Arkansas Law Enforcement

2 Men Sentenced In Arkansas Election Fraud Case

May 23, 2013

Two men who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in an election fraud case involving a former east Arkansas lawmaker have been sentenced to home confinement and probation.

Federal court records show that Phillip Wayne Carter was sentenced Wednesday to five months of home confinement. Sam Malone was sentenced Tuesday to 7.2 months of home confinement. Both men were also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

Former Arkansas Youth Coach To Be Sentenced For Sex Charge

May 22, 2013
Walter Richard Roberts
Evan Lewis / The Texarkana Gazette

Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who pleaded guilty to molesting young players.

Prosecutors are limited in the sentence they can pursue for 60-year-old Walter Richard Roberts of Texarkana, Arkansas because he pleaded guilty to alleged offenses that occurred in 1992.

Arkansas Man Gets 12 Years For Striking Missouri Joggers

May 22, 2013
Vincent Anderson
The Southeast Missourian

An Arkansas man who admitted driving into a group of joggers in southeast Missouri has been given a 12-year prison term.

The Southeast Missourian reports 19-year-old Vincent Anderson, of Little Rock, was sentenced Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court.

Anderson pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, admitting he drove directly at the joggers in downtown Cape Girardeau last Oct. 28 in a stolen car.

Arkansas GOP House Leader Calls For Shoffner's Removal

May 21, 2013
Martha Shoffner
Danny Johnston / AP Photo

The top Republican in the Arkansas House is calling on the governor to begin the process to remove state Treasurer Martha Shoffner over federal charges she accepted cash from an investment broker.

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman on Tuesday asked Gov. Mike Beebe to convene lawmakers to remove Shoffner, a day after she appeared in court on federal extortion charges.

Arkansas Teen Killed By Flying Storm Debris

May 21, 2013

Authorities say a teenager was killed in northwest Arkansas on Monday night when storm debris crashed into his car. 

Arkansas State Police say 19-year-old Austin Deere of Prairie Grove died at about 7:30 p.m. Monday while driving on U.S. 412 in Springdale.

A preliminary report says a street sign that was uprooted by high winds landed on top of Deere's car. Deere was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County coroner.

The Storm Prediction Center says a wind gust of 69 mph was recorded in Springdale at the same time as the accident.

State Agency Warns Arkansas Taxpayers Of Email Scam

May 16, 2013

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is warning state taxpayers of an email scam that seeks personal information.

The department says the sender of the email claims that the recipient's tax return is being reviewed by Arkansas Revenue Services and asks the person to click on a link to learn more about the complaint.

DFA says there is no state agency called Arkansas Revenue Services and that the DFA does not send out unsolicited emails.

Arkansas Department of Community Correction Women's Choir
Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Advocates for families affected by incarceration took part in an event at the Capitol Friday. Dee Ann Newell runs Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, a nonprofit that raises awareness about the growing numbers of incarcerated mothers and the issues that affect their children.

Garland County Man Sentenced In Hotel Copper Theft

May 8, 2013

A man accused of stealing copper from a vacant hotel in downtown Hot Springs has been sentenced to three years in prison. 

Authorities say the theft was from the Majestic Hotel on Park Avenue, just above the city's busy Bathhouse Row.

The Sentinel-Record reports Richard Dewayne Clift pleaded guilty Monday to felony counts of commercial burglary and theft of scrap material.

A prosecutor says no credible new evidence has come up to point to a new suspect in the killings of three West Memphis Cub Scouts 20 years ago.

Eight-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers disappeared 20 years ago Sunday. Their bodies were found the next day. Prosecutor Scott Ellington told The Jonesboro Sun that his office gets calls and tips weekly - but no credible evidence has been presented to change his opinion that the three men originally convicted in the case are guilty.

Randeep Mann Resentenced To Life

May 1, 2013

A former Russellville doctor convicted of plotting a bombing that nearly killed the head of the Arkansas medical board has again been sentenced to life in prison. Randeep Mann was resentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock. 

Mann was sentenced in 2009 to life in prison for a bombing that injured Dr. Trent Pierce outside his home in West Memphis. A federal appeals panel upheld Mann's convictions but ruled that the sentencing range was miscalculated because it shouldn't have included an allegation that he assaulted an inmate.