Arkansas Law Enforcement

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7:58 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Ex-Arkansas State Trooper Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Drugs

Sedrick Reed

A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in a drug case.

Prosecutors had accused former Lt. Sedrick Reed of conspiring to distribute and possess cocaine. At a plea hearing in July, Reed admitted taking drugs from a traffic stop and the Arkansas State Police evidence locker.

Federal prosecutors say Reed admitted making more than $200,000 in profit from the stolen drugs.

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1:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

AG Holder In Arkansas Says Ferguson Highlights Need For Collaboration

Attorney General Eric Holder speaking Wednesday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Holder told a group of mayors and police chiefs that the shooting of Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the protests that followed show the need for expanded collaboration among law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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11:37 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Little Rock Police Begin Listing Officer Dispatches After Encrypting Radio Traffic

The Little Rock Police Department is now posting online a list of all calls its officers are dispatched to, but on a half hour delay.

Over the summer, the agency began encrypting police radio traffic, saying that allowing people to hear police activity in real time on scanners or smart phone apps was compromising officer safety. Lawsuits were filed, calling it a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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2:37 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

U.S. Marshals Museum To Break Ground In Fort Smith

A computer rendering of the museum's interior
Credit U.S. Marshal Museum Website

Ground will be broken Wednesday in Fort Smith for the long-anticipated U.S. Marshals Museum. The Western Arkansas city was chosen out of a sixteen city national competition.

This groundbreaking ceremony coincides with the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service, an appropriate match considering Fort Smith is a venerated place in the Service’s history.

Jim Dunn is president and CEO of the museum. He said the decision was made by the US Marshals Service Director, John Clark.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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.