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Dave Hughes

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Death-penalty waiver sought

Mutilation case’s prosecutor files motion in Circuit Court

Subscriber onlyThe special prosecutor in Rickey Dale Newman's capital murder case wants to waive the death penalty, according to Crawford County Circuit Court records. Continue reading...

Fire Department presses fraud claim over truck loan

Subscriber onlyA volunteer fire department in Scott County has lost a pumper truck and a brush truck to repossession after defaulting on a 2011 loan and is fighting the lender in court to get them back. Continue reading...

Court tosses suit on day care rule

2015 law’s school exemption voids insurance requirement

Subscriber onlyA Pulaski County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three western Arkansas school districts against the Arkansas Department of Human Services after the Arkansas Legislature amended a law requiring operators of licensed day care facilities to have liability insurance. Continue reading...

Treasurer gets 2 years for county funds theft

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Texarkana on Friday sentenced former Lafayette County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keesha Rose to 24 months in prison and ordered her to pay more than $282,000 restitution for stealing county and federal money while in office. Continue reading...

Marshals Stampede draws $250,000

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- An event at the Kay Rodgers Park Expo Center kicked up more than dust last weekend, raising more than $250,000 for the U.S. Marshals Museum, officials said. Continue reading...

Rogers man convicted of kidnapping

Subscriber onlyA U.S. District Court jury has convicted a Rogers man of conspiracy and kidnapping for helping abduct a woman so she wouldn't testify against her ex-boyfriend in a pending criminal case that threatened his National Guard career. Continue reading...

Museum event raises $250,000

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The event at the Kay Rodgers Park Expo Center kicked up more than dust last weekend, raising more than $250,000 for the U.S. Marshals Museum, museum officials say. Continue reading...

Inside thief repays city $245,000

Subscriber onlyFormer Cedarville Recorder-Treasurer Alicson Reding handed over a check for $245,000 minutes before pleading guilty Wednesday to a theft charge accusing her of stealing city money starting in 2008. Continue reading...

Sewer-rate vote delayed till April

Fort Smith director says she wants to weigh public input

Subscriber onlyFort Smith city directors Tuesday delayed action until April 7 on an ordinance that would nearly triple sewer rates by 2017. Continue reading...

Marshals Museum plans unveiled

Design team presents concepts to Fort Smith residents

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Residents got their first glimpse of how a consultant plans to tell the U.S. Marshals Service story at the national museum being planned in Fort Smith. Continue reading...

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Sebastian County officials will soon begin the process of deciding what improvements should be made ...

Sebastian County officials will soon begin the process of deciding what improvements should be made to the county's EMS facility i...

Published: January 5, 2014

The home of Tim and Regina Adams at 2127 Old Rudy Road in Crawford County was the scene of a shootin...

The home of Tim and Regina Adams at 2127 Old Rudy Road in Crawford County was the scene of a shooting that left Tim Adams, two of ...

Published: December 5, 2013

Kristi Pfeiffer of Paris carries on the tradition of being the first to stomp the grapes Saturday at...

Kristi Pfeiffer of Paris carries on the tradition of being the first to stomp the grapes Saturday at Cowie Wine Cellars' wine fes...

Published: September 15, 2013

Andrew Smith (left) with Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, Mo., describes features of the planned aqua...

Andrew Smith (left) with Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, Mo., describes features of the planned aquatics center at Ben Geren Park ...

Published: February 7, 2013

Fort Smith directors discussed the regulation of digital billboards like this one at Phoenix Avenue ...

Fort Smith directors discussed the regulation of digital billboards like this one at Phoenix Avenue and Old Greenwood Road during ...

Published: January 23, 2013

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