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Travel agent gets 5 years for fleecing band

updated: 03/30/2015 11:42 p.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- A Utah man was sentenced in federal court Monday to more than five years in prison and was ordered to repay nearly $300,000 for the high school band money, intended for a Hawaiian trip, that he gambled away in Las Vegas.

Senate OKs call against cross-state power line

posted: 03/28/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate has passed a resolution opposing the construction of a power line across Arkansas to transmit wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

Death-penalty waiver sought

posted: 03/27/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

The special prosecutor in Rickey Dale Newman's capital murder case wants to waive the death penalty, according to Crawford County Circuit Court records.

Fire Department presses fraud claim over truck loan

posted: 03/26/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

A volunteer fire department in Scott County has lost a pumper truck and a brush truck to repossession after defaulting on a 2011 loan and is fighting the lender in court to get them back.

Court tosses suit on day care rule

posted: 03/25/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three western Arkansas school districts against the Arkansas Department of Human Services after the Arkansas Legislature amended a law requiring operators of licensed day care facilities to have liability insurance.

Treasurer gets 2 years for county funds theft

posted: 03/21/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Texarkana on Friday sentenced former Lafayette County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keesha Rose to 24 months in prison and ordered her to pay more than $282,000 restitution for stealing county and federal money while in office.

Marshals Stampede draws $250,000

posted: 03/20/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- An event at the Kay Rodgers Park Expo Center kicked up more than dust last weekend, raising more than $250,000 for the U.S. Marshals Museum, officials said.

Rogers man convicted of kidnapping

posted: 03/20/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. District Court jury has convicted a Rogers man of conspiracy and kidnapping for helping abduct a woman so she wouldn't testify against her ex-boyfriend in a pending criminal case that threatened his National Guard career.

Museum event raises $250,000

posted: 03/20/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- The event at the Kay Rodgers Park Expo Center kicked up more than dust last weekend, raising more than $250,000 for the U.S. Marshals Museum, museum officials say.

Inside thief repays city $245,000

posted: 03/19/2015 3:46 a.m. Comments 2

Former Cedarville Recorder-Treasurer Alicson Reding handed over a check for $245,000 minutes before pleading guilty Wednesday to a theft charge accusing her of stealing city money starting in 2008.

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