Arkansas Law Enforcement

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5:39 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico

A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents' home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.

Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.

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6:51 am
Mon October 7, 2013

FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents

FBI agents conduct a raid.

The FBI is investigating after an electricity substation was set on fire and a power line was intentionally cut in Lonoke County. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the incidents. Authorities say Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its substation in Keo on Sept. 29. 

The FBI says the blaze was intentionally set and someone scratched "YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S." into a metal control panel outside the substation.

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10:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Man Who Escaped California Prison Arrested In Arkansas

Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a California prison in 1977 has been captured in Arkansas, where he was living under an alias.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office says 69-year-old Michael Ray Morrow was arrested without incident Monday in Jessieville.

Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Morrow gave details of his escape from the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Morrow was serving a sentence of 5 years to life in prison or 10 years minimum for a robbery conviction.

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5:46 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Skull Found In Arkansas River In 2008 Is Identified

Fort Smith police say a skull found in the Arkansas River more than five years ago has been identified as that of a man missing since 2007.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said Thursday that DNA testing identified the skull as that of Salvador Serran Luevano. Luevano was reported missing shortly after the body of his 18-year-old wife - Blanca Cortes-Romero - was found floating in the river in August 2007.

The skull was found in March 2008 and was identified earlier this month after Luevano's relatives in Mexico were located and provided DNA samples for comparison.

Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Benton Officers Allowed To Work After Driver Dies

Benton, Arkansas Police Department

Benton police say two officers who shot a suspect dead during a chase have been allowed to return to duty.

The officers were working with a narcotics unit July 30 and had attempted to pull over 29-year-old Clifford Jones but he sped away on Interstate 30.

A statement from the Benton Police Department said Jones started to shoot at officers after they placed a device in the road to deflate his tires.

The officers returned fire and Jones later veered off the highway and came to rest against a concrete barrier. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Local & Regional News
5:52 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Prosecutor: 5 Sentenced In Arkansas Drug-trafficking Case

Federal prosecutors say five people have been sentenced to prison or probation following an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization that was distributing methamphetamine in the northwest Arkansas area.

Prosecutors say the five people sentenced this week were charged in an eight-count indictment filed in March.

Online court records show that all five pleaded guilty to various charges in April. Prosecutors say the charges follow an investigation into an organization involved in distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in northwest Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Special Prosecutor Sought For Arkansas Sheriff

Sheriff Bruce Pennington

An Arkansas prosecutor has asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to explore the possibility of removing the sheriff of Saline County following his guilty plea to a public drunkenness charge.

Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady made the request in a letter Thursday to Judge Robert Herzfeld.

Casady says ethical concerns and his previous working relationship with Sheriff Bruce Pennington had forced him to step aside from any removal proceeding.

Pennington pleaded guilty last month to resisting arrest and public intoxication.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Arkansas AG Reaches Settlement With Nevada-based Firm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas has reached a settlement with a Nevada telecommunications company accused of continuing to bill consumers after they had cancelled their long-distance telephone services.

McDaniel filed suit against Consumer Telcom, Inc., in 2010, alleging the company charged for "bundled" services that many Arkansans were unaware they had purchased.

In the settlement, the company agreed to make clear what type of services they are receiving and provide explicit instructions on how to cancel them.

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5:54 am
Fri August 30, 2013

4 Sentenced After Arkansas Drug Trafficking Sweep

Four people have been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison as the result of a 2011 drug-trafficking investigation by Arkansas law agencies.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge announced the sentences Thursday.

The individuals sentenced this week were part of a 190-count indictment filed in September 2011, which was dubbed Operation Stateline Sweep and named 66 defendants.

The punishments for the four defendants range from more than three years to 10 years in prison.

Local & Regional News
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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