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Jury rules former Arkansas officer did not use excessive force

Verdict in jail injury lawsuit also a victory for Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A federal court jury ruled Wednesday that a police officer did not use excessive force against a man under arrest and handcuffed when the man fell face first onto the concrete floor at the county jail. Continue reading...

Found use of force justified, 2 of Arkansas officer's higher-ups testify

Subscriber onlySix officers up the chain of command within the Fort Smith Police Department approved, after the fact, the force an officer used when a man handcuffed behind his back suffered injuries from a face-first fall on a concrete floor at the county jail. Continue reading...

Hurt by Arkansas police officer, federal jury told

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A 44-year-old man told a U.S. District Court jury Monday that a Fort Smith police officer used excessive force on him during a 2014 arrest that caused injuries to his head and face and violated his civil rights. Continue reading...

Man's shooting during Fort Smith arrest justified, prosecutor says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Police officers who shot and wounded a man trying to run over other officers earlier this month were justified in firing their weapons, a prosecutor announced Friday. Continue reading...

Council's vote Mansfield weakens mayor

Mansfield councilmen vote to void vetoes, strip duties

Subscriber onlyThe Mansfield City Council has voted to strip the mayor of many of his duties. Continue reading...

Fort Smith advances parking-rate increase

Subscriber only City directors have passed the first reading of an ordinance to increase parking meter rates downtown in an effort to raise more money for meter and parking garage expenses and to replace current meters with smart meters. Continue reading...

Mayor sues Mansfield, 3 councilmen

His lawsuit claims ouster attempt and violation of state’s open-meetings law

Subscriber onlyThe mayor of Mansfield is suing the city he heads and three of its council members, accusing them of violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by exchanging texts in hatching a plot to strip the mayor of his powers. Continue reading...

Judge dismisses lawsuit in sex assault at Arkansas foster home

Subscriber onlyA federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by eight sexual assault victims in Clarence Garretson's foster home who claimed Arkansas Department of Human Services case workers knew about Garretson's record of assaulting children but put them in the home anyway. Continue reading...

Fort Smith celebrates King's legacy with march, visits

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Desegregating schools in Fort Smith was not as contentious as it was in other parts of the state and country in the 1960s, a local legislator said Monday during the city's observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. Continue reading...

Arkansas governor: No plan to call special session to consider sales taxes on online purchases

Arkansas lawmakers lack consensus on issue, he says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he doesn't plan to call a special session to consider legislation for collecting sales taxes on online purchases, saying there is no consensus on the matter in the state Legislature. Continue reading...

Panhandling protected speech, Arkansas Municipal League attorneys say

Subscriber onlyThe way to regulate panhandling in towns and cities is not to try to regulate panhandling, Arkansas Municipal League attorneys told members Thursday during the group's winter conference at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Continue reading...

Fort Smith man pleads not guilty to terrorist-act charge

Subscriber onlyA man shot by police while being arrested last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court to a charge accusing him of shooting into a home occupied by two people. Continue reading...

Teen shot by Arkansas police due in court

Suspect in Fort Smith gunfire case set for arraignment

Subscriber onlyA 19-year-old man who was shot by police during his arrest last week goes before a judge today to answer to a terroristic act charge that had prompted the police to arrest him. Continue reading...

For part in death, Arkansas man's sentence 18 years

1 of 5 charged in ’15 heist, killing

Subscriber onlyA Scott County man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2015 robbery and the murder of a rural Booneville man. Continue reading...

Fort Smith officials’ emails found illegal

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — A Sebastian County circuit judge ruled Thursday that emails exchanged among city officials last year constituted informal meetings in violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...