Arkansas Law Enforcement

Arkansas AG Reaches Settlement With Nevada-based Firm

Sep 4, 2013

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.

4 Sentenced After Arkansas Drug Trafficking Sweep

Aug 30, 2013

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.

Saline County Sheriff Pleads Guilty To 2 Charges

Aug 27, 2013

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.

Suspect Arrested Year After UA Campus Rape

Aug 27, 2013

University of Arkansas police say they have arrested a suspect in a year-ago rape of a student on campus.

Investigators said Monday that 22-year-old Cesar Michael Figueroa of Springdale was charged after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the Sept. 2, 2012, attack.

The student told police she was sexually battered on a parking lot the night after the first home football game.

DNA evidence collected from the victim was entered in a national database, which police said led to Figueroa as a suspect.

Judge Won't Step Down in Arkansas Police Shooting Case

Aug 23, 2013

A judge says he won't step down from a case involving a former Little Rock police officer accused of killing a teenager.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order on Thursday denying a number of motions, including one to disqualify him in the case of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings' attorney, Bill James, filed a motion on Monday seeking to disqualify Griffen.

James said Griffen has been outspoken against Little Rock police officers and their use of firearms on minorities, and James says that's the issue in Hastings' case.

Gun advocates, who want to roll back certain restrictions on firearms, plan on holding a demonstration in Fort Smith on Saturday.

Arkansas Carry is a nonprofit organization that supports gun owners, promotes the Second Amendment, and backs efforts to remove bans on the open carry of handguns in the state.

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The Arkansas State Police are deploying a new fleet of patrol cars that officials say will help keep highways safer.

The cars do not have roof-mounted flashing blue lights and are marked with the State Police seal only on the passenger side.

Major J. R. Hankins is commander of the Highway Patrol Division’s western region. He says the modern vehicles come in different colors and have been designed to blend in with ordinary traffic. 

Judge Won't Delay Ex-Officer's Little Rock Trial

Jul 31, 2013

A judge in Pulaski County has refused a request from prosecutors to delay the upcoming manslaughter trial for a former Little Rock officer accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Tuesday denying the request for a delay in the retrial of ex-officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings is set to go on trial in September after a jury deadlocked in June. He's charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Fort Smith Police Search For Cemetery Vandals

Jul 31, 2013

Police in Fort Smith are searching for vandals who have damaged more than 30 headstones at a cemetery.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs says the vandalism began July 25 and that headstones have been knocked over, damaged or destroyed at Calvary Cemetery on the city's west side. Grubbs says police have made no arrests and have no suspects.

Woman Sues Over Handcuffed Son's Death in Arkansas

Jul 29, 2013

The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in in federal court in Jonesboro.

The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter's death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.

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