Arkansas Law Enforcement

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.

Governor's Radio Column: To Protect And Serve

Oct 8, 2016
Asa Hutchinson law enforcement
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Oct. 7, 2016:

Zachary Sutton
Springdale Police

A man on a scooter who was fatally shot after reportedly firing a pistol at police in northwest Arkansas during a traffic stop has been identified as a 26-year-old from Springdale.

Police said Wednesday that Zachary Sutton died after being shot when Sgt. Josh Kirmer and Officer Roger Eubanks returned gunfire Tuesday night. Police say Sutton was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say a McCrory police officer has died from his injuries after his patrol car collided with a deer in Woodruff County.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says Officer Robert Aaron Barker died at a Searcy hospital after the collision Thursday morning. Sadler says Barker was responding to a call at about 5 a.m. to assist a Woodruff County sheriff's deputy when he struck the deer.

The crash happened on Arkansas 17 south of Patterson.

Barker was 26. He was a four-year veteran of the McCrory Police Department.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner speaking to the Political Animals Club
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Little Rock’s Chief of Police gave a wide-ranging speech Wednesday that touched on community policing, crime, department policies, and his opposition to medical marijuana ballot proposals. 

Chief Kenton Buckner addressed members of the Political Animals Club at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Judge Wendell Griffen at Truthful Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol in 2014.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Judge Wendell Griffen is calling some of Little Rock’s most prominent black leaders “enablers” of a “deeply racist” system following a failed vote to require police officers to live in the city they have pledged to protect. The Little Rock City Board of Directors voted down a residency requirement on Tuesday along racial lines but approved a package offering incentives for living in the city to new hires across all the city’s departments.

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