Arkansas Law Enforcement

Local & Regional News
6:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Arkansas Mother Accused Of Tossing Baby Boy In Trash

Authorities in Jefferson County have arrested a 22-year-old mother of three after her infant son was found unharmed in a garbage bin.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Brittany Cole was arrested Sunday on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The sheriff's office says Cole's mother called 911 late Saturday after finding the baby boy in an outdoor trash bin.

Authorities say the grandmother immediately pulled the baby from the garbage bin, and paramedics determined the child wasn't hurt.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Searcy Police May Drop Anonymous Text Tip Program

Police in Searcy are considering ending a program that allows residents to text anonymous tips about crime.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that the TipSoft program that police purchased in February 2012 has generated 21 tips. The program costs the department $1,700.

Police Lt. Steve Taylor says the department may not have educated the public thoroughly about the program. And Clark says he had never heard of TipSoft before becoming the city's police chief in February 2013.

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Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Rules For Rescuers Can't Predict Storm Turns

The chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says there's no sign that a wildlife officer and the Scott County sheriff violated regulations when they tried to rescue two women during a flash flood May 31.

Game officer Joel Campora, Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women died, along with a fifth person, after the Fourche LaFave River surged after heavy rains fell near Y City.

Local & Regional News
4:39 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Man Wounded By Officer In Shooting At Lono

Hot Spring County authorities say a man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot by a deputy sheriff.

Authorities told KATV that the deputy was one of several officers investigating reports of a man with a gun outside a small store in Lono about 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say the man raised a weapon toward one of the deputies and was shot by another deputy.

The man was flown to a Hot Springs hospital where he was listed in stable condition Sunday. The names of the deputy and the man have not been released.

Local & Regional News
5:36 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Texarkana Man Gets 24 Years For Drug Conspiracy

An Arkansas man accused of having a role in a crack cocaine distribution ring is to serve 24 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 31-year-old Jamondo Lewis of Texarkana was one of 66 defendants charged in a 190-count indictment handed up in 2011.

Lewis faced six charges and pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to distribute about 10 ounces of crack cocaine. Lewis was on federal supervised release for a drug trafficking conviction when he was arrested.

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Local & Regional News
5:32 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Trial Set For 6 Defendants In Arkansas Drug Case

A federal judge has set a trial date for a half-dozen defendants charged with being part of a Mexican drug cartel.

The suspects are to be tried on Feb. 24. They are among 16 people accused of being connected to Idalia Ramos Rangel, who is accused of being a high-ranking cartel member.

Authorities are still looking for Rangel, who is named in the indictment. The trial date was set in a Thursday order.

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Severe Weather
6:20 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Officer

Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a wildlife officer who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.

Beebe said Thursday that flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer Joel Campora of Waldron.

Campora died with Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods. Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday to honor Carpenter.

Campora is survived by his wife and two children.

Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts 6 In Arkansas For Armed Robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted six defendants that prosecutors say are responsible for 7 percent of the armed robberies in the Little Rock metropolitan area last year.

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer on Wednesday announced the 27-count indictment against the crew, which he says is responsible for a string of armed robberies of fast food restaurants, gas stations and other businesses in the central Arkansas area during the past year.

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Local & Regional News
7:13 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Funeral Set For Wildlife Officer Killed In Floods

Funeral services have been scheduled for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer who died while trying to help rescue two women from rising floodwaters.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens said in a Wednesday news release that services for Wildlife Officer 1st Class Joel Campora will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Waldron High School football field. Stephens says Game and Fish Commission commissioners plan to attend the service.

Campora died alongside Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save the women from flash floods.

Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Trial Date Set For Student In Arkansas School Threat

A judge has set a trial date for a former student accused of issuing a threat against Harrisburg High School.

The 18-year-old male is to be tried on Sept. 9 for first-degree terroristic threatening. The Jonesboro Sun reports the teenager was a senior when he was arrested on Feb. 22 after allegedly threatening to "shoot up" the campus.

The defendant is being held at the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, where he is awaiting a mental evaluation that was ordered in March.

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