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Officers said justified in driveway shooting

posted: 01/29/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Four police officers who shot and wounded a Jonesboro man Jan. 9 were justified in using lethal force, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a letter to Arkansas State Police investigators Wednesday.

Newport man pleads guilty in fatal '12 crash

updated: 01/28/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

A Newport man has pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to three counts of negligent homicide in a 2012 fatal traffic accident and one count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a subsequent case, said Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce.

Front brings chance of light snow to state

posted: 01/22/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Much of the northern half of Arkansas is expected to see light snowfall mixed with rain today and Friday as cold air moves into the state from the southwest and meets moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Walnut Ridge police chief quits

posted: 01/21/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Police Chief Richey Thatcher resigned Tuesday morning after discussing the Police Department's budget and the direction the department should go with newly elected Mayor Charles Snapp, the mayor said.

'Mother of Counties' hits 200 years

posted: 01/20/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

POWHATAN -- Lawrence County, known as the "Mother of Counties" because of its vast size when it was formed, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and the Arkansas History Commission and other organizations are planning several events to celebrate.

District 16 race heads to runoff next month

posted: 01/14/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Greg Standridge and Stan Berry will face each other in a runoff next month to determine the Republican candidate for the District 16 state Senate seat after Tuesday's special election.

Rain has state on track to be drought-free

posted: 01/12/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Improving drought conditions across much of Arkansas have forecasters predicting the state will be completely free of dry conditions within weeks.

Inquiry finds no offense by sheriff

posted: 01/11/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

A special prosecutor found no criminal wrongdoing by the Izard County sheriff's office after an investigation into how the sheriff used donated money and revenue that was confiscated during arrests.

Icy weekend expected to grip state's north, so crews prepare

posted: 01/10/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Workers at Justin's Collision Repair in Clinton parked wreckers inside their building, got out the snow chains and organized their work shifts for tonight and Sunday as they and the rest of the state readied for the freezing rain and sleet the National Weather Service said is headed into Arkansas.

County judge issued ethics caution

posted: 01/09/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has issued a public letter of caution to Marion County Judge Terry Ott after ruling that Ott violated state law when he used a county-owned vehicle to transport his campaign signs during the November general election.

Prosecutor clears sheriff’s office in Izard County

posted: 01/09/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

A special prosecutor found no criminal wrongdoing by the Izard County sheriff's office after an investigation into how the sheriff used donated money and revenue that was confiscated during arrests.

Temperatures go into basement

posted: 01/08/2015 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Arkansans bundled up, bought coffee and spirits to stay warm and braced themselves for the deep chill brought on by an arctic cold front that blasted the state Wednesday and will drop temperatures below freezing for several days.

Teacher builds replica of historic steamboat

posted: 01/05/2015 4:08 a.m. Comment 1

MARION -- Gene Salecker's 14-foot replica of the 1865 steamboat Sultana is so detailed that it contains tiny spittoons for its crew members, rigging on its twin smokestacks for lanterns and a miniature alligator that the boat's captain actually kept on board as a pet.

Council renews deputies' contract

posted: 01/03/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A year after Horseshoe Bend disbanded its Police Department and used Izard County deputies to provide law enforcement protection, aldermen have voted to extend the agreement for four years.

Freezing rain, sleet in forecast for state

posted: 01/01/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Much of Arkansas will ring in the new year today with a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and rain as a storm system from the southern Plains meets cold, dry air over the state, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

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