Arkansas Law Enforcement

Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Fri June 14, 2013

FBI Seeking Robber Dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012.

The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills. No one has been injured - but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Arkansas Crime
6:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

24 Named In Hot Springs Gang, Drug, Indictments

Federal and state officials have announced the indictment of 24 Hot Springs residents on gang, drug and weapons charges.

US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Hot Springs police and Prosecutor Steve Oliver in announcing the charges Thursday following a more than year-long investigation.

Local & Regional News
5:53 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

23 Indicted In Western Arkansas For Drug Trafficking

Federal and state authorities say 23 people have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in western Arkansas.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge in Fort Smith announced the indictments Tuesday with officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security; Sebastian County Sheriff's Office; and police departments in Fort Smith and Van Buren.

Authorities say the crimes occurred in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and California.

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Pre-trial Hearing Set For Accused Little Rock Officer

Little Rock Police

A pre-trial hearing is set for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a teenager who was suspected in a burglary.

Attorneys on Tuesday are to discuss various motions that are pending ahead of a trial that's scheduled next week for Josh Hastings. 

Hastings was fired in October after Chief Stuart Thomas concluded Hastings violated department policies related to a June 25 burglary and the Aug. 12 shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr. Hastings has pleaded not guilty.

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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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