Arkansas Law Enforcement

Arkansas Republican Lawmakers Face Security Concerns

Apr 23, 2013
Davy Carter
Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas State Police say they have investigated threats against state legislators but found no reason to believe their safety was in jeopardy. House Speaker Davy Carter was one of the legislators threatened when he was targeted in a tweet. 

Carter said Monday that he never felt he was in physical danger but said the threat made him angry. Also Monday, the editor of the Benton County Republican Committee newsletter apologized for approving an article by her husband that discussed shooting legislators.

Jefferson County authorities are searching for relatives of deceased military veterans whose metal plates were taken from the headstones of their graves. 

Sheriff's Maj. Lafayette Woods says 44-year-old Harold Law was arrested last week after trying to sell nine of the brass plates that are worth up to $2,000 each to a scrap metal dealer. Law's name was originally spelled Lawes by both sheriff's officials and by the jail's website.

Kmart Notifying Customers Of Little Rock Robbery

Apr 22, 2013

Kmart says some customer information may have been compromised during an armed robbery of its store in Little Rock last month. Kmart said Monday that it's notifying pharmacy customers about the March 17 robbery. 

The company says the gunman took "electronic media" that backed up the pharmacy's computer system. Kmart says the device included confidential information, including a customer's name, address, date of birth, prescription number, prescriber and drug name.

Lawyers Say Arkansas To Use Untried Execution Drug

Apr 17, 2013

Arkansas plans to put prisoners to death with a drug that experts say has never been used in a U.S. execution. 

The state Department of Correction told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it plans to use phenobarbital, along with lorazepam, to kill condemned prisoners.

Bryant Police Officer Involved In Fatal Shooting

Apr 3, 2013

Arkansas State Police say a Bryant police officer shot and killed a man while investigating a burglary alarm.

State police say two officers responded to the burglary call late Tuesday at Fred's Store on Arkansas 5 in Bryant. Authorities say gunfire erupted between an officer and a man who was in a fenced area along the west side of the building.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. State police say the officer was injured in the shooting and taken to a Little Rock hospital, where he was treated and released.

Asa Hutchinson
Shawn Thew

Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.

Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.  

Arkansas State University says more than 200 university employees have been affected by tax fraud this year - but the school hasn't yet identified how the employees' personal information was obtained.

Arkansas State first said in February that fraudulent tax returns had been filed on behalf of 27 university employees.

At a meeting of the Faculty Senate last week, ASU human resources employees said that number has grown to 215 at the Jonesboro campus. Arkansas State says it will pay for a credit monitoring system for each identity theft victim for at least a year.

Jonesboro Police Find Counterfeit Check Operation

Mar 29, 2013
Jonesboro Police
Jonesboro Police

Police in Jonesboro say a tip from Lepanto police led officers to a suspected counterfeit check operation.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says the tip led local and federal authorities to search a home on the city's west side on Thursday where they found evidence of counterfeiting and arrested one person. The person's name has not been released.

Waterworth says officers also found evidence of identity fraud in the home. He says the U.S. Secret Service and a state identity theft task force joined Jonesboro police in the investigation. 

Judge To Hold Hearing For Arkansas Death Row Inmates

Mar 25, 2013


A hearing is planned in the case of six death row inmates who want the Arkansas Department of Correction to provide documents about lethal injection drugs. 

The hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Pulaski County. Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig filed a lawsuit last week asking a judge to order the correction department to release the records under the Freedom of Information Act. The inmates are seeking documents containing information about the origin, history and quality of lethal injection drugs.

Trial Postponed For 2 Former LR Police Officers

Mar 18, 2013

A federal judge has granted a request to postpone the trial of two former Little Rock police officers facing drug-related charges.

Court records show that half-brothers Mark Anthony Jones and Randall Tremayn Robinson are now slated to go on trial July 15. Jones and Robinson were previously scheduled to go on trial this week.

Prosecutors say the men drove marked patrol cars while protecting controlled drug deliveries. They have both pleaded not guilty to drug-related charges. Robinson resigned from the police department and Jones was fired.