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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Panel expects consequences await Maggio

posted: 04/09/2014 4:55 a.m. Comment 1

The judicial agency investigating campaign contributions and other issues relating to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio expects he will face either a disciplinary charge or a mutually accepted sanction, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.

Maggio’s holdings focus of judicial panel inquiry

posted: 04/08/2014 5:29 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — A state judicial agency will investigate the sources of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s 2013 investments or holdings, which totaled more than $25,000 and which followed three years in which available records show he reported no such holdings to the secretary of state’s office.

Tycoon’s $100,000 UCA gift returned

posted: 04/05/2014 3:44 a.m. Comment 1

Nursing-home tycoon Michael Morton gave a $100,000 check dated July 8 to the University of Central Arkansas after he and then-UCA executive Gilbert Baker visited together, records obtained Friday show. UCA later returned the gift.

Baker gives up job as UCA executive

posted: 04/03/2014 5:15 a.m. Discuss

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker resigned Wednesday from his executive job at the University of Central Arkansas shortly after an article detailed his connections to some of the officers whose names appeared on political action committees tied to two state investigations of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio.

Baker’s ex-consultant: PAC bearing his name news to him

posted: 04/02/2014 5:28 a.m. Discuss

A man for whom one of the eight political action committees figuring in an investigation of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio is named has denied knowing anything about the PACs.

Exxon report reveals new oil-pipe problem

posted: 04/01/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil said Monday that a combination of rare pipe properties it has not seen before worsened manufacturing defects in the Pegasus pipeline and caused it to rupture in a Mayflower subdivision one year ago, spilling an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy crude oil.

7 PACs’ gifts to judge draw ethics inquiry

posted: 03/29/2014 3:27 a.m. Comments 3

CONWAY — The Arkansas Ethics Commission is investigating Circuit Judge Michael Maggio in regard to his acceptance of campaign contributions exceeding the legal limit from political action committees financed by a nursing-home tycoon.

State’s top court orders Maggio relieved of cases

posted: 03/25/2014 4:36 a.m. Comments 4

CONWAY — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday relieved Circuit Judge Michael Maggio of all cases until further notice because, it said, “the orderly administration of justice has been severely compromised” in his courtroom.

Maggio draws a complaint, 2nd to be filed

posted: 03/21/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — The attorney for two women whose mother died in a Greenbrier nursing home that figures in an investigation of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio said Thursday that the sisters have filed a second complaint — this one against Maggio, nursing-home tycoon Michael Morton and political-action-committee creator Chris Stewart.

State agency OKs Exxon Mobil’s oil-contamination report

posted: 03/21/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ environmental agency has approved Exxon Mobil’s latest report assessing the extent and severity of oil contamination that remains in drainage ditches and a Lake Conway cove, almost one year after the company’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower neighborhood.

Former senator recently left firm

posted: 03/20/2014 4:57 a.m. Comment 1

Nursing-home tycoon Michael Morton said a woman who worked with former state Sen. Gilbert Baker was the one who asked him last year to support Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s since-halted campaign for the Arkansas Court of Appeals while Maggio at the time was presiding over a lawsuit against one of Morton’s nursing homes.

Judge target of 2nd ethics probe

posted: 03/18/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — A state commission that oversees judicial ethics on Monday confirmed a second investigation of Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, this one involving contributions related to nursing homes made to his now-halted campaign for the state Court of Appeals.

Oil company reports cleanup of soil done, focus on watery areas

posted: 03/16/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

Almost one year after the Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled heavy crude into a Mayflower neighborhood, Exxon Mobil has recommended further efforts to remove the remaining oil from drainage ways and a cove of Lake Conway but said the company needs to do nothing more to clean up the soil and sediment in those areas.

As PACs emerged, judge cut award

posted: 03/14/2014 3:33 a.m. Comment 1

On July 8, Circuit Judge Michael Maggio heard a Greenbrier nursing home’s plea that he grant a new trial or reduce a $5.2 million judgment against it.

Gillean guilty; sentence in UCA thefts is 3 years

posted: 03/13/2014 5:03 a.m. Comments 4

A Van Buren County jury convicted former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean on six counts of commercial burglary Wednesday and sentenced him to three years in prison and to pay $35,000 in fines in a test-cheating scandal at the school.

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