Arkansas Law Enforcement

Corruption Investigation
5:47 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Ex-probation Officer Pleads Guilty To Arkansas Charge

A former probation officer in Lee County has pleaded guilty to an extortion charge that came about as part of a wide-ranging law enforcement corruption investigation in east Arkansas.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 38-year-old Roxanne Davis of Wynne pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes.

Police Shooting
3:39 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Suspect Dead After Morning Shootout With LRPD

One suspected car thief is dead after a shootout this morning with Little Rock Police near North University Avenue and H Street.

LRPD Spokeswoman Sergeant Cassandra Davis said police responded to a call at about 5:41 Thursday morning at 416 N. Pierce St. She said three individuals were reported breaking into cars.

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Police Investigate GOP Threats
6:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Arkansas Republican Lawmakers Face Security Concerns

Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas State Police say they have investigated threats against state legislators but found no reason to believe their safety was in jeopardy. House Speaker Davy Carter was one of the legislators threatened when he was targeted in a tweet. 

Carter said Monday that he never felt he was in physical danger but said the threat made him angry. Also Monday, the editor of the Benton County Republican Committee newsletter apologized for approving an article by her husband that discussed shooting legislators.

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Authorities Seek Relatives After Grave Thefts In Pine Bluff

Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff.

Jefferson County authorities are searching for relatives of deceased military veterans whose metal plates were taken from the headstones of their graves. 

Sheriff's Maj. Lafayette Woods says 44-year-old Harold Law was arrested last week after trying to sell nine of the brass plates that are worth up to $2,000 each to a scrap metal dealer. Law's name was originally spelled Lawes by both sheriff's officials and by the jail's website.

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Customer Information Stolen
7:53 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Kmart Notifying Customers Of Little Rock Robbery

Kmart in Little Rock.

Kmart says some customer information may have been compromised during an armed robbery of its store in Little Rock last month. Kmart said Monday that it's notifying pharmacy customers about the March 17 robbery. 

The company says the gunman took "electronic media" that backed up the pharmacy's computer system. Kmart says the device included confidential information, including a customer's name, address, date of birth, prescription number, prescriber and drug name.

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Arkansas Death Row Executions
6:03 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Lawyers Say Arkansas To Use Untried Execution Drug

Arkansas plans to put prisoners to death with a drug that experts say has never been used in a U.S. execution. 

The state Department of Correction told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it plans to use phenobarbital, along with lorazepam, to kill condemned prisoners.

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Police Shooting
7:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Bryant Police Officer Involved In Fatal Shooting

Bryant Police Department

Arkansas State Police say a Bryant police officer shot and killed a man while investigating a burglary alarm.

State police say two officers responded to the burglary call late Tuesday at Fred's Store on Arkansas 5 in Bryant. Authorities say gunfire erupted between an officer and a man who was in a fenced area along the west side of the building.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. State police say the officer was injured in the shooting and taken to a Little Rock hospital, where he was treated and released.

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School Safety
1:16 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hutchinson And NRA Task Force Recommend School Safety Measures

Asa Hutchinson unveils school safety recommendations in Washington, DC.
Credit Shawn Thew

Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.

Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.  

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ASU Financial Security Breach
6:29 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas State University Employees Affected In Tax Return Scheme

Arkansas State University Student Union

Arkansas State University says more than 200 university employees have been affected by tax fraud this year - but the school hasn't yet identified how the employees' personal information was obtained.

Arkansas State first said in February that fraudulent tax returns had been filed on behalf of 27 university employees.

At a meeting of the Faculty Senate last week, ASU human resources employees said that number has grown to 215 at the Jonesboro campus. Arkansas State says it will pay for a credit monitoring system for each identity theft victim for at least a year.

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Police Investigation
6:44 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Jonesboro Police Find Counterfeit Check Operation

Jonesboro Police

Police in Jonesboro say a tip from Lepanto police led officers to a suspected counterfeit check operation.

Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says the tip led local and federal authorities to search a home on the city's west side on Thursday where they found evidence of counterfeiting and arrested one person. The person's name has not been released.

Waterworth says officers also found evidence of identity fraud in the home. He says the U.S. Secret Service and a state identity theft task force joined Jonesboro police in the investigation. 

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