Arkansas Crime

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

New data shows the state's Crimes Against Children Division is falling short in some areas, including timeliness of visits to children and investigation results.

Air force base rammed
U.S. Air Force

The Little Rock Air Force Base has honored two airmen who fatally shot an armed man who intentionally crashed his vehicle into the base's gate.

Larry D. McElroy died a day after the June 15 incident at the Jacksonville base. Authorities say McElroy was driving at least 80 mph when he rammed into the gate. Officials say Sgt. Zachary Freese and Airman 1st Class Codee Smith first tried to help McElroy until the man got out of his SUV with a rifle.

The guards then shot McElroy and he died at a hospital. No one else was injured.

Police say that the suspect in two shooting deaths in Mississippi was returning from Arkansas when a license plate reader picked up his plate as he crossed a bridge over the Mississippi River.

Cleveland Police Chief Charles "Buster" Bingham said Monday that Greenville police followed Shannon Lamb but did not try to apprehend him. Then Lamb pulled over and took off on foot.

Bingham said the police were waiting for backup when they heard a gunshot. When backup arrived, they searched and found Lamb with a gunshot wound to the head.

Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood says human error played a role in the escape of a suspected killer.

Austin Hill escaped Wednesday when he jumped out of a van at the county jail in Camden as it returned from a hospital. He remains at large.

Norwood told the Camden News that a gate was not immediately closed behind the van, giving Hill time to escape. Norwood says video also shows Hill not wearing the leg irons he was wearing when the van left the hospital.

Arkansas State Crime Lab

The Arkansas State Crime Lab is receiving $97,000 from Manhattan’s District Attorney to test 1,500 rape kits housed by law enforcement agencies statewide.

Kermit Channell, director of the lab, said the funds will allow for a review of evidence in kits from investigations dropped by law enforcement.

“It allows us to capture a snapshot of what's going on in Arkansas to make sure we don't have a problem with kits that are in law enforcement that haven't been submitted to us, or kits that are in hospitals that haven't been picked up by law enforcement,” he said.

Federal prosecutors say an Arkansas police officer has been arrested and charged with drug conspiracy.

Prosecutors announced the charge Thursday against 37-year-old Dumas police officer James Ivory Edgerson. Five associates were also arrested.

Edgerson, a 14-year veteran of the department, is alleged to have made several deliveries of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine to confidential sources.

Don William Davis and Bruce Earl Ward execution
Arkansas Department Of Correction

Two Arkansas inmates set for execution next month have until Sept. 21 to tell the state's Parole Board whether they want to be considered for clemency.

Bruce Earl Ward and Don William Davis are to die in a double-execution Oct. 21. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has set four double-executions in each of the next four months after Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified that no court decisions currently stand in the way of their being put to death.

A pilot program by sobriety courts in two Arkansas counties will allow those with suspended driver's licenses to borrow bicycles for transportation.

Conway Planning and Development Deputy Director Wes Craiglow tells the Log Cabin Democrat that those who have a suspended license often have a family to support and may find it more difficult to do so without a vehicle to get to their job or to a grocery store.

Craiglow is seeking bike donations for the effort in Faulkner and Van Buren counties.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has set the execution dates for eight death row inmates after more than a decade-long dearth of lethal injections.

Police say an Arkansas teenager has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of his uncle.

Television station KAIT reports that the name of the 16-year-old boy has yet to be released. He also faces another charge of possession of a firearm by a minor.

The Forrest City Police Department says Martesz Childers was found with apparent gunshot wounds following an argument over the teenager stealing money from Childers. Childers was taken to a hospital, where he later died.