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Surviving Arkansas deputy says peer shot midsentence

15 bullet casings found, trial jury told

Subscriber onlyJohnson County sheriff's deputies recounted to a jury Wednesday the events as they remembered them in the shooting death last year of a fellow deputy. Continue reading...

Slain deputy not told of rifle, jury hears

Attorneys’ opening statements describe actions leading up to fatal encounter

Subscriber onlyJohnson County sheriff's deputies weren't told that Fred Kauffeld was armed when they went looking for him in the dark early-morning hours of May 15, 2015. Continue reading...

Top athletic official at Arkansas school district quits over mascot flap

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board voted Monday to delay until next year a planned school tax election in part to gain voters' support and counter those who opposed a move last year to change the Southside High School mascot. Continue reading...

Southside mascot, leader issues halt Fort Smith tax vote

Fort Smith athletic chief quits over ‘poisonous atmosphere’

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board voted Monday to delay until next year a planned school tax election in part to gain voters' support and counter those who opposed a move last year to change the Southside High School mascot. Continue reading...

Sebastian County seeks to raise fee

Election set on plan to cover ambulance-budget shortfall

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County Quorum Court is calling residents to the polls in August to vote on whether to nearly quadruple the fee they pay on personal property tax bills for emergency medical services each year. Continue reading...

Four held in child sex abuse case

Pope County suspect charged; 3 others to appear in court

Subscriber onlyPope County sheriff's deputies have arrested four people accused of sexually abusing at least five minors in two separate cases, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Innocent is plea to fraud claims; U.S. alleges Arkansas man conned investors, spent cash

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man pleaded innocent in federal court Monday to a 25-count indictment charging him with scamming investors and the federal government out of more than $4 million. Continue reading...

Judge urged to allow writing found on cell wall in trial of man accused of killing deputy

Subscriber onlyA man charged with shooting an Arkansas reserve sheriff's deputy bragged about the shooting in a note scrawled on a jail cell wall last year, according to testimony in a pretrial hearing Monday. Continue reading...

JPs to take up ordinances on new-tax vote

In Logan County, 2 levies proposed to build, run jail

Subscriber onlyOrdinances setting a July 12 election for a total 1 percent sales tax to finance construction and operation of a new county jail are on the Logan County Quorum Court meeting agenda for Monday. Continue reading...

Alert worker helps police nab 2 in Arkansas home invasions

Subscriber onlyA photo taken by a suspicious maintenance worker has led to the arrest of two men suspected in two home-invasion robberies at a south-side apartment complex. Continue reading...

Jurors choose to spare life of man who killed 22-year-old Arkansas woman

Subscriber onlyA LeFlore County District Court jury had trouble Tuesday deciding on a sentence for convicted murderer Elvis Aaron Thacker but finally chose to spare him by recommending a life sentence. Continue reading...

Victim's mom tells jury she wants Thacker put to death

Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury is expected to be called on today to decide if Elvis Aaron Thacker should be put to death or imprisoned for life for the brutal murder of a Fort Smith woman in 2010. Continue reading...

Guilty, Thacker jury says; death-or-life decision next

Subscriber onlyPOTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury deliberated three hours Friday before convicting Elvis Aaron Thacker of first-degree murder and forcible oral sodomy in the Sept. 13, 2010, death of Briana Ault of Fort Smith. Continue reading...

Thacker's guilt, acquittal jurors only choices

Subscriber only Jurors in LeFlore County District Court in Oklahoma are expected to begin deliberating today in the first-degree murder and forcible sodomy trial of Elvis Aaron Thacker, accused of killing 22-year-old Briana Ault on Sept. 13, 2010. Continue reading...

Witness says police tortured Thacker, confessions in 2010 killing not backed up

Subscriber only Confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made in the 2010 murder of Briana Ault were unreliable because there was no physical evidence to verify them, a private criminologist retained by the defense team testified Wednesday. Continue reading...

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