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Doctor indicted in federal Rx probe

posted: 09/03/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock doctor accused of writing more than 100 fraudulent painkiller prescriptions in Lonoke County has been indicted as a result of Operation Pilluted, a federal crackdown on illegal trafficking in prescription medications.

Memphis man gets 8-year term in gun-theft case

posted: 09/03/2015 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

A Memphis man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for his role in the theft of more than 100 guns in Arkansas that were supposed to be sold in Texas sporting goods stores.

Judge denies suit for hospital's papers

posted: 09/02/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge has rejected a Mabelvale woman's effort to force Arkansas Children's Hospital to hand over documents on how its spends its money.

2 witnesses testify in deadly road fray

posted: 09/02/2015 3:24 a.m. Comments 2

Two witnesses to the fatal shooting of a man in downtown Little Rock testified Tuesday that they saw him backing away when the first shot was fired.

Severing pup's ears gets man 4 months

updated: 08/28/2015 1:28 p.m. Comments 7

A Sherwood man who "sawed off" the ears of his 2-month-old puppy was sentenced to probation and jail time Thursday by a Pulaski County Circuit judge who said he was personally repulsed by what the defendant had done.

Jury acquits man accused of raping, infecting girl, 9

posted: 08/27/2015 4:27 a.m. Comments 2

A Pulaski County jury on Wednesday acquitted a Little Rock man who said police coerced him into confessing to raping a 9-year-old girl and giving her sexually transmitted diseases.

Hearing looks at hospital, open-records law

posted: 08/25/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge preparing to decide whether Arkansas Children's Hospital is subject to Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act ruled Monday that the institution is not immune from the open-records law solely because it's a tax-exempt charity.

Ex-champ Taylor in court briefly for exam update

posted: 08/25/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

Boxer Jermain Taylor made his ninth Pulaski County Circuit Court appearance on Monday as he and his lawyers await the results of a mental examination by state doctors on whether the former champion was in his right mind when police say he smashed a man's face in May.

Brooks guilty of woman's murder

posted: 08/21/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Tony Lenzaro Brooks, who has spent all but nine months of his adult life behind bars, was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of it in prison for a murder that the 29-year-old Little Rock man blamed on a mysterious, blood-spattered acquaintance.

Afraid of suspect that night, 2 kin tell murder trial

posted: 08/20/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The mother of capital-murder defendant Tony Lenzaro Brooks testified Wednesday that she was "a little scared" of her 29-year-old son because he had threatened to kill both her and her boyfriend on the same June 2013 night he's accused of killing a woman whose body was found burning in a tire pile.

Auditor's reach for bonds short

updated: 08/19/2015 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Auditor Andrea Lea has failed to submit sufficient proof, at least for now, to show her office is entitled to ownership of an unknown amount of federal savings bonds that a new state law allows Arkansas to claim, a Pulaski County circuit judge has ruled.

Murder trial begins in burned-body case

posted: 08/19/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors can prove Tony Lenzaro Brooks had sex with a woman whose burning body was found behind an empty building in Little Rock two years ago, defense attorneys told a Pulaski County jury Tuesday.

LR man, 27, gets 40 years for shooting 2

posted: 08/15/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

A 27-year-old Little Rock man on Thursday accepted a 40-year prison sentence for shooting two people in January 2014, killing one of them.

State argues for unclaimed bonds

posted: 08/15/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray had a lot of questions but got few concrete answers Thursday from lawyers who want her to transfer control of as much as $151 million in unclaimed federal bonds owned by Arkansas residents to Auditor Andrea Lea.

Court told state gays' parentage path same

updated: 08/14/2015 3:42 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas laws that say who can be listed as a parent on a child's birth certificate do not discriminate by sexual orientation, state lawyers argue in response to three same-sex couples who claim the state Department of Health treats heterosexual parents better than gay ones.



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