Arkansas Law Enforcement

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck has been arrested on two charges, including one felony.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported Tuesday that Cradduck was arrested on a felony count of tampering with a public record and a misdemeanor count of tampering.

Cradduck has been under investigation for allegedly trying to backdate pay for an employee of the county jail.

KHOG-TV reports that Cradduck's next court date is scheduled for Feb. 29th.

Clark County authorities and Arkansas State Police say a 5-year-old girl has died after being found not breathing in a home near Amity by deputies investigating a report the child was "possibly" poisoned.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that deputies were called to the home Sunday and found both the girl and a woman with a gunshot wound. Sadler says the girl was pronounced dead at a hospital and the woman is hospitalized in undisclosed condition.

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Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas inmates will no longer be prohibited from growing facial hair. The state’s Board of Corrections voted Thursday to modify the state’s grooming policy. 

 In 2015 inmates were allowed to grow beards based on sincerely held religious beliefs, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January. The state had argued beards in prison were a security risk. 

According to Department of Corrections spokesperson Cathy Frye, 5,675 inmates cited religious reasons for growing facial hair in 2015.

Arkansas State University

The chancellor at Arkansas State University is praising the community's response after an armed man drove onto campus and prompted an hours-long lockdown until he surrendered.
 
Chancellor Tim Hudson issued a statement Friday morning commending the strength of first responders, students and staff after Thursday's incident. He ended the statement: "Together we rise; together we thrive."
 

The City of Little Rock's proposed 2016 budget includes increased training courses and municipal funds to replace previously grant-funded positions at the Little Rock Police and Fire Departments.

According to City Manager Bruce Moore, public safety is a priority for the city's more than $250 million budget next year. 

"We're ensuring we fill those positions as soon as they become vacant. On average we lose about 25 positions to retirements and transfers and so on," said Moore. 

The City of Little Rock is recommending a 2.5 percent salary increase to city workers including police, firefighters, and 911 call center staff as part of its 2016 budget. 

A recent consultant’s review of the city’s 911 call center found staffing issues are leading to a weaker 911 service. The report said calls to 911 regularly go unanswered.

Authorities say a human leg has been found in the Arkansas River in west Little Rock. Little Rock police officer Richard Hilgeman says the leg was found Saturday floating near the Big Dam Bridge on the Little Rock side of the river and was taken by the Pulaski County coroner's office. The bridge is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting Little Rock with North Little Rock. Sheriff's Lt. Ted Hasse says boats are being used as investigators search the area. 

Arkansas Municipal League

Community-based policing is a focus at this fall’s Arkansas Municipal League conference. About 750 municipal and county officials discussed “respect and understanding” in law enforcement on Wednesday in Springdale.

Whitnee Bullerwell  is the League’s spokesperson. She said a panel of police officers and mayors shared their experiences with improving community relationships.

"Offering advice on what they've done in the past in  making certain community-based policing is a priority and all demographics are taken into account and considered," she said. 

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A new public service campaign aimed at supporting and thanking law enforcement is featuring central Arkansas police officers in television and radio ads over the next year.

The Behind the Badge campaign launched Tuesday features 18 officers from the Little Rock Police Department, the North Little Rock Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office talking about the reasons they serve. The campaign created by the Communications Group includes four television spots, four radio spots, digital billboards, a website and bumper stickers.

A Dover police supervisor says a black man whose jaw was broken after he was kicked in the head by a white officer was alert and belligerent shortly afterward.

Lt. Todd Case was the first witness called in the trial of Cpl. Thomas Webster IV, who is charged with felony assault. A police dash cam video shows Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in August 2013 while Dickerson was on his hands and knees.

Dickerson was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw. Webster's attorney says the officer's actions were justified in responding to reports of a man with a gun.

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