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Plea is innocent in death of pregnant girlfriend, 22

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Fort Smith man charged with two counts of capital murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend pleaded innocent to the charges Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Continue reading...

Pair charged in drug case ordered held before trial

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Fort Smith man and woman will remain in federal custody pending their trial on drug conspiracy charges after they were arrested last month, accused of possessing seven pounds of methamphetamine. Continue reading...

Attorney: Meetings law not violated

Fort Smith filing: Agenda poll OK

Subscriber onlyFort Smith city directors did not violate the state’s Freedom of Information Act when they voted outside of a meeting to remove items from upcoming meeting agendas, the city’s attorney argued in a Sebastian County Circuit Court filing. Continue reading...

Barber, 3 others see sentencing put off until fall

1 asks again to withdraw plea

Subscriber onlySentencings for former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber and three of his co-defendants that were set for next month have been delayed until the fall. Continue reading...

Fort Smith 2 staying in custody until trial

Danger to community, U.S. judge says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Fort Smith man and woman will remain in federal custody pending their trial on drug conspiracy charges after they were arrested earlier this month in possession of 7 pounds of methamphetamine. Continue reading...

Marathon work accelerates

Subscriber onlyPatrick Pendleton said Fort Smith's inaugural marathon will have grit. Continue reading...

Director running with idea for 1st Fort Smith Marathon

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Patrick Pendleton said Fort Smith's inaugural marathon will have grit. Continue reading...

3 charged in fatal beating of Booneville man

Subscriber onlyThree men were charged in Logan County Circuit Court on Friday with first-degree murder in the beating death of a Booneville man this week. Continue reading...

Storm lashes state's west, causes damage

Ozark gets 4 inches of rain; 1.5 in LR

Subscriber onlyA brief but strong storm caused damage throughout western Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading...

Crawford County men charged in June killing

Subscriber onlyTwo half brothers were charged Monday in Crawford County Circuit Court with capital murder in the slaying of a man last month whose decomposing body was uncovered from a shallow grave on rural property where the men lived. Continue reading...

Suspect in abduction, rape pleads innocent

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- People in the Staples parking lot who saw a 54-year-old woman being forced at gunpoint into her car tried to ask if she was all right. She just shook her head "no." Continue reading...

Hobby Lobby president visits state

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- About 500 people turned out Friday to hear Hobby Lobby President Steve Green speak at the mayor's annual prayer breakfast, but candidates for top Arkansas offices turned out to see the crowd. Continue reading...

City directors back bond sale for ArcBest

Subscriber onlyFort Smith city directors Tuesday signaled their intent to authorize the sale of up to $46 million in industrial revenue bonds for the ArcBest Corp. headquarters project at Chaffee Crossing. Continue reading...

Judge sentences Rogers investor to 22 years in jail

Man ordered to pay $1 million

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Calling him a "con man's con man," a federal court judge on Friday sentenced Allen Wichtendahl to prison for 22 years and ordered him to pay more than $1 million restitution to 333 victims. Continue reading...

Ex-executive’s projects called legitimate, scams

Testimony differs in fraud sentencing

Subscriber onlyTestimony differed Wednesday on whether a former Rogers businessman tried to run legitimate businesses or whether he was just out to fleece investors in his company. Continue reading...

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