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State senator, developer failed to keep promises on ball-field project, draft audit shows

Subscriber onlyTwo men developing the River Valley Sports Complex failed to keep promises and assurances they made when city directors allowed them to start building a multifield baseball/softball complex on city land, according to a draft audit released by the city. Continue reading...

Teen killed in Arkansas by gang members who sought him out over disrespectful comments, detective testifies

Motions to suppress warrants denied

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Four members of the Slanga 96 gang crashed a wedding party seeking the whereabouts of a man they later killed in a hail of gunfire, police detectives testified Tuesday. Continue reading...

Bids to toss warrants in Fort Smith death case fail

Searches turned up weapons in slaying detective links to Fort Smith gang

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Four members of the Slanga 96 gang crashed a wedding party seeking the whereabouts of a man they later killed in a hail of gunfire, police detectives testified Tuesday. Continue reading...

Home-invasion slaying of Arkansas college student nets teen 50-year term

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- An 18-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison for killing a University of Arkansas at Fort Smith engineering student and robbing his friend at gunpoint. Continue reading...

Fort Smith to replace 36,589 water meters

Some bills might rise, agency chief says

Subscriber onlyThe utility department is preparing to replace all of its customers' 36,589 water meters in the next two years, the department head has told Fort Smith city directors. Continue reading...

Alma man receives kid-porn sentence

Subscriber onlyA 75-year-old Alma man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. Continue reading...

Arkansas man, 75, who called himself 'evil monster' sentenced in child-porn case

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A 75-year-old Alma man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. Continue reading...

Fraud term should stay, magistrate says

Federal court set to decide later on convict’s ineffective-counsel claims

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A federal magistrate judge has recommended that a request to vacate the 100-month sentence of a Rogers man, who drew the sentence in 2014 for falsifying documents to gain access to unclaimed assets from the state of California, be denied. Continue reading...

Fort Smith bike/skate park plan gets $100,000 bank gift

Subscriber onlyThe public and private effort to develop a bike/skate park on the riverfront got a boost Friday with the donation of $100,000 by First National Bank of Fort Smith. Continue reading...

Appoint open-minded members, panel urges

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Civil Service Commission members have appealed to the Fort Smith Board of Directors not to choose new commissioners based on their willingness to vote for the police chief's request to change commission rules to allow the hiring of supervisors from outside the Fort Smith Police Department. Continue reading...

City bike/skate park plan gets bank gift of $100,000

Subscriber onlyThe public and private effort to develop a bike/skate park on the riverfront got a boost Friday with the donation of $100,000 by First National Bank of Fort Smith. Continue reading...

100-month sentence sound, judge advises

Subscriber onlyA federal magistrate judge has recommended that a request to vacate the 100-month sentence of a Rogers man, who drew the sentence in 2014 for falsifying documents to gain access to unclaimed assets from the state of California, be denied. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas death row inmate freed after 16 years in custody; charges dropped in mutilation case

Subscriber only After more than 16 years in custody, including as many as 12 on death row, Rickey Dale Newman walked out of the Crawford County jail Wednesday a free man. Continue reading...

Fort Smith set to replace its meters

Water bills to go up in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyThe Utility Department is preparing to replace all of its customers' 36,589 water meters in the next two years, the department head told city directors Tuesday. Continue reading...

Arkansas businesses debate city's plan to raise downtown parking meter rates

Subscriber onlyCity directors are considering a proposal to raise downtown parking meter fees, but many downtown merchants would like to make parking free. Continue reading...