Arkansas News for Monday September 25th, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sixty years after nine black teenagers were escorted by federal troops through the doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, few white and minority students share a classroom. The Little Rock School District, which includes Central, is about two-thirds black and has been under state control since 2015. The district has seen an increase in the number of charter schools in recent years that opponents say contributes to self-segregation. Nationally, the numbers are similarly stark.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The nine black teenagers who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in September 1957 all went on to seek higher education. Eight remain alive. While they’re most known for their collective story, they have their individual achievements as well.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith police have arrested a man on a domestic battery complaint after his 2-year-old son died at a hospital from what authorities called “suspicious injuries. ” Police took 32-year-old Terrell Powell into custody Saturday after child was brought to the emergency room with bleeding of the brain and facial injuries.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police are investigating a fatal collision involving a Maumelle police officer. Maumelle Police Capt. Jim Hansard says Officer Christopher Cruse was traveling north on Arkansas Highway 100 while responding to a call for service about 1 a.m. Saturday when he struck a jeep traveling south in the northbound lanes. Little Rock television station KATV reports that the driver of the jeep, identified as 22-year old Anthony Walker of Maumelle, was killed.
Arkansas News for Wednesday September 20th, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say an inmate was hospitalized with a head injury and the incident is being investigated by state police. The Department of Correction said the inmate, 34-year-old James Walker, was taken by ambulance from the Cummins Unit in Grady to an area hospital to treat a head injury.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Republican governor is backing a revived effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying the latest measure addresses his concerns that past proposals would have shifted too much in cost to the states. Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters he supports the legislation backed by the White House and Senate leaders that would replace much of Obama’s health law with block grants to states.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge says prison officials must release the package label from a recently acquired lethal injection drug, saying manufacturers don’t enjoy the same secrecy as others under the state’s execution procedures. Lawyer Steven Shults says Arkansas’ Freedom of Information law requires disclosure. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce on Tuesday rejected the state’s argument that privacy granted to drug sellers and suppliers in Arkansas’ execution law also extends to manufacturers.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man charged with first-degree murder in the road-rage killing of a 3-year-old boy has been found mentally competent. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a judge on Monday found 33-year-old Gary Eugene Holmes of Little Rock fit to proceed and scheduled his trial to begin Feb. 13. Holmes has pleaded not guilty in the Dec. 17, 2016, fatal shooting of Acen Ameer King in Little Rock.
Arkansas News for Tuesday September 19th, 2017
BRICKEYS, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Police will investigate the death of an inmate who was discovered unconscious in his cell by correction officers. The state Department of Correction says in a statement that 50-year-old inmate Anthony Howard died late Friday at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys when he didn’t regain consciousness after emergency treatment. The death added to widespread prison unrest this year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Would-be growers and distributors of Arkansas’ initial medical marijuana crop flooded a state office building waiting for their turn to submit applications. Ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline, there was about a three-hour wait for applicants at the Department of Finance and Administration Building. At the end of the day, about 300 firms or individuals had applied to grow or distribute marijuana
BENTON, Ark. (AP) — A central Arkansas deputy sheriff has been arrested on battery, assault and terroristic threatening charges. Saline County jail records show Pulaski County Deputy Daniel Cantwell was booked into jail shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Cody Burk said Cantwell has been placed on paid leave and an internal investigation has begun.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says five people in a pickup truck were killed when they crashed into a creek in northeastern Oklahoma. Donovan Caldwell was driving the pickup shortly before 10:45 p.m. Sunday when it went off the road and struck a guardrail in Tahlequah, about 70 miles east of Tulsa. The truck veered across the road, slammed through a guardrail and plummeted about 35 feet into the creek, landing on its top.
Arkansas News for Monday September 18th, 2017
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says five people were killed when the pickup truck they were in crashed into a creek in northeastern Oklahoma. An OHP report says 18-year-old Donovan Caldwell of Muskogee, 18-year-old Jessica Swartwout of McAlester, 19-year-old Drake Wells of Thackerville, 18-year-old Rhianna Seely of Salina and 18-year-old Lily Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas, were each dead at the scene of the crash near Tahlequah. The report says the cause of the crash has not been determined.
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Police is investigating the in-custody death of a man who went into medical distress after authorities say he began fighting with sheriff’s deputies. The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that deputies were aiding an ambulance on a medical call Saturday when a man in the area started acting “disorderly.”
