Arkansas Law Enforcement

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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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.

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.

Police in Little Rock say a police dog managed to escape his pen at a home in Saline County and bite two neighbors.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis says the dog apparently jumped a 6-foot-tall privacy fence on Monday and crossed the street where he bit the neighbors. The condition of the two victims was not released, but Davis says at least one was hospitalized.

Davis says the dog bite is being treated as a vicious dog bite and will not be allowed to leave his home for 10 days.

Bull Shoals Police Chief Daniel Sutterfield is agreeing to resign from law enforcement forever in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping charges of excessive force. Josh Dooley with the Baxter Bulletin says the deal comes after a July trial and as a retrial date in Fayetteville nears.

Federal authorities have charged a Guatemalan man arrested in Arkansas with transporting people who are in the country without legal permission. The Texarkana Gazette reports Isaias Elias-Pelico was transporting at least seven passengers when he was pulled over July 24.

Court documents state Elias-Pelico presented a fake driver's license to a trooper. The officer contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

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Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are joining Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials to unveil the design of commemorative coins that will help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman along with Representative Steve Womack are scheduled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Marshals Service 225th anniversary commemorative coin designs today at the Justice Department in Washington.

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The 10th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety.

The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.

He says some educators are also taking interest.

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 The trial against the Bull Shoals police chief who's accused of using excessive force against a suspect is expected to end this week. Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest.

He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.

Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas. Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas. Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000.

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