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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Youth program fits like a glove

posted: 03/19/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The dozen or so young men started the evening with 35 jumping jacks, did burpees and jumped rope along the way, and ended with helmets, boxing gloves and a pep talk.

City's tech director placed on paid leave; prosecutor seeks Arkansas State Police probe

posted: 03/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor said Tuesday that she plans to ask the Arkansas State Police to investigate the city of Searcy's information technology director, who was placed on leave last week until further notice.

Newcomer to state, UCA chief settles in

updated: 03/12/2017 4:01 a.m. Discuss

When Houston Davis became the 11th president of the University of Central Arkansas, he brought youth and experience but no Arkansas ties to the job.

Arkansas judge finds ex-deputy guilty in battery case

posted: 03/11/2017 2:49 a.m. Comment 1

A judge on Friday found a former Faulkner County sheriff's deputy who was fired for using "excessive force" during an arrest in 2015 guilty of third-degree battery.

8th Circuit panel hears sides as former Arkansas judge tries to undo plea

posted: 03/09/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

As Michael Maggio sat in a St. Louis courtroom, his attorney acknowledged the difficulties in defending a former judge who now says he was "strong-armed" into pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge.

No bail for teen slaying suspect; charges too serious in Conway couple’s killings, judge says

posted: 03/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A judge refused to set bail Tuesday for Hunter Drexler, the oldest of four teenagers charged with murdering a Conway couple in 2015.

Judge denies bail for Arkansas teen charged with murder in couple's deaths

posted: 03/07/2017 11:34 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY — A judge on Tuesday again denied bail to a Clinton teenager charged with capital murder in the July 2015 shooting deaths of a Conway couple.

Teen accused in killing of Conway couple asks court to rethink bail denial

posted: 03/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Hunter Drexler, the oldest of four teenagers accused of murdering a Conway couple, asked a judge again Monday to reconsider granting bail.

U.S. urges no delay on Maggio hearing

posted: 03/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A federal appeals court does not need to delay former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio's bribery case even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review a case involving a North Carolina veteran who, like Maggio, wants to take back a guilty plea, the U.S. attorney's office said in letter filed Thursday.

After fire at central Arkansas apartment complex, resident arrested

posted: 02/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

CONWAY -- Officers arrested a resident of a Conway apartment complex where an early morning fire Monday destroyed one building and injured two people, a police spokesman said.

Judge sees video of former Arkansas deputy kicking arrestee

posted: 02/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A prosecutor played a video showing a former Faulkner County sheriff's deputy repeatedly kicking a man being arrested after a gunfire-heavy, high-speed car chase as the officer's bench trial began Friday.

Arkansas town deemed a speed trap; 'abused its police power,' prosecutor says

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

The city of Damascus "abused its police power" and violated the state's speed-trap law, a prosecutor found Wednesday.

Attorney for central Arkansas city fears speed-trap rap; sanctions likely, he tells local leaders

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

CONWAY — The city attorney for Damascus said Monday that he expects a prosecutor to rule Wednesday that the town is operating a speed trap under state law.

Arkansas senator favors tougher Act 309 program rules

updated: 02/19/2017 3:48 a.m. Comments 2

The beating death of a Miller County jailer in December has focused new attention on the criteria state prisoners must meet to participate in the longtime Act 309 work-release program that lets them serve some of their sentences in county or local jails.

Arkansas teen's case delayed over mental exam; she’s charged in couple’s killing

posted: 02/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys are still awaiting a mental evaluation of Anastasia Roberts, one of four teenagers charged in the 2015 shooting deaths of a Conway couple.

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