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas trial has been delayed for a Tennessee rapper and his bodyguard, who face federal weapons charges The scheduled Monday trial of Ricky Hampton, who performs as Finese2Tymes, and bodyguard Kentrell Gwynn, both of Memphis, was postponed on Friday until March 19. Hampton is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a shooting outside an east Arkansas nightclub and Gwynn is charged with providing a felon with a firearm and providing armed security to a felon.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police say a woman has died and an officer was injured in an apartment fire in North Little Rock. Police say firefighters were called Saturday morning and found the woman after forcing their way into the apartment. Police say the woman was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her name has not been released. A police officer who responded to the fire was treated for smoke inhalation.
Arkansas News for Friday September 15th, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Georgia Power Company says an Arkansas man was injured while helping restore power in Georgian following Hurricane Irma. Georgia Power spokeswoman Ashley West said Thursday that the company’s top priority is the safety of the workers and said their thoughts and prayers are with the lineman’s family. The man’s name, hometown and details of the accident were not released.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Enhanced security measures will be in place at North Little Rock High School football games after a shooting last week that injured a teenager. The North Little Rock School District says all bags and purses will be scanned at the high school’s stadium, and more police officers will be present at Friday’s game against Little Rock Parkview.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposed policy change for Little Rock’s airport would ban medical marijuana use for all airport employees even if they qualify to use it. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the proposed change at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport comes in response to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. The amendment passed in November allows doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from specific medical conditions.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A government agency survey says the percentage of Arkansas residents with health care insurance is on the rise, putting the state above the national average. According to the survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of uninsured residents dropped last year by almost 46,000 to nearly 231,800. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state ranked 25th in the percentage of residents with coverage last year, an improvement from 2015 when the state ranked 30th.
Arkansas News for Thursday September 14th, 2017
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Police say a woman has been found dead in a car in the parking lot of a northwest Arkansas hospital. Springdale Police Lt. Jeff Taylor told KHOG that the woman was found Wednesday morning outside Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. Her name was not released and Taylor says the body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and for positive identification.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Voters in Baxter County have approved two sales tax measures that will expand the county jail and fund Mountain Home’s fire and police departments. Voters on Tuesday approved an eight-month, 1 percent sales tax that will pay for 50 new beds at the Baxter County jail, along with a 0.25 percent sales tax to pay for maintenance and operation at the jail. In Mountain Home, voters approved a 0.375 percent sales tax that will support police and fire departments in the city.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — City leaders in northwest Arkansas have been advised to reject a settlement in a lawsuit that accuses them of violating the Freedom of Information Act by discussing city business in emails. Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen filed two FOIA lawsuits on behalf of a resident. His settlement offer requires the city directors to admit that the emails violated the act by holding informal meetings. But the city’s attorney, Jerry Canfield, recommends that the city directors reject the offer.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Firefighters say a woman was found dead following a house fire in northwest Arkansas. The Rogers Fire Department says it was called shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday to the home on the city’s east side. Firefighters say the woman lived alone in the home. Her name hasn’t been released.
Wednesday September 13th, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors say two central Arkansas police officers who fatally shot a man in Little Rock’s downtown entertainment district won’t face criminal charges. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that officers Brian Osmundson and Samuel Hill have been cleared in the March 26 death of 54-year-old Michael Hornibrook. Authorities have said that Hornibrook pointed a handgun at the officers before they opened fire on him.
NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of a 10-month-old infant. Jail records show that the man from Newport is being held in the Jackson County jail. Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed. KAIT-TV reports that police were called to an apartment complex in Newport on Sunday where they found the baby dead.
WEINER, Ark. (AP) — Tigers, lions and a leopard that were recently discovered in a warehouse in northeastern Arkansas will soon be flown to Germany. The big cats are former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus animals. Local authorities found them Saturday. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that animals will be flown to Germany next week.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A judge has halted a lawsuit filed by reality TV personality Josh Duggar over the release of information related to allegations that he sexually abused his sisters as a child. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal judge issued the ruling Monday in the lawsuit filed against city officials in Springdale. The decision stops proceedings until the judge decides on the city’s motion to dismiss the case.
