Arkansas Law Enforcement

An aerial view of a wildfire near Charleston, Arkansas from November, 2017.
Arkansas Forestry Commission

Arkansas fire departments will be better equipped to fight wildfires in the coming months as the state enters what is traditionally the summer wildfire season. The Arkansas Forestry Commission announced Wednesday it had received $200,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to purchase 67 wildfire suppression kits and give them to volunteer fire departments statewide.

Daniel Breen / KUAR News

Law enforcement and education officials from around the state are meeting in North Little Rock this week to discuss best practices for improving school security.

The 14th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference comes one week after the Arkansas School Safety Commission released its preliminary report on how to thwart and respond to threats of school violence.

Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The latest effort to combat public corruption in Arkansas is coming from the state’s top law enforcement official.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Wednesday her office is forming a Public Integrity Division under the existing Special Investigations Department to investigate claims of corruption against public officials.

Rutledge noted the division’s creation is not intended as a direct response to a slew of convictions of former legislators and lobbyists for misdirecting or misusing state general improvement money.

Arkansas Identification Driver's License
Department of Finance and Administration

Arkansas is changing the design and features on state driver’s licenses and identification cards. The Department of Finance and Administration announced Tuesday that the redesigned cards will be available at certain revenue offices starting next month.

The IDs feature imagery of diamonds and the state Capital’s golden doors. The changes are not just cosmetic. The cards also make use of new security features such as a ghost image to denote legitimate IDs.

Science Cafe: Police Forensic Science In Little Rock

May 25, 2018

Forensic science is wildly popular across many age ranges and career levels, thanks in part to very successful crime dramas on TV over the last couple of decades.

Meagan Buchert, Crime Scene Specialist with the Little Rock Police Department came into our studio to talk about what the real world of CSI. She discussed the process of working a crime scene, the evidence that is collected and what can be learned from that evidence.

David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock Police Department hopes a new hiring process and financial incentives will keep the department fully staffed.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined Police Chief Kenton Buckner at the unveiling of a new website designed to attract candidates. A $5,000 bonus and a 5 percent annual raise are part of the financial package being offered to new recruits.

The May 22nd Democratic primary ballot features the deciding race for Pulaski County Sheriff. The winner will be unopposed in the November general election. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports on the contest between Carl Minden and Eric Higgins. Sheriff Doc Holladay is not running for re-election.

Take a listen to the audio link above for the full story. 

Andre Jackson
Little Rock PD

Arkansas authorities are searching for the man accused of killing an Italian tourist after he was mistakenly released from prison two months ago.

KATV-TV reports that a judge issued a new arrest warrant Friday for Andre Jackson of Little Rock. He's charged in the July fatal shooting of Carlo Marigliano.

Family members say Marigliano was traveling with friends in the U.S. before leaving the group to visit other areas on his way to Arizona.

Elsbeth Kittinger
Arkansas State Police

Authorities say an Arkansas State Police trooper was shot and wounded during a traffic stop in southwest Arkansas.

State police say Trooper Kyle Sheldon remains hospitalized in stable condition after the shooting Sunday night in Rockport, about 40 miles southwest of Little Rock. State police say Sheldon's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

According to state police, a driver opened fire on Sheldon during the traffic stop. Officers with the Malvern Police Department, who were nearby and responding to an unrelated call, returned fire on the suspect.

Central High School
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Hundreds of students at Little Rock’s Central High School walked out of class Wednesday in a show of solidarity with young people conducting similar demonstrations at schools across the nation and outside the White House.

At Central, students chanted slogans like “books not bullets” and “this is what democracy looks like,” while holding handmade signs that read things like “Never again,” “Central stands with Parkland,” and “Why are we still talking about this?”

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