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Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 09:53:00

French Hill to join anti-violence leaders for MacArthur Park press conference

A press release from the office of Arkansas Congressman French Hill says that Hill will join a press conference set for tomorrow that will spotlight the efforts of the Victory Over Violence Coalition, which seeks to promote peaceful resolution of conflict.The press conference will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Little Rock's MacArthur Park, at the corner of E. 9th and Commerce Streets.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 21:24:00

LR Police Chief, Mayor, City Manager talk crime at Ron Robinson

The top three leaders of Little Rock turned out to Ron Robinson Theater tonight for a wide-ranging discussion about Little Rock's violent crime rate and what to do about it, with topics eventually including police recruiting and why the city has devoted police cameras and manpower to watch homeless people along the 1100 block of Markham, where a church that feeds the homeless a few times a month operates.  On hand were LRPD Chief Kenton Buckner, Mayor Mark Stodola and City Manager Bruce Moore, with Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson serving as moderator.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 11:44:00

18 new officers graduate LRPD Recruit School

The Little Rock Police Department graduated 18 new officers today, beginning to fill a large number of vacancies city officials have said are hindering the department from stopping the rise in crime.

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Friday, August 4, 2017 - 11:12:00

Asa Hutchinson III carrying concealed handgun with an expired license in DWI arrest, dash cam footage shows

Hutchinson appears to be very disoriented in the dash cam footage. He tells the officer he thinks he's heading north when he was, in fact, traveling south. After he's handcuffed, the state trooper asks Hutchinson, "Anything on you you're not supposed to have?" After mumbling unintelligibly, Hutchinson tells the trooper he has a gun. Hutchinson is asked if he has a concealed carry license, and he admits that it has expired.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:14:00

Arkansas one of only four states to see increases in crime and incarceration rates from 2000-2015

Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and West Virginia were the only four states in the country to experience both increases in crime and incarceration rates from 2000 to 2015, according to a July research brief from the Vera Institute for Justice.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 17:35:00

Victims describe Power Ultra Lounge mass shooting

Four victims of the Power Ultra Lounge mass shooting talk about their experiences.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 08:08:00

Twelve-year-old boy charged with capital murder in Fouke

A 12-year-old boy alleged to have shot a convenience store clerk in Fouke has been charged with capital murder.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 15:02:00

KARK and Fox16 launch anti-violence initiative

KARK and Fox16, in response to the fatal shootings late last year or two toddlers, are launching an anti-violence campaign.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 12:38:00

State Rep. Micah Neal pleads guilty to taking kickbacks from government grants

Micah Neal, a Republican state representative from Springdale who abruptly dropped out of a race for Washington County judge last summer for "family and business" reasons, has pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from government money funneled to non-profit agencies. A news release indicates at least one other legislator is involved.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 18:53:26

Multiple slayings ring in New Year: UPDATE: deadly shootout in police standoff with Tuesday slaying suspect

Quite an opener to 2017 in Arkansas, with four gun homicides and then a police standoff with another slaying suspect that concluded with death of the suspect.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:31:00

Jermain Taylor avoids jail time on assault charges

Jermain Taylor, the boxer, was in Circuit Court today for sentencing on assault convictions by Circuit Judge Leon Johnson. He received a suspended sentence.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:33:00

Video: Inside Varner Supermax

It's important to appreciate the little things ... like the fact that, on this lovely April morning, you're not locked up for life inside the near-colorless concrete tomb that is the Arkansas Department of Correction's Varner Supermax Prison near Grady in Lincoln County. A rather haunting video posted to the ADC's Youtube page features a series of rarely-seen views inside Varner.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 18:29:00

Criminal Justice Task Force recommends allowing appeals of sentences

Sentences doled out by state judges in criminal cases should be appealable, a legislative task force recommended today. Currently, those who are convicted of crimes have no judicial means for challenging the severity of their punishment. Also, debate about racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 15:52:00

Bookout sentenced to 18 months in prison

Paul Bookout, the former Senate president pro tem who pleaded guilty to felony mail fraud last year, was sentenced to 18 months of federal prison today. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller also ordered Bookout to pay $150,048 in restitution, according to court records. He's to report to prison May 2.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 10:17:00

Cotton's condemnation of federal sentencing reform earns two Pinocchios

Tom Cotton, never missing a chance to take a hard line policy stance, is leading the opposition to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a Senate bill that seeks to address mass incarceration at the federal level by reducing the length of mandatory minimum sentences. The bill has broad bipartisan support, including from the Koch brothers, the ACLU and the White House. Cotton's statements against the bill are highly misleading, the Washington Post finds.

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 08:32:00

Prisoner escapes south Arkansas jail, search underway

Paul Grice, 38, has been serving a sentence for second-degree murder and residential burglary since 1998. He evidently escaped by covering a razor wire fence with a blanket and climbing over.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 15:28:00

Little Rock police may have found human remains near Fourche Creek

KARK's Shannon Miller reports that police are searching near the Fourche Creek area by University and Colonel Glenn for what could be human remains. Detectives indicated they may have found a human leg, according to Miller.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 21:07:00

KARK reports third homicide in 24 hours

A 25-year-old fatally shot at 14 Baltimore St. marks the third homicide Little Rock has seen in 24 hours, KARK reports. The first victim was Junius Pitts, Jr., 19 — shot in the 5400 block of Asher shortly after midnight. Eunice Lopez, 27, was shot in the 8400 block of Keats Dr. at around 10 a.m. Lopez was reportedly holding her child at the time of the shooting.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 11:44:00

Former Arvest Bank official sentenced to eight years in federal prison for bank fraud

Arkansas Business reports that H. Dennis Smiley Jr. was sentenced today to 97 months in federal prison. Smiley, the former president of Arvest Bank's Benton County market, pleaded guilty to bank fraud last August. Smiley was also ordered to pay restitution of $4.9 million and two years of supervised release will follow his prison sentence.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 15:59:00

Former state Rep. Dennis Young: state must pass criminal justice reform legislation

Dennis Young, who recently served on the Arkansas Parole Board and during the 1990s served as a state legislator from Texarkana, weighs in on criminal justice reform.

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