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North Little Rock man gets life term for '13 burglary, assault

posted: 12/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A 39-year-old North Little Rock man was sentenced to life in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatening the Jacksonville woman with a gun, although a Pulaski County jury could not decide whether Elliott Harold Finch Jr. held her against her will.

Trial set for North Little Rock man in firefighter's shooting

updated: 12/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims set April 11 for the manslaughter trial of a 48-year-old North Little Rock man accused of killing a volunteer firefighter who was coming to his rescue.

Pulaski County jury acquits vet in slaying of pal

posted: 12/03/2016 2:51 a.m. Comments 2

Even though his DNA was on the purported murder weapon, the dead man's bloody shoes were in his pickup and one of his own shoes was wedged under the victim's body, an Alabama man who said he never could have killed his friend was acquitted by a Pulaski County jury this week.

Builder's lawsuit resolved

posted: 12/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Just before a judge declared a mistrial Thursday, a 92-year-old North Little Rock widow settled her lawsuit against two co-defendants of an unlicensed builder authorities say duped the woman out of her savings and home.

Arkansas Medicaid over-biller told to pay or go to jail

posted: 12/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A 56-year-old former counselor who stole from the Arkansas Medicaid program was court-ordered Thursday to pay $250,000 in fines and restitution or face up to 20 years in prison.

North Little Rock woman says teen lied, sues parents in sex case

updated: 11/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Erica Suskie never had sexual intercourse with her teenage accuser, and his statements to police and others about what happened between them are lies, attorneys for the 44-year-old North Little Rock woman say in a lawsuit against the teen's parents.

11,000 apply for share of $45M tobacco suit; at hearing in Little Rock, judge gives final OK

posted: 11/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

More than 11,000 Marlboro Lights smokers have applied for a share of a $45 million fund established to settle a Pulaski County lawsuit against cigarette-maker Phillip Morris.

Little Rock officials ordered to mediation in suit

posted: 11/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter regularly disregards court orders so the mayor and city manager must participate in mediation sessions to try and resolve a lawsuit against the city, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox said.

Judge gets reproach for tardy case ruling

posted: 11/19/2016 3:40 a.m. Comments 2

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mary McGowan has accepted an "informal adjustment" for taking too long to rule on a lawsuit in her court, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced on Friday.

Tickets not proof Little Rock officer was on job, ex-chief testifies

posted: 11/19/2016 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Traffic tickets aren't sufficient evidence to show the hours a police officer worked because the information on them is only as reliable as the officer who wrote them, former Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas testified Friday.

Tickets prove work, fired Little Rock officer claims

posted: 11/18/2016 3:09 a.m. Comments 2

A fired Little Rock police officer showed a Pulaski County circuit judge on Thursday traffic tickets she said discredit some of the accusations that led to her termination for misrepresenting work hours and collecting excessive overtime.

In couple's Little Rock slaying, plea draws dozen years

posted: 11/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A 34-year-old Little Rock man on Wednesday accepted a 12-year, no-parole prison sentence for killing a couple and leaving their bodies in their burning home.

North Little Rock man's bail set at $750,000; violence cited in no-contact order

posted: 11/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims set bail at $750,000 for a 24-year-old North Little Rock man accused of inflicting a concussion on his girlfriend and stealing her car before being arrested in Arizona.

Ex-nurse gets probation in drug case

posted: 11/15/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

In exchange for probation, a former Little Rock nurse admitted last week to stealing drugs from a patient.

Prosecutors drop rape count, spare felon a third trial

posted: 11/11/2016 1:03 a.m. Discuss

A 40-year-old Little Rock man, already acquitted of one woman's accusations of kidnapping and rape, saw prosecutors drop a second rape count involving a second woman this week.

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