Arkansas Law Enforcement

Police in Little Rock say a motorcycle officer was injured when he was struck by a car in a hit-and-run crash.

Police say Officer Steve Pledger suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries in the crash at the intersection of Ninth Street and Interstate 30 about 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Officer Richard Hilgeman says the extent of Pledger's injuries are not fully known.

Titus Little Rock Police Dog
Little Rock PD

A K9 officer with the Little Rock Police Department has died from heat distress after a several-block foot chase with a suspect in 96-degree heat.

Department spokesman Officer Richard Hilgeman says Titus, a German Shepherd, was part of the department's downtown division for about three years. Titus died Wednesday at Briarwood Animal Hospital.

Hilgeman says about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were involved in a foot chase with a suspect they believe had stolen property from several cars he had broken into.

The Little Rock City Council has rejected a proposal to require newly hired police officers to live within city limits.

The council voted 6-4 Tuesday night against the residency requirement following nearly two hours of discussion and public comment.

Councilwoman Erma Hendrix says her proposal was designed to better race relations following high-profile police shootings of black men. She says only 21 percent of the city's 354 white officers live in Little Rock.

Morgan Nick

Twenty years after 6-year-old Morgan Nick disappeared from an Arkansas recreation field, her mother says she struggles daily with not knowing where she is.

Colleen Nick spoke Wednesday to law enforcement officers and family members of missing persons as part of the fourth annual Never Forgotten event held by the state Attorney General's Office.

The event brings families to Little Rock to speak with officers and update DNA samples. Nick says it also provides group a chance to encourage each other and "keep hope alive."

Nate Bell
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A trio of Arkansas legislators officially requested an advisory opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday on whether a 2013 law allows for the open carry of firearms. 

A participant in a 2013 march in Jonesboro by the group Arkansas Carry.
Lilyan Kauffman

Whether or not it is legal to openly carry firearms in Arkansas continues to be mired in uncertainty two years after the law that prompted the question passed the Legislature. 

Renewed interest was sparked this week by comments from Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin (R) on social media stating he believes open carry is legal.

Griffin’s opinion on the 2013 law - branded at the time as a clean up bill for a law on traveling with a firearm - is supported by Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Authorities in northwest Arkansas say a deputy was fatally shot while responding to a reported burglary.

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston said Friday that the reserve deputy was fatally shot overnight in the east of the county. Houston said the suspected shooter was in custody.

The deputy's identity hasn't been released.

Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler says the Johnson County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from state authorities but declined to provide other details.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Amid national scrutiny of policing practices in urban areas, the Little Rock Police Department is testing out a method to increase transparency with a 30-day trial of body cameras. The devices capture the first-person auditory and visual perspective of officers who wear them. 

The department says six patrolmen out of the approximately 200 patrol officers on the 530-member police force are participating in the trial. Captain Alice Fulk and department spokesman Lieutenant Sidney Allen unveiled parts of the program on Friday.

Two buffaloes are on the run in a central Arkansas city after authorities failed to round up all of an escaped herd.

Hot Springs Cpl. Sonia Luzader said Friday that police know the general location of the 2,000-pound animals but that no sightings were reported overnight.

Six buffaloes escaped from a farm and spent Thursday roaming neighborhoods and avoiding sheriff's deputies, officers and volunteers.

One animal was hit by a car and returned to the farm. Luzader says three that were tranquilized Thursday evening were left in a pasture to help attract the others.

Searcy Police chief jeremy clark

The Searcy police chief has resigned after his home was searched by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Searcy Mayor David Morris told reporters at a brief news conference Tuesday afternoon that Police Chief Jeremy Clark resigned, effective immediately. Morris said he can't comment further because of an ongoing investigation.

Clark did not return phone calls seeking comment. KATV-TV reports that Clark denied wrongdoing and said he's the subject of an arson investigation.