posted: 12/06/2013 2:15 a.m.
A federal judge agreed Wednesday to delay a sentencing hearing for a former Garland County sheriff’s deputy who admitted last summer to enticing an underage girl to cross state lines for prostitution.
posted: 12/05/2013 5:01 a.m.
A recent study by Boston College researchers found that Little Rock taxpayers contributed the highest share of their tax revenue to public pension plans compared with 172 other cities across the country, but city officials say the study is flawed.
posted: 12/04/2013 4:38 a.m.
A federal judge has scheduled a Dec. 13 hearing in Texarkana to sentence a former Garland County water patrol deputy who admitted last summer to arranging for a teenage girl to cross state lines for prostitution.
posted: 12/03/2013 4:38 a.m.
The executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday, accusing his administration of unlawfully withholding documents requested under the state’s open records law.
posted: 11/27/2013 5:07 a.m.
Tony Bernard Smith walked out of jail Tuesday afternoon, and for the first time in more than 2½ years, he got into a car with his mom and headed home.
posted: 11/26/2013 2:10 a.m.
A federal magistrate judge on Monday set a Dec. 10 hearing for an east Texas woman to admit to sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others.
posted: 11/23/2013 3:54 a.m.
A Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to the president has agreed to plead guilty to possessing or making a biological toxin, her attorney said Friday.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:50 a.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court decided Thursday that a Phillips County circuit judge erred in appointing a special prosecutor in a capital-murder case, but the high court stopped short of ordering the judge to release the defendant from jail.
posted: 11/21/2013 12:43 p.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court decided Thursday that a Phillips County circuit judge erred in appointing a special prosecutor in a capital-murder case, but the court stopped short of ordering the judge to release the defendant from jail.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:43 a.m.
Authorities arrested 20 people in four states Monday after a two-year investigation into a drug-trafficking operation.
posted: 11/16/2013 5:01 a.m.
A double shooting that killed one Phillips County man and injured another remains under investigation a week after it occurred, authorities said Friday.
posted: 11/16/2013 4:48 a.m.
A state medical examiner has determined that a Phillips County sheriff’s deputy found dead in his patrol car early Tuesday morning died from natural causes, Sheriff Neal Byrd said Friday.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:30 a.m.
Arkansas was one of 20 states where median home values rebounded in the years after the 2007-2009 recession, according to U.S. census figures that economists say provide further evidence that the state’s housing market remained largely insulated from the worst of the recession.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:10 a.m.
A Phillips County sheriff’s deputy was found dead in his patrol car early Tuesday after he responded to a burglary alarm in a rural area near the White River National Wildlife Refuge.
posted: 11/13/2013 11:40 a.m.
A Phillips County sheriff’s deputy was found dead in his patrol car early Tuesday morning after he responded to a burglary alarm in a rural area near the White River National Wildlife Refuge.
posted: 11/08/2013 2:40 a.m.
A Phillips County man elected constable last year despite being a felon has indicated in court papers filed this week that he’ll change his plea in a federal gun case.
posted: 10/30/2013 4:41 a.m.
A federal judge ordered lengthy prison terms Tuesday for two upper-level members of Texarkana drug-trafficking operations busted up by federal agents in 2011.
posted: 10/27/2013 5:11 a.m.
Robbers stole from more people and businesses in Little Rock this summer than during the same season last year, an analysis of preliminary police figures shows.
posted: 10/25/2013 12:39 a.m.
PINE BLUFF — The Arkansas Department of Correction reached a historic-high inmate population Thursday as changes made this summer to the state’s parole system continue to cram county jails with inmates awaiting beds to open up in the already crowded state prisons.
posted: 10/25/2013 12:13 a.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court decided Thursday to let the state’s prosecuting attorneys weigh in on the side of a Phillips County capital-murder defendant who is challenging a circuit judge’s authority to appoint a special prosecutor.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:54 a.m.
Arkansas officials released estimates Friday that showed 1,594 federally funded state positions would be furloughed because of the partial federal government shutdown, but those estimates were quickly revised downward to slightly more than 700.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:52 a.m.
A federal judge has removed the director of the state Highway and Transportation Department, Scott Bennett, as a defendant from a racial discrimination lawsuit, but he said the litigation can proceed against the agency’s law enforcement division and some of its senior officers.
posted: 10/06/2013 2:55 p.m.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Cathy Frye was found alive but dehydrated Sunday afternoon after being reported missing in Big Bend Ranch State Park on the west Texas border with Mexico, park officials confirmed.
posted: 10/06/2013 6:07 a.m.
The state’s parole system failed George Johnson. It failed Tanya Hollifield. And, according to homicide detectives, it failed Jeffery Hughes.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:54 a.m.
Arkansas Department of Community Correction records show that no department employee was disciplined for the oversights that allowed parole absconders Marie Ashford and Steven Witzke to stay out of jail.
posted: 10/04/2013 5:14 a.m.
