Arkansas Law Enforcement

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons.

Beebe's office said Tuesday that each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. 

State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.

The Winona WMA is managed in cooperation with the Forest Service and the AGFC.

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro
Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Efforts are underway to examine the criminal justice system in Arkansas and eventually come up with recommendations to improve state prisons.

UALR Bowen Law School professor Adjoa Aiyetoro is overseeing the project. She’s been working with elected officials and community leaders for nearly a year on research concerning racial disparities in sentencing and treatment at Arkansas courts and prisons.

Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico

Oct 11, 2013

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.

FBI Offering Reward In Lonoke County Incidents

Oct 7, 2013

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.

Man Who Escaped California Prison Arrested In Arkansas

Sep 25, 2013

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.

Skull Found In Arkansas River In 2008 Is Identified

Sep 13, 2013

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.

Benton Officers Allowed To Work After Driver Dies

Sep 10, 2013

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.

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.

Special Prosecutor Sought For Arkansas Sheriff

Sep 6, 2013

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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