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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two NLR aldermen indicted

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Yes, something was up in North Little Rock.

The Times of North Little Rock breaks the news that TWO North Little Rock aldermen have been named in a federal indictment -- Ward 3 Aldermen Cary Gaines and Sam Baggett.

Gaines, indirectly named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a recent indictment of an alleged  Cabot bookie, is now charged in a kickback scheme with the bookie. He will be accused of scheming to steer city business in a way to pay off debts to the bookie.

Baggett, a barber, is accused of selling guns to the bookie, a convicted felon.

Phone records obtained by the Times show that the FBI has been talking to Mayor Pat Hays about the case.

“I was aware of some aspects of the investigation,” Hays said Wednesday night. “The charges related to Alderman Baggett, that was surprising and saddening.

“This is a sad chapter in the history of this city. When you have two council members who have been indicted with crimes.”

Hays has a long-running relationship with Baggett.

“He’s been cutting my hair for the last 10 or 15 years,” he said. “I’ve known him for even longer. I was the one who appointed him to the Planning Commission.”

PS -- Gaines resigned from the Council recently expecting this development. Baggett remains a member. Oldtimers will appreciate that I got a call today from Darrell Glascock (if you don't know, don't ask) inquiring about this case and the local reaction to Huckabee's clemency for the cop killer. He's still a political strategist, based in Central Louisiana, with Democrats, parish governments and loggers among his clients.

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