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3 charged in fatal beating of Booneville man

posted: 07/26/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Three men were charged in Logan County Circuit Court on Friday with first-degree murder in the beating death of a Booneville man this week.

Storm lashes state's west, causes damage

posted: 07/24/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

A brief but strong storm caused damage throughout western Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon.

Crawford County men charged in June killing

posted: 07/24/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Two half brothers were charged Monday in Crawford County Circuit Court with capital murder in the slaying of a man last month whose decomposing body was uncovered from a shallow grave on rural property where the men lived.

Suspect in abduction, rape pleads innocent

posted: 07/20/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- People in the Staples parking lot who saw a 54-year-old woman being forced at gunpoint into her car tried to ask if she was all right. She just shook her head "no."

Hobby Lobby president visits state

posted: 07/19/2014 2:34 a.m. Comment 1

FORT SMITH -- About 500 people turned out Friday to hear Hobby Lobby President Steve Green speak at the mayor's annual prayer breakfast, but candidates for top Arkansas offices turned out to see the crowd.

City directors back bond sale for ArcBest

posted: 07/16/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Fort Smith city directors Tuesday signaled their intent to authorize the sale of up to $46 million in industrial revenue bonds for the ArcBest Corp. headquarters project at Chaffee Crossing.

Judge sentences Rogers investor to 22 years in jail

posted: 07/12/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Calling him a "con man's con man," a federal court judge on Friday sentenced Allen Wichtendahl to prison for 22 years and ordered him to pay more than $1 million restitution to 333 victims.

Ex-executive’s projects called legitimate, scams

posted: 07/10/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Testimony differed Wednesday on whether a former Rogers businessman tried to run legitimate businesses or whether he was just out to fleece investors in his company.

Whirlpool's update yields few answers

posted: 07/09/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Whirlpool Corp. representatives updated Fort Smith city directors Tuesday on remediation of a hazardous chemical contamination, but outside their prepared presentation they had few answers to questions.

27-year sentence sought in Rogers investment scam

posted: 07/08/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. attorney's office says a Rogers businessman should be sentenced to 27 to nearly 34 years in prison for swindling hundreds of people out of more than $1 million in a fraudulent business investment scheme, according to federal court records.


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