The two sides in a dispute over judicial authority in Phillips County laid out their opposing views Thursday in filings with the Arkansas Supreme Court.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:35 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe was asked Friday to appoint a special justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court to weigh whether a Phillips County circuit judge exceeded his authority last month by appointing a special prosecutor in a capital-murder case.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:34 a.m.
A federal judge ruled Friday that private attorneys hired by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department can continue to represent the agency in an employment-discrimination lawsuit, but he left it to state authorities to decide whether the lawyers can be paid with public funds.
posted: 09/20/2013 5:03 a.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed Thursday to take up a capital-murder defendant’s challenge of an east Arkansas judge’s authority to appoint a special prosecutor in his case.
posted: 09/19/2013 5:03 a.m.
Arkansas saw no significant growth in median household income last year, according to numbers released today, a sign that the nation’s improving economy isn’t yielding gains, so far, for the state’s middle class, economists say.
posted: 09/14/2013 4:08 a.m.
The former chief spokesman for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville told legislators Friday, under oath, that Chancellor G. David Gearhart ordered top officials in his financially troubled fundraising division to destroy and stop creating budget-related documents so that the records wouldn’t be available for public view.
posted: 09/13/2013 12:55 a.m.
One of the prosecutors removed from an eastern Arkansas capital-murder case last month filed papers Thursday saying he intends to appeal the judge’s ruling that appointed a special prosecutor in his stead.
posted: 09/12/2013 4:34 a.m.
A Texas actress will remain jailed until her trial on charges of mailing ricin-contaminated letters to the president and others, a federal judge decided Wednesday.
posted: 09/01/2013 4:45 a.m.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department should not be able to use an outside law firm to defend it in a federal racial-discrimination lawsuit filed by a fired Arkansas Highway Police officer, his lawyer argued in a motion filed last week.
posted: 08/29/2013 12:52 a.m.
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Texas actress is mentally stable enough to stand trial on charges that accuse her of sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others.
posted: 08/22/2013 12:34 a.m.
A high-ranking parole and probation administrator who was involved in the supervision of a parolee now charged with murder was fired Monday for falsifying information more than two years ago, according to documents obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
posted: 08/21/2013 12:11 a.m.
An east Arkansas prosecutor said Tuesday that the judge who removed him from a Phillips County capital-murder case last week had no proof that the prosecutor’s office is a target in a federal public-corruption probe and no authority to replace him.
posted: 08/17/2013 6:28 a.m.
An east Arkansas judge removed two prosecutors from a Phillips County capital-murder case Friday, saying that he has the authority to replace them in part because one of them has been implicated in a federal public-corruption investigation.
posted: 08/11/2013 4:04 a.m.
By June 2009, Steven Witzke had stopped reporting to his parole officer. It was clear it would take more than home visits and phone calls to track him down.
posted: 08/04/2013 4:43 a.m.
Shannon Richardson gave birth to a less-than-2-pound son a month ago today, but she never got to see her child, who was rushed immediately into intensive care, her attorney said.
posted: 08/03/2013 3:27 a.m.
Tony Bernard Smith has marked three birthdays in jail while waiting for a jury to hear his capital-murder case.
posted: 08/03/2013 3:16 a.m.
A baby boy born four months early to a woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to the president is stable and awaiting surgery at a Texas hospital, the child’s father said Friday.
posted: 07/30/2013 midnight
A former Garland County water patrol deputy admitted in federal court Monday that he arranged for a teenage girl to travel across state lines for prostitution and later referred other clients to her.
posted: 07/16/2013 12:31 a.m.
A Little Rock police officer fatally shot a man in a backyard late Monday morning, sparking a loud and at times hostile protest by about 250 people across the street from the investigation.
posted: 07/12/2013 12:55 a.m.
The planned transformation of a decrepit Little Rock high-rise into a home for nearly 100 pregnant girls was placed on hold Thursday after the building’s owner withdrew a request to rezone the property.
posted: 07/07/2013 2:51 a.m.
On a visionary’s blueprints, an abandoned Little Rock high-rise transforms easily into a home for nearly 100 pregnant teens.
posted: 06/29/2013 4:23 a.m.
A federal grand jury has indicted the east Texas actress accused of mailing threatening, ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun-control advocate Mark Glaze.
posted: 06/27/2013 12:04 a.m.
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a Little Rock man held until trial after federal authorities said the man met face-to-face with a top Mexican drug cartel figure and lined up large shipments of cocaine into the United States for distribution in central Arkansas.
posted: 06/21/2013 12:05 a.m.
A federal judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation Thursday for a small-time actress from east Texas accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun-control advocate.
posted: 06/08/2013 5:51 a.m.
A 35-year-old actress known for bit roles in television shows about vampires and zombies was arrested Friday by federal authorities, who say she mailed threatening, ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of a gun-control group.