Arkansas Law Enforcement

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.

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.