school-based arrests in Arkansas has increased 13 percent since 2011.

The report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families looked at school-based arrests across the state in 2013 and 2014. There are more than 3,000 law enforcement incidents in Arkansas schools each year, and the majority of children involved are arrested for nonviolent offenses.

Arkansas' attorney general says a Crittenden County woman has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says 34-year-old Elaina Brewer of Marion pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of Medicaid fraud. A Pulaski County judge sentenced Brewer to two years of probation and ordered her to pay a $5,530 fine and $1,843 in restitution. She also must undergo random drug tests.

Brewer was arrested in October 2013 after investigators found she billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for attendant-care services she did not provide.

Mike Beebe
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Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has taken the first step toward previously announced plans to pardon his son over a 2003 marijuana conviction.

Beebe on Friday formally announced his intent to pardon his son Kyle, who was convicted in 2003 of felony marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Beebe last month said he planned to grant the pardon.

The announcement begins a 30-day period for public comment before the pardon takes effect.

Police in Searcy have called off the active search for a missing 2-year-old and are now focusing on a criminal investigation into the child's disappearance.

The hunt for Malik Drummond began Nov. 23 when his father and stepmother reported he apparently walked away from their home. Volunteers joined with local police, state police and the FBI in an unsuccessful search for the boy.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark said in a news release Monday that investigators will focus "on the only possible remaining scenarios."

Martha Shoffner
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A lawyer for an ex-Arkansas treasurer convicted in a bribery and extortion case says in court papers she is grateful that she won't be tried on mail fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they intend to drop 10 mail fraud counts against Martha Shoffner. Defense lawyer Chuck Banks filed papers Wednesday saying Shoffner "welcomes and is grateful" for the decision.