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Guilty in deputy's killing, man gets 28 years

posted: 05/28/2016 2:56 a.m. Discuss

CLARKSVILLE -- A Johnson County man was sentenced to 28 years in prison Friday after a Circuit Court jury convicted him in the May 2015 shooting death of an auxiliary deputy.

Kauffeld guilty of first-degree murder in deputy killing

posted: 05/27/2016 3:49 p.m. Discuss

A Johnson County Circuit Court jury Friday deliberated six hours Friday before convicting Fred Kauffeld of first-degree murder, the lesser charge of capital murder for shooting a law enforcement officer acting in the line of duty, and residential burglary in the May 2015 shooting death of sheriff's Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Smith.

Jury out in trial on slain Arkansas deputy

posted: 05/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Johnson County Circuit Court jury is deciding the guilt or innocence of Fred Kauffeld, who is on trial in the May 2015 shooting death of sheriff's Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Smith.

Surviving Arkansas deputy says peer shot midsentence

posted: 05/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Johnson County sheriff's deputies recounted to a jury Wednesday the events as they remembered them in the shooting death last year of a fellow deputy.

Slain deputy not told of rifle, jury hears

posted: 05/25/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Johnson County sheriff's deputies weren't told that Fred Kauffeld was armed when they went looking for him in the dark early-morning hours of May 15, 2015.

Top athletic official at Arkansas school district quits over mascot flap

posted: 05/24/2016 5:43 a.m. Comments 3

FORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board voted Monday to delay until next year a planned school tax election in part to gain voters' support and counter those who opposed a move last year to change the Southside High School mascot.

Southside mascot, leader issues halt Fort Smith tax vote

posted: 05/24/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board voted Monday to delay until next year a planned school tax election in part to gain voters' support and counter those who opposed a move last year to change the Southside High School mascot.

Sebastian County seeks to raise fee

posted: 05/23/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County Quorum Court is calling residents to the polls in August to vote on whether to nearly quadruple the fee they pay on personal property tax bills for emergency medical services each year.

Four held in child sex abuse case

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Pope County sheriff's deputies have arrested four people accused of sexually abusing at least five minors in two separate cases, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Innocent is plea to fraud claims; U.S. alleges Arkansas man conned investors, spent cash

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Fort Smith man pleaded innocent in federal court Monday to a 25-count indictment charging him with scamming investors and the federal government out of more than $4 million.

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