The Pulaski sheriff's office tracked down the suspect in a minor shooting on Robin Valley, North Little Rock — victim suffered a wound to the right foot — by getting state parole officials help in finding him by means of the ankle monitor the parolee was required to wear. It worked. Garland Washington, 39, was arrested without incident on East Orchid Cove about 9 p.m. last night and soon found himself again in the Pulaski County jail.
The state Board of Corrections voted today to recommend that the state Parole Board move away from a policy that's been the driving force behind the massive surge in Arkansas's prison population. /more/
Jacksonville resident Jason Woodring, 38, whose meth and Nostradamus-inspired attacks on the Arkansas power grid I wrote about in a cover story last year, was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday, having plead guilty in March to destruction of an energy facility, setting fire to a power station, using fire to commit a felony and possession of firearms, ammunition and drugs. He will also be required to pay $4,792,224.06 to Entergy and $48,729.39 to First Electric Cooperative for damage to various downed power lines in 2013. /more/
The Arkansas Public Policy Panel released a report today calling for the state to invest in mental-health crisis centers, where criminal offenders with mental health issues would get treatment, rather than simply being incarcerated. /more/
Arkansas's prison growth is outpacing the national average, a consultant told the Arkansas Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force today. Under a best-case scenario projection, the state Department of Correction's population will top 20,000 in 2017. /more/
A lawsuit was filed yesterday in Saline Circuit court by a Benton man using a John Doe alias seeking to represent all those damaged by release of personal information in the hacking of records of Ashley Madison, the website that advertises itself as a way for people to have affairs with married people.
Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner will be in federal court at 9 a.m. this morning for sentencing on her conviction of taking kickbacks from bond salesman Steele Stephens for state bond business. She resigned after being trapped in an FBI-recorded sting with Stephens, who's never been charged, wearing a wire.
Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.