Arkansas Law Enforcement

An Arkansas man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy and two other people was ordered jailed without bond Monday after entering a not-guilty plea on three charges of capital murder.

James Arthur Bowden is accused in last week's killings of Yell County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Kevin Mainhart, 61-year-old Rita Miller and 17-year-old Ciera Miller. Family members have said the Millers were relatives of Bowden's girlfriend.

Union Pacific
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Union Pacific, which is the largest railroad operating in Arkansas, is working with local law enforcement agencies in an effort to crack down on drivers going around lowered crossing gates in front of approaching trains. They also watch for people trespassing by walking on railroad tracks or doing anything else considered unsafe.

About a dozen Little Rock Police officers took part in an operation this past week in the southwest part of the city. It was the latest effort in an ongoing campaign.

Authorities say an Arkansas man faces three counts of capital murder in the killing of three people, including a sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

State Police said Friday that 42-year-old James Arthur Bowden was jailed Thursday afternoon after a five-hour standoff at a home in a rural area near Dardanelle, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Little Rock.

Bill Sadler Arkansas State Police
KATV, Channel 7 News

UPDATE 3:30pm: The Arkansas State Police say the suspect in the killing of a sheriff's deputy and two other people has been taken into custody.

The agency did not release details about the suspect or how the suspect was captured.

Authorities say the suspect is believed to have killed Lt. Kevin C. Mainhart, of the Yell County Sheriff's Office, early Thursday during a traffic stop he made near Dardanelle, which is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Little Rock. He had been heading to check on a call about a disturbance.

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A prosecutor that found a central Arkansas city in violation of the state's speed trap laws has ordered the city to cease patrol of all highways.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that in February, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland found Damascus was in violation of the Arkansas speed trap statute because the city's revenues from fines exceeded 30 percent of the city's expenditures for two years.

Authorities have identified the man who was fatally shot during a standoff with Arkansas police on Christmas Day.

An Arkansas State Police spokeswoman says that 33-year-old Joseph Garcia of Collinsville, Mississippi, died in the shooting Sunday near Batesville, about 75 miles northeast of Little Rock.

According to state police, an Independence County Sheriff's Office deputy encountered Garcia at about 7:25 a.m. Sunday and Garcia reportedly said he was armed and he refused to comply with the deputy's orders.

Arkansas State Police say the person who was fatally shot by a Pope County deputy Thursday was an 83-year-old man who reportedly fired a rifle at officers. 

State police on Friday identified the man killed as Quinton Phillips of Dover. Authorities say deputies responded to a call Thursday of an armed disturbance in a rural area near Dover, about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock. 

Billy Monroe Jones
Sebastian Co. Sheriff's Office

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to capital murder in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy earlier this year.

Ebby Steppach
Little Rock PD

Police in Little Rock say a park on the city's west side will be searched for a woman who disappeared more than a year ago.

Police say detectives and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will search Chalamont Park starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday for Ebby Steppach.

Steppach was 18 when she disappeared. She was last heard from during a phone call about 2 p.m. Oct. 24, 2015, and was reported missing two days later.

Her car was found about a week after her disappearance, although police have declined to reveal where it was found.

Joe Cripps
You Tube

Police in Little Rock are searching for a former drummer for the Grammy Award-winning polka-rock band Brave Combo who hasn't been seen in two weeks.

Police say Joe Cripps was last seen Oct. 19 or Oct. 20 and that his family reported him missing. Cripps previously played drums with Brave Combo, a Denton, Texas-based band that won Grammys in 1999 and 2004 for best polka album.

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