The Friday afternoon open line | Arkansas Blog

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Friday afternoon open line

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 3:27 PM

click to enlarge SNOW DAY WORK: A creative snowman at Knoop Park, with Little Rock skyline in the background. - MARIAN BERRY
  • Marian Berry
  • SNOW DAY WORK: A creative snowman at Knoop Park, with Little Rock skyline in the background.

No video and no podcast today. Though the streets are clear downtown now, they weren't this morning. So here's the week-ending open line. And some final news on the criminal front.

* FEEDING PROGRAM FRAUD: More evidence of fraud in federally sponsored feeding programs for the underprivileged, this from the Western District of Arkansas. Acting U.S. Attorney Kenneth Elser announced guilty pleas from Ronald Murphy, 70, and Domanique Robinson, 40, both of El Dorado for fraud-related charges. A news release said Murphy owned the South West Economic Development Association, which provided afterschool and summer food through the 2nd Chance at Life program from 2011 through 2014. Robinson was program director at 2nd Chance. An investigation found inflated claims on the number of children served and employees at DHS conspired with them to overpay, an estimated $250,000. A number of other indictments preceded this case in the Eastern District of Arkansas and named as co-conspirators former DHS employees. They'll be sentenced later.

* CHILD PORN IN FAYETTEVILLE: Elser's office also announced another child porn case in Fayetteville. Jeremy Kelley, 42, of Prairie Grove was found guilty at trial of four counts of receipt and one count of possession of child pornagry. Images were found on a computer at his home. He was indicted last June. Sentencing will be later, with a maximum sentnece on each charge of 20 years.

* CHILD PORN IN LITTLE ROCK: In Little Rock, the attorney general's office announced a conviction in Pulaski Circuit Court of Roberto Almaraz, 49, of Little Rock, for 10 counts of distribution, possession or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children. He was sentenced to 30 years. Materials were found after investigators served a search warrant at his home.

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (39)

Showing 1-39 of 39

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-39 of 39

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016
  • Two plead in fraud of sheriff's office

    A former employee of the Pulaski County sheriff and a North Little Rock woman who sold goods to the sheriff's office have pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to steal from the sheriff's office, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Policy group urges opposition to new charter seats in Little Rock

    The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is urging supporters of the Little Rock School District to tell state Board of Education members they oppose applications to be heard this week to dramatically expand the number of charter school seats in the Little Rock School District.
    • Mar 9, 2016

Most Shared

  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

  • Dear Little Rock,

    This is not a love letter, Little Rock, though we do love you. This is an intervention.
  • The Monday Democrat-Gazette was slimmer this morning

    Did your Monday morning Arkansas Democrat-Gazette include a business section?
  • Criticism arises on Hutchinson appointee to dental board

    Criticism has arisen of Gov. Asa Hutchinson for not taking a Dental Association recommendation for a dental regulatory board appointment and appointing instead someone with a record of dental practice violations in the early 1990s.
  • Hog football: The lawyers take over

    If you believe social media, it's all over but the post-season buyout for Razorback football coach Bret Bielema. That means, in turn, that the issue of what the coach's contract buyout is worth is not just an academic question.
  • Sabin raises $100,000 for mayor's race

    Michael Cook, a political consultant, has issued a news release saying state Rep. Warwick Sabin has raised $100,000 for his race for Little Rock mayor against incumbent Mayor Mark Stodola.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation