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Sunday open line: chief state ranger found dead; Mike Ross goes on TV

Posted By on Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The Sunday line is open. It appears Little Rock has dodged precipitation if not cold weather. Other news:

click to enlarge PAMELA DIGMAN: Charged in husband's death.
  • PAMELA DIGMAN: Charged in husband's death.
* CHIEF RANGER FOUND DEAD: The Pulaski sheriff's office has issued the following statement:

Today at 1139 hours, Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 23919 Highway 300 [Roland] in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival Deputies located a deceased male at the residence. The male has been identified as Jerry Digman. Digman was the Chief Ranger for the Arkansas State Parks and Tourism (Law Enforcement Division). A next of kin notification has been made.

No other details have been released so far.  No arrests have been made.

UPDATE: His wife Pamela, 55, has been charged with shooting him multiple times in a domestic dispute.  The sheriff's report quotes her as saying she shot her husband, a retired State Police investigator, after an altercation. UPDATE II: Democrat-Gazette says Digman's attorney indicated it was a case of self-defense. Bond was set at $300,000.

* MIKE ROSS BEGINS CAMPAIGN SEASON: Mike Ross is hitting TV tonight during the GoDaddy bowl game in which Arkansas State is playing with a 30-second ad in which ASU alum Gov. Mike Beebe endorses the candidate to succeed him. It will air elsewhere in coming days. Watch it below. From the news release:

Ross said he was proud to have Governor Beebe’s support and active involvement in the campaign.

“Arkansas has made tremendous progress under Governor Beebe – which is why he continues to be the most popular governor in America,” said Ross. “I am very proud to have Governor Beebe’s endorsement and his support for our campaign focused on Arkansas’s future. I want to build on the foundations Governor Beebe has laid in the areas of education, job creation, tax relief and fiscal responsibility, and I want to use my experience of bringing people together to unite this state and make Arkansas an even better place to call home.”

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