Sunday September 3rd, 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senior forward Arlando Cook has been arrested on accusations of first-degree assault, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Cook was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 2:48 a.m. Saturday and was released just before noon on a $1,250 bond. Jail records do not indicate if Cook has an attorney. A Fayetteville police report says officers found Cook punching a man who appeared to be unconscious. Officers say Cook had watery and bloodshot eyes and spelled of alcohol.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Another 1,500 soldiers and airmen from the Arkansas National Guard are headed to south Texas to aid the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. They’re joining about 30 guard members already in Texas in the Arkansas guard’s largest domestic mobilization since Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area in 2005. Maj. Will Phillips said Friday that soldiers are taking power generators and a variety of vehicles, including wreckers, maintenance trucks, fuelers, water trailers and command vehicles.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A surging stock market is giving a financial boost to some of Arkansas’ public retirement systems. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the value of the Arkansas State Highway Employees Retirement System’s investments increased by $49 million to $1.35 billion and showed a return on investments of 11.21 percent in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The Arkansas Judicial Retirement System’s investments rose in value by $25 million to $240.9 million in the fiscal year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A first-degree murder charge has been filed against a 31-year-old Arkansas man in the death of his wife. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Terry Dale Marshall Jr. was charged on Friday in the death of his wife, 31-year-old Brittany Marshall. Police officers in Batesville found the victim’s body on Thursday in the bed of a truck at a business near the White River Juvenile Detention Center. Authorities did not reveal how the woman was killed.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
SEVERE WEATHER-ARKANSAS-DISASTER REQUEST
Arkansas federal lawmakers support state’s disaster request
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation have written to President Donald Trump in support of a federal disaster declaration for the state as a result of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that struck the state in April and May.
Republican Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman say in a letter sent Tuesday that state and local officials are working to clean up and rebuild following the storms, but that federal assistance is needed to help in the recovery.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has requested a disaster declaration for 31 counties after the storms that are blamed for 10 deaths and millions of dollars in property and agricultural damage.
Editors: Counties in the disaster request are: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Faulkner, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell.
Police: Man fatally shot by 4-year-old in eastern Arkansas
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — Police say a 29-year-old man was fatally shot by a 4-year-old child in eastern Arkansas.
Police in Helena-West Helena told reporters Courtney Craig was pronounced dead at a hospital where he was taken following the shooting Friday.
Police also say three men who took Craig to the hospital were arrested for tampering with evidence and two of the men face additional weapons charges.
Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.
Police say the child’s mother was also questioned, but was not arrested and the child was placed into the custody of a family member.
STREET SWEEPER CRASH
2 hurt after street sweeper crashes into Benton County home
(Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com)
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and an infant were injured after a street sweeper crashed into a home in Benton County.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Benton County crews were cleaning roads and filling pot holes Tuesday morning when the machine crashed into the home in the Monte Ne area. Authorities say the machine pinned the infant and woman in the home, and it took about 30 minutes to extricate them.
Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins says both were seriously injured and taken to a hospital.
Another child who was in the home wasn’t injured.
Trial delayed for Arkansas man accused of slaying 2 men
(Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com)
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A capital-murder trial has been postponed for a man accused of shooting two men and crushing their bodies in a car at an Arkansas salvage yard.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Judge William Pearson agreed to defense attorneys’ request and postponed the June 12 trial for 36-year-old Tyler Barefield on Monday.
Barefield’s attorneys said in a motion filed May 26 that more time was needed for the defense to complete its investigation of the incident.
In a response motion, Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons said if the court delayed the trial then “all of the time encompassed by the continuance should be excluded for purposes of the speedy trial rule.”
Barefield was arrested in 2016 in the deaths of Beau Dewitt and Aaron Brock. He is free on $850,000 bail.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.
DUGGAR SISTERS-PRIVACY LAWSUIT
Josh Duggar seeks to join sisters’ privacy suit
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for reality TV personality Josh Duggar say he faced “unwarranted public scrutiny” after his sisters were revealed to have told police they’d been molested by him.
Duggar’s lawyers made the comment in a complaint in which he’s seeking to join his sisters’ breach-of-privacy lawsuit. They’re suing the city of Springdale and Washington County, Arkansas, and publishers of InTouch Weekly, which first revealed their identities.
The siblings were among the “19 Kids and Counting” on the TLC reality show that chronicled the personal life of Arkansas parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The show was pulled from the network after reports surfaced in 2015 that Josh Duggar had molested sisters Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar.
The siblings allege investigators promised them confidentiality after a tipster reported the molestation.
FLASH FLOODING DEATH-ARKANSAS
Body found in Missouri lake identified as Arkansas woman
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A coroner has identified remains found in Bull Shoals Lake as an Arkansas woman who was swept away by floodwaters in Branson, Missouri.
Branson Police Chief Stan Dobbins tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that 31-year-old Whitney McDonald’s remains were discovered by a fisherman at 6:30 a.m. Saturday in Forsyth, Missouri.
Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy said Monday that McDonald, of Nashville, Arkansas, was found about 17 miles from where her car was swept off the road on May 28 at 12:10 a.m.
Police have also recovered the bodies of 31-year-old Antonio Finley and 17-year-old Kaliea Munn from McDonald’s car. Two other passengers managed to escape the car.
The National Weather Service initiated a flash flood emergency for Branson and Taney County on May 27.