Worst deja vu all over again
Just like New Year's Eve 2011, New Year's Eve 2012 saw Beebe once again covered in tiny corpses as over 400 blackbirds dropped dead, littering yards on New Year's Day. Authorities blamed illegal fireworks, which roused the night-blind birds from their roosts and caused them to run into buildings, trees and cars.
Worst conflict resolution
The Little Rock Police Department SWAT Team rolled on a house near downtown in January after 911 operators received a call from a woman saying she was being held hostage by a man with a gun. After a tense standoff in which several tear gas canisters were fired into the house, both the man and woman emerged. Only then, police said, did the woman tell officers that she had actually called 911 to try and scare the man into giving her a set of car keys.
Best missing the point
A girl was shot in Little Rock during a street brawl that police said began when two groups started arguing while watching the city's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade
Worst train/motorcycle wreck
On April Fool's Day, University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino took a spill on his Harley while riding on a twisty rural road in North Arkansas, which might have not been big news if the 51-year-old married father of four hadn't had his comely, 25-year-old mistress — who Petrino had hired as a team coordinator four days before the wreck — on the back of the bike. After waiting over a week to 'fess up to an "improper relationship," Petrino was canned on April 10.
Petrino was fired from the University "with cause," which meant he didn't get the $18 million dollar buyout stipulated in his contract.
That would be one Nimrod Lumpkin, who filed for a marriage license in Pulaski County in late February. At press time, William Faulkner was unavailable for comment on how a character had escaped from one of his books.
During the discovery phase for a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by former Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper, it was disclosed that Camper had admitted to having sex with a stripper in the county morgue.
In June, two men were arrested at the Lowe's home improvement store in Fayetteville after they passed out in a parking lot floral display after huffing a can of keyboard duster.
In March, a teenager in Rogers pulled a prank in which she texted "I hid the body... now what?" to a random phone number. That random number happened to belong to a local police detective, who quickly tracked her down. She was let go with a warning.
In March, police in Lake Village said that two Louisiana men were so busy fist-fighting in the middle of Highway 82 in Chicot County around 1:30 a.m. that they never saw an oncoming 18-wheeler. Both were killed.
Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born musician who fronted The Band, died on April 19.
The Humane Society of the Ozarks put out an urgent call for foster families in November after 65 Chihuahuas were rescued from a single mobile home in West Fork.
An Associated Press story in March about attempts by the town of Harrison (which the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center said is "a gathering point for white supremacists") to shed its racist image featured one white resident quoted as saying: "How can it be a racist town if there's no blacks here?"
In April, a man attempted the armed robbery of a convenience store in Fort Smith. His weapon: a pair of hot dog tongs from the store's food counter. "He attempted to rob the place," a Fort Smith Police Department spokesman later told a local TV station, "but really, I guess, nobody took him seriously enough to actually give him money." The man was arrested and charged with robbery.
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