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Aquatic center contracts OK’d

City saves on building costs

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — Costs for a joint Fort Smith/Sebastian County aquatic center project are $1.11 million less than estimated, which will allow for the addition of more or better features for the water park. Continue reading...

Prairie Grove man pleads guilty to hacking passwords

Subscriber onlyA Prairie Grove man charged with stealing and selling computer users’ email passwords pleaded guilty to a computer hacking charge in federal court Monday. Continue reading...

Motorcycle crash kills 1, injures 1

Subscriber onlyAn Ozark man was killed Sunday night and an Ozark woman was injured when the motorcycle they were riding went off a highway south of Ozark and hit a tree, according to the Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...

Officials get a peek at plan for new jail

Subscriber onlyCrawford County could move into a new jail in January 2017 if voters approve two sales taxes next month, a jail architect told county officials Friday. Continue reading...

Justices set to hear case on committal

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments by accused murderer Rickey Dale Newman that he should be mentally evaluated before being committed to the state hospital for treatment. Continue reading...

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...

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