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Arkansas Supreme Court won't toss murder charge

Speedy trial violation claim denied with 1-sentence order

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court for the second time denied a petition to throw out a murder charge against Rickey Dale Newman because his right to a speedy trial was violated. Continue reading...

Artillery unit has Arkansan's hand on wheel

Jaskolski to lead Guard’s 142nd

Subscriber only Arkansas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Nicholas Jaskolski assumed leadership of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade in a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Continue reading...

Arkansas man accused of killing motorcyclist by slamming on brakes, officials say

Police: Appears road rage to blame

Subscriber onlyA Garland County man was being held without bail in the Crawford County jail Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder, accused of killing a motorcyclist by slamming on his brakes. Continue reading...

Arkansas town's waste credits under investigation

State aims to find if recycling rewards improperly claimed

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing whether the city has claimed department credits for diverting recyclable material from the landfill that actually ended up there. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas inmate's force lawsuit concludes; judge to rule on claim of beating

Subscriber onlyA former Benton County jail inmate's lawsuit claiming excessive force wrapped up Wednesday in U.S. District Court after a deputy testified he reacted to aggression from the inmate. Continue reading...

Fort Smith directors hear recycling proposals

Subscriber onlyCity directors will consider two proposals next month to provide recycling services to the city. Continue reading...

Trial starts in inmate's Benton County assault suit

Ex-fugitive testifies that letter to judge instigated beatings

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- James Clayton Solomon testified in a federal court civil trial Monday he regretted writing a letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson because he was afraid it would lead to recriminations. Continue reading...

Trial near in suit alleging Arkansas officers' threats, assaults

Subscriber onlyA trial is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court over a man's accusations that he was threatened by federal deputy marshals and was beaten by sheriff's deputies in the Benton County jail in 2008. Continue reading...

Fort Smith police captain selected Van Buren chief

Longtime officer has roots in city, mayor says

Subscriber onlyFort Smith veteran police Capt. Jamie Hammond will take over as Van Buren's police chief when longtime Chief Kenneth Bell steps down June 30. Continue reading...

Fort Smith board looking for ideas on recycling service

Subscriber onlyCity officials will present one or possibly two proposals to city directors next week from companies wanting to provide recycling services to the city. Continue reading...

For damage left by 2 flooded rivers in Arkansas, survey to start

Federal, state teams to view what Black, White wrought

Subscriber onlyPreliminary assessment teams will begin surveying damage left by the flooded Black and White rivers this week, focusing on private property including houses and apartments, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Continue reading...

Deputy sheriff quits in evidence, sex case; no charges filed

No charges filed in Johnson County

Subscriber onlyA sheriff's investigator has resigned following an Arkansas State Police investigation into whether he had oral sex with a woman and destroyed evidence. Continue reading...

Prosecutor: 30 years for killer as teen

Law requires resentencing of man convicted in woman’s ’97 slaying, filing says

Subscriber onlyA law passed by the Arkansas Legislature this session gives a judge no option in resentencing a man serving life in prison for capital murder committed when the man was a juvenile, Crawford County's prosecutor argued in a motion filed this week. Continue reading...

Fort Smith lost recycler in mid-2016

Clarksville firm dropped it in July, not November; waste now goes to landfill

Subscriber onlyThe city hasn't recycled any of its recyclable waste since June or July, contrary to the six months officials have been telling residents, Deputy Administrator Jeff Dingman said Thursday. Continue reading...

Recycling news irks Fort Smith residents

They learn program halted months ago

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Residents who participate in the city's recycling program discovered earlier this week that the toilet paper rolls, milk jugs and newspapers they separated from the trash over the past six months have ended up in the city's landfill anyway. Continue reading...

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