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Fort Smith police chief pick said to be near

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City Administrator Carl Geffken said he will decide next week who among five finalists will be the city's next police chief. Continue reading...

Guilt admitted in $2.1 million fraud

Ex-House candidate’s swindle involved 2 contruction jobs

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A man who once ran for the Arkansas Legislature has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank and wire fraud in two schemes that netted him $2.1 million, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Continue reading...

Guilt admitted in $2.1M fraud

Ex-House candidate’s swindle involved 2 contruction jobs

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A man who once ran for the Arkansas Legislature has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank and wire fraud in two schemes that netted him $2.1 million, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Continue reading...

GOP picks Ozark's Capp for state House seat

Subscriber onlyDelegates at a Republican Party convention have elected an Ozark lawyer to replace on the Nov. 8 general election ballot a state House member and re-election nominee who resigned last month to take a position in Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration. Continue reading...

Heat ruled killer of Arkansas guardsman who died during training exercise

No criminal fault, letter says

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas Army National Guard member died from hyperthermia in June during a training exercise at Fort Chaffee, according to the Sebastian County prosecutor. Continue reading...

Arkansas youth-home worker charged with sexual assault, sexual indecency with child

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man was charged Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court with two offenses arising from accusations he had sexual contact with a girl younger than 15. Continue reading...

In student's fatal shooting, teen suspect found sane

Trial dates requested for 3 youths in Fort Smith slaying

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A boy who raised the insanity defense did not suffer from a mental disease at the time a 22-year-old student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith was robbed and fatally shot, according to a mental evaluation. Continue reading...

Mistrial called in murder case

Fort Smith jury deadlocks

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County circuit judge declared a mistrial Friday in a weeklong first-degree murder trial after the jury deadlocked in its deliberations. Continue reading...

Murder-trial jury foreman requests overnight break

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County Circuit Court jury was split Thursday in deciding the guilt or innocence of a man charged with first-degree murder, but the foreman told the judge an overnight break might help them make a decision today. Continue reading...

Feared for life, man says in tape shown at murder trial

Subscriber onlyThe state rested its first-degree murder case against Denver Pennington on Wednesday after jurors watched a video of him explaining his justification for shooting a man in January. Continue reading...

Jurors at murder trial hear self-defense claim

Subscriber only The state says the shooting death of Arthur McIntyre was murder, but the attorney for the man accused of shooting him says it was self-defense. Continue reading...

Fort Smith to see Unexpected art

Local, international street artists to make mark downtown

Subscriber onlySeven internationally known street artists who have left their creations this year in places such as Grudziadz, Poland; Bangkok; and Lismore, Australia, are converging this week to leave their marks on western Arkansas. Continue reading...

Arrested Arkansas State Police trooper quits job

Ex-captain faces loitering charge

Subscriber onlyThe commander of Arkansas State Police Troop H resigned Friday after he was charged with asking a pair of undercover police detectives to engage in a sex act while he watched. Continue reading...

No charges for 3 in jail death

Prosecutor says evidence scant to take lawmen to court

Subscriber onlyThe prosecuting attorney for Franklin County will not pursue criminal charges against three law enforcement officers involved in the death of a jail inmate in May. Continue reading...

Man admits killing, draws 40-year term

Subscriber onlyA man awaiting trial in Franklin County Circuit Court on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of another man last year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charge, according to Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons. Continue reading...

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