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FAYETTEVILLE -- Four people were arrested Thursday on undeveloped land owned by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville as the university moves forward with plans to clear the property of homeless people.

An estimated 80 to 100 people live in homeless encampments on the property, according to 7 Hills Homeless Center Chief Executive Officer Jessica Andrews. The campers were told on Aug. 9 to vacate the property by Thursday.

The 55 acres in south Fayetteville, a little more than a mile from the UA campus, is for sale, according to UA spokesman Mark Rushing.

UA police have cited rising crime at the site, including the beating death of a man, and a lack of resources as reasons to break up the camps.

Capt. Gary Crain said the four people arrested Thursday face various charges. Jail records show one woman arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance. Three men were charged with criminal trespass, and two of the three also face additional charges.

Rushing said the university gave notice of the evictions to give local community organizations time to work with people living in the camps. The university began posting "No Trespassing" signs there Thursday, Rushing said.

"We consider this a successful relocation of the inhabitants, working with all those community partners," he said.


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  • Testingonetwothree
    September 9, 2018 at 4:22 a.m.

    Put them all on a bus to California where it’s warm and the freebies from the state are abundant

  • Razrbak
    September 9, 2018 at 7:56 a.m.

    Woo pig fooie.

  • therevrund
    September 9, 2018 at 4:21 p.m.

    Let the football team go out and put in a garden on the land. They can do REAL work for their room and board. And let the defensive secondary do some unpaid overtime.

  • lin1104
    September 10, 2018 at 1:06 a.m.

    @TESTINGONETWORTHREE....Nice to see you have a heart for those
    less fortunate among us. Hope and pray you never face homelessness. But with that attitude I hope you do.

  • JJoutlaw
    September 10, 2018 at 12:24 p.m.

    To many people three hots and a cot beat the hell out of chiggers, ticks and mud.