Arkansas Law Enforcement

Arkansas Correction Official Quits; Replacement Named

Jul 2, 2013

After naming a new director for one of its agencies, the Arkansas Board of Corrections has had to make a correction.

Sheila Sharp takes over the Department of Community Correction on an interim basis July 8.

When the board approved her appointment Monday, it inadvertently left the word "interim" off of a resolution. The board will meet by telephone in the coming days to consider a corrected motion.

Lonoke County Jail Escapee Recaptured Near Cabot

Jul 1, 2013

Lonoke County authorities say an escapee from the county jail has been recaptured near Cabot.

Lt. James Kulesa told reporters that authorities using search dogs recaptured 22-year-old Micah Lance Edwards Sunday afternoon in a wooded area along Arkansas Highway 236.

Edwards had disappeared from the Lonoke County jail about 7 p.m. Saturday. He was being held on misdemeanor charges from Ward and Springdale.

Sheriff: Siblings Drown On Greers Ferry Lake

Jul 1, 2013

Authorities say a brother and sister drowned while swimming in Greers Ferry Lake over the weekend.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Chetana Armbya was swimming with her 33-year-old brother, Narain Armbya on Saturday when the accident occurred.

The sheriff's office says Chetana Armbya was struggling in the water and her brother swam out to her to help. Authorities say both disappeared from view before they could reach their nearby pontoon.

Saline County Sheriff Arrested For Intoxication

Jul 1, 2013

Benton police say Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington has been arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

A news release from Benton Police Lt. Kevin Russell says officers called to a Benton restaurant Saturday night by witnesses who said an intoxicated person was getting into a vehicle found Pennington sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot and suspected he was intoxicated.

The release says Pennington became belligerent and was taken to the police department - but was not arrested due to the "unique situation" and was later released to a family member.

Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Advocates encouraging state and federal officials to support what they call "sensible gun laws" held a rally in downtown Little Rock Thursday.

The attendees included area residents, faith leaders, survivors of gun violence, and the family members of victims killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Bill Branham is a gun owner and an avid target shooter. He’s lived in Arkansas since 1972 and decided to participate in the event.

Faulkner Co. Deputies Seize $700K Worth Of Drugs

Jun 27, 2013

Faulkner County sheriff's deputies seized 21 pounds of methamphetamine and two pounds of brown-powder heroin in a traffic stop.

Investigators revealed the bust on Wednesday, saying the drugs had a street value of $700,000.

The traffic stop occurred May 24, but law enforcement agencies commonly wait to announce a drug seizure to give investigators time to find more people connected to the shipment.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports deputies stopped the car on Interstate 40 at Mayflower.

4 Sentenced In Arkansas On Drug, Weapons Charges

Jun 26, 2013

Federal authorities say three Arkansans and an Oklahoman have been sentenced in Fort Smith on charges related to a drug-trafficking investigation known as "Operation Great Scott."

US Attorney Conner Eldridge and assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration William Bryant say the four sentenced Tuesday bring to 17 the number of people sentenced in the case.

Arkansas Prisoner Dies Of Injuries After Escape Attempt

Jun 26, 2013
Arkansas Department of Correction

State prison officials say a convicted killer serving a life sentence had died of injuries he sustained in a failed attempt to escape the prison's Varner Unit.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 29-year-old Vann Tucker climbed over one security fence early Saturday and tried to go over an electrified fence when he was shocked and fell.

Wilson says Tucker suffered a head injury and was taken to a hospital in Pine Bluff, then airlifted to UAMS in Little Rock, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday evening.

Several Arkansas Inmates Seek To Have Appeal Dismissed

Jun 24, 2013

Several Arkansas death row inmates are seeking to have their appeal dismissed in a case involving the state's public records law.

Hung Jury In Case Of Ex-Little Rock Officer

Jun 24, 2013

A Pulaski County jury was unable to reach a verdict after 12 hours of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer.

The trial of former officer Josh Hastings ended Sunday afternoon with no verdict after jurors informed Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen they could not come to a unanimous decision.

Griffen had earlier encouraged the jury to reach a decision - saying the case would have to be decided by a jury eventually.

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