Arkansas Law Enforcement

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5:54 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Saline County Sheriff Pleads Guilty To 2 Charges

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication.

Pennington pleaded guilty Monday in Saline County District Court. He faces up to $3,000 in fines and a year of unsupervised probation.

Pennington was arrested June 29 after Benton police responded to reports of an intoxicated person possibly trying to drive away from a restaurant.

Police say Pennington was belligerent with officers who responded and found him in his car.

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Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Suspect Arrested Year After UA Campus Rape

University of Arkansas police say they have arrested a suspect in a year-ago rape of a student on campus.

Investigators said Monday that 22-year-old Cesar Michael Figueroa of Springdale was charged after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the Sept. 2, 2012, attack.

The student told police she was sexually battered on a parking lot the night after the first home football game.

DNA evidence collected from the victim was entered in a national database, which police said led to Figueroa as a suspect.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Judge Won't Step Down in Arkansas Police Shooting Case

Judge Wendell Griffen

A judge says he won't step down from a case involving a former Little Rock police officer accused of killing a teenager.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order on Thursday denying a number of motions, including one to disqualify him in the case of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings' attorney, Bill James, filed a motion on Monday seeking to disqualify Griffen.

James said Griffen has been outspoken against Little Rock police officers and their use of firearms on minorities, and James says that's the issue in Hastings' case.

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Local & Regional News
11:24 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Gun Owners Promote Open Carry With Demonstration In Fort Smith

A gun owner with his firearm holstered enters a restaurant.

Gun advocates, who want to roll back certain restrictions on firearms, plan on holding a demonstration in Fort Smith on Saturday.

Arkansas Carry is a nonprofit organization that supports gun owners, promotes the Second Amendment, and backs efforts to remove bans on the open carry of handguns in the state.

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Local & Regional News
11:28 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New Arkansas Police Cars Have Fewer Markings To Avoid Detection

One of the new State Police patrol cars.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

The Arkansas State Police are deploying a new fleet of patrol cars that officials say will help keep highways safer.

The cars do not have roof-mounted flashing blue lights and are marked with the State Police seal only on the passenger side.

Major J. R. Hankins is commander of the Highway Patrol Division’s western region. He says the modern vehicles come in different colors and have been designed to blend in with ordinary traffic. 

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Local & Regional News
6:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Judge Won't Delay Ex-Officer's Little Rock Trial

A judge in Pulaski County has refused a request from prosecutors to delay the upcoming manslaughter trial for a former Little Rock officer accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Tuesday denying the request for a delay in the retrial of ex-officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings is set to go on trial in September after a jury deadlocked in June. He's charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Fort Smith Police Search For Cemetery Vandals

Police in Fort Smith are searching for vandals who have damaged more than 30 headstones at a cemetery.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs says the vandalism began July 25 and that headstones have been knocked over, damaged or destroyed at Calvary Cemetery on the city's west side. Grubbs says police have made no arrests and have no suspects.

Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Woman Sues Over Handcuffed Son's Death in Arkansas

The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in in federal court in Jonesboro.

The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter's death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.

Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Fort Smith Woman Faces Embezzlement Sentence

Prosecutors say a former Fort Smith bank official who pleaded guilty to embezzlement should face more than three years in prison when she is sentenced next month.

Mary Kay Newman pleaded guilty last March to embezzlement and misapplication of funds by a bank employee.

She faces sentencing Aug. 15. The U.S. Attorney's office wants a sentence of 41 to 51 months.

The Southwest Times Record reports Newman is free pending sentencing. The 45-year-old had worked at First National Bank in Fort Smith for more than 20 years.

Local & Regional News
5:43 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Warns Of Phone Scams

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.

McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.

McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards.

He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.

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