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Man enters plea in church’s theft

Subscriber onlyA Van Buren man has pleaded innocent in Crawford County Circuit Court to a theft charge accusing him of stealing $94,000 over 3½ years from the church for which he worked. Continue reading...

Property forfeited in court finding

Planes, cars, cash surpass $450,000

Subscriber onlyA federal court judge on Thursday in Fayetteville ordered the forfeiture of more than $450,000 in cash and property that the government contends Rogers businessman James Bolt obtained by fraud. Continue reading...

Mayor: Accused chief put on leave

Subscriber onlyThe police chief of Bull Shoals who is charged in federal court, accused of using excessive force in arresting a suspect last year has been placed on administrative leave by the town’s mayor. Continue reading...

Mistrial declared after jury deviates

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — A Sebastian County circuit judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in a murder case after learning jurors received information not presented to them in court. Continue reading...

Murder suspect’s accounts at odds

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — A Fort Smith man charged with murdering a woman last year said when first interviewed by Fort Smith police that he barely knew her, but later said he thought of her as a sister. Continue reading...

Hair dispute starts strangulation trial

Strand from suspect on victim’s jacket

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — The state’s evidence is insufficient to prove that Kevyphonh Sounyaphong strangled Sakounsouk Vilayhong last year, Sounyaphong’s attorney told a Sebastian County Circuit Court jury Monday. Continue reading...

U.S. brief scoffs at ‘misgivings’ rationale

New York lawyer knowingly accepted deal to plead guilty, prosecutor says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — An associate of former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber presented no valid reason for a judge to grant his motion to withdraw his guilty plea to money laundering, the federal government argued in a brief filed this week. Continue reading...

Court hears case on the road

Appeal of 2012 animal seizure presented in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday left the confines of its Little Rock chambers and held court before hundreds of students and members of the local bar association and public. Continue reading...

Student arrested in threat at school

Subscriber onlyA 12-year-old Hartford student was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a felony charge after he said he wanted to blow up the school because he was upset with school rules about a playground game, a Sebastian County sheriff’s office news release states. Continue reading...

Annexation plan draws negative reactions

Residents tell Greenwood to concentrate on fixing problems within city

Subscriber onlyGREENWOOD — Greenwood officials should focus on fixing problems within its boundaries before it considers bringing new tracts into the city, annexation opponents said at a public forum Monday. Continue reading...

Fort Smith asks Whirlpool to look at Timex, do the same

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — Fort Smith officials renewed their request Tuesday that the Whirlpool Corp. consider buying out residents in a neighborhood with contaminated groundwater after learning a company in Little Rock in similar circumstances recently made just such an offer to residents there. Continue reading...

Cedarville man guilty of murder

In plea deal, killer to testify against brother in Fort Smith woman’s slaying

Subscriber onlyA man has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against his brother in exchange for avoiding a possible death sentence in the 2010 slaying of a 22-year-old Fort Smith woman. Continue reading...

Child-porn nets 10-year term

Subscriber onlyNicholas Harper of Bella Vista was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty last year to a charge of receiving child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Continue reading...

Justices set session next week at school

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court hits the road next week to hold court at Fort Smith’s Northside High School. Continue reading...

Fort Smith developer drops country club bid

Co-owners to pursue other buyers

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — The developer who planned to buy and renovate the Fianna Hills Country Club has dropped out of the project, leaving the owners to look for another buyer or possibly close the 40-year-old country club. Continue reading...

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