The Little Rock Police Department has issued an incident report detailing information about this morning's homicide at 224 E. 7th Street in which a woman allegedly stabbed her husband before attempting suicide by slashing her wrists. Police identified the victim as Kenneth Patterson, 61, and have identified Marilyn Patterson, 61, as a suspect in the crime.
The Little Rock Police Department announced this evening that they have made an arrest in the murder of Debbie Bush, 56, a Little Rock School District employee found dead in her Tatum Street home on Tuesday. Police say they have arrested Joe Wicker, 40, in the crime. After being interviewed by police detectives, police said, he was arrested and charged with Capital Murder. No word yet the connection between Bush and Wicker, if any.
Lt. Sidney Allen with the Little Rock Police Department reports the scant details available right now on two suspicious deaths that happened this morning in Little Rock, including a woman who police say stabbed her husband, and the death of a former Little Rock Police Officer who police say was involved in an altercation with an online blogger who'd written about him in the past.
A 14-year-old girl who went missing in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March has been found in Fort Smith, with police saying she was in the company of a 26-year-old man who met online. Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service followed a tip that Lacey DeWitt, 15, might be at a Target store at 4001 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. Police found her there in the parking lot around 1:30 yesterday afternoon in the company of a New Jersey man named Robert Butler, 26.
The Bank of America on Capitol Avenue was robbed this morning around 9:30 a.m. The bank is on the ground floor of the Bank of America building at 200 W. Capitol. Police are on the scene, and LRPD spokesman Lt. Sidney Allen says detectives are looking at surveillance video to get a better description of the perpetrator.
A woman found shot in the head on April 13 in Southwest Little Rock has been declared brain dead. The charge of a man arrested for Domestic Battery in the first degree in connection with the shooting have been upgraded to first degree Murder. The victim in that shooting is currently being kept alive on life support so her organs can be harvested in coming days.
The Little Rock Police Department has identified a woman found dead in her home yesterday near Boyle Park, the victim of an apparent homicide. The woman has been identified as Debbie Bush, 56, who lived at the house where her body was found at 4122 Tatum Street. A report says she was an employee of the Little Rock School District.
The prosecutor for the Second Judicial District said today that he has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Paragould OBGYN, on charges that the physician allegedly took nude photos of a patient during an examination. Prosecutors say the allegations came to light after a woman came forward to tell investigators with the Paragould Police Department that she suspected she'd been photographed without her consent while visiting the doctor's office. Paragould requested help from the Arkansas State Police, who handled the investigation.
The Little Rock Police Department is currently on the scene at a house in the 4100 block of Tatum Street, where a woman's body was reported found this morning just after 11 a.m. They are investigating the death as a homicide. Police say the woman's co-worker, who reportedly hadn't heard from her in several days, went to the house and found the body.
A man driving in Izard County was shocked after he saw his own car — which was supposed to be at home in his garage in Baxter County — in front of him on the highway, being towed on a trailer. The Baxter County Sheriff tells KAIT that once the man spotted his car, he called the Sheriff's office, and then followed the truck towing the trailer until it stopped before confronting the man
A harrowing account from the LRPD of a traffic stop that turned into a car chase that turned into a foot chase, with the suspect later arrested on a raft of charges, including DWI and drug counts. Police say Ricard Giacolletti, 33, was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center.
Tragic case out of Garland County, where police say a young man killed his parents, then turned the gun on himself, with their bodies apparently lying undiscovered since the weekend. Police found the bodies of David Ritter, 49, Judy Denise Ritter, 50, and their son Jonathan Ritter, 23, dead inside the house they shared on Blacksnake Road on Tuesday night after relatives called to say they hadn't heard from the three since Saturday.
Maumelle High School was placed on lockdown this morning around 11 a.m. after police responded following a report of a student with a handgun. After a search, police said, an 18-year-old senior, James Zantrese Austin, 18, was arrested and a small-caliber handgun was recovered from a classroom The lockdown has been lifted as of this writing.
KATV has surveillance footage of a confrontation between two elderly patrons of a Chinese restaurant on Geyer Springs Rd. and a woman who police say attacked them after they asked her to stop cursing while on the cell phone.
They couple was eating at Cuisine of China on Geyer Springs Rd. on Sunday night when Bettye Francis, 69, asked Jocelyn J. Thornton, 33, to stop cussing while speaking on a cell phone in a nearby booth. According to police, Thornton shouted and cursed at the couple before shoving and punching Bettye Francis when Francis tried to push her away.
The LRPD says a man killed his father and assaulted his mother last night just before midnight, then yelled for responding officers to shoot him before being tased and taken into custody. Sean Patrick Johnson, 30, was arrested at the home he reportedly shared with his parents, Ronald and Hope Johnson, at 11817 Doe Run Drive in Little Rock. According to a police report, Hope Johnson told officers that her son had assaulted her and Ronald Johnson with a knife. Hope Johnson told officers that her husband and son had struggled over the knife, and that during the fight, Sean Johnson had pushed his father down, kicking and hitting him in the head. Ronald Johnson was later pronounced dead at a local hospital
An argument today at the Edwards Food Giant store at 1701 South Main St. in Little Rock escalated to the point that shots were fired, police said. Lt. Sidney Allen with the Little Rock Police Department said that just before 1 p.m., several subjects were involved in an argument outside the store. As the argument escalated, someone drew a gun and fired several shots. No one was injured, Allen said, but a vehicle was hit.
The Little Rock Police Department responded to a call about an auto burglary on Cumberland Street this morning, only to find a suspect still at the scene, passed out inside the car with a screwdriver in his hand.
Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
The Fayetteville City Clerk's office has certified that enough signatures were gathered to trigger a special election on Fayetteville's new civil rights ordinance, the Fayetteville Flyer reports. The effort to force a popular vote on the ordinance, led by a Repeal 119, a church-led group, gathered 5,714 signatures. Petitioners needed 4,905; the City Clerk's office began certifying the signatures last week and stopped at the end of the day Friday once enough signatures had been validated. The ordinance to discourage discrimination in housing and employment passed in the City Council 6-2 last month. The vote came after 10 hours of discussion, with many conservatives furious because the classes of people protected included gay and transgender people.
Rep. Tom Cotton continues to take a ribbing for his recent ad attempting cover on his vote against the Farm Bill (Cotton, you'll remember, claimed that Obama "hijacked" it and turned it into a food stamp bill; factcheckers pounced). Cotton is trying to have his row crops and eat them too, claiming he supports farm subsidies while voting against them.
The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
A bench warrant has been issued for a man named Aaron M. Lewis on one count of kidnapping in the disappearance of Beverly Carter, 51, a Crye-Leike real estate agent who disappeared after going to show a house on Thursday afternoon. With updated information as of 10:30 p.m..
The Pulaski sheriff's office reported early this morning that the body of Beverly Carter, the real estate agent apparently abducted while showing a home near Scott Thursday evening, had been found in a shallow grad near Cabot. The charges against Arron Lewis, her suspected abuctor, have been upgraded to capital murder.