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Court denies GOP bid for access to documents on Beebe appointments

posted: 08/29/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

An effort by Arkansas Republicans to force Gov. Mike Beebe to disclose the documents he receives from applicants for his appointments to state boards and commissions has failed in court, with a Pulaski County circuit judge throwing out a GOP Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking to obtain the materials.

Judge denies lower bail in gun-assault case

posted: 08/29/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

A 19-year-old North Little Rock man accused of shooting into a rival's home told police he believed he was doing the Lord's work when he opened fire, a Pulaski County prosecutor said Thursday.

Police told to prove '63 killing case is active or open file to victim's kin

posted: 08/28/2014 4:50 a.m. Comment 1

Nearly 51 years ago, 59-year-old Ruby Stapleton of Searcy put her son's family's dirty clothes in the car to run down to the nearby washeteria because the washing machine had broken down -- again.

Man who set fire to woman gets life in cell

posted: 08/28/2014 3:55 a.m. Discuss

A North Little Rock man who fatally burned his girlfriend was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after a Pulaski County jury rejected his claim that he had meant only to hurt the 38-year-old woman, not kill her.

Meant to maim, not kill, man says

posted: 08/27/2014 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

Matthew Wayne Nichols crouched in front of a Pulaski County jury Tuesday to show how he held his fiancee down, doused the North Little Rock woman with gasoline, then set her on fire with a lighter -- an act that killed her but was not murder, Nichols said.

Man offered deal in kitten's death

posted: 08/26/2014 3:20 a.m. Comments 4

A 33-year-old Little Rock man accused of killing a kitten can avoid a felony animal-cruelty conviction if he gets mental health treatment, doesn't buy or adopt any more pets, and stays out of trouble with the law for the next year.

Bail drops for man charged in fatal crash

posted: 08/24/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

A Pine Bluff man accused of killing his sister in a car crash that occurred while police said they were fleeing from a home-invasion robbery saw his $1 million bail cut to $57,500 Thursday.

Stepbrother's killing lands 20-year term

posted: 08/22/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Tristan Duane Lewis was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for killing his 26-year-old stepbrother in a case where there was no question that the 21-year-old Little Rock man had fatally shot the older man.

Man guilty in murder at LR mall

posted: 08/21/2014 4:55 a.m. Comments 4

A Pulaski County jury deliberated about 30 minutes Wednesday before deciding to send the 20-year-old Little Rock man charged in the killing of a restaurant manager during a Park Plaza holdup to prison for life.

Man gets 35 years for '12 LR slaying

posted: 08/21/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

A 22-year-old Little Rock man accepted a 35-year prison sentence Wednesday for participating in the murder and armed robbery of a 50-year-old man killed on his own front porch while trying to fight off two masked men, deputy prosecutor Kelly Ward said.

Ex-Sbarro worker testifies that defendant shot boss in head, her 8 times

posted: 08/20/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 5

Asked Tuesday to recall the minutes leading up to when she was shot and her co-worker killed, Jashonta Thomas covered her eyes with one hand and started gasping for breath.

PB man, 27, pleads guilty to murder, gets 15-year term

posted: 08/20/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

A 27-year-old Pine Bluff man whose blood was found at the scene of a December 2011 murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday after admitting to participating in the killing.

Reinstated LR police officer sues city over seniority date

posted: 08/17/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock police officer who was fired and then reinstated last year by court order is suing the city for refusing to recognize his seniority when making patrol assignments.

Judge rules DNA admissible in slaying trial

posted: 08/15/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims on Thursday cleared prosecutors to use DNA evidence that authorities say places a 27-year-old Pine Bluff man at the scene of the 2011 ambush slaying of a Little Rock drug dealer.

Citing Virginia ruling, gay plaintiffs press case

posted: 08/14/2014 4:02 a.m. Comments 4

A federal lawsuit challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban should be allowed to proceed, its proponents argued Wednesday in pleadings that urge a Little Rock federal judge to follow the example of a Virginia appeals court.

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