Arkansas Law Enforcement

Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Seeks To Uphold Verdict In Drug Case

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state's highest court to uphold a $1.2 billion fine leveled against Johnson and Johnson and a subsidiary over the marketing of an antipsychotic drug.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the state Supreme Court asking justices to uphold the ruling over the drug Risperdal.

The drug makers have appealed the ruling. A Pulaski County jury last year ruled the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with the drug.

Attorneys general from 35 states asked to file briefs defending the fine, as did 65 legislators.

Local & Regional News
1:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Arkansas Governor To Hold Off On Scheduling Executions

Now that nine death row inmates have challenged Arkansas's new lethal injection law and urged a judge to rule that the Department of Correction can't use a 2013 execution law to put them to death, Governor Mike Beebe has put execution dates on pause.

Even though the attorney general has asked the governor to set execution dates for the inmates, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample told KUAR News on Tuesday that the governor's decision comes as the Department of Correction plans to rewrite its lethal injection procedures  and the inmates' case works its way through court.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Jury Selection To Start In Trial Of Former Little Rock Officer

Josh Hastings mug shot after he was arrested in the shooting of a burglary suspect.
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Jury selection is to begin in the trial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of a teen burglary suspect.

The sides are to start questioning prospective jurors at 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Former officer Josh Hastings is accused in the 2011 death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Hastings was fired and charged after investigators said evidence from the scene didn't match his account of events.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Child Sought In Northern Arkansas Wooded Area

Authorities in northern Arkansas are searching for a child that was reported to have been seen walking into a wooded area in the region.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said in a news release Thursday that his office's helicopter was assisting Izard County authorities in the search for the child that witnesses reported seeing entering the woods northeast of Violet Hill on Thursday afternoon.

Neither Montgomery nor Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Fri June 14, 2013

FBI Seeking Robber Dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012.

The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills. No one has been injured - but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Arkansas Crime
6:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

24 Named In Hot Springs Gang, Drug, Indictments

Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.

US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.

Local & Regional News
5:53 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

23 Indicted In Western Arkansas For Drug Trafficking

Federal and state authorities say 23 people have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in western Arkansas.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge in Fort Smith announced the indictments Tuesday with officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security; Sebastian County Sheriff's Office; and police departments in Fort Smith and Van Buren.

Authorities say the crimes occurred in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and California.

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Pre-trial Hearing Set For Accused Little Rock Officer

Little Rock Police

A pre-trial hearing is set for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a teenager who was suspected in a burglary.

Attorneys on Tuesday are to discuss various motions that are pending ahead of a trial that's scheduled next week for Josh Hastings. 

Hastings was fired in October after Chief Stuart Thomas concluded Hastings violated department policies related to a June 25 burglary and the Aug. 12 shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr. Hastings has pleaded not guilty.

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Local & Regional News
6:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Mother Accused Of Tossing Baby Boy In Trash

Authorities in Jefferson County have arrested a 22-year-old mother of three after her infant son was found unharmed in a garbage bin.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Brittany Cole was arrested Sunday on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The sheriff's office says Cole's mother called 911 late Saturday after finding the baby boy in an outdoor trash bin.

Authorities say the grandmother immediately pulled the baby from the garbage bin, and paramedics determined the child wasn't hurt.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Searcy Police May Drop Anonymous Text Tip Program

Police in Searcy are considering ending a program that allows residents to text anonymous tips about crime.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that the TipSoft program that police purchased in February 2012 has generated 21 tips. The program costs the department $1,700.

Police Lt. Steve Taylor says the department may not have educated the public thoroughly about the program. And Clark says he had never heard of TipSoft before becoming the city's police chief in February 2013.

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