Arkansas Law Enforcement

Fort Smith Woman Faces Embezzlement Sentence

Jul 29, 2013

Prosecutors say a former Fort Smith bank official who pleaded guilty to embezzlement should face more than three years in prison when she is sentenced next month.

Mary Kay Newman pleaded guilty last March to embezzlement and misapplication of funds by a bank employee.

She faces sentencing Aug. 15. The U.S. Attorney's office wants a sentence of 41 to 51 months.

The Southwest Times Record reports Newman is free pending sentencing. The 45-year-old had worked at First National Bank in Fort Smith for more than 20 years.

Arkansas Attorney General Warns Of Phone Scams

Jul 25, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.

McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.

McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards.

He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.

White Co. Sheriff's Office Investigating Dead Dogs

Jul 23, 2013

The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of four dead dogs found dumped in a ditch along a county road.

Chief Deputy Phillip Miller told The Daily Citizen that investigators have tried to question Kensett Animal Control Officer George Edwards about the case - but that Edwards would not make a statement without first consulting with a lawyer.

Edwards declined comment when contacted by the newspaper. Investigators say the cause of the dogs' deaths could not be determined.

3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot

Jul 22, 2013

Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.

Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.

Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.

Arkansas Works To Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Jul 22, 2013

While prescription drug abuse has declined slightly on a national scale - Arkansas officials say they're working to expand efforts improve public awareness of the danger of addiction and death that can result from such addictions.

Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener says an important element in reducing the potential for abuse is to cut into the supply of available prescription drugs through drug takeback efforts.

At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice

Jul 16, 2013
Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.

Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.

Ex-Little Rock Officer's Trial Scheduled To Start

Jul 15, 2013

Trial is scheduled to begin for a former Little Rock police officer charged with escorting what he thought was a shipment of marijuana across the city.

Randall Tremayn Robinson is to go on trial Monday in Little Rock. He has pleaded not guilty.

Robinson and his half brother former officer Mark Anthony Jones - allegedly drove marked patrol cars to escort vans that an undercover agent claimed were carrying marijuana that had arrived from California.

Woman In SAU Horse Theft To Be Tried For Rustling

Jul 15, 2013

A woman already serving a prison sentence in the theft of rodeo horses from Southern Arkansas University is to be tried in a separate cattle theft case.

Trial is to begin Monday in Little River County for Wendi Cox. She is accused of stealing 15 heifers worth more than $10,000 from an East Ogden Ranch.

Prosecutors say the animals were sold at an Idabel, Okla., stockyard. The Texarkana Gazette reports Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir offered Cox a plea bargain but she rejected the deal and asked for a bench trial.

Billboard Honors Late Sheriff, Wildlife Officer

Jul 15, 2013

A county sheriff and a wildlife officer who died trying to rescue two women from a flooding creek are being honored as heroes on a billboard in Waldron.

Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Officer Joel Campora died May 31 while trying rescued Regina Shearn and Vivian Reimer from their home in Y City.

The two officers reached the home by boat - but they and the two women were killed when floodwaters from Mill Creek collapsed the women's house.

Delay In Civil Case Over Alamo Ministry Properties

Jul 10, 2013
Coconino County Sheriff's Office

A U.S. magistrate has indefinitely postponed a hearing in a lawsuit over ownership claims to properties associated with Tony Alamo Ministries members.

The properties include the church building, a gym building, a warehouse, a restaurant parking lot, a restaurant and a home in Fort Smith.

Alamo was convicted on federal charges that he transported young girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year prison sentence.

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