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8:57 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Jonesboro Mayor Names New Chief Of Police

Credit Jonesboro Police


A new law enforcement leader is replacing the former Jonesboro police chief who resigned after making disparaging comments about a reporter on Facebook.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Lt. Rick Elliot was promoted this week to the position. Elliot says he wants to restore a positive image to the department. He says he will increase accountability and transparency.

Elliot started his law enforcement career in 1979 with the department. He has served in both the patrol and criminal investigation divisions.

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Local & Regional News
11:03 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Arkansas Prosecutor Says Mayflower Officer Fired For Withholding Evidence

A Mayflower police officer has been fired after a prosecutor said he intentionally withheld evidence in a tornado relief profiteering case. A police spokesman says officer Mark Winchester was terminated Tuesday morning.

Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland said he would no longer accept felony case submissions from Winchester.

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Local & Regional News
2:59 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Suspended Jonesboro Police Chief Resigns, Reporter Rehired

Jonesboro's police chief has resigned three days after being suspended without pay because of derogatory statements he made on Facebook about a reporter.

Michael Yates submitted a letter of resignation Monday to Mayor Harold Perrin, saying he carefully considered his position and decided "the present circumstances dictate that I must resign my position."

Yates wrote that he allowed "anger and pride override" his judgment and wisdom and said things that are not acceptable. The resignation is effective Monday.

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

State Legislators Review Problems With 911 Systems In Arkansas

Lawmakers review issues with local 911 systems Thursday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

State lawmakers are looking into problems with 911 systems across Arkansas. On Thursday, a legislative committee reviewed technological and staffing discrepancies between county systems.

State Senator Missy Irvin from Mountian View said some 911 call centers are run by police or fire departments. Others are run by volunteers that can’t consistently track the locations of incoming callers.

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Local & Regional News
7:57 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas AG McDaniel To Speak At United Nations Hearing

AG Dustin McDaniel (D)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is to take part in a United Nations hearing in Geneva to review the United States' efforts to implement an international treaty to eliminate racial discrimination. McDaniel will join a U.S. delegation in speaking to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday.

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Local & Regional News
3:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

New Greene County Jail Set To Open, Housing 500 Inmates

The Greene County judge says an Arkansas sheriff has received the keys to a new jail facility.

The Paragould Daily Press reports the new 75,000-square-foot jail is set to house nearly 500 inmates. It's located right behind the existing jail expected to be renovated for administrative purposes. Greene County Judge Jerry Shipman says sheriff Dan Langston received the keys Monday morning.

Langston says authorities will start transferring inmates a few at a time next week. He says officers will need to sweep the facility to check for leftover construction material.

Local & Regional News
3:57 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Little Rock Police Dog Escapes Pen, Bites Two Neighbors

Police in Little Rock say a police dog managed to escape his pen at a home in Saline County and bite two neighbors.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis says the dog apparently jumped a 6-foot-tall privacy fence on Monday and crossed the street where he bit the neighbors. The condition of the two victims was not released, but Davis says at least one was hospitalized.

Davis says the dog bite is being treated as a vicious dog bite and will not be allowed to leave his home for 10 days.

Local & Regional News
2:22 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

North Arkansas Police Chief Quits Law Enforcement Forever To Avoid Charges

Bull Shoals Police Chief Daniel Sutterfield is agreeing to resign from law enforcement forever in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping charges of excessive force. Josh Dooley with the Baxter Bulletin says the deal comes after a July trial and as a retrial date in Fayetteville nears.

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8:33 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Guatemalan Arrested in Texarkana Transporting Passengers

Federal authorities have charged a Guatemalan man arrested in Arkansas with transporting people who are in the country without legal permission. The Texarkana Gazette reports Isaias Elias-Pelico was transporting at least seven passengers when he was pulled over July 24.

Court documents state Elias-Pelico presented a fake driver's license to a trooper. The officer contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Planned US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Gets Commemorative Coin

Rendering of U.S. Marshals Museum

Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman along with Representative Steve Womack are scheduled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Marshals Service 225th anniversary commemorative coin designs today at the Justice Department in Washington